From Ugly to Pretty – Orange, Chocolate & Coconut Cookies

Orange, Coconut, Chocolate Cookies 600 postI found this recipe at one of the blogs I visit regularly, Anja’s Food 4 Thought. I made a few minor changes and increased the quantities since we needed enough to last a week. When the cookies came out of the oven (see below) they were super ugly and I had to think long and hard about how to make them photogenic. I had all that berry cream cheese frosting left over from the beetroot cake I made so I stiffened it up with more icing sugar and piped it on top. With this intervention they were starting to look prettier. I then melted a little dark chocolate and drizzled a little over each one. Now we had something worth photographing. I pulled out over-the-top props like the wreath of red roses and the bunch of berries I bought in Italy for a euro and photographed the result.

By the way, the cookies taste great and Anja’s cookies looked a whole lot better than mine in the raw state.

Orange, Coconut, Chocolate Cookies

This is not a low Fodmap recipe.

Orange, Chocolate & Coconut Cookies
Serves: 12
  • 3 cups dried coconut flakes
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup golden syrup/maple syrup or extra honey
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 orange, zest of
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F.
  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  3. In a bowl, combine coconut flakes and cocoa powder. Mix well.
  4. In another bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Stir in golden syrup, honey and orange zest.
  5. Combine wet and dry ingredients.
  6. Place a lump of the mixture on the baking paper and spread it out to the size of cookie you want. They don’t spread out much further.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes.

Orange, Coconut, Chocolate Cookies

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  1. says

    Terrific food styling, composition, everything on the top and bottom photos. Great idea and perfectly executed. And the recipe is pretty good, too. 😉 I really like coconut, and it goes well with chocolate. And chocolate goes so well with orange! Good stuff – thanks.

  2. says

    I think the cookies are lovely even without the berry cream cheese frosting! But who can resist a frosted cookie? They look deliciously fabulous. 😀

  3. says

    Wow, I have to say, you did do a fine job beautifying these delights… your intervention paid off indeed ;-). I know what you mean, sometimes something can taste exquisitely delicious but if it doesn’t look ‘good’ it’s really tough to pull of that magical picture. Food photography is a discriminating art. These look beyond gorgeous and photo worthy!


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