Cassava Cookies

Gari Biscuits

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • Makes

    2 to 3 dozen

    , depending on size

Appears in

The Ghana Cookbook

By Fran Osseo-Asare and Barbara Baëta

Published 2015

  • About

These crispy cookies have an uncluttered, fresh, pure taste. The coconut and gari deliver a crunchy texture with a mild, pleasing flavor. One would likely use evaporated milk and margarine in Ghana. North Americans, with our pronounced sweet tooth, may need to increase the sugar. For a vegan version, use margarine and substitute soy or almond milk.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup finely sifted dry gari
  • ½ cup plus 1 to 2 tablespoons sifted all-purpose flour
  • cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup grated unsweetened fresh coconut; or about cup frozen, defrosted
  • 2 tablespoons margarine or butter
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons evaporated milk (or regular, soy, or almond milk)

Method

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease or oil a baking sheet.
  2. In a bowl, sprinkle 1 teaspoon of water over the gari, and mix it in well with your fingers.
  3. Add the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and coconut to the bowl, and mix.
  4. Using your fingers or knives, cut the margarine or butter into the mixture until it resembles cornmeal.
  5. Stir in 3 tablespoons of the milk. If the mixture seems too dry to stick together, add more milk 1 tablespoon at a time until the batter will form small patties.
  6. Shape cookies as desired. For example: hand-form them into small patties; or pat some of the dough onto a lightly floured board and cut out circles using a small jar or glass; or form small balls, set them on the cookie sheet, and press them with a fork as one would for peanut butter cookies—making tine marks first one way, then once again at right angles to the first.
  7. Bake the cookies on cookie sheets in the preheated oven for about 12 to 15 minutes, until they turn very lightly golden—the tops are whiter, the bottoms browned. The longer they cook, the crisper they become.

Variations

  • Sprinkle the cookies with coconut, sugar, or gari.
  • Add other flavorings like vanilla or lemon.