Samoa is a little island in the Pacific Ocean about 3,200 kilometers north of New Zealand. Lonely Planet calls it the place where "emerald shores meet azure waters." Sounds pretty much like every other island in the Pacific.
We chose to make Masi Samoa which are coconut cookies. Please do not confuse these with the Girl Scout "Samoa" cookie. They are not the same thing. At all.
The best part of this recipe is the way your house smells while the cookies are baking. The 4 year old walked into the kitchen just as the cookies were finishing up in the oven and proclaimed, "Hmmmm ça sent très bon!!" (It smells very good!).
Apparently these cookies come in neatly piled stacks tied with ribbon on the streets of Samoa. Whenever we make our way there I will gladly pick them up and devour them as fast as possible. They're a cross between a shortbread cookie and a scone. Although delicious as they were, we found that slathering them with nutella was a great addition. They were also lovely the next morning coated in a touch of butter and strawberry jam.
The ingredient list is pretty simple and you've probably already got everything in your pantry. Butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, eggs, vanilla extract and coconut milk. I followed this recipe.
A's rating: 3
M's rating: 4-5
H's rating: 6
The cookies are delicious but very simple. I think the leftovers are going to serve as the base for strawberry shortcake.