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Kliņģeris with Coconut Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes

Special Equipment Needed:
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Rolling pin
- Cookie cutter

Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
4. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
5. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla extract.
6. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined.
7. Stir in the coconut flakes.
8. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness.
9. Cut out desired shapes with a cookie cutter.
10. Place the cutouts on the prepared baking sheet.
11. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly golden.
12. Allow to cool before serving.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 8-10 minutes
Temperature: 350°F (175°C)
Serving Size: Makes about 24 cookies

Nutritional Information:
Calories: 120 per cookie
Fat: 6g
Carbohydrates: 14g
Protein: 2g

Substitutions for Ingredients
- Coconut flakes can be substituted with chopped nuts, dried fruit, or chocolate chips.
- Butter can be substituted with margarine or vegetable shortening.

- Add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon or nutmeg for a spiced version.
- Add 1/4 cup of cocoa powder for a chocolate version.

Tips and Tricks:
- Chill the dough for 30 minutes before rolling out to make it easier to work with.
- Use a lightly floured rolling pin to prevent the dough from sticking.

Storage Instructions:
Kliņģeris can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Reheating Instructions:
Kliņģeris can be reheated in a 350°F (175°C) oven for 5 minutes.

Presentation Ideas:
Kliņģeris can be served on a platter garnished with fresh fruit or chocolate sauce.

- Fresh fruit
- Chocolate sauce
- Powdered sugar

- Coffee
- Tea
- Hot chocolate

Suggested Side Dishes:
- Fruit salad
- Yogurt
- Ice cream

Troubleshooting Advice:
- If the dough is too dry, add a tablespoon of milk.
- If the dough is too sticky, add a tablespoon of flour.

Food Safety Advice:
- Always wash your hands before handling food.
- Make sure all ingredients are fresh and not expired.

Food History:
Kliņģeris is a traditional Latvian cookie that is often served during the holidays. It is made with flour, butter, sugar, eggs, and spices.

Flavor Profiles:
Kliņģeris has a sweet and buttery flavor with hints of vanilla and coconut.

Serving Suggestions:
Kliņģeris can be served with a cup of coffee or tea for a sweet treat.

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Region: Latvian

Taste: Sweet, Coconutty, Creamy, Aromatic