The name of these cookies actually has a simple origin, it's derived from the tool that helps to design them – a fork. Told you it was simple! You use the fork to flatten the cookies and then they get this lovely striped pattern. I saw a video on Facebook where they dipped the fork in cocoa powder before flatting the cookies with it, which also created a nice design. I tried it on some of the cookies as you can see in the pictures.
I used to make this recipe with butter but I decided to create a vegan version so it can fit more people and occasions since it is also parve (kosher nondairy). If you do not want them vegan just switch the coconut oil back to butter.
As usual, the recipe is very easy and your kids can help you make the cookies too. They'll love getting to flatten them with the fork. Some family quality time is always nice!
With no further ado, here is the recipe for these lovely vegan fork cookies:
- ¾ cup (175 grams) coconut oil
- ⅔ cup (75 grams) powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup (150 grams) flour
- 1 cup (150 grams) cornstarch
- Heat the oven to 160°C / 325°F fan.
- In a mixer bowl, with the paddle attachment, mix coconut oil and powdered sugar.
- Add the vanilla extract.
- Add the dry ingredients and continue mixing until dough is created.
- With your hands, create small balls out of the dough.
- Place the balls on a baking pan lined with baking paper.
- Optional -Dip a fork in cocoa powder.
- Flatten the balls into cookies with a fork.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes until cookies are lightly golden.
- Lift the cookies off the pan and leave to cool on a wire rack.
- Have a cookie and dig in!