What to do now? Well...I might not have had enough flour, but I DID have a whole bunch of finely shredded coconut! I stirred together my dry ingredients and then blended them in with the (not) sugar-butter-cream cheese-yogurt mixture. It seemed like the right consistency for drop cookies, so I went with it.
I plopped them on the cookie sheets... ...where I pressed a couple (or a few) slivered almonds on top of each one. Just for fun. I also tried a little extra sprinkling of coconut on a few (which ended up extra toasty in the end, if you know what I mean). I cooked them for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees. They didn't really brown on top (not enough butter I imagine), but they looked like pancakes on the bottom. Not only did they look like pancakes... ...they had the cake-like consistency of a pancake mixed with the texture of a cookie, and an underlying slight creaminess. Most importantly: they tasted like Coconut Cream Pie. As for the question of can xylitol stand in for real sugar?---well, I can tell you that by all accounts, the rate at which these disappeared meant no one had a clue I didn't use real sugar. [Although by all means, you can!*]
*Use real sugar. Not "tell the difference."
(Makes 2 dozen)
4 oz. 1/3 less fat cream cheese
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1/4 cup whole milk yogurt
3/4 cup Xylitol [or other granulated sugar substitute---or granulated sugar ;)]
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup finely shredded coconut
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Sliver almonds (optional)
1. Cream together butter, yogurt, cream cheese, and sugar.
2. Mix in egg and vanilla.
3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, coconut, baking powder, and salt.
4. Gradually blend in flour-coconut mixture to wet ingredients.
5. Scoop out onto a greased baking sheet. Press a few slivered almonds onto each cookie.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, until bottoms are golden brown. [Tops will not brown very much.]
FYI: If you're interested in purchasing some Xyla from Emerald Forest , you can use the coupon code FIRST through the end of April and receive 10% off. Also, they are currently doing a promotion where you'll receive a free 1 lb. bag (like me!) if you spend $20 or more.