Coconutier Macaroons

I couldn’t sleep a few nights ago so I got up and starting browsing around for some inspirational blogs and/or food related websites.  During my groggy search I found a recipe for macaroons that perked me up.  When I finally made it back to bed, I must have dreamed about these pillows of sweetness because I got up the next day, did 90 minutes of power yoga and then made COOKIES!  These babies turned out pretty darn good and were ridiculously easy to make.  They ring in at about 100 calories per cookie, but the cool thing about this cookie is that there is no added fat.  The fat comes from the coconut alone–which makes it much easier to swallow!  So pour yourself a big glass of milk (or coconut milk) and enjoy (but try not to over-enjoy) this very sweet treat!

Fluffy pillows of coconut

Coconutier Macaroons

Servings:  12

  • 1 1/2 c sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 egg whites
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1/2 t nutmeg
  • dash of ground cardamom (optional)
  • 1/3 c brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Whip together the egg whites, vanilla, nutmeg, cardamom, and brown sugar.  Add the coconut and turn until it is well covered.  Using your fingers, form tightly packed  little coconut stacks (recipe makes about 12) on your lightly greased (I use PAM) cookie sheet.  Bake for 15 minutes, or until they are nicely browned.  Leave the cookies alone until they completely cool otherwise they will just crumble into pieces.

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