Ambrosia Macaroons have a delightful citrus flavor and are just the thing to add to your cookie platter this holiday season. They are chewy with lots of coconut and a little flavor form some orange zest and finely diced dried pineapple.
A piece of maraschino cherry on top gives them a super festive look.
Ambrosia Macaroons are a little reminiscent of fruitcake, with a much better flavor and texture. (I’m not a fruitcake lover 🙂 )
But I am a macaroon lover and a chewy coconut based cookie this time of year gets me excited about those Samoa cookies that will be making their rounds in just a few short months.
Ambrosia, if you’re not familiar with it, is a type of fruit salad with coconut and usually pineapple, oranges, and marshmallows, and a sweet creamy dressing. I personally think ambrosia is much better in cookie form.
You can drizzle a little melted chocolate on them to gussy them up some. If you are a fan of macaroons you will adore this southern version of them.
- 5½ tablespoons butter, softened
- ½ cup white sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon finely grated orange peel
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 4½ cups packed sweetened shredded coconut
- ¼ cup finely diced dried pineapple
- 15 maraschino cherries, drained and cut in half
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, optional
- Place rack in center of oven and heat oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Beat butter with an electric mixer until smooth.
- Gradually add sugar.
- Add salt, orange zest, and vanilla extract.
- Beat in eggs, one at a time.
- Using a rubber spatula, mix in coconut and dried pineapple.
- Drop batter by tablespoonfuls onto prepared sheets. Press a cherry half onto the top of each mound.
- Bake one sheet at a time, for about 25 minutes or until lightly browned around edges.
- Let cool completely.
- If desired, melt chocolate and use a fork to drizzle it on the macaroons.