Ambrosia Macaroons Recipe

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Ambrosia Macaroons

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.

Ambrosia Macaroons - a delightful mixture of coconut, pineapple, and orange zest.

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 🙂 )

Ambrosia Macaroons - a mix of coconut, pineapple, and orange zest.

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.

Ambrosia Macaroons - a delightful mix of coconut, pineapple, and orange zest.

 

Ambrosia Macaroons
 
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 30
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Place rack in center of oven and heat oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Beat butter with an electric mixer until smooth.
  3. Gradually add sugar.
  4. Add salt, orange zest, and vanilla extract.
  5. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  6. Using a rubber spatula, mix in coconut and dried pineapple.
  7. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls onto prepared sheets. Press a cherry half onto the top of each mound.
  8. Bake one sheet at a time, for about 25 minutes or until lightly browned around edges.
  9. Let cool completely.
  10. If desired, melt chocolate and use a fork to drizzle it on the macaroons.

Ambrosia Macaroons - a festiv mix of coconut, pineapple, and orange zest.

 

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11 thoughts on “Ambrosia Macaroons Recipe

  1. Christin, I have only seen ambrosia on TV and I have to be honest, I’m not sure I’d be able to dig in…but I would have zero problems diving into your macaroons! They sound yummy and look so festive for the holidays! Love it.

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