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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.
Course Cookies
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 30
Calories 86kcal
Author Christin Mahrlig

Ingredients

  • 5 1/2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups packed sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup finely diced dried pineapple
  • 15 maraschino cherries, drained and cut in half
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, optional

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 86kcal