Monday, March 19, 2012

Coconut Cookies with Strawberry Smear


Happy St. Joseph's Day! Are you wearing red? We are!

Here are the top 3 reasons St. Joseph's Day means so much to us:
  • When we were young and in school, we loved questioning those who asked why we weren't wearing green on St. Patrick's Day why they weren't wearing red on St. Joseph's Day. (We felt like we had the upper hand.)
    • While I love being 100% American, my nationality boasts both Italian and Polish heritage. When do you ever get to celebrate a holiday that embraces both halves of you?
      • St. Joseph's Day is Father's Day in Italy and they celebrate with zeppole. Who doesn't love fried dough? (Although fried dough doesn't really love me or my thighs that much.)
      To commemorate this special day, I created my version of zeppole -- a soft and moist, Coconut Cookie with Strawberry Smear -- the strawberry smear symbolizes St. Joseph's Day and it's round to signify a donut. 



      It's packed with goodness and nothing you can't pronounce or don't know where it came from, which in my book makes for a very good cookie. It's a breeze to pull together, literally taking minutes and you've got yourself a pretty healthy and tasty snack.

      Coconut Cookies with Strawberry Smear






      Makes 9 Cookies

      Ingredients:

      1/8 teaspoon salt
      1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
      1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
      1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
      1 egg
      1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon coconut flour
      Unsweetened shredded coconut for dusting

      Directions:

      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. 

      Meanwhile, whisk the salt,  coconut palm sugar, coconut oil and vanilla extract together. 


      Add the egg and whisk well. Add the coconut flour and mix together with a spatula for two minutes. Drop 1 1/2-inch balls onto the baking sheet. Bake for 6 minutes. Pull out of the oven and quickly stick your thumb in the middle of each ball to make a small indentation.


      Put them back in the oven for 6 more minutes or until the edges turn brown and golden. Take them out and sprinkle with the unsweetened coconut.


      Allow to cool on a wire rack and then top with the Strawberry Smear.

      Strawberry Smear






      Ingredients:

      1 cup of whole strawberries (about 4 or 5)
      1 teaspoon lemon juice
      1 teaspoon honey

      Directions:

      Chop the strawberries, put them in a sauce pan and set over medium heat. Add the honey and the lemon juice and stir.


      Allow to cook for a few minutes, mashing slightly with a fork until it starts to thicken.


      Continue to cook until most of the water disappears and it reduces about in half.


      Transfer to a container and refrigerate overnight. Dollop onto the coconut cookies with a spoon.


      I store these in the refrigerator to keep the strawberry smear fresh.  Happy St. Joseph's Day!





      Nutrition Information Per One Cookie: Calories 102; Total Fat 7; Total Carb 10g; Fiber 2g; Sugars 6g; Protein 1g

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      9 comments:

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        1. Aw! Thanks! They are the perfect after lunch snack...not too sweet, but just sweet enough, you know?

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        2. fyi, this will be one of my features at this next weeks party!

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      2. It doesn't get any easier than that. My husband would love these cookies. Thanks for linking up this week at Allergy-Free Wednesdays! We hope to see you back again next week.
        ~Michelle, AFW Hostess

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      3. These look absolutely delightful! Found you from Amee's Fit and Fabulous Fridays linky. I would love for you to drop by my linky if you have a chance :)
        http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/03/mop-it-up-mondays-9.html

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      4. Wow Gina, these cookies look fabulous! I love how clean they are, too.

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      5. These look delicious! I am going to try making them with honey instead of the coconut sugar. Thanks!

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      6. I am so excited that you shared these on Fit and Fabulous Fridays!!! I love coconut flour and need more great recipes....this one is amazing!! :) A much healthier thumbprint cookie. ;)

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