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Fruity, Nutty Macaroons

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If you’re a food blogger, then you have probably seen the cookie swap logo posted around the blogosphere and you know where I’m headed with this.  Otherwise, let me tell you about an event that’s been taking place involving bloggers who like to eat bake cookies.  The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is pretty much a traditional holiday cookie swap, except it takes place online and through the mail.  There are actual cookies exchanged (!) and instead of handing out photocopies of your recipe, all participants just post the recipes and scrumptious pictures on their blogs.  Fun and easy.

This is the second year of the cookie swap and this year there were over 500 participants and the event raised funds to be donated to Cookies for Kids Cancer.  OXO was nice enough to match the amount of money raised and send everyone participating a nifty “Good Cookie” cookie spatula (you can buy your own here and half the proceeds get donated as well).

Since we are now eating paleo, I selected some dietary restrictions when I signed-up and as there weren’t that many other people signed-up with similar food restrictions, I got one match instead of three.  I was matched with Jacqueline from The Dusty Baker and she mailed me the tastiest, crispiest, gluten- and dairy-free chocolate-dipped biscotti that we have all thoroughly enjoyed.

fruity, nutty macaroons | the hobby room diaries

Apparently Jacqueline and I think alike, because I also made cookies that were dipped in chocolate–cranberry, pistachio, and coconut macaroons.  These macaroons are also gluten- and dairy-free and have a pretty short ingredient list (basically just coconut, egg whites and sugar).  The only thing keeping these from being paleo is that I added refined sugar, which is pretty much a no-no.  Why, oh why would I do something like that?  I tried them with honey and they were good, but pretty crumbly (which means pretty much un-dippable) and I was hoping that Jacqueline’s first thought when she opened the parcel would be something like “Ooh, those look yummy” instead of “What . . are those?”

fruity, nutty macaroons | the hobby room diaries

It seems like pistachios and cranberries are now year-round food items, which makes me incredibly happy, but I still associate them primarily with Christmas.  I thought they would add a nice crunch and tang to the sweetness of the coconut macaroons that would make them a little more festive and it worked perfectly.  The recipe follows and you can click right on the recipe to print it.

Cranberry Pistachio Macaroons

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 1 1/2 dozen cookies

Cranberry Pistachio Macaroons


  • 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries (preferably unsweetened)
  • 1 cup (soy-free) dark chocolate chips


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 2. In a medium mixing bowl add coconut, sugar and salt and mix to combine.
  • 3. In a smaller mixing bowl, lightly whisk egg whites and vanilla. Pour egg whites into coconut and mix until all coconut is moistened.
  • 4. Roughly chop pistachios and cranberries and then add to the coconut. Mix until the nuts and berries are evenly distributed.
  • 5. Scoop 2 tablespoon portions of the cookie dough onto parchment-lined baking trays. Use your fingers to shape the dough into ovals.
  • 6. Bake cookies 12-14 minutes, until golden and browned. Remove cookies on parchment to a cooling rack.
  • 7. Once cookies are cool, place chocolate chips in a small bowl and melt in the microwave. Start by heating for one minute, then 30 seconds at a time additionally until mostly melted. Stir with a fork between each heating.
  • 8. Once chocolate is melted and smooth, dip one half of each cookie into the chocolate and replace on the parchment to harden.

What foods do you associate with the holidays?  Are there particular cookies or other treats that you make each year?



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