I have exciting news!
I came across this website www.Mealplanningmagic.com by Brenda Thompson. As you can tell by the title, she is a planner. So it’s no surprise that she’s the type of person who plans and makes Christmas cookies ahead of time. Only she came up with a genius idea to not only blog about it, but recruit other food bloggers to join her!
It’s called the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats and each Wednesday we are to come up with a new holiday treat whether it be an incredibly delicious cookie, bar, bread, truffle, brownie or whatever!
The genius part of this is:
- I will have 12 different types of cookies for my Holiday cookie exchange frozen in my freezer and
- It gives YOU, the followers, literally HUNDREDS of treats and recipes to choose from.
Here was my problem though. I spent (and continue to spend) literally hundreds of hours dedicated to my website which is to spread the word on how harmful refined processed foods are for us ….. so how was I going to participate in a cookie challenge? Christmas cookies are anything BUT healthy.
Or are they?
After much debate, I decided I was going to participate in this cookie challenge. I was going to research, discover or invent some treats of my own to show everyone that you can have your cookies and eat them too!!!
I am now SUPER EXCITED over this and hope to come up with some great healthier versions of the traditional holiday cookies!!
There will be some sugar and some flour in most of these recipes, but as most of you already know and have come to trust in me, I will cut the sugar and flour as much as possible without completely ruining the recipe. I will experiment with whole wheat flours as well as sugar substitutes like coconut oil and honey.
So without further adiu …..
We start with the coconut macaroon!
STEP BY STEP:
1. This has to be one of the simplest cookies to make. Gather your 6 ingredients and 2 bowls. (Note: I made just one batch for this because I was still playing with the recipe, but I doubled it to make 28 macaroons in the recipe section.)
2. Combine the coconut, flour and sugar together in one bowl
3. Then combine the egg whites, salt and vanilla in another bowl. A lot of recipes call for whipping the egg whites. I found when I did that it gave the macaroon more of a meringue type of texture which I didn’t care for. So these whites are just left alone.
4. Add the coconut mixture to the egg mixture and smoosh with your hands until combined
5. Using a tablespoon or ice cream scoop or just your hands, roll the mixture into 14 similar sized balls and put on a baking sheet. I always use a Silpat when baking! LOVE them!!! Nothing burns ~ ever!
6. Bake on the middle rack at 325 for 18 minutes. Let cool before removing to a plate or cooking rack.
Check out these other delicious treats from my fellow bloggers! Don’t they look delish!!