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Monday, December 13, 2010

"Candy Cane" Macaroons

Continuing on with my three newest Christmas inspired dessert recipes in honor of my 12 days of Christmas Cookies post...

I got the initial idea for these delicious Christmas cookies from a friend's party, where she served these:

Her version of candy cane macaroons.  I had but a small bite, just to experience the taste and they were delicious.  But, much too much sugar for my liking, let alone the Core OR Advanced Plans.  So it was time to re-invent the Candy Cane Macaroon.  Here is what I came up with, the perfect combination of mint and cookie to calm your sweet tooth. :)

Goji berries are the perfect addition to this recipe as they are a low glycemic berry and provide a kick of sweetness and the look of candy cane (Advanced Plan)!  Dried cranberries are another option for Core Plan followers.  You could add in the level of chocolate with dark chocolate chips, too!  Here is what my "Candy Cane" Macaroons look like.  None of the sugar or food dyes and all of the flavor!

"Candy Cane" Macaroons
Makes 20

1 1/2 cups organic unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup raw almond meal
5 tsp spoonable stevia powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup organic coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup raw butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
Handful of Goji Berries, chopped

1.) Line a baking sheet with all natural waxed paper or natural parchment paper.  Place all ingredients in a large bowl and stir until well combined.  Place into fridge to set slightly, about 20 minutes.

2.) Use a melon baller or small spoon to scoop out little cookies.  Place on lined baking sheet.  Freeze to set.  Serve when firmed up!  These little cookies will stay firm for about 4-6 hours at room temp.

Another flavor combination I just thought of is almond extract and dried cherries!  YUM.  What do you think??

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Tall Girl

Oooo, I will be making these with almond and cherry, or maybe almond and orange. Who am I kidding, I will make both! Here in the land of marzipan I often find myself wishing for a "maximized" version, and while Germans do sell organic marzipan, it´s still loaded with sugar.

Healing Cuisine by Elise

OOO!! Almond and orange!!! You'll have to make and send pics my way! :)


Thanks SO much for this! What a genius idea! I teach a desserts class for kids so I'll make this with them (but probably next semester since they have winter break now).


Holy moly you are so creative! I love these. Thank you so much for linking them to 12 Days of Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies - and thanks for the link in your post too!

Healing Cuisine by Elise

Eden - Just checked your blog. I'll be keeping up with you :) Definitely a kid-friendly recipe. Easy and sweet, best of both worlds!

Maggie - Thanks for having the 12 Days of GF Christmas Cookies up on your site. Fun! Enjoy!

Mama Bird

Yum! I was just looking for gluten free alll natural cookie recipes. This is our first year of paleo eating and m missing cookies a lot right now, I cannot wait to try these
Tomarrow thanks


Ooo, I love the sound of these cookies. May have to keep them in mind for my cookie swap next weekend! And love your suggestion of almond extract and cherries. I love almonds. Happy Baking!

Maria @ The Honest Kitchen


I don't know much about gluten free, but these sound delicious! :)


Great idea! Love SWEET gluten free recipes! yum.

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