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Chocolate Dipped Spiced Coconut Macaroons

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Sometimes there’s an occasion that calls for sweet treats. The inspiration for today’s recipe was a bake sale for the Harvest Festival at my sons’ Waldorf school. I knew there would be plenty of wheat/gluten/grain/dairy rich treats for sale, but I wanted to provide something that was tasty and at the same time allowed people on a gluten/dairy free diet to be able to take home some yummy treats for their family. By the looks of my empty tray at the end of the sale, I think I succeeded.

Chocolate Dipped Spiced Coconut Macaroons

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Ingredients:

1 ½ cups shredded coconut
1 cup coconut flakes
⅓ cup raw coconut crystals
2 TB coconut flour, sifted
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp salt
4 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 oz 70% cacao dark chocolate chips/chunks

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. Mix all dry ingredients (shredded coconut through salt) in a large mixing bowl.

3. Add egg whites and vanilla extract in medium bowl. Beat eggs and vanilla until soft peaks form.

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4. Fold whipped egg whites into dry ingredients.

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5. Use hands to form into small balls and place on parchment paper. The cookies do not spread, so you can fit 15-20 on the baking sheet at once.

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6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Place on cooling rack to cool.

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7. Melt chocolate in a double boiler, or stainless steel bowl over pan of simmering water, stirring constantly so chocolate does not scorch.

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8. Dip cooled cookies in melted chocolate and place on parchment paper lined trays. Cool in fridge until chocolate is set.

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9. Enjoy!

Recipe Tip: Don’t throw away those nutritious egg yolks that you don’t need for this recipe. Save them in a small jar in the fridge and use them in other recipes that you’ll be making within a couple days of the time of cracking. And if you really want to take advantage of the choline in the raw egg yolks, add them to a smoothie, like I do here in my recipe for a super green smoothie!

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