December 20, 2011

Countdown to Christmas Part 2

Today I'm getting started on the baking.  I've been thinking about these cookies for days and can't wait to share them with my friends and family :)


4 egg whites
2 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup coconut sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup dried unsweetened, unsulfured cherries, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup walnut pieces, toasted
2 oz dark chocolate pieces, coarsely chopped

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Combine egg whites, coconut, sugar, vanilla and salt in a double boiler.  Cook and stir 6-7 minutes or until mixture is very hot to the touch and egg whites have thickened, and turned opaque.  Stir in cherries. Cool.

Stir in pecans and chocolate.  Drop dough (about 2 TBSP) at a time on prepared baking sheet.  Bake 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.  Slide cookies (keeping them on the parchment paper) onto wire racks and cool.

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