My Mom used to make these giant coconut thumbprint cookies with home made raspberry jam in the middle of them. I remember watching them come out of the oven and dancing impatiently around the kitchen waiting for them to cool just enough that the hot jam would not sear to the roof of my mouth. I don't know what it is about coconut and raspberry, they just go so well together that pretty much any combination of these two soul food partners is a perfect paring in my mind.
It may not be a coincidence that I felt inspired to make my own version of my childhood recipe this week as I felt the nostalgia of being away for Canadian Thanksgiving while my family celebrated back home. Coconut macrons happen to be one of my husbands favourite cookies as well and as we get close to the end of having spent almost 3 months apart this summer I am looking forward to him coming home and greeting him with a smooch and a cookie (although I will have to make another batch - this one is long gone!)
Let's talk nutrition and snacking for a moment. Cookies are cookies no matter what is in them and they should be enjoyed in moderation, these are no exception. But I am a firm believer that treats can (and should!) still be healthy and contribute to your health and wellbeing! These little numbers are made with coconut flour. Yes I know what you are thinking - 'enough with the over use of coconut products!'. I agree that we North Americans tend to get a little exuberant when it comes to grabbing onto things that we are told are healthy for us. However, as with the cookies, I say the same with the coconut products, everything in moderation!
Using coconut flour in this recipe makes it gluten free but also adds a huge kick of fibre to these snacks. Coconut flour is made from grinding the dry flesh of ripe coconuts and is made up of 75% indigestible fibre which gives your GI tract a brilliant boost! It is also low in digestible carbohydrates which is great because it keeps your blood sugars from fluctuating dramatically like other flours can.
So bake up a batch, grab your sweetie, friend or family member in a big old hug and enjoy a treat together
Tender Coconut Kiss Cookies
People often ask me what my cooking 'style' is and I always struggle to explain it because it is so broad. The best summary is that I will cook anything as long as it is delicious, healthy and wholesome. That means free of chemicals, preservatives, additives, and byproducts. It also means everything in moderation, just because coconut oil is healthy does not mean we should add it to everything! Just because honey is a sugar does not mean we can not have it once in a while! You will not find any dry, bland, cardboard reminiscent food here, healthy can still be crave worthy! There is everything from gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, organic, local, and season recipes here, I hope you find something tempting!