Gluten-Free 'Almond Joy' Macaroons
- Servings Per Recipe: 30
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories: 73.3
- Total Fat: 4.2 g
- Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
- Sodium: 11.6 mg
- Total Carbs: 8.6 g
- Dietary Fiber: 0.8 g
- Protein: 1.3 g
IntroductionThis version of macaroon cookies is reminiscent of the popular Almond Joy candy bars. In this recipe, pineapple replaces some of the sugar for natural sweetness, and egg whites are used in place of condensed milk for a lighter and healthier macaroon. This version of macaroon cookies is reminiscent of the popular Almond Joy candy bars. In this recipe, pineapple replaces some of the sugar for natural sweetness, and egg whites are used in place of condensed milk for a lighter and healthier macaroon.
1/3 cup unsweetened crushed pineapple, well drained
1 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup liquid or fresh egg whites (about 5 large whites)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
30 whole almonds
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
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To bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350░F. Coat a baking sheet with pan spray or line with a silicone baking mat.
Scoop out tablespoon-sized balls of the mixture. Arrange the cookies on the baking sheet about 1/2-inch apart (they will not spread). Press an almond into the top of each cookie. Bake about 20 minutes, until the cookies are golden brown. Halfway through the baking time, rotate the pan for even baking. Cool the cookies for about 1 hour.
Melt the chocolate in the microwave. Spoon the melted chocolate over the cookies in a zigzag pattern. Allow the chocolate to harden. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Serving Size:áMakes 30 cookies
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I made this recipe for my daughter for her 29th birthday. It was a hit! She loved almond joy candy bars as a child but is now eating gluten-free. It was the perfect dessert for her! Thanks for sharing it on spark! - 7/9/14
Reply from MARISACHURCHILL (7/9/14)
I'm so glad your daughter enjoyed my macaroons. I too was a big Almond Joy fan as a kid, hence the inspiration/motivation to create a healthier/lighter version. Happy birthday to her, and thank you for taking the time to post your comment!
Table sugar is as natural as pineapple. There's no difference as to its naturalness. It's great to cut back/out on both/either. Using the egg whites is great. I will leave out the pineapple that was never in Almond Joy. - 6/12/14
Reply from MARISACHURCHILL (6/11/15)
Correct, both are natural, what I mean is that sugar is empty calories while pineapple contains natural sugar so will give you sweetness ANDF provide vitamin C, bromelain and fiber. Plus has fewer calories per cup than sugar, so it's a great replacement for some of that sugar. :)