Ambrosia Cookies

Allan Penn


  • 2 Cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 Teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  baking powder
  • 3/4 Teaspoons  salt
  • 1 Cup  unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 Cup  minus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 Cup  firmly packed light brown sugar
  • large eggs
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 Cup  quick-cooking oats
  • 1 Teaspoon  lemon zest
  • 3/4 Cups  chopped dried pineapple
  • 1 Cup  sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 Cup  pecans, toasted and finely chopped

Ambrosia — food of the gods, and food of the Southern United States. My grandmother used to serve it at every meal except breakfast. Typically, it consists of coconut, mandarin oranges, marshmallows, pineapple, nuts, and whipping cream, but she made it with whipped topping, fruit cocktail, coconut, and pineapple. She never used oranges and only added nuts during pecan season. In honor of Ambrosia Day and my grandma, here’s a cookie modeled after her famous salad.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place a rack in the center. Have ready 2 ungreased baking sheets.

Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium-sized bowl; set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy. Add both sugars and beat for about 1 minute, then add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture. Stir in the oats, lemon zest, pineapple, coconut, and pecans.

Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of batter 2 ½ inches apart onto the baking sheets. Bake 1 sheet at a time for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are nicely browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Calories per serving:

321 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 315g 484%
  • Carbs 841g 280%
  • Saturated 152g 761%
  • Fiber 52g 210%
  • Trans 7g
  • Sugars 463g
  • Monounsaturated 102g
  • Polyunsaturated 40g
  • Protein 93g 187%
  • Cholesterol 860mg 287%
  • Sodium 2,773mg 116%
  • Calcium 1,073mg 107%
  • Magnesium 699mg 175%
  • Potassium 2,662mg 76%
  • Iron 31mg 174%
  • Zinc 18mg 122%
  • Phosphorus 2,837mg 405%
  • Vitamin A 1,720µg 191%
  • Vitamin C 63mg 105%
  • Thiamin (B1) 5mg 309%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 137%
  • Niacin (B3) 20mg 100%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 53%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 694µg 173%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 21%
  • Vitamin D 5µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 8mg 42%
  • Vitamin K 22µg 27%
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