Ambrosia Cookies

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Ambrosia — food of the gods, and food of the Southern United States. My grandmother used to serve it at every meal...
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Allan Penn

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.

20
Servings
282
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients
Makes
60 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 Teaspoons salt
  • 1 Cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 Cup minus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 Cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 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

Directions

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.

Cookie Shopping Tip

Be sure to purchase the correct flour a recipe calls for – flours differ in gluten or protein content, making each suited for specific tasks.

Cookie Cooking Tip

Insert a toothpick into the center of cakes, bar cookies, and quick breads to test for doneness – it should come out clean or only have a few crumbs clinging to it.

Cookie Wine Pairing

Milk is more traditional with cookies than wine in the U.S., but a few cookies and a glass of sweet wine make a simple, enjoyable dessert. Sweet chenin blanc, muscat, or amontillado sherry with nut-based cookies; sauternes or sweet German wines with sugar cookies; cabernet sauvignon or cabernet franc with chocolate desserts; Italian vin santo with biscotti.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
15g
24%
Sugar
14g
N/A
Saturated Fat
8g
38%
Cholesterol
43mg
14%
Protein
5g
9%
Carbs
33g
11%
Vitamin A
86µg
10%
Vitamin C
3mg
5%
Vitamin D
0.3µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
0.4mg
2.1%
Vitamin K
1µg
1%
Calcium
45mg
4%
Fiber
3g
10%
Folate (food)
15µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
48µg
12%
Folic acid
19µg
N/A
Iron
2mg
9%
Magnesium
34mg
9%
Monounsaturated
5g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
1mg
5%
Phosphorus
129mg
18%
Polyunsaturated
2g
N/A
Potassium
131mg
4%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.1mg
6.7%
Sodium
159mg
7%
Sugars, added
11g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
15.2%
Trans
0.4g
N/A
Zinc
0.9mg
6%

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