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Mandarin Coconut Cookies


These fragrant mandarin and coconut cookies pack loads of flavor. 

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  • 2 mandarin oranges, such as satsumas or clementines
  • 1 3/4 Cup cane sugar
  • 3/4 Cups coconut oil
  • 2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Cup grated unsweetened dried coconut, divided
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Use a vegetable peeler to remove outer peel from mandarins, and then finely chop it to obtain 1 tablespoon zest. Juice mandarins to obtain 1/4 cup juice. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat 1 1/4 cups sugar and oil on medium speed for 1 minute. Add juice, zest, and vanilla and beat again. Add flour, 1/2 cup coconut, cornstarch, baking powder and salt; beat again until combined. In a bowl, combine remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup coconut.

Form dough into 1 1/2-inch balls. Arrange 2 inches apart on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. Dip a flat-bottomed glass in water and then in sugar mixture. Press down firmly on each cookie, re-dipping the glass as needed. Bake until golden brown and just firm, about 15 minutes.