Happy St. Joseph's Day! Are you wearing red? We are!
Here are the top 3 reasons St. Joseph's Day means so much to us:
- When we were young and in school, we loved questioning those who asked why we weren't wearing green on St. Patrick's Day why they weren't wearing red on St. Joseph's Day. (We felt like we had the upper hand.)
- While I love being 100% American, my nationality boasts both Italian and Polish heritage. When do you ever get to celebrate a holiday that embraces both halves of you?
- St. Joseph's Day is Father's Day in Italy and they celebrate with zeppole. Who doesn't love fried dough? (Although fried dough doesn't really love me or my thighs that much.)
To commemorate this special day, I created my version of zeppole -- a soft and moist, Coconut Cookie with Strawberry Smear -- the strawberry smear symbolizes St. Joseph's Day and it's round to signify a donut.
It's packed with goodness and nothing you can't pronounce or don't know where it came from, which in my book makes for a very good cookie. It's a breeze to pull together, literally taking minutes and you've got yourself a pretty healthy and tasty snack.
Coconut Cookies with Strawberry Smear
Makes 9 Cookies
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon coconut flour
Unsweetened shredded coconut for dusting
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
Meanwhile, whisk the salt, coconut palm sugar, coconut oil and vanilla extract together.
Add the egg and whisk well. Add the coconut flour and mix together with a spatula for two minutes. Drop 1 1/2-inch balls onto the baking sheet. Bake for 6 minutes. Pull out of the oven and quickly stick your thumb in the middle of each ball to make a small indentation.
Put them back in the oven for 6 more minutes or until the edges turn brown and golden. Take them out and sprinkle with the unsweetened coconut.
Allow to cool on a wire rack and then top with the Strawberry Smear.
1 cup of whole strawberries (about 4 or 5)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
Chop the strawberries, put them in a sauce pan and set over medium heat. Add the honey and the lemon juice and stir.
Allow to cook for a few minutes, mashing slightly with a fork until it starts to thicken.
Continue to cook until most of the water disappears and it reduces about in half.
Transfer to a container and refrigerate overnight. Dollop onto the coconut cookies with a spoon.
I store these in the refrigerator to keep the strawberry smear fresh. Happy St. Joseph's Day!