Piña Colada Cookies!

Quarantine Day 48: NYC

So here’s the thing about quarantine: Some days, you feel like being Martha Stewart and whipping up something gourmet, that uses every gadget and appliance in the kitchen. While other days, you’re just trying to shovel food as fast as you can into your mouth, most probably forgetting to chew.

Yeah, that’s coming from the girl who just housed an entire bag of frozen peas.

Things are getting desperate.

Anywho — tonight’s recipe is going to hit the spot when the hungry snack monster strikes.

Allow me to introduce to you, Pina Colada Cookies!

They were actually inspired by a Disney movie I watched recently in the Q.

So here’s a little fun fact: When I was growing up, I was a huge Disney Channel Original Movie fan. I mean, we’re talking: High School Musical. The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Zenon the Zequel, Cadet Kelly, The Even Stevens Movie. I was all in.

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But my favorite of all time was Rip Girls.  And thanks to Disney+, we can now all relive our adolescence as quarantined adults. Wine highly encouraged.

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But Rip Girls starred Camilla Belle. It was set in Hawaii. And I may or may not have had a slight surfer girl obsession afterwards, complete with a bedroom decoration overhaul.

So when it comes to anything beach or tropical themed, I like to consider myself an expert 🙂

Thus was born: my Piña Colada Cookies!

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I whipped up these bad boys with visions of board shorts and palm trees in my head 🙂

And not only are they gorgeous, but they’re healthy! So you can pop one – or seven – the next time you feel a quarantine snack attack coming on!

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They a scrumptious blend of dried fruits and nuts. Kinda like an amped up version of a Larabar. Only, better, IMHO.

And they’re Grain and Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo, and Specific Carb Diet friendly!

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In a word…they’re DELICIOUS!

Tropical healthy cookie bites that take your taste buds to Hawaii! 🙂

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Here’s what you need: (Makes 10 cookies) — enough for 3-4 people 😉

5 dates, pitted
4 dried pineapple rings
12 almonds
12 cashews
1/4 cup shredded coconut
2 Tbsp coconut butter (NOT oil)

Optional:
Melted dark chocolate (NOT S.C.D. friendly)

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Tools:
Food Processor

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Directions:
Put everything in the food processor and process for about a minute until everything is roughly the same size. (Like the size of peppercorns.) Then, roll 1 Tbsp of dough into balls. Chill for at least 20 minutes, and enjoy.

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Pro Tip: The dough may feel a bit wet when you roll it into balls initially, but that’s just the heat from the food processor melting the oils in the coconut butter. This will go away and “firm up” after 20 minutes in the fridge)

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Optional: Melt about 1/4 cup dark chocolate in the microwave (do 30 second increments, stirring in between), or double boiler and dip half of the cookie. (Do this after they’ve firmed in the refrigerator for 20 minutes).

I was literally dreaming about my toes in the sand while chewing on these AMAZING COOKIES!

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They’re so tropical! It’s seriously the cookie form of a Piña Colada! You’ve got the pineapple, you’ve got the coconut, you’ve got the sweetness from the dates…now all you need is rum!

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But seriously, these are fantastic. They’re sticky and chewy, and the dark chocolate just takes them over the top!

Not to mention they look super elegant and “dressed up!”

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I can’t wait to share these with my friends once quarantine is over!

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And you don’t have to tell anyone that they’re secretly healthy!! 😉

So bring on the tropics!

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If you need me, I’ll be watching Rip Girls, and online shopping for a bikini 🙂

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64 thoughts on “Piña Colada Cookies!

  1. Hi I don’t normally comment on your recipe posts but this one I couldn’t resist because you see I just love cashew nuts, could eat them till the cows come home as they say here in Scotland 😃

  2. So you like Pina Coloda and have a cute lovely face
    And you made them into cookies while at rest at your place

    Alright. The song is much older than you, but it fit the occasion. Have fun.

  3. Although I’m an ’03 baby, I LOVE High School Musical too!! My sister and I would memorize every word to their songs 😂 Also love your Piña Colada cookies, gotta try them out for Mother’s Day since my mom loves piña colada 😂

    1. Oh my gosh yes! We’re allllll in thissss together! Haha same here same here. Thanks! Hugs and love xox

  4. I must say, this is a must. Not just because Pina-colada is, well… one of my favorite of THOSE type drinks, but because it seems simple and awesome looking (shhhh – and better for you than other ‘goodies’) So of course this got my attention! Me. For. Sure. Will. Try! Thanks

  5. My wife used to make something similar for me to take on my long six week trips around remote parts of Asia along with wheat based bakes biscuit sized. They were very welcome after days of eating rice bowls. 🙂

    1. Gotcha! Everyone’s taste is different! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox

  6. Thatz a great recipe. Great post—thanks for sharing. They look scurmpdeliicious! Try saying that five times. We’re in this love together. Thanks for making this quarantine fun. Blessings and Peace.

  7. Wow, dear Caralyn, that looks very inviting, yum yum – my mouth is already full of water 🙂
    I have to take the next plane to New York 🙂

    You are not only a sweet person but also a super-cook 🙂

    Hugs and love, my friend 🙂
    Didi

    1. Thanks Didi! Haha yes they were might tasty! Hope you’re having a great day! Hugs and love xox

  8. Pina Colada Cookies may be nice, but if you sub white chocolate for the dark stuff, Pina Colada Snowballs are even better!! Hmm, wondering if caramel could make Pina Colada Mudpies. I may try that and let you know! 🙂
    “Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.” Isaiah 55:2 (just in case any of your readers thought the Bible was booorrring! :-D)

  9. Bwahahahaha! Gotta love disney originals. Fun Fact- my husband and I met doing musicals. We went to different high schools in neighboring towns and when he picked me up from school one day, a bunch of girls from my choir class started squealing, “YOU’RE DATING TROY BOLTON!” Apparently I missed the fact that he played Troy in his high school’s performance of HSM. 😝 #smalltownfamous

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