Orange-scented coconut cookies
Makes about 3 dozen cookies or 1 really big cookie
1 cup chopped toasted pecans
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped
2 tsps fresh orange zest
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 pure maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a baking sheet and set aside. In a large bowl combine the pecans, coconut, rice flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.
In a blender combine the dates, orange zest, orange juice, maple syrup, and coconut oil. Blend until smooth.
Mix the wet into the dry until well blended to form a stiff dough.
With wet hand, shape the dough into small balls and place them on the baking sheet. Flatten the cookie and make an indentation in teh center with your thumb. Fill centers of cookies with a small spoonful of marmalade.
Bake the cookies until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then remove the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.