Saturday, February 23, 2013

Coconut Macaroons

Yesterday, Justin and I had a mavelous afternoon in Downtown Delray, eating cheesesteaks from Big Al's and wandering the streets of Pineapple Grove. On the drive home, Justin noticed a coconut laying in the road by our development, and naturally, got out to examine the fallen specimen. Alas, it was rotten, but it made me think of my favorite cookies: The Coconut Macaroon.

As if the road obstuction wasnt enough, I flipped open the latest issue of Bon Appetit, and "BAM", an article about coconut chips for baking instead of shredded coconut. Well, needless to say, we went to the grocery store to secure the ingredients for these delcious morsels. And! What luck! I found coconut chips! The glory of living in south Florida.

Coconut chips are, according to Bon Appetit Magazine, harder to find than shredded coconut. I found mine with all of the dehyrated pineapple tidbits and bagged mixed nuts by the produce section. But, if your grocery store doesnt have them, a health food store should.

The first time I made these I thought "this is too easy to be true!". And this time, when I whipped them up for dessert, Justin thought the same. Tell me what you think about this four ingredient recipe.

P.S. If you dont mind a fifth ingreident, feel free to add chocolate chips!


Coconut Macaroons

Yield: 2 dozen

4 oz Coconut Chips

3 oz Shredded Coconut

14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk

3 Tbsp All Purpose Flour


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine all of the ingreients with a spoon until the milk and flour completely coat the coconut.

3. On a greased sheet tray, place rounded tablespoons of the coconut mixture about 1 inch apart.

4. Bake for 15-20 minutes; until the edges and bottom are golden brown. The center will look slightly moist.

5. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes.


Friday, February 15, 2013

Measure Up!

You know how they say "good things come to those who wait"? Well, I have been patiently waiting for weeks since recieving an email from the nice people at OXO Kitchen Appliances for my very own set of Mini Measuring Beakers.

What happened was, one day I was leisurely surfing Facebook, when I came across the OXO page. They were doing a survey about storing spices, and what better to do when bored then fill out a survey? A week later, I received an email from them saying they wanted to "thank me for my time" with a complimentary set of Mini Measuring Beakers. Awesome!

And now they are here! They are so cute, and definitely handy for measuring small quantities of ingredients since they sit nicely on the counter. There will be no more fumbling with the measuring spoons and the bottle of vanilla! Don't lie, we have all been there, and spilled it all over the counter.

Aside from being super adorable they have other amazing qualities as well like being dishwasher safe, BPA free and they all nest together for easy storage.

Overall I love them and I think you would, too. Next time you're measuring a teaspoon of lemon juice, you will thank me.


*OXO did not pay or endorse this post. All opinions are my own, without compensation.