A plethora of macaroons

Under the category of sickly sweet, enter the macaroons. These were so easy I made two of the five varieties Sharon Tyler Herbst (The Joy of Cookies, yadda yadda) has tucked within the recipe for Cherry-Coconut Macaroons. Hailing from the USA, this version of the macaroon requires a well-dried half cup of chopped maraschino cherries. They do make for a moist macaroon, but damn they’re sweet. Ouch.

We like the Chocolate-Coconut Macaroons much better. Two ounces of melted unsweetened chocolate, no maraschinos and nearly a full cup of miniature semisweet chocolate chips tame the sugar overload in these. They are a little drier, but that’s ok. Yumm!

The three varieties yet to try? Chocolate-Cherry-Coconut (same as cherry-coconut with chocolate chips added), Chocolate Chip-Coconut (no cherries, yes chocolate chips) and Nutty Coconut Macaroons (toasted chopped nuts, no cherries). I think we will wait until after we see the dentist for more experimentation with macaroons!


About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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4 Responses to A plethora of macaroons

  1. Fiona says:

    Oh heck! I love coconut. I love chocolate. I love cherries. But all together?The phrase ‘gilding the lily’ comes to mind…….

  2. Karen says:

    I think I gained a pound catching up with your posts while I was on vacation. I have had the chocolate macaroons before and did enjoy them.

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