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!

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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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