Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Coconut Macaroons

After our big Saturday night out, Sunday was a long and lazy one at home. So much so, that by the afternoon, I started to feel a touch sloth like. All four of us chillin' in PJ's. all. day. What better way to get motivated when the weather offers no outdoor options... than to hit the kitchen and bake! Creating something tasty to eat always gives me a sense of accomplishment (and also successfully defeats the inertia).

Hitting up the old favourite Women's Weekly COOK book, I chose a mouthwatering classic. Enjoyed plenty of these over the years, but never attempted them myself. With my baking supplies container full to the brim following a big Christmas stock up last week, I had the one ingredient I'm always missing when I go to bake these... glace cherries. Being a coconut lover, these beauties hit the spot, on a rainy cold Sunday. A side note with the recipe suggests variations to coconut, in the form of ground almonds or hazelnuts. Personally, I can't get enough of these for the coconut. 

Note: Mine turned out looking a little more like rock cakes, than macaroons. Due to my failure to comprehend 'slow. oven'. in the method. So 150 degrees is a tad 'too' hot for my oven. Whoops! The flavour still every bit as lovely as I hoped it would be though.

Coconut Macaroons

2 egg whites
1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons plain flour
1 1/2 cups (120g) desiccated coconut
6 glace cherries, quartered

Preheat oven to slow (150/130 degrees fan-forced)
Line oven trays with baking paper
Beat egg whites in small bowl with electric mixer until soft peaks form
Gradually add sugar, beating until dissolved after each addition
Stir in extract, sifted flour and coconut, in two batches
Drop level tablespoons of the mixture 5cm apart into trays
Place a cherry quarter on top of each macaroon
Bake, uncovered, about 40 mins or until browned lightly
Cool on trays


  1. coconut would have to be an absolute favourite of mine julie and baked like this it is not easy to stop at one. i love how few ingredients are needed for this recipe. hope your tuesday has been good. xo.

  2. Even though the oven was hot you managed to make them look delicious!

  3. What's a slow oven?!
    Apart from my old take-all-day-to-cook-a-roast one.
    These look delicious. Slow oven or no slow oven.

  4. Oh love a good coconut macaroon! They dont sound too naughty either, thanks for the recipe i have all the ingredients in the cupboard so im printing it out now!x

  5. I am so excited - My kids and I could eat these as there is no dairy. Halleluah!!!!! Thanks lovely xx

  6. o wow. those look AMAZING!!


  7. Yum J! It's been a few years since I've made them!
    Need to tell you too, I made your No Bake Peppermint Slice for our big Preschool Fete and it sold out! Pretty quickly I'm told too, so keep up your yummy recipe recommendations!

  8. Ooh these with a hot cuppa, what a treat..we are having a bit of a baking day today so we just might try them :)

    p.s...we have hubby's work party this Saturday, our first night out in nearly 3 years...so looking forward to it :)


  9. they look pretty good to me! And you are making me feel very guilty, because nothing comes out of my oven but grease these days!! Im such a bad mum.........

  10. Just in time I have a cuppa tea in hand as I type and can smell them from here, you always have the best cakes over here, I haven't had a chance to make a thing in weeks though with christmas nearly here I will be in the kitchen a lot. Have a wonderful day my friend xo

    Always Wendy


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