Countdown to Christmas: Mad-Easy Macaroons

Amy writes: Some women won't admit what I'm about to admit, but I think I can do it. Let me take a deep breath. Okay, ready?

I have a lot in common with my mother. There. I said it. Well.

One of the many things we have in common is our love of coconut, and that is probably why she recently emailed me a recipe for coconut macaroons.

As many daughters might, I had my suspicions that she wasn't sending it to me merely out of the goodness of her heart. I thought perhaps it may be a subtle hint that she would like to see these on our Christmas Eve dessert table. Chris thought so too. And since they fall into the quick-and-easy theme we seem to have going this year, we decided to make them. (Just for you, Mom!)

Mix ingredients in a bowl

Place on parchment-lined cookie sheet
and bake 8-10 minutes

Cool on parchment-lined wire racks

She found this particular recipe at the website Just A Pinch, but when I browsed around the Internet, I found several very similar recipes. What I particularly love about this one is that there are only four ingredients. That, and the preparation only takes about two minutes. Oh, and they only need to be baked for 8-10 minutes. Which is to say, they are "mad-easy," which is why I've dubbed them "Mad-Easy Macaroons." And they are also really tasty - moist, chewy, and full of coconut and almond flavor. So next time either I or my mother have a craving for coconut, we know that craving can be satisified in about a half hour. How great is that?

Mad-Easy Macaroons
recipe from Just A Pinch

2 (7-ounce) packages sweetened flake coconut
(aka "angel flake")
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1  1/2 teaspoons almond extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. In a bowl, combine condensed milk and extracts. Mix well. Add coconut. Mix well. Drop by round teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from baking sheets and place on parchment-covered cooling racks. Store loosely covered at room temp.


Margaret Murphy Tripp said...

We are lovers of coconut as well. I've made these, and easy or not...they're fantastic!

Jocie's Mom said...

Mom's are pretty cool actually :) Lovely macaroons! And a great yummy holiday treat

Jessica said...

I would love to try making macaroons! My friend actually just let me try some of her chocolate dipped macaroons today and they were amazing! So glad you shared a recipe for this!!

Emily said...

I have seen this recipe before...super easy and super delicious! I am a lover of coconut too.

Sara said...

These look great-I adore macaroons! :)

Dreams of cakes said...

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Kiri W. said...

Mmmm, nothing makes me happier than coconut macaroons :) Lovely, and you can hardly mess up on this one!