Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Coconut Macaroons

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the most polarizing sweet out there is coconut. Think about it, is anyone ever lukewarm about coconut? They usually either love it or they hate it. In my family, everyone loves it except my oldest brother, Mike. Whenever my mom made magic cookie bars, she had to leave one section of the pan a "coconut free zone" so that he'd get to enjoy them, too.

I love coconut. I love coconut cake, german chocolate cake, coconut candies, almond joys, mounds, etc... It's all good as far as I'm concerned.

About a month ago, I was invited to a friends Bunco party. One of the other ladies brought a delicious raspberry chocolate cheesecake. Sounds good, right? Well, it was! But, the best part was the crust! It was made from coconut macaroons!

Now, I'd never had coconut macaroons before, but hey... it's got coconut, it must be good, right? So, that piqued my interest in coconut macaroons and I found this recipe and decided to whip up a batch. They came together very easily, but... I have to say... I'm not a big fan. I mean, sure its coconutty and crispy and chewy both at the same time, but it's also pretty bland. I was very disappointed, even more so because I actually made a whole batch instead of trying to halve the recipe like I usually do (its too much of a nightmare to try to halve 3 egg whites). So, I threw about 5 of these away before I remembered the cheesecake crust and decided to save the rest and put in the freezer for the next time I'm making a cheesecake. Hopefully they'll keep in the freezer.

I dont know, maybe you're supposed to eat these with tea or coffee or something? Also, how adorable is my teacup and saucer???? They were a housewarming gift from my friend April!

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