Assorted Macaroons #SundaySupper

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The macaroon is a classic cookie served during Jewish holidays. It’s a simple cookie full of sweet coconut that can be easily transformed with different flavor combinations and toppings, perfect for gift-giving during the holidays.

assorted macaroons #sundaysupper

Have you already started your holiday shopping? I actually went out to the mall on Black Friday — no, NOT at 4 in the morning. It was more like 4 in the afternoon. But alas, I went, and I successfully crossed a couple people off my gift list which always feels good. While I do love shopping for others (and you know I picked up a few things for myself along the way — hellooo markdowns at Lululemon!!!), I tend to do a lot of homemade gifts, straight from my kitchen. That’s what #SundaySupper is all about today — Gifts From the Kitchen. Thanks to the wonderful Renee of Magnolia Days for hosting!

Homemade gifts are the best. They take the phrase “it’s the thought that counts” to a whole new level because well, thought is all these gifts consist of! Whether it’s a basket full of freshly baked muffins, trays and trays of cookies, or Mason Jars of your favorite pancake or brownie mix, these kinds of gifts are special because they truly do come straight from the heart. 

assorted macaroons #sundaysupper

I love making macaroons during Passover. I made them this past year and had my nieces help dip the bottoms in chocolate — they had a blast and the cookies were delicious! I don’t think any of us were able to eat the store-bought ones after trying my homemade batch. Macaroons are made from sugar, egg whites, and shredded coconut — that’s it. It’s such a simple base but there are lots of fun things you can do to make each macaroon stand out on its own. I made an assortment of different macaroons. Each one has its own style, but that classic coconut flavor is never lost.

assorted macaroons #sundaysupper

I added dark cocoa powder to half of the batch to make chocolate coconut macaroons. Then I melted chocolate to dip some of the bottoms and covered in fun holiday-themed sprinkles. I made an Almond Joy version by placing one almond on top and drizzling melted chocolate over top. There is so much more you can do if you just open your mind and get creative — the options are endless! Chop up your favorite candy into tiny pieces and add it to the batter, add chocolate chips, melt white chocolate for dipping the chocolate macaroons… I could go on forever!

assorted macaroons #sundaysupper

Macaroons are always a hit. It’s hard to believe how easy they are to make, but that’s what makes them so great. Platters of assorted cookies are a great gift idea around the holidays. It gives you an opportunity to personalize the gift by using the recipient’s favorite flavors, colors and ingredients, and really gives them something they’ll remember — because no one can forget dessert!

 assorted macaroons

 

Assorted Macaroons #SundaySupper
 
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Shaina
The macaroon is a classic cookie served during Jewish holidays. It’s a simple cookie full of sweet coconut that can be easily transformed with different flavor combinations and toppings, perfect for gift-giving during the holidays.
Ingredients
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 14 oz. bag shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Ghirardelli dark chocolate bar
  • holiday sprinkles
  • almonds
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Whisk the egg whites, sugar and vanilla in a bowl until fluffy.
  3. Stir in the coconut until well combined.
  4. Divide the batter in half and add cocoa powder to one batch. Stir until well combined.
  5. Use a small cookie scoop to portion out the cookies onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  6. Bake for about 25 minutes, turning the sheet at the halfway mark, or until the tops are browned.
  7. While the macaroons are cooling, melt the chocolate and pour sprinkles in a small shallow dish.
  8. Dip half of the macaroons into the chocolate and either leave plain or dip immediately into sprinkles.
  9. Place one almond onto the remaining macaroons and use a spoon to drizzle melted chocolate over the top of the cookie.
  10. Arrange the cookies on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
 

 

Need more ideas for gifts? Cookbooks are always a great idea for anyone who loves to cook. You could make one of the recipes and prepare a cute little basket with your goodies and the book! Did you know that two of our #SundaySupper members have written cookbooks of their own?  Check ’em out! 

Make Ahead Bread: 100 Recipes for Melt-in-Your-Mouth Fresh Bread Every Day by Donna Currie
http://www.amazon.com/Make-Ahead-Bread-Melt—Your-Mouth/dp/1627103953/

An Appealing Plan: A Year Of Everyday Celebrations by Krayl Funch
http://www.amazon.com/Appealing-Plan-Year-Everyday-Celebrations/dp/0990643050

And for even more ideas, check out all of these homemade gifts from the kitchen my #SundaySupper friends are sharing with you today.
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Hello! I’m Shaina – a Delray Beach, Florida resident, foodie, and lifestyle blogger. I love exploring South Florida and beyond, and sharing everything from my favorite restaurants, products and more with you! See more by following along on Instagram:  @takeabiteoutofboca

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