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Celebration Coconut Macaroons

Updated on December 18, 2014
holiday macaroons
holiday macaroons

I am so excited to be going home for the holidays this year. For me, it means hopping on a plane from Tokyo to Hawaii, where my family lives so it's extra special for me. I just got a call from my sister a couple of days ago saying that she had arranged a family dinner and that I will most likely be in charge of the cooking! My first thought was, "Are you kidding me? I'm on vacation here!". But then on second thought, I realized that I've always been the cook in the family and well, how often do I get to cook for my family these days? Not that often!

All I know is that she has a frozen turkey waiting for me ( I've only baked a turkey once in my entire life. Yikes! ). I also know that I'll most likely be in charge of making sweet treats for everyone. So what can I make that's easy and quick as well as being festive enough for this special occasion?

Holiday Coconut Macaroons of course!

Sometime last week, I had the sudden desire for coconut macaroons and realized I haven't had one in ages. So for this year's family treats, I'm going to be making some of them along with some home-made vegan gingerbread snowflake cookies that everyone can decorate. Coconut macaroons are so easy to make and although you can just eat them without the frosting, I think the red and green frosting adds just the perfect amount of holiday cheer.

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Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • MACAROONS
  • 2 cups flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Combine the coconut, sugar, flour and salt in a bowl. Add egg whites and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Drop one-inch balls onto greased baking sheet. Slightly flatten with the back of a spoon.
  3. Bake at 325F for approximately 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. Make the frosting by mixing together the confectioner's sugar and butter.
  6. Mix on low speed until well blended and then at medium for 3 minutes.
  7. Add the vanilla and heavy cream and beat for another minute adding more cream is necessary.
  8. Separate the buttercream into two bowls.
  9. Add red food coloring to one batch. Add green food coloring to the other batch.
  10. Put a dollop of whipped cream on each macaroon and add sprinkles if desired.
5 stars from 1 rating of Celebration Coconut Macaroons

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Do you like coconut macaroons? What are some of your favorite holiday treats?

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    • CherylsArt profile image

      Cheryl Paton 

      3 years ago from West Virginia

      Would you make some of those for me? : ) Just kidding. They look good.

    • CatherineGiordano profile image

      Catherine Giordano 

      3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I love macaroons. Thanks for the recipe. I need something to take to a dinner party for Christmas Eve. This might be the perfect thing.

    • Joyfulcrown profile image

      Joyfulcrown 

      3 years ago

      Looks so yummy. I love macaroons, but never tried making them before. I'll this. Thanks

    • Erin Mellor profile image

      Erin Mellor 

      3 years ago from Europe

      These look great. I'll skip the frosting and go straight to the cream I think. Happy Holidays.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @tonyleather: I hope they turned out great.

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      tonyleather 

      4 years ago

      These look absolutely terrific, and I will be making some this weekend coming!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Heidi Vincent: You're invited! :)

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @seahorse60: thanks so much! Merry Christmas to you as well.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @esmonaco: And Merry Christmas to you as well.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @sharadkgupta lm: Thanks sharadkgupta.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @LornsA178: Aww thank you. You know I am a fan of your recipes as well.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @archetekt lm: You're right about the sugar content with a lot of recipes.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @missmary1960: haha. I hope you enjoy them.

    • chrisilouwho profile image

      chrisilouwho 

      4 years ago

      Yum! Enjoy your holidays, thanks for sharing!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Diana Wenzel: Unfortunately, nobody in my family eat sweets. I'm the only one who can't live without dessert!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Brite-Ideas: Macaroon chocolate bars sound delicious!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @sousababy: I love your macaroon recipe as well sousababy.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: They are very yum Vinn!

    • Heidi Vincent profile image

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      I love coconut and these look great! I'll have to invite myself over to your house for some of these coconut macaroons.

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      seahorse60 

      4 years ago

      I love all cookies and coconut so your macaroons sound perfect. Have a great time with your family this Christmas!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I'm glad that you will be with your family for the Hoildays, I have so many favorite cookies it's just to hard to choose!!! One of them happens to be coconut macaroons. Thanks and have a very Merry Christmas.

    • sharadkgupta lm profile image

      sharadkgupta lm 

      4 years ago

      Nice recipe . Love to eat it.

    • LornsA178 profile image

      LornsA178 

      4 years ago

      YOu are a great cook! All of your recipes sounds delicious. I always love your food presentation. Your macaroons are very pleasing to the eyes.

    • archetekt lm profile image

      archetekt lm 

      4 years ago

      I love coconut and tend to make the recipes with less sugar and no dairy and sometimes no eggs.

      Coconut oil is a substitute for butter and most recipes tend to call for too much sugar and that can be halfed without loss of flavor.

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      missmary1960 

      4 years ago

      I do not but it wouldn't stop me from making them!

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      Oh yes. These celebration macaroons are calling my name. Your family will be in culinary heaven while you are home. :-)

    • Brite-Ideas profile image

      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      macaroon chocolate bars and macaroon chocolates are my favorite

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      sousababy 

      4 years ago

      My man-servant loves chocolate dipped macaroons. I make a different version and yet your are so festive looking - I really should learn to "decorate" food more. Thanks for the inspiring recipe.

    • VinnWong profile image

      VinnWong 

      4 years ago

      Ooooohhhhh... yuummmmyy...!

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