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