A Southern Grace: almost ruined the 'roons

March 25, 2016

almost ruined the 'roons


Our dog doesn't ever always come when we call him. That's a problem.

It's an especially bad thing when we're not at the fenced-in dog park or in our cozy back yard. He snuck out of the gate while my fiance was doing some yard work this past weekend and sprinted off down the street, completely ignoring our calls. I can imagine him thinking "FREEDOM!" as he trotted away. My guy eventually caught up with him and held him as I brought out the leash. I proclaimed that I was certain someone would dog-nap him if he got away, but my better half scoffed at that, saying no one would want to take on such a brat. He might be right.

Crisis was thankfully averted, but during all that, I happened to be in the process of making some macaroons. I had whisked up the mixture of egg whites and sugar but had to leave it sitting while we chased down the beast. I should've mixed it again when I got back, but I didn't, and I suspect that's why the cookies wept a little bit in the oven. They still taste amazing--very chewy and slam-packed with coconut flavor--but they leave something to be desired in the aesthetic department.

I'll bet your macaroon recipe is different--what are your proportions? I'm honestly curious to know! Meanwhile, have a lovely Easter!

Super Chewy Coconut Macaroons
(printable recipe)
Makes about 2 dozen
  • 3 cups sweetened, shredded coconut
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/2-3/4 cup granulated sugar, depending on the sweetness of your sweet tooth
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine the egg whites, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a mixing bowl. Whisk until the whites and sugar are completely combined and the mixture is frothy.
Pour the coconut over the egg white mixture and stir until the coconut is evenly moistened.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
With a spoon or cookie scoop, shape the coconut mixture into small balls about an inch in diameter. Space them an inch or so apart on the baking sheet.
Bake the macaroons until browned, 15-20 minutes.
Let the macaroons cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Angie's Recipes said...

I love coconut macaroons more than French macarons, but haven't had one in ages! Can you make macarons with unsweetened coconut shreds?

Alicia Foodycat said...

I love a macaroon! Mine are generally desiccated coconut (we don't usually get sweetened moist coconut in the UK/Australia - although I have just got some off Amazon), condensed milk and eggwhite.

Rosa said...

They look beautiful!

Happy Easter, dear!



Marjie said...

I always said that anyone who kidnapped my daughters would keep them, while anyone who kidnapped my sons would return them when they figured out how much the food bill would be. Your dog story reminded me of that.

Your macaroons look great. I made a lemon angel torte the other day, but I used egg whites that had been in the fridge for 2 days, and despite beating the living tarnation out of them, it didn't rise quite right. I guess it didn't matter, since my dearly beloved scarfed it down anyway. Your macaroon proportions sound about the same as mine.

~~louise~~ said...

No lie, Grace, as I read this post, Marion is watching the People's Court where a person is accusing another of stealing their dog after the dog got loose, didn't have a collar at the time and struted down the street. The second person had to take the "thief" to court to geth their dog back!

I always worry when Iggy is visiting because he is such a spoiled brat and doesn't listen as he should. My son has since enrolled him in obedience school. We'll see how that goes, lol...

Your Macaroons look just fine to me. I can't share a recipe because, would you believe I have never baked a mac in my life!!! Now that you mention it, I really should change that after all, it sounds like they are cholesterol friendly:)

Thanks for sharing, Grace...I'm going to pin this. I mean really, I need to make some macaroons!!!

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Grace:)
It's me again. Right after I left you post, I happened up this recipe for Macaroon Tarts with Chocolate Ganache. It's a bit different than your recipe. Here's the link if you want to check it out:)


Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

I have only tried once to make a coconut macaroon, and the recipe left me sadly disappointed and I never tried again.
I will try your recipe when the next coconut craving hits!
Happy Easter.

Królowa Karo said...

Each cake doesn't like to be left alone... even for a moment ... ;)

Inger @ Art of Natural Living said...

Too funny! I still have a mental picture from my childhood of my brother flying through the air, parallel to the ground to tackle the Alaskan Malamute we had who LOVED to run. The things we put up with for our pets!

Unknown said...

When our bigger dog "escaped" for the first time we chased after him for two blocks, he would get to the end of the street then turn around and sit to watch us running towards him like crazy people calling out his name. Then when we were just a few feet away he would start running again!

We finally figured out he thought all three of us were playing so we yelled his name, turned around and started running back home - he quickly ran after us and we were able to grab and leash him!

Anyway I think your macaroons turned out great they look golden and delicious!

Kate @ Framed Cooks said...

My dog doesn't come either...unless you use the word "cookie" when you are calling her, and then miraculous things happen. Not that she would get one of THESE amazing cookies, mind you. :)

Pam said...

I love macaroons but have never made them. Guess it's time to change that. Yea, I remember when I had to run 3 blocks to catch up to our dachshund who escaped. Our neighbor's old dog died, they got a pup a while back and I don't get it: Neither left/leave the yard, never go out on the street even when another dog walks by, and both obey the couple of owners. It amazes all of us neighbors; they trained them by snapping a newspaper against their leg (owner's leg) and saying "no" when the dog disobeyed. Good luck with your guy!

lisa is cooking said...

I joke about wanting to dog-nap when I see a cute pup. I promise I've never actually done it though! Your macaroons look lovely. These are the perfect Easter treat.

Pam said...

I've had my dog for three years and I am still trying to train her. I think the problem is with me.

The macaroons look amazing - I could eat WAY TOO many of those beauties.

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Hi Grace, I love a chewy cookies and these look exceptionally delicious.

Our dog is ten and she has never really behaved, but I love her to pieces.

Marsha | Marsha's Baking Addiction said...

Oh I love coconut macaroons! These look so delicious!

Food Gal said...

Coconut macaroons always look a little unkempt and wild. I think that's part of their charm. ;)

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

What a cheeky dog! Our cat never used to come but then again I don't think cats really do as they are told. It's been ages since I made coconut macaroons!