Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

People often ask me what prompted me to start this blog, and I always give the same reason… which is of course, my sweet little mother. When I lived away from home she would often call asking for a recipe for dessert or an inspiration for a dinner party hors d’oeuvre. So I would dream something up and send it her way via email. Which often prompted an excited response in all caps and many, many exclamation points. Not because my recipes were all that phenomenal… she just really likes exclamation points, and “caps lock”, it seems, is a mystery she has not quite figured out yet. And while I always knew how much I  loved cooking and baking I was surprised by how much I loved sharing the stories of my life through food. So I think my mom deserves a thank you. But she deserves a thank you for a lot more than the beginning of my blogging days. My mom is one of the strongest, smartest women I know. She has always been the type of mom that really paid attention. She always could tell how I was feeling before I revealed myself to her, and she always has had an incredible way of gently steering me in the right direction. Like when I was 17 and absolutely convinced that pursuing a career in acting would be the best way to go, she discouraged me from such a dramatic choice. Partially, I think because the idea of a struggling artist daughter stressed her out, but mostly because she knew her type A, over-planner youngest child would be miserable with a life of uncertainty. Thanks, Ma. She steered me instead, to a college major that revolved around my first true love. Food. Because, as every good mother should, she knew what would really make me happy in the end. My mom endured my 3rd grade anxiety over long division and my college anxiety over macro economics. She let me throw dinner parties when I was in middle school, acting as my “sous chef”… which really translated into showing me how to clean while I went along to avoid a complete kitchen disaster when the recipes were done. Thanks, Ma. She even read the short stories I wrote in my spiral notebooks in grade school, and even though they were clearly rip offs of the Little House on the Prairie books, she agreed with me that they were absolutely publishable works of literature. So here is a recipe for my wonderful mother. It includes two of her favorite foods, chocolate and coconut, to form a dessert that weighs out at only 70 calories a cookie. All good things. And to everyone else who has a mother like mine, who has shaped you for the better, make these coconut macaroons for her. Because all goods moms deserve thank you’s every now and then.
  • ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups sweetened coconut, flaked & lightly packed
  • teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 14 ounce sweetened condensed milk
  1. Melt unsweetened chocolate in the microwave, stirring occasionally; set aside
  2. In a large bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder & salt together
  3. Add coconut to flour mixture and mix well
  4. Pour sweetened condensed milk, vanilla & melted chocolate into coconut mixture and stir until well mixed
  5. Spoon tablespoon sized drops onto a greased cookie sheet and bake at 250 for 40 minutes

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