Let’s take a step back in time, nearly two years back to be precise. So far back in time that I didn’t know the difference between a macaron and a macaroon! In fact I don’t think I even knew there were two such similar words. Can you believe such a time existed?
Fast forward to now and I’m one of those annoying people who corrects everyone who says macaroon when they really mean macaron. I sure have learned a lot in the last two years. Possibly the biggest difference between macaroons and macarons, to me anyway, is that macaroons are seriously simple to make. They’re also pretty budget friendly and keep for a while. Twenty minutes and a bit of cooling time is all it takes to make them.
All these pros make them the perfect little edible gift. Did you know there are just 11 weeks (a little less) until Christmas? I’ve only just started putting my lists and plans together but I think theses might make another appearance.
Meal Planning Magic is hosting a 12 weeks of Christmas treats blog hop for the 12 weeks leading up to Christmas for bloggers to share their festive treat ideas and for readers to get lots and lots of delicious inspiration. Of course I can’t turn down a party invitation so I’m jumping right in. I’m not sure that I’ll be committed to one creation a week, but I’ll give it a go.
Check out Meal Planning Magic if you want to be a part of it and make sure you pop on over to all the other blogs to see their creations. You might even meet a new friend.
Another recipe for the four ingredient girls this is – chocolate macaroons. I upped the anti on the chocolate and used Lindt coconut dark chocolate instead of regular chocolate.
I did say this was a difficult recipe. This is how hard it is – throw everything in a bowl and mix it all together.
Use about a tablespoon of dough at a dime and roll the mixture into balls. Pop them on a lined baking tray and leave 2cm between each one.
Bake them at 180C fan-forced for 10 minutes or until they turn golden. See, told you it was easy!
Leave them to sit on the tray for five minutes.
Move them over to a wire rack to cool completely.
Package them up for your friends and family before you eat them all. Enjoy!
What about you? Have you started thinking about Christmas baking yet?
- 2 cups desiccated coconut
- ½ cup caster sugar
- 2 egg whites
- ⅓ cup finely chopped dark chocolate (I used coconut chocolate)
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C fan-forced and line two baking trays with paper.
- Mix all the ingredients together.
- Use a level tablespoon of mixture for each one and roll the mixture into a ball.
- Place on the tray leaving at least 2 centimeters between each ball.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until they start to turn golden.
- Leave the baked macaroons on the tray for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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