Appalachian Food Christmas

Coconut Macaroons

snow in cherokee co
This is what the outside of the Blind Pig house has looked like this week-well if you made a watercolor of what it looked like-that’s what you’d see. But you get the point-we’ve had an unusually big snow for this early in the winter. In fact-the girls haven’t had school all week.

I’ve used the ‘snowed in’ time to make some of our favorite sweets to eat around the holidays. There have been Pralines, Sugar Cookies, and a few other recipes I haven’t shared with you before-the one that seemed to disappear the fastest over the last few days-was Coconut Macaroons.


If you’re a coconut lover-you’ll love these-and if you’re not you still might like them. The Deer Hunter claims he doesn’t like coconut-but he doesn’t seem to have a problem scarfing these down.

You need:

  • 5 1/3 cups (14ozs) flake coconut
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla

Mix all the ingredients together;

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto well-greased cookie sheets-press coconut down lightly with spoon or fork. Bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes or till lightly browned.

Once they’re done-let them cool on a cookie rack. Mine always stick to the pans-but even if they get smushed up a little once they cool they stay intact.

We’ve all enjoyed the snow-so pretty-and the forced slow down from our busy days is kinda nice too.

But I think the best part of my snowed in cooking days-was the cooking helper I had! Chatter helped me make all the goodies 🙂



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    December 21, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Those macaroons look really easy to make. I don’t like coconut either, but my husband loves coconut. We’ve had a lot of snow, too, and it is so cold it isn’t melting.

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    December 20, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    My wife makes a similar recipe to this, but she drizzles melted chocolate on them after they cool, so good. Hope ya’ll have a Merry Christmas

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    December 20, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    We had so much frost this morning it looked like a light layer of snow. That’s as close as we’ve been to snow this year. Although it has been cold enough. But we just don’t get much of any kind of precipitation here on the farm. Those macaroons look delicious. My Captain doesn’t like coconut either.
    Don’t ya just love being snowed in and spending time together?!

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    December 20, 2010 at 5:23 am

    There’s nothing prettier than snow in the mountains! We don’t have any local mountains, but we’ve sure had a lot of snow! I too spent four days snowed in with the grandbaby. I actually enjoy being snowed in, as long as we’ve had enough warning to stock up first, it’s so cozy and sweet to be cut off from all the daily running about and spend a little quality time in your own snug little world! I see you put your snow day to good use making memories with Chitter! Here’s to more ‘snow days’!

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    Jennifer in OR
    December 19, 2010 at 1:41 am

    I’m snowed in, too, and will make these in the morning with my helpers. Beautiful picture of your girl!

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    December 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Hey Tipper, I made these from your recipe this afternoon for my daughter. They are great! Amanda sends you a big old hug for putting that recipe in your blog, cause she now gets to eat all those macaroons. She did share a couple with me and hubby! Please share your sugar cookie recipe next!!!!

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    Brenda Kay Ledford
    December 18, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Looks like you had a lot more snow at Brasstown than we did. Those are lovely snow photos.
    Your cookies look really good.
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.
    If you’re up at Phillips & Lloyd Book Shop in Hayesville, you might want to view the new book Mama and I have published. SIMPLICITY is a collection of prose and poetry about Clay County, NC.

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    December 18, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Now your place looks so Christmasy with all that snow! Believe it or not the first snow fell on Troodos Mountains the other day – unusually early for us. With such a lovely cooking helper around, no wonder your coconut macaroons look so delicious!

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    December 18, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Having special helpers in the kitchen must have been…well…special.

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    B. Ruth
    December 18, 2010 at 7:15 am

    This post brought back memories of coconuts past….
    I remember Dad bringing home a coconut at Christmastime..Mom would poke a hole in the eyes to pour out the milk before cracking it with a hammer…sometimes she would put it in a juice glass for us to taste..ewwww! I didn’t like it!Then it was our job to pick out the meat that didn’t fall off the shell in cracking…Mom would grate it and make a coconut, walnut/pecan nut, dried fruit mix of thin baked cake we always referred to as “Stomachache Cake” cause if you ate more than a few bites or so you got a stomach ache…LOL It wasn’t a fruit cake more like a cookie or candy baked in a square glass pan…I haven’t made it in years because it is so rich!I don’t remember macaroons that much at our house made with a lot of coconut…I think Mom used egg whites and coconut. Back then coconuts were expensive and Mom always used fresh ones at Christmas…
    I miss my grown helpers!
    Thanks Tipper, I am hunting for that “Stomachache cake recipe”…

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    December 17, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Great pictures! How come the Deer
    Hunter’s truck is way down there?
    Just kiddin’. Its slick as a frog’s belly up my driveway and I
    had to walk part way to my house
    too last night.
    Those macaroons are delicious. I
    bought some last week, now I know
    how to make them myself. And the
    close up of Chitter standing in
    the doorway is nice. Both your girls have beautiful eyebrows.
    Looks like you all are enjoying
    the good times of Christmas…Ken

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    lynn legge
    December 17, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    we here in sw pa have had snow also… and its nice to be in a cozy kitchen with delicious goodies cooking in the oven 🙂
    during this hectic holiday season.. always remember to cherish the times we have with our loved ones.. and elf helpers …. btw your elf is gorgeous … i love coconut… wish i could reach in and snitch one.. lol and blame it on the deerhunter.. heh
    big ladybug hugs

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    December 17, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Sounds like a great recipe, Tipper. Thank you for sharing~and you have a very pretty helper!

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    Pat in east TN
    December 17, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Om my gosh Tipper, those look absolutely delicious! I’m definitely going to make some over the week end. Thanks for sharing!

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    December 17, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Nice snow picture. I love coconut. I will have to use this recipe. The last time I tried to make these, they turned out too dry, I over baked them I suppose.
    Enjoy the slow down time.

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    Sheryl Paul
    December 17, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Oh, those macaroons look yummy. Gonna try them!

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    December 17, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Bet just asked me if the famed cookie that Dirt ate were macaroons. I asked why she was asking and she told me what you said about the Deer Hunter. I had to laugh. Dirt hates coconut, claims it makes him gag, and that he can tell if anything has coconut in it. Well he probably wouldn’t even pick up a coconut macaroon but there was a cookie I used to love to make, mostly whole wheat and ground coconut at nearly even amounts. He ate most of them everytime I made them.

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    Miss Cindy
    December 17, 2010 at 9:36 am

    It’s nice to have a helper in the kitchen!
    I’ve noticed that the Deer Hunter says he doesn’t like coconut but coconut cookies are among his favorite. Oh well I guess there is an exception to everything.
    I’ve never eaten anything with sweetened condensed milk that I didn’t absolutely love……in fact I think I could open a can and eat it with a spoon!!!!

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    Patty Hall
    December 17, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Your snow is beautiful! Ours is gone now. You have a pretty helper there.
    I love coconut. Those would be good drizzled w/some chocolate!!
    Ya’ll take care
    Patty H.

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    Sheila Bergeron
    December 17, 2010 at 8:07 am

    The snow is pretty, but I sure don’t miss it. I will try the recipe. my bunch loves goodies and fresh bread. Your girls are getting so grown and pretty.

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    Canned Quilter
    December 17, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Tipper I am definitely gonna try that macaroon recipe. O Wise One and I both love coconut! Like you sometimes I don’t mind getting snowed in as it gives me time to slow down and do things that I normally wouldn’t make the time to do.

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