Christmas parties. It’s either something we enjoy attending or something we just plain dread for many reasons. Well yesterday I attended my first Christmas party for the season, it was hosted by one of my dear friends at their new apartment and it came with some prerequisites; bring a plate of food, bottle of something and a gift under $20 for a kris kringle. I have to admit out of the three the gift was the hardest to get! Trying to find a unisex gift under $20 that isn’t lame is pretty hard to get a hold of! After much debate I ended up settling for a set of Havaiana magnets over novelty cocktail shaker thingy.
Once that was settled I got a move onto the food, and once again made life that little bit more difficult by deciding to bake some coconut cherry macaroons over buying them from Safeway! The recipe is straight forward and really easy (and messy!) and in no time they where ready. My problem? The quantity. I didn’t exactly read the recipe properly and only ended up with a dozen! And of course running out of coconut meant I could not make more. The solution? Bake something else lol, and since it’s the silly season I remembered a cherry butter cake my mother used to make when I was little and since I virtually had a whole packet of glace cherries left over that kind of sealed the deal!
Coconut cherry macaroons and cherry butter cake
So crises averted! The cake turned out well, I ended up icing it too and was just a teeny bit late to the party! But it seemed to be a hit, especially the macaroons. And my gift wasn’t really that lame either! Turns out my kris kringle Jason thought they where hilarious!
If your in need of some holiday inspiration of just feeling a little inspired to bake here is the recipe:
Coconut Cherry Macaroons
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- 1/4 cup caster sugar
- 1 egg white
- 2 tbs glace cherries, roughly chopped
- 2 drops vanilla essence
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Combine desiccated coconut, caster sugar, egg white, cherries and rosewater essence in a bowl. Roll spoonfuls of mixture into walnut-sized balls, and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until crisp and slightly golden on the outside.
Happy holidays and happy baking everyone!