4.02.2012

NAT NESTS: 'ROONS, NOT 'RONS


on saturday night a few girlfriends came over, which gave me the perfect chance to gussy up my table. I LOVE THIS TABLE! (my tom cruise impression). 

i picked up a dozen apple cider doughnuts at the farmers market and whipped up a batch of my world famous coconut macaroons. okay but seriously, every time i make these macaroons, without fail, somebody comes up to profess their undying love for me.  (i found the recipe up on the back of a bag of baker's shredded coconut, as is always the case with these things.) 

and now let me please point out the difference between macaroons and macarons. macarons are those pretty pastel sugar bombs from france. i've never really understood the appeal (aside from the fact that they are beautiful and apparently require a lot of skill to make), because they are way too sweet for me. we like the 'roon. chewy, coconutty, and (so long as you don't include the flour) totally passover-friendly!



a few weeks ago (months ago?) one of my girlfriends from moscow requested the recipe and i completely forgot about it until just last night (woops). so hey angie, this one's for you!


coconut macaroons
(makes about twelve fat ones)

4 egg whites
6 tbsp flour
2/3 cups sugar
1 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp salt
one package (5 1/2 cups) shredded coconut

preheat oven to 325 f
mix ingredients 
(it's real satisfying to use your hands here, squish squish)
shape cookies using two large spoons and drop onto a greased cookie sheet
(you don't want too many rogue coconut bits sticking out, they'll burn)

my recipe says to bake for 20 minutes, 
but i don't let them bake longer than 15.

i like to drizzle melted white chocolate on top. 


47 comments :

  1. okay, so i am not a coconut fan... but these do look pretty scrumptious. maybe it's the table doing it for me. probably the table.
    xxjes

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  2. Love coconut and always wanted to give the 'roon a shot...will do for Easter! Thanks for sharing.
    xo
    E
    http://www.urbanchiqueness.com

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  3. So cute! I love throwing girls night parties :)
    Have a good week, xxx

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  4. COMPLETELY agree. I'd skip over a pantywaist macaron for a good hearty coconut macaroon any dang day.

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  5. ohhhh I will have to try, Ive had them before with a choc fountain! thanks for sharing

    --heather anderson @ latterdaystyleblog.blogspot.com

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  6. At first, I thought it said 12 LBS of flour! That would be out of control!

    Anyways, they look delicious and I'm tempted to give them a try!

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  7. I just happen to have a package of coconut. Gonna whip me up some 'roons' right about now.

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    1. Ok I made them. O_O
      so dang good. Soooo good.

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  8. I love coconut! I will be making these. Thanks!

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  9. Thanks for clearing up the difference between roons and rons. Many people are confused about it.

    The presentation looks awesome.

    ♥Abbey
    Along Abbey Road

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  10. Your table does dress up pretty nice. How fun to have a little party while the men are away. I have zero close girlfriends within 100 miles. Sad life for me.

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  11. Wow, everything about this looks heavenly! Yum!!

    - Sarah
    A Girl In Transit

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  12. Sounds like a lovely weekend!

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  13. Your macaroons are pretty as can be! As is that sweet, sweet table. I'm happy to hear you're making her feel appreciated.

    I have to admit that macarons and coconut both hold zero appeal for me -- if I'm hankering after something sweet, Haagen Dazs Strawberry does the trick ;)

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  14. Such a pretty table setting! And I am definitely trying those macaroons out...they look delicious!

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  15. I'm making those. Right now.

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  16. Yay thank you, I am going to make these this week. Can not wait for easter!

    http://gandacummings.blogspot.com

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  17. Thanks for the recipe! White chocolate is a good idea, I've never thought of that. I agree on 'roons vs. 'rons. I've never much cared for macarons, but macaroons have been a favorite since I was itty bitty! The bigger the better, because they get so chewy in the middle. Isn't coconut the BEST?

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  18. I love macarons! I think the key is the frosting in the center. Traditionally I believe they are made with Buttercream, but I HATE buttercream. I always do a cream cheese frosting instead. That way they aren't so sweet. You get a little tang from the cream cheese. I also make blueberry macarons with a berry balsamic jam that is amazing!

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  19. oh natalie holbrook, you are a domestic goddess.

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  20. see, i can't handle coconut but i don't like the french version either! so i guess i'll just be roonless and ronless.

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  21. now i've got a song in my head! "Swee-ee-eet, sweet city woman ... she feeds me on love and tenderness and macaroons." :D

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  22. Your table looks beautiful!! Where did you find those beautiful cake stands?

    xo
    Rachel
    http://picklesandchapstick.blogspot.com/

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    1. @rae, they're from darlybird.com!

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  23. Your table looks beautiful! I wish I had more interior decorating skills but if The Sims is any indicator, my future house will look pretty bad. : )

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  24. I hope this doesn't come off as phenomenally creepy, but I'm a huge fan and I'm pretty sure you live like, right by me. I'm on columbus!

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  25. I just died a little over those doughnuts! I am new to your blog and I'm so glad I found it. I invite you to check mine out! I hope you have a great week! =)

    -Heidi

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  26. Your table looks adorable! Thanks for clarifying 'roons vs. 'rons. I've been getting them mixed up, but won't anymore! Need to try that recipe...

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  28. QuianaApr 2, 2012 03:09 PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE macarons and never had them until I moved to NYC - my mom used to make macaroons growing up in Ohio and I pronounced macaron as macaroon when I first ordered them at Bouchon but quickly learned the proper way! The larger ones are perfect for sharing and the seasonal flavors like pumpkin are the best IMO. They also often come in smaller sizes depending on where you get them from. I was delighted to see Lauderee in the airport during my layover from Nigeria in Paris in January and grabbed some for the ride home. Absolutely divine. Obviously I am obsessed with macarons based on this full paragraph! LOL! Definitely give them another try esp the smaller sizes =)

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  29. ok, after reading this i just got that wooshy, i love blogging, i love nesting, i love homemaking moments that i swear i haven't experienced in at least three years. ok that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but i truly, entirely love this blog of yours, nat. your little apartment makes me achy for nyc, i can't even stand it.

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  30. oh goodness, those definitely do sound quite amazing!!!
    and there is nothing wrong with showing your pretty table some love. if i had that bad boy i would too! ;)
    xo TJ

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  31. i think your table is lovely. and the decor too.

    i'm totally making these 'roons for easter.

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  32. yum! That table looks gorgeous and cozy!

    Maria @ Orchard Bloom

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  33. Love it! Especially that cute little white owl. Thanks for the recipe! Looks yummy!!

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  34. your light fixture has me in a tizzy. a true, textbook, full on TIZZY. i recently saw it on another blog as well and it is full on love.

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  35. i love this spread - and me thinks i need to try out this recipe. sounds like its to die for!

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  36. Omg yummmmmmm! Must make that soon.

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  37. Those look divine. Question though: where do you get your fresh flowers? I saw you had hydrangeas a while ago, and I love keeping my house stocked with fresh flowers... but i have no idea where to go for sunflowers or hydrangeas!

    Lidia Lavonna

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  38. ooomg apple cider donuts are my favorite <3

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  39. your table looks appreciated :) I just bought a bag of shredded coconut last week and made the most delicious oatmeal coconut chewy cookies and saw a recipe for macaroons on the back. i think you've just inspire me to whip up a batch!

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  40. I cannot wait to try your recipe! They are one of my favorite treats :)

    http://themyletts.blogspot.com/

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  41. These look so good! I've been wanting to buy coconut and now I have an excuse to use it!

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  42. Wow, these look amazing! Pretty sure I'll be giving these a try in the very near future. They probably won't help me out with getting rid of this baby weight though, huh? Dangit!

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  43. Sometime, add a block of cream cheese and a teaspoon full of your favorite jam in the middle(think nest). SO GOOD!

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  44. I'm surprised no one has asked yet...where is your loved table from? in case one wanted to try to be as lovely as you. do tell.

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  45. I just found your blog and I love it! You and your family are adorable and you are hilarious! Also, I made these macaroons (I had major food envy after seeing yours) and they are AMAZING. Thank you for sharing your culinary secrets! ;)

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