Double Coconut Macaroon Cookies: Guest Post for Chelsea’s Culinary Indulgence

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Now here is a cookie any one can make. They are simple, fast and completely off the charts when it comes to flavour. I make a different version of these every year for the holidays. This year I wanted to kick things up a notch. I had scored some coconut M & M’s on a shopping excursion to the states. So I hid them away knowing I would use them for just this purpose. I knew I would be so happy I saved them so they could add extra coconut goodness to my already fabulous coconut cookies. I was right. These cookies are spectacular. One of those cookies that tastes fabulous but does not necessarily photograph well. You also have to photograph them quickly since they vanish so fast. I’ve never seen cookies fly off a plate so fast. I’d blame other people but I’d be lying. It’s mostly me scarfing them like there’s no tomorrow.

Today you can find me over at Chelsea’s Culinary Indulgence. I was thrilled when Chelsea asked me to be involved. I honestly do not do many guest posts. They sort of freak me out a little bit. I get wicked nervous and put way too much pressure on myself. I over-think the whole thing, then drag my heels afraid to commit. So I rarely put myself in the guest position simply due to fear. I know it’s silly but you know honesty is how I roll. I adore this lady so I threw caution, and sanity, to the wind for today. I am so glad I did. It was an absolute pleasure doing this with Chelsea. If you ever get the chance to work with her make sure you say yes. Her enthusiasm is contagious. I love genuine, warm, positive people and Chelsea is all of those things and more.

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I decided to make coconut cookies for my guest post. They tend to be my comfort food around the holidays. They remind me of my dad. I started making these in high school. My dad loved them and it became a tradition that I would make them every year. So I made these in honour of my dad. I find myself missing him more than usual around the holidays. My dad was the most interesting fellow. He was not the warm and fuzzy kind of dad lots of people have. He was gruff and often quite moody. I think he scared the bejesus out of most people. I found his softer side later in life. It took him getting terminally ill from cancer to let that warm and fuzzy dude come out. We had lots of long talks over the time he was sick. The side effect of being ill is you end up sitting around a lot, and gabbing becomes a way to pass time between appointments and treatments and such. I got to know my dad so well over those 8 short months. I often refer to it as the best and worst experience of my life. It was heart breaking watching him suffer and then losing him. Yet it was so rewarding and touching to share such an intimate and life changing experience with him. We had a very complicated and combative relationship yet when he got sick he called me to help. I am ever grateful he did. My life is so different now. You learn to appreciate the little things in life. So his final lesson to me was to show me not to waste time being bitter and angry in life. Don’t waste time period. Spend time with those you love. You will never regret spending time with loved ones. I hold that lesson close to my heart. It’s made me a better mom to my own kids. I’m able to walk away from the dishes or laundry and just chill out with my kids. I thank my dad every day for the gift of not taking life for granted. We all need to slow down and spend more time just “being in the moment”. So this holiday season promise me you will slow down, take some time out to make cookies with someone you love, then turn off the world and just “be in the moment” with those closest to you.

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A little wisdom from a Lunatic. Who knew you’d get cookies and wisdom. Score!

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Make sure you pop by Chelsea’s site, Chelsea’s Culinary Indulgence to check out the recipe for these amazing Double Coconut Macaroon Cookies. You will love Chelsea’s site. Make sure you take a moment to say hello to her, perhaps an extra moment to follow her blog. You can also follow her Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Make sure you stop by her about page. The photo of her and her hubby is adorable.

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Comments

  1. 1

    I cannot imagine someone with more enthusiasm than you Kim. Seriously if I am feeling a little blue coming over to your blog always brightens my day (and today I needed it).
    I have a few tears in my eyes reading about your dad and his lesson to you. He is absolutely right, you should not stay mad at the ones you love but cherish them and enjoy their presence in your life.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family Kim!

    • 2

      Awe Rachel you are so sweet. Thanks so much. You always brighten my day too when you stop by. The perk of blogging is meeting such amazing people.

      Merry Christmas to you and yours too! xx

  2. 3

    Double coconut? Count me in! I’m off to read all about it now . . .

  3. 4

    My dad loved coconut too. Anything coconut was good with him and he loved coconut cake the best. I’m sure he would have liked these cookies. I miss him too, especially at this time of year.

  4. 5

    That was lovely to read about your relationship with your father. Mine died in a similar way 6 years ago and it seems like yesterday. I agree about family are all that matters at the end of the day. We have 20 family members for Christmas lunch and this weekend I am cooking small cookie bags for each person with four different mini-cookies in each one. These will sit on the dinner placemats. I am still working out what cookies but they have to all be quite different from each other.

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    Carrian-Sweet Basil says:

    Yeah, I better go ahead and make those for the neighbors. Psh, who’m I kiddin’ they are all for me!

  6. 7

    What a tough but extremely valuable life lesson for you Kim. Sending you a big hug!

    Back to your dad’s favourite cookies: simple, fast and completely off the charts are all wonderful attributes in a cookie. So pretty and festive too!

  7. 8

    When you claim “anyone can make these” that gives me hope to make some scratch cookies! They look super yummy! :)

  8. 9

    Thank you SO much Kim for sharing this recipe on my blog! I absolutely loved it and I know my readers did too! Reading the story you wrote about your dad made me think about my relationship with mine, which sounds very similar to yours. Thank you for sharing such a personal story!

  9. 10

    Another delicious looking cookie! I love those recipe that remind us of something or someone we love. What a sweet tribute for your dad! Headed over to Chelsea’s. Have a wonderful holiday Kim Bee!!!!

  10. 11

    Mmm, these look so good. I’m loving all of that chocolate!

  11. 12

    Lovelovelove Chelsea :)

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