Macarooned on an Island

Gilligan’s Island style (and yes, I know the actual word is ‘marooned’). Except I have running water, a grocery store and means of transportation off the island. Maybe it’s just some island fever. Living on a little island has taught me that I never want to be stuck on a little island. I go stir crazy. The furthest away I can drive is the other side of the island…and that isn’t that far away. It’s like…20 minutes away by car.

There are pros and cons to everywhere we’ve lived. The pros to living in Hawaii are obvious. It’s nice and sunny outside 364 days out of the year. The beaches. The surf (if you’re a surfer). Hale’iwa. Big Kahuna’s Pizza. Shaved Ice. Laughing at Hawaii 5-0 as they showed ‘Makalapa clinic’…only it wasn’t Makalapa, it was Navy Lodge…or when they were on a different island, but they showed the Witches Hat, which is on O’ahu. Palm Trees. Plumeria. Hula girls. Pork (if you like pork, there’s a plethera of it here…wild boar and all). Feral Roosters. Tropical showers. Kaneohe Bay (you lucky lucky Marines). The Likelike Highway (my husband doesn’t like like it because he got a speeding ticket the 4th day we were here…it’s also not pronounce Like Like but…I get a chuckle out of it). Kailua. The farmers markets. The ‘Toilet Bowl’. Little Village Noodle House. Chinatown. Jack Johnson. I’ll even say Bruno Mars even though I think the state is on Bruno Mars overload. Iz. The Dole Plantation (like pineapple, you must try the pineapple ice cream. Best thing on earth). Honu. I could go on and on.

There’s cons too…Tsunami’s (they don’t happen often, but alarm goes off once a month and to this day I never remember and it makes me jump into the ceiling). Sun 364 days a year (this is only a con if you’re from somewhere that there are 4 seasons…the weather, not the hotel). The bugs. H-1. Everything costs more (even clothes are marked up). There is only so much to see/do in a 596.7 sq. miles.

And the hero here. King Kamehameha the Great, who shoved something like 400 warriors off a cliff. I haven’t decided whether I think that is good or not, yet.

Either way, this has been a interesting fun tour. I’m glad we’ve been given the opportunity to be here.

One more pro from Hawaii: Macadamia nuts and coconut! I totally could have used the coconut from my backyard, but someone stole it.

My husband eats saltines like they are his favorite food. I think it’s really weird, but he also eats Navy food (and lives to tell me about it, “Not suitable for prison consumption”…haha), so maybe it’s not so weird. I have a whole box here and I was wondering what to do with them when I noticed the back has a recipe for Macadamia Macaroons. That could be yummy.

Macadamia Macaroons

Recipe By Nabisco

1 pkg sweetened flake coconut (7 oz)

1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped

1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)

1 tsp vanilla

30 saltines finely crushed

3 egg whites

2 oz semi sweet chocolate.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a rimmed baking pan spread coconut and macadamia nuts. Bake for 10 minutes,  stirring frequently. Cool.

Combine milk and vanilla in large bowl. Add the coconut mix and cracker crumbs and mix well. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Add to coconut and mix gently until combined. Drop tablespoon clumps onto baking sheet 2 inches apart. (use silpat…or lightly grease) Bak for 12-14 minutes. Place on wire racks until completely cooled. Melt chocolate in double boiler and drizzle over cookies. Place on wax paper and refrigerate until chocolate is set.

Done.

Yum.

I dipped my macaroons in the chocolate because I think it puts more chocolate on than just a drizzle. I put them in the refrigerator and tried to be patient. I probably should have put them in the freezer.

A tasty, sweet, ‘tropical’ treat. I don’t like Haupia or else I probably would have used my coconut to make that. These were totally delish. Here’s to hoping at some point it stops snowing long enough in the northeast so when we fly out we actually make it there. Sending you all some sunshine.

55 thoughts on “Macarooned on an Island

  1. Fab

    I must say, that title is a pretty funny, tasty one if there ever was one! Thanks for the guidance on how to make them. They look so tasty, I think I’ll have a go at making them this weekend! I can hardly wait. :)

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  2. J Roycroft

    I’ll be sharing your recipe with my wife. She’s pregnant and easily persuaded when it comes to having an excuse to bake me (us) sweets. Please don’t tell her I said that! Congrats on FP

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  3. www.countoncross.com

    WOW….Looks soooooo good. I am going to give this a try, but I am sure it won’t look as good as your! -Thank you.
    Love your site

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  4. StayCalmCupcake

    These look delicious! I love your blog and am so glad I found it. Congrat on being freshley oressed1 If you ever need some yummy cupcake recipes – stop by my blog. Keeo up the great blogging!

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  5. I Made You A Mixtape

    Dipping the macaroons in chocolate is a fabulous idea! I have never even visited Hawaii, but sounds like a paradise to me…lol… I did many moons ago work for the Hyatt hotel corporation and we did get a lot of hotel staff transfer away from Hawaii after a couple of years back to the mainland… they all said they went “island-crazy” after a few years, which I imagine to be is like stir-crazy but with a whole lot of pina coladas thrown in….lol.

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  6. jessicaber

    Have you seen Gesine Prado’s book…Confections of a Closet Baker? It came out around 2008. She is Sandra Bullock’s sister and she had a bakery in Vermont around the time that she wrote her book. Her bakery was beautiful and I think that you would enjoy her book.

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  7. FinallyFast

    I love Macaroons. I have tried dozens of different recipes. This one looks simple and the use of chocolate makes them look so good! Can’t wait to give this one a try.

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  8. rtcrita

    I love Macaroons! My mom loves them, too. When I was a kid, she use to buy these (and sometimes make them) and her and I would eat them mostly by ourselves. My other sisters and brothers didn’t care for them as much as we did. It was like something special I could share with my mom alone. Which was great when you have 7 sisters and 2 brothers growing up and there is no time for one-on-one special time with your parents!
    Thanks for the recipe and your refreshing post!

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  10. 27 Rue de Fleurus

    I recently had some macaroons made by the similar recipe but they were dipped in chocolate so that one half was yellow/white and the other side was chocolate brown. It was a light layer of extra flavor and absolutely delicious. Try it that way sometime!

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  13. Kitty

    Wow! Those look beautiful. And delicious, of course. :) I normally don’t venture beyond the realm of cupcakes, but maybe you’ve definitely inspired me.

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  14. anne

    I love macaroons, and this sounds like a good recipe! I especially want some right now, as I am on a sugar-free diet and not loving it…!!

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  16. transplantednorth

    clever headline. I am not a macaroon fan at all, but those look very enticing, and Hawaii, with all it’s cons, sounds very appealing right now from Western New York. Congratulations on being freshly pressed!

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