Friday, December 10, 2010

Pina Colada Macaroons - Tropical Christmas Cookies (and a warm haiku)

Anyone in the mood for something tropical...

I have 3 dozen of these tropical themed RUM soaked coconut and pineapple (main ingredients in a Pina Colada) beauties.  An adult cookie with a warm tropical taste.

Here's what I did...

THE NEW COFFEEHOUSE MYSTERY!This is adapted from a recipe I saw at THE MYSTERY LOVER'S KITCHEN, courtesy of Cleo Coyle, author of the Coffee House Mysteries.  

The blue letters are a link to a collection of several terrific cookie recipes the six Merry Murderesses posted just this week.  Take a look and see if you get inspired as well!  And that's an image of Cleo's current paperback, Holiday Grind.  Nothin' says happy Holidays like a good murder mystery!

Cleo's original recipe is more in keeping with a cold winter night, a classic rum/coconut macaroon, but with a chocolate/coffee glaze.

Mine... well, you'll see.  Here's what I did...

Made 48 cookies (I am giving most away, feel free to cut the recipe in half)...

5 cups Sweetened flaked Coconut
2/3 cup Sugar
6 TBS Flour
1 tsp Salt
5 large Egg Whites only
2 tsp Vanilla 
4 tsp Cruzan Coconut Rum
1 cup Pineapple Tidbits

  • Mix dough: Measure out dry ingredients. 
  • In a separate bowl, fork-whip egg whites with vanilla and rum. Combine wet and dry ingredients, stirring until dry ingredients are completely moistened. If you are using the extract, you can bake the cookies right away. Note: if you are using real rum, then you must transfer the mixture to a covered plastic container and allow it to rest in the refrigerator overnight. Macerating like this will allow the flavors to fully develop; otherwise, the rum flavor will be very weak. While a rum extract version of this cookie is quite good, the real rum macaroons will give you a more powerful flavor and the cookie centers will stay moister longer (as long as you store your finished macaroons in an airtight container).
  • Preheat oven to 350ยบ F. 
  • To prevent cookies from sticking, line baking sheet with parchment paper or coat with cooking spray. 
  • The forming of the macaroon is the most important step. You want the coconut mixture to be really packed together. Some bakers use scoops. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet and use clean fingers to form tight little pyramids. 
  • Bake for about 20 minutes. You are watching for edges and tops to lightly brown (see photo). This will give you the perfect, slightly crunchy outside and soft, chewy inside that is the perfect macaroon

A little bit of the tropics, a crunchy on the outside, butter soft, melt in your mouth on the inside Pina Colada!

And if you like Pina Coladas...

Yeah, yeah, that rotten terrible song is probably going through your head right now (catchy tune, terrible morals).

Maybe I can replace it with a couple images...

 Sea turtles and a little shark
a working woman and her personal chef

Close your eyes and know
Somewhere in the world it IS
Warm and Tropical


  1. I don't like coconut, but these look good!

  2. Dave!!! - I love coconut and pina coloadas -- and these look awesome. What an inspired idea to do the coconut rum and pineapple.

    And a thousand thanks yous for the warm and wonderful shout-out on my little "murder with recipes" culinary mystery Holiday Grind. (Now a Publishers Weekly bestseller, woot!) Off to tweet this baby. Enjoy the holiday season!

    ~ Cleo
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  3. These look sinfully delicious! Yummo! Don't you wish you were still in the Virgin Islands? Btw, you won the Toaster Strudel giveaway at Moogie's! Congrats!

  4. Sigh... those images of the tropics are wonderful. Especially now that it's getting so cold... and only to be colder this weekend. Your pina colada macaroons also look fantastic. Mmmmmm.

  5. Love your cookies. I've been baking too. It is cool and rainy even here in Florida. Seems like it's been forever since you were in the tropics.

  6. Love those cookies. And the tropical wishes.

  7. Wow. These look wonderful! Like you can taste a beach. (I miss your adventures in the Virgin Islands. I'll close my eyes and pretend I'm there too.)

  8. Hi Dave... Those cookies look so darn good... I forgot about making macaroons! I'm adding those to my list!

  9. I love pina coladas. My favourite coctail! And these look great.

  10. Haha nice post! We're actually in the airport, trying to make it down to the Keys for a warmer spot for the holidays. Your photos are making me excited!