12 Days of Christmas 2015, Day 1: [Recipe] Mama’s Chocolate Macaroons

Ding! Dong! Ding! Dong!

Those are my church bells. Silent internet church bells. Turn on your imaginations.

The 12 Frilly Days of Christmas are here!

I know that I haven’t blogged much this past year. I’ve been more than a bit busy chasing a little girl around my house. My time now mostly belongs to her. I will be honest and let you know that I was going to give up on the 12 Frilly Days of Christmas entirely, but I just couldn’t. I love posting these posts. That’s exactly why this year’s 12 Frilly Days of Christmas comes with a theme – time savers and things that are easy to put together last minute. For the busy parents out there, for the people who can’t or choose not to put a lot of time into cooking and baking because they’re busy with life.

A lot of this year’s recipes are only a few ingredients and/or only take a bit of time to prepare. Busy as we are, the 12 Frilly Days of Christmas must go on!

This year’s first recipe is a childhood favourite of mine – my mom’s chocolate macaroons.

I have so many fond memories of my mom making these chocolate macaroons when I was kid. I would pull a chair up to one side of the kitchen counter while she spooned them out onto waxed paper. I loved cleaning out the bowl with a spoon when she was finished. We could hardly wait until they cooled. Mom always stored them in the same orange Tupperware container. I will always remember it. These memories just make my heart swell and my eyes well up.

I hope you enjoy these macaroons with your family too.


[Recipe] Chocolate Macaroons

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups oats
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup coconut


Combine sugar, milk, shortening, and cocoa, and vanilla in a large saucepan.


Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.


Heat the sugar mixture over medium high heat until boiling. Allow the mixture to boil for 1 minute.


Pour the boiling sugar mixture over the oat mixture.


Mix well.


Drop by tablespoonful onto parchment paper.



Allow the macaroons to cool to room temperature before serving.



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