Thursday, April 28, 2011

Chocolate Macaroons with Peanut Butter Buttercream Filling

Since I knew that Dan and his cousin loved the chocolate/peanut butter combination, I decided to make a passover macaroon I knew they both would love: a chocolate peanut butter macaroon. The chocolate macaroons are a Jacques Torres recipe which I got from the Food Network site. The Peanut Butter Buttercream recipe comes from the book Cupcakes by Shelly Kaldunski. And they are actually very easy to make.

My cousin called these a passover peanut butter cup and I agree. French macaroons are a really popular dessert right now in general, and this would be great any time of year, not just for Passover. These were just fantastic. They got rave reviews from family, friends, and coworkers alike. But my 3-year old goddaughter gave them the best review of all. To quote her, word for word ... "yum yum yum!"

Monday, April 25, 2011

Coconut Macaroons

For Passover this year I made a variety of macaroons for Dan's family Seder. I made this same Coconut Macaroon recipe last year. It's an Ina Garten recipe from the Food Network website. From the comments on the site, I knew the cookies would spread a bit, but they spread much more then I thought. Way more than they did last year. Because of this, the edges were a bit over cooked but the middles were perfect. In order to fix this problem, I cut off the over cooked edges and dipped the cookies in semi-sweet chocolate, and then drizzled more chocolate over the top too.