Toasty Coconut Macaroons Are Great Cookies To Make With The kids

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional

Coconut macaroons

Kids love helping out in the kitchen.  For them, it’s not only that they get to help mom, dad, grandma…whomever, but that they get to make something with their own two hands.  It doesn’t seem to matter what it is that they are making.  And honestly, the messier it is, the better.

Whenever I am cooking with the kids, I use that time to not only teach them about cooking, but to talk to them about what may be going on in their lives.  We talk about school, their friends and whatever may be bothering them at the time.  Whenever you can take a few minutes to listen to your kids, you should as they will be more likely to come to you if they ever have a real problem they need help with.  And let’s face it, food makes everything better.


  • 5 1/2 Cups Flaked Coconut
  • 2/3 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 (14 Oz) Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch Of Salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, with a wooden spoon combine your coconut, flour and salt, until completely combined.
  3. Then add your vanilla and condensed milk. Stir extremely well.  I would use my hands to mix it together, like I do meatloaf.  That way you are ensured that all of the ingredients are well mixed.
  4. Finally, using a small ice cream scoop, scoop out onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Space them about an inch apart, that way you get a more evenly golden, brown color when done.
  5. Place your macaroons in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown.
  6. Enjoy these delicious bites with your friends and family.  They ship extremely well for those friends and relatives that live else where.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Reblogged this on and commented:

    As a father, dadologist, author and chef, I struggle daily as my time is challenged at all times. I make a huge effort to interact with my kids throughout the day. Whether it is for five minutes or an hour, each instance is meaningful.


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