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RECIPE: Raspberry Macaroons

Coconut always has and always will be a favourite flavour of mine. A hint of coconut in anything is a delicious addition. From oatmeal cookies to skor bars, fruit smoothies to muffins–coconut is exactly what most treats need to taste just a little bit sweeter. As for macaroons, they’re about as good as it can get!

When I first came across the recipe for Raspberry Macaroons, I was instantly enthralled. I’ve never considered making a duel-flavoured macaroon. I decided to give them a try, and sure enough, the sweetness of the macaroon mixed with the tartness of the raspberries was incredible.

This recipe doesn’t require too many ingredients. They can be made with either fresh or frozen raspberries. I drizzled them with white chocolate to add the extra hint of sweet but they could easily be dipped or just simply left to fend for themselves (trust me, they’ll survive).

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 bags of sweetened coconut (400 grams in total)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract
  • 1 1/4 cup fresh raspberries or 3/4 cup of frozen (thawed)
PROCESS
Preheat the over to 325 degrees and spray baking pans. Quickly beat the coconut and the sugar together. Add the egg whites, salt, and almond extract and beat for an additional minute. Add the raspberries. Scoop the batter onto the pans and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the edges are browned. Let them cool on the tray for a few minutes, but then transfer to a cooling rack. Melt some white chocolate and drizzle over top (if desired).
That’s it! To reference the original recipe, head over to Smitten Kitchen. These treats make a delicious addition to any sweet tray or serve well as a simple tea-time snack. They are sweet and tart and store in the fridge for quite a while. Thanks for reading!
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A Family Classic: Butterscotch Squares

When you say “butterscotch“, I usually say “ew!”. I hate the flavour of butterscotch. I used to give my mom such a hard time because whenever Chipits were on sale, she would always stock up on the butterscotch chips instead of the chocolate ones. I hated that. I would scrounge the cupboards for chocolate chips and all I would find were bags and bags of disgusting butterscotch ones.

Although I always have (and probably always will) hated butterscotch, there is one recipe that I just can’t get enough of. The reason I even bothered mentioning my hate for butterscotch is so that you can take my word for it when I say that this recipe is truly delicious–butterscotch and all! My grandma used to make this recipe all the time, and as a result, my mom does too. Anytime squares or cookies are needed for any event, she is quick to volunteer (well, volunteer me or my sister) to make these guys.

The squares have a slightly crunchy bottom (it’s baked on it’s own first) and a gooey, sweet top. They contain coconut (honestly…what can taste bad when coconut is involved?) and of course butterscotch chips. They leave your fingers sticky but I’m not complaining–perfect for saving for later. Kidding (but not really).

In order to make these delicious treats, you will need:

  • 1/2 cup of butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup of butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup of coconut
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Blend together the butter, powdered sugar, and flour. Pat down into a well greased 8″x8″ baking pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes. While the crust is baking, mix together the condensed milk, butterscotch chips, coconut, and vanilla. Pour the mixture over the baked crust and return the pan to the oven for an additional 20-25 minutes. The squares will be done when they are golden brown and the middle appears to be set. This may require the edges to be quite browned. Remove from the oven and cool. Using a sharp knife, cut around the edges of the pan. Cool completely before cutting and serving.

Now isn’t that easy? To serve them, my mom usually cuts off the crunchy browned edges (although these are the best to snack on) and serves only the gooey parts. These truly are delicious and I encourage you to try them. But be warned that once you taste one, there’s no going back! I hope your Monday is a little more bearable with some sweet treats in sight…even if they do involve butterscotch! Thanks for reading and let me know if you try them and like them (or try them and don’t). Either way, I’d love to hear from you!
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