I do not bake a lot, not because I do not like it, just never think of it. Last night it was not the case.
My son had a school project that required bringing a dish from the country that he did his school paper on. Chile, Latin America, was what he selected and amongst all the pertaining information and papers that needed to be done, a recipe found its way to me, actually to the kitchen table. The recipe needed to be prepared to bring to class on the day of the presentation. I was happy to oblige.
Looking at the recipe a sad and happy feeling overcame me. The recipe was Chilean Cocadas or Coconut Macaroons. My dad’s favorite dessert.
My dad not only love them, but he also made sure he always had some stashed in the house, and Sunday morning some always found their way home from the Market.
You can imagine how I felt. Memories rushed back and time and space brought me back to my early years living in Paris.
Cocadas or Coconut Macaroons
The European recipes require eggs the one from Chile does not.
Check to make sure you are using fresh shredded coconut. They are the best as they are crisp and full of flavor.
Let them cool off on a wire rack. By placing them on a rack they will dry faster, and more evenly as the air will circulate underneath.
Serve them at room temperature
Dusting powder sugar generously.
Those cute little macaroons not only looked delicious but also were easy to enjoy. Two was my limit as they are very sweet. A perfect party dessert recipe.
Truly a sweet tooth delight. To make it even sweeter, add some white chocolate pieces.
I am not able to give the proper credit to the originator of this recipe as my son took it from the internet. When I searched for it, almost all of them were credited to different persons and I was not able to trace this one back.
Using 2 tablespoons, drop the mixture by heaping a rounded spoonful onto parchment lined cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.
Watching the cocadas closely, bake them for 15 to 20 minutes until they are lightly golden brown.
Remove the cocadas from the oven and cool them on a wire rack.
Using a fine meshed sieve or sifter, dust the cocadas with confectioner’s sugar.
Store the cookies loosely covered until ready to use.
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Originally published on March 8, 2015, updated on January 24, 2022.