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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Homemade Hostess Gift: Chocolate Macaroons


I promised I would share a homemade hostess gift idea with you. My daughter and I made these vegan chocolate macaroons recently to bring to a Christmas party. Actually, I measured out the ingredients, but she was able to do most of the work. So, if you are looking for a way to bring your kids into the kitchen without too much fuss, this is it!

I bagged up the macaroons in a plastic bag that I bought at a bulk foods store, and tied it closed with a ribbon. I also brought a bag of Christmas-coloured candy for the kids of the house.

You could also give some candy in one of these cute, tree-shaped glass jars. I got this at the bulk foods store too.

I had to tilt the candy to one side for the photos, since my daughter has been covertly nibbling away at them for days. I told her they were for a photo, but I guess the temptation was too strong. I understand, because I started eating them right after I took the pictures!

What are you bringing for hostess gifts this year?

Chocolate Macaroons

by Joann MacDonald
Cook Time: no-bake
Keywords: dessert vegan vegetarian nut-free cocoa Christmas winter

  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 6 Tbsp cocoa
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup fine coconut
Add the first four ingredients to a large pot, and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until mixed.
Remove from heat and stir in the quick oats and coconut. Mix well.
Drop by the tablespoon onto waxed paper and allow to cool at room temperature or in the fridge. These will freeze nicely.
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  1. YUM! I was waiting for this. I love quick and easy homemade gifts (big bonus when they can eat the gift).

    Is the coconut sweetened or no?

    1. Thanks Rachel. I used sweetened coconut but I think either would work. I like a gift you can eat too! ;)

  2. Thanks, we'll be using this recipe! I was planning on making vegan Christmas stollen for family but it really depends on the weather as I don't want to have the oven on on hot days.

    I just this comp which is open to residents of Canada and thought I'd let you know:

    1. I have never made a stollen before. I bet it's yummy! We certainly aren't having hot days around here!

      That contest looks enticing...except I'm too lazy to take a good photo. ;)

  3. These pictures are driving my sweet tooth wild!

    1. I understand -- I downed a bunch of the candy last night!

  4. Oh no! I saw this post one day too late... I should have linked it up with my edible gift ideas. Looks yummy!

    1. I can't wait to see your suggestions Laura!

  5. Looks so yummy and you have it packaged so pretty! I love those tree jars..we had one growing up and I think I need to pick one up! Angie xo

    1. I had not seen the tree jar until this year. A woman had a whole cart full of them at the Bulk Barn. She was filling them for volunteers she works with. They are cute, aren't they?

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