Calm Down Cookies

December 10, 2011

little soldiers

I feel like a little girl around cookies.  Curious, indulgent and without discipline.  The weeks between Halloween and New Year’s often encourage additional stress into my life and a cookie or two can, quite successfully, calm the nerves.

Store bought treats have lost the allure they once had when I was in college.  My preference now leans to a fresh baked, still warm, chocolate accented cookie.

I am delighted that LA Food Bloggers feel the same.  In an effort to round up the community and celebrate the impending holidays, a cookie exchange was planned.

I knew my week would not accommodate the creation of six dozen cookies.  Searching the catalog in my head of minimal ingredient treats, I retrieved this recipe.

I arrived with my macaroons and departed with a box full of homemade treats too numerous to count.  Many thanks to In Erika’s Kitchen for opening up her home and to all the LA Food Bloggers who once again made me feel part of something.


Macaroons all boxed upFollowing is a simple recipe adapted from a ten year old copy of Martha Stewart’s Holiday Cookies.  There wasn’t too much adaptation other than less sugar and the additional grinding of the shredded coconut; which in my opinion, enhances the texture.

1/2 cup natural raw sugar

2-1/2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut (grind in food processor or blender before measuring)

2 large egg whites

3/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch of sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients with your hands.  Mix well.

With damp hands, form 1-1/2 Tablespoons of mixture into a loose pointy haystack. Press down onto baking sheet to ensure a flat bottom.  Space about one inch apart.  Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.  Enjoy with a friend or box up for a hostess gift!


Favorite cookie of the day Nutella Chocolate Chip from Valentina @ Cooking on the Weekends. Hats off to these gluten free tidbits of divine flavor.


For more fabulous recipes, event pics and cookies, visit Shockingly Delicious.


I wouldn’t be sad if someone sent me a fabulous cookie recipe. You know, just in case a stressful day is on the horizon.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious December 11, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Love, love, LOVE your macaroons!
Just divine!
We were joking that they looked like little boobs with nipples….and then we scarfed them down.
I leave it to you to tell me what that’s about.


Melissa December 12, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Isn’t that the true meaning of comfort food?


LiztheChef December 12, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Lovely – such a special season and you have captured its essence. best, Liz


Melissa December 13, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Thank you, Liz. May your holiday bring happiness.


Geez Louise! December 16, 2011 at 12:46 PM

I think your inner 6 year old and mine would have been friends… I would have had you over for a play date- we would have made mud pies…


Maksim July 30, 2014 at 8:18 PM

It was so great meeting you at BlogHer also! I came away with a lot of the same cnscluoions (although it’s really hard to live off of appetizers for two days even if you’re NOT nursing I don’t know why they didn’t just serve full meals). I can’t wait to explore more of your blog!


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