When I baked these coconut macaroons, Philippine-style, the sweet nutty aroma reminded my husband how he enjoyed these sweets when he and his classmates would go Christmas caroling back in high school. My husband had no clue how much funds they raised, but he recalled how their singing group were warmly welcomed in friends’ homes and served holiday pastries, foremost would be these tiny, cellophane-wrapped coconut sweets which they eagerly stuffed in their pockets.
I tried to recreate the same flavors one finds in the Philippines. These round, sweet treats have a crunchy coconut layer on the outside. And inside one bites into a rich, creamy moist sweetness so hard to resist….a marvelous reminder of Christmas back in the day.
Inspired by what’s commonly baked in the Tarlac and Pampanga regions where my husband and I grew up, I have tweaked this recipe a bit and added crushed cashew nuts as a topping.
Whether you make these tiny coconut treats for your family or for friends, it’s one of the easiest, delightful ways to spread some happiness during the holidays.