Monday, April 22, 2013

Lime-in-the-Coconut Macaroons

Where does time go?

A terribly trite saying, yes, but so, so true. Here's another one that is especially apt:

The days are long but the years are short.

A neighbor shared that old adage with me. It captures so well the pang that many parents' feel in their heart when realizing how quickly children grow up.

Ruby is now eight months old and getting bigger by the day. She's in that golden stage where she's an adorable handful- she coos and trills (and occasionally shrieks) and blows wet, messy raspberries.  She can sit up but hasn't quite gotten crawling down. I call her my little roly poly as she amazes me with how much area she can navigate just by rolling and scooting herself on her back. She's very grabby and everything goes in her mouth so we have to watch her like a hawk.

Ruby is a blast but she keeps us on our toes. By the time we tuck her into bed at night, we're exhausted ourselves. This parenting business is a lot of work but it's also such a joy.

I saw this macaroon recipe in Bon Appetit recently and was intrigued by the addition of lime. Lime and coconut makes sense, right? They both have bright, tropical-ish flavors that pair well together. Of further appeal, macaroons have a high return on investment quotient- they're quick and easy to make and for very little effort, you get a rather tasty treat.

So I whipped up a batch but unfortunately, I was a little underwhelmed. They weren't very sweet and the lime zest tasted more bitter than bright. Luckily, I remembered that chocolate makes everything better. In this case, I'm referring to white chocolate. A while back I made a white chocolate ganache with grapefruit zest  that blew my mind. I figured that lime zest would work just as well as grapefruit zest so I made up a bowl of white chocolate ganache with lime zest and drizzled it over the macaroons. It was a pretty good save, if I do say so myself.

You know what is even more delectable than coconut macaroons drizzled with a white chocolate ganache with lime zest?

Chubby baby cheeks!

I can't resist kissing these cheeks all day long. They're ridiculously delicious.


  1. I chuckled at the title of this post, drooled over the macaroons and swooned over those chubby cheeks!

  2. Those cheeks! Ruby is such a little darling. Nice save with the white chocolate, and yes chocolate does make everything so much better.

  3. Not sure which pic I spent more time oohhhhing over- Has to be Ruby cause she just has those eyes! But in second place and not to be mistaken as a runner up-those macaroons are perfectly drool worthy.

  4. Macaroons look good, but man! Those cheeks! So kissable! :) I would not be able to resist either!

  5. The white chocolate ganache sounds fantastic on these, but those chubby cheeks are the cutest! She's growing up so quickly!

  6. kiss her for me too! it looks really yummmmm...

  7. White chocolate ganache on macaroons? Yes, they really look gorgeous Shelley.
    Ruby is so cute, adorable!
    Have a great weekend :)