Cinnamon Cream Caramel Surprise Coconut Macaroons

by Laura on March 4, 2011

I’ve been spending a good bit of time in the car recently, making trips down to St. Olaf College, my alma mater, in Northfield, Minnesota, which is about an hour away.  Barbara Kingsolver has been my companion. (Books on tape, I love you.)  I’m about ten hours into The Lacuna.  It’s hard to imagine being distracted from Barbara’s prose, but the roads have been so bad this year, the worst in memory.  I find myself distracted by images of horse and buggy.  And then by memories of my Norwegian grandfather and his last car, a Lincoln Continental, which would make this trip so much smoother.  Even in the late 1980s, it was a boat.  How nice this drive would be with him.  We’d wash over the soft waves of the potholes.  And we could share a little box of the coconut macaroons that I just made.  He would like that.  We’d chat, the car bobbing, as we used to—about fishing and antacids and the wisdom of ordering a malt with dinner at the kind of place that you can do that, the usual nothings that meant so much.  Wouldn’t it be a wonderful surprise, if we could conjure such things, if only for a few minutes?  The surprise of my distracted thoughts got me thinking about culinary surprises, and about those macaroons sitting at home on my kitchen counter.  Wouldn’t they be nice with their own surprise?  An injection of caramel, maybe cinnamon cream caramel?  This is how my brain works.  Like a cat.  (Pretty yarn. Pretty yarn.) The good news is that my little distractions lead to recipes like this.  Not too bad for daydreaming.

Music for making Cinnamon Cream Caramel Coconut Macaroons:
A crooner my grandpa would approve of: Andy Williams’ Moon River


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Charissa March 5, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I love the idea of putting a little creme in the middle…sounds so utterly divine.

2 Kris Jacobson March 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm

what a lovely description of your driving and day dreaming

3 Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook March 10, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Fantastic macaroons! They look totally amazing!

4 Laura March 10, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Thank you!

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