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I must preface this with the fact that I don't like coconut. Not a bit. I've tried it several times, and just can't really handle the texture--you chew and chew, and it never changes! So really, I just made these for my husband who does like coconut.
The recipe itself is very simple, and very similar to other macaroon recipes. I whipped it up in a matter of minutes, and following the recipe instructions, tried to form the mixture into balls. I tried and tried, but this is not a batter that lends itself to formation of any sort of shape--ball, triangle, octagon, etc. I did the best I could and got 30 macaroons on the cookie sheet (the recipe yields 32). Next time, I'll just spoon them onto the cookie sheet.
I tried to peel the macaroons off of the parchment paper, but they stuck, leaving half of the macaroon behind, so I opted to more or less drizzle the chocolate onto the macaroons.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
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I loooove chocolate chip cookies. They are my favorite. So if there is a whiff of a recipe that is lower fat and lower calories, I'm there and trying it! Hubby and I were pleasantly surprised by this recipe. It is a simple cookie recipe, pretty basic. I mixed the dough quickly, and it formed a soft dough, which I thought would spread considerably in the oven while baking.
Happily, they did not, and they baked up to a puffy, cakey consistency, which I like. The dough was mild in flavor--not completely lacking flavor, but overwhelmingly chocolate and not very buttery or sweet. The recommended size is half of a rounded teaspoon, with a yield of 48 cookies, at 2 cookies per point. So I decided to condense the cookies down and make 12 cookies, two points per cookie, and they turned out to be a regular sized cookie when made that way.
They smelled great, and looked like a regular chocolate chip cookie when I took them out of the oven. After letting them cool briefly, hubby and I had to try them and see how they held up, and we both thought they were pretty good for a low-fat, low-cal cookie recipe. Overall, I would recommend trying this recipe.
Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
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These seemed easy enough when I glanced over the recipe. Basically, boil five red potatoes, mash 'em up, and add a few ingredients and mash 'em up more.
In the end, it was easy, but not great, unless you like mashed potatoes of the spackle consistency. I had no buttermilk or chives on hand, so I made buttermilk using the milk I had on hand and lemon juice (typically, add 1 tbsp lemon juice to 1 C milk to make buttermilk). Instead of chives, I used dried oregano. I mashed the whole potatoes, added the buttermilk, parmesan, and seasonings, and voila! Very dry potatoes.
I added a little more milk, along with two tbsp margarine, and it helped with the consistency some, but I still think it needed more to create a creamy mashed potato. I didn't want to add too much, though, because then it affects point values, and the potatoes are six points just by following their recipe exactly. So, overall, neither of us was very impressed with the potatoes. Now, if you aren't following Weight Watchers, then you can doctor these bad boys up and make them great with butter and such. Going by just the recipe, I'd only give them maybe two stars out of five. I wouldn't recommend it as it is, but doctored, they would be better, which is why I'm sharing the recipe anyway. How will you know if you never try it?