Cake Mix Macaroons

So my boyfriend and I are having a little fight right now.

About HAIR.

How stupid.

MY hair.

Again… stupid.

He likes my current side-swept, eyebrow-skimming bang fringe I’ve got going on. I admit: it makes me look more mature and it’s very pretty.

But if any of you have side bangs, you can all agree with me they’re a PAIN to style.

They only look effortless. Believe me, there is ALL effort, NO less. And I only reserve about a sliver of effort when it comes to my beauty routine, and that sliver is dedicated to slathering on SPF. Otherwise, lazy is my game plan all the way around.

Meanwhile, I’m fighting with him over MY hair because I want my baby bangs back. You know, those shorty, asymmetrical bangs that are super hip and super cute and super EASY? Yeah, those. I loved those!

Here’s how my beauty routine worked with my baby bangs: get out of bed.

…And that’s it. What, did you expect something glamorous? Sorry. None here. Waking up is my glamour.

Therefore, I don’t know why I’m fighting with a guy who doesn’t do a thing with his hair except wash it. He doesn’t have to comb his wet bangs to a precise degree of flippity in order to achieve that perfect swoopty-swoop. He doesn’t have to deal with them when they get bogged down with oils and dirt and start to droop like a sad Charlie Sheen bang. He just has to be me and my bangs’ arm candy.

What a life.

If you can’t already tell, I like easy things. Challenges are overrated, people. Especially when it comes to hair. I meaaaan, it’s all dead anyway. Why do I need to be fancy to something dead? So dumb.

Speaking of easy, I’ve always wanted to make macaroons but never had the patience nor confidence to make it since macaroons are a true testament to the saying “baking is a science.” Whipping egg whites, toasting coconut… um, no thanks. Can I get a macaroon-making robot or something? No? Okay, well can I make these with cake mix? Yes? Easy. Peasy.

I got this recipe from that book I keep talking about, Camilla Saulsbury’s Ultimate Cake Mix Cookie Book which is the best thing ever in case you haven’t noticed. In the book, these are called Coconut Chewies, but since I wanted to drive home how EASY these are, I called them Cake Mix Macaroons. Cake mix is the shorty bangs of the baking world.

Cake Mix Macaroons *inspired by Camilla Saulsbury’s recipe

1 box white cake mix
1 bag (14 oz) flaked coconut
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup milk (I used reduced fat)
2 squares milk chocolate almond bark

1. Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets with cooking spray and blot excess spray with a paper towel.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, coconut, and both milks until blended, ensuring the cake mix powder is fully incorporated. Mixture will be super stiff. Cover and chill in fridge for 2 hours.
3. When your 2 hours are up, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Drop coconut cookie mixture by rounded Tablespoons onto the greased sheets, about 2″ apart. Bake for approx. 10-12 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time, until the cookies are lightly beginning to brown and the centers are mostly set. Allow to cool on sheets about 5 minutes, then carefully transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
4. Once cookies are cooled, melt chocolate according to package directions and spoon melted chocolate into a ziploc baggy. Seal the baggy and snip the corner juuuust slightly. Drizzle melted chocolate onto macaroons and allow chocolate to set. Store airtight.

Don’t you wanna crawl into that little snowman bowl and snuggle up? I do.

Boyfriend better watch out or else I’ll ditch him for some cookies. Easy is good … these cookies are even better.

Have a wonderful weekend!

xo, Hayley

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  1. Oh man I am such a coconut lover so these look amazing! but I have a question does almond bark actually taste like almond? I’ve always wondered that. I used to see it in the grocery stores in the Caribbean and every cake pop recipe I see or peppermint bark lists almond bark in the recipe but I was always too scared to buy it because I hate almond! I was just wondering?

  2. After reading this post, I’m set for finding new and inspired cookies for my 2012 baking season! :)))) Thanks for sharing your passion and great goodies!!!

  3. Gem–I have NO idea why they call it “almond bark” because it doesn’t have almonds in it, nor does it taste like almond! I double-checked the first time I saw it on a recipe because my mom loves my goodies but is allergic to almonds and I didn’t want to, you know, kill her or anything, but this passed the almond-free bill both tasting and ingredient-wise 🙂
    And Ellen, thanks so much for visiting! I’m glad you found some cookie recipes you like. Happy Holidays!

  4. Your recipes are amazing, so happy I found your sight!!!! I am also a big coconut lover! 🙂

  5. how many cookies/dozen will this recipe make???

  6. Does this work with other cake mixes? And without the coconut?

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      This would work with other cake mixes, but macaroons are coconut cookies, so without coconut it probably wouldn’t work! 😐

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