Cookie Madness: Oatmeal Raisin vs Coconut Macaroons

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Cookie Madness: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies vs. Coconut Macaroon Cookies

When you think of your grandma or great grandma and cookies, does Oatmeal Raisin come to mind? For me, it is a sweet memory of my grandma’s kitchen and the warm, spicy cookie I could snitch.

The competitor, Coconut Macaroons are a new to me cookie, with only discovering them at a Cookie Trade at the holidays one year. The variation I had of Coconut macaroons was the chef added, so I’ll include it below for an option if you’d like to try.

Oatmeal Raisin

Oats have been a cheap and easy staple for pantries for a long time. It makes sense that they would be combined with raisins and some cinnamon to make a delicious cookie that became popular during the early 1890s – 1900s. These cookies are still popular today and a favorite for many with their soft center and cinnamon bite.

Most Oatmeal Raisin cookie recipes use basic ingredients found in your pantry everyday. They are a simple drop cookie and don’t require refrigeration, so start to finish with cookies in your belly can be accomplished in about an hour.

A delicious and spice filled Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe can be found here.

Coconut Macaroon

Coconut macaroons are a relatively new discovery for me. The sweet coconut and the combination of condensed milk make for a decadent treat. Here is a basic recipe for Coconut Macaroons, but a couple of additions can be added to make it even more scrumptious!

The variation I fell in love with included 1/2 c of mini-chocolate chips. If you don’t have or want the chocolate chips, use the basic recipe and then dip only the bottom 1/4 to 1/2 inch in melted chocolate. Let them sit on waxed paper until the chocolate has hardened and then can be stored until eaten.

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Which of these cookies is your winner to advance to the next round? Print out the Cookie Brackets here to make your own predictions for the Cookie Madness winner.