Thumb Print Coconut Macaroons + A Kez’s Kitchen Give Away!

So everyday I get to work with my amazing friend, who just happens to be gluten intolerant. Gives me a whole heap of inspiration to make gluten free and vegetarian lunches for us, that I can let you guys in on! Did you know when you stop eating gluten, that pudgy little cookie pouch on your stomach deflates a bit? Or that your face looses a bit of ‘puff’? I do. Especially when I eat heaps of gluten. DAMN I love sour dough bread.

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When I first clued my grandparents in on ‘Macarons’, my Nan was all like ‘ I’ve been making them for years love’! Well, no. In my honest and humble opinion, my Nans macaroons are waaay better than any macaron I have ever had. I don’t really ‘get’ the whole macaron fan club. Cronuts – now there’s a fattening snack I can run with. Well not run, maybe just sit down and smash into my face hole.

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I am pretty sure that coconut macaroons are a real Aussie thing, but I could be completely wrong. Like how we stole the pavlova from our talented kiwi friends from across the sea. We really do try and claim everything good that they have. Phar Lap the horse, crowded house. . . and I suppose Keith Urban. They can have him back though.

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As a kid, we used to make thumb print cookies with my Nan. Basically, it’s a cookie that you squish with your thumb and stick some jam in the hole. Yum. As an adult, I find it really hard to make a thumb print shape with my fake nails. . . so I use a spoon. OMG I sound so tacky. Dark confessions on the web today people.

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The lovely people at Kez’s Kitchen are spoiling you guys rotten with the chance to win your own gluten free gift box! I usually buy Kez’s cheeky florentine biscuits and they are so freaking delicious. I can’t wait to give away one of these prizes to you guys! While you’re here, check out Kez’s Kitchen online and see all of their new gluten free products. Especially the cereal bars which  are notorious for containing gluten. My poor little brother used to be the only one at school without a muesli bar. Talk about left out!

What do I win?!

A Kez’s Kitchen gift box – A box filled with 12 delicious treats from the Kez’s Free Gluten Free range including Kez’s Free Cereal Bites, Cereal Snacks and Melting Moments.

How do I win?!

Simply join the conversation below and tell us what makes you feel. . . puffy.

*Only open to Aussie entries, sorry guys. Stay around for a chat anyway though!x

*Winner will be drawn at random and contacted on the 29th November 2013

*I’m not going to force you, but it would be lovely if you would share some liking love over on facebook* ————————->


Snacks on the go just got easier for gluten-free Aussies

Kez’s Kitchen launches gluten-free cereal bites and snacks

Eating on the run is never easy – especially when your diet excludes gluten. Australia’s leading, premium biscuit, cereal and snack brand, Kez’s Kitchen, has grown its popular Kez’s Free range with six new gluten-free cereal snacks, bites and bars.

From convenient original and low-fructose gluten-free cereal snacks (6 x 30g) and tasty cereal bites (8 x 15g) to delicious Florentine bars set to have mouths watering (5 x 30g), the expanded Kez’s Free range will ensure those who suffer from gluten intolerance will never again compromise their diets on a busy day.

Kez’s Kitchen is an Australian family business that prides itself on being ‘all about the taste’. What started as a kitchen-based business in the family home supplying chocolate-chip cookies and other indulgent treats to cafes and small gourmet retailers, has today grown into a leading, premium biscuits, cereal and snack brand supplying to the major supermarkets, Qantas flights and premium cafes.

Among the newly launched cereal snacks, two are Low in Fructose and certified FODMAP-friendly – ideal for those suffering from symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – and the first FODMAP-certified products of their kind available in major supermarkets.

To create the FODMAP-friendly cereals and snacks, Kez’s Kitchen worked directly with leading dietician and nutritionist Dr Sue Shepherd, founder of the FODMAP diet. Through her pioneering PhD research[i], Sue proved that limiting dietary FODMAPs (food molecules that can be poorly absorbed) is an effective treatment for people with IBS symptoms.

Kez’s Kitchen has created snacks that can be integrated into any FODMAP diet without compromising on their quality or taste.

“Being gluten intolerant, I established the Kez’s Free range, because I couldn’t find premium, tasty biscuits and cereals that were gluten free,” said Michael Carp, owner and Managing Director of Kez’s Kitchen, who joined his mother and sister to run the family business in 1994. “While cereal based, these snacks and bites aren’t strictly a breakfast food. When our cereal first launched in Coles last year, we were flooded with emails from customers who enjoyed it so much, they would eat it throughout the day – we knew then that the snack range had to become a reality.”

Taking inspiration from their popular Florentine cookie, Kez’s Kitchen’s new Gluten-free Florentine Bars come in delicious roasted peanut and apricot, and roasted almond and cranberry flavours, both of which are expected to quickly become a favourite snack in the health aisle.

Follow my lead. . .


  • 4 x 59g free range egg whites
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 100 g almond meal
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 345g shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam
  1. Preheat a fan forced oven to 150C and line 2 baking trays with canola oil spray and baking paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, whisk the egg whites until they reach soft peaks and add the sugar 1 tbsp at a time until completely added. Whisk on high for 4 minutes or until glossy and heightened.
  3. Fold through the almond meal, vanilla and coconut and place 1/4 cup sized dollops onto the oven trays, 3cm apart.
  4. Using a teaspoon, make a small well in the centres and fill with strawberry jam. Place into the oven for 20 minutes to bake, or until just starting to brown.
  5. Chew.
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37 Responses to Thumb Print Coconut Macaroons + A Kez’s Kitchen Give Away!

  1. Smash into my face hole, lol….love you and your gma’s humor, girl! And these are so fabulous that I wouldn’t even notice that they’re gf!

  2. Haha what makes you feel puffy? I would feel puffy and content if I could finish off a tray of these macaroons thanks :D
    Food puffiness ;)
    Great recipe and giveaway my friend!


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  3. I don’t know if they’re Australian originally or not, but I think they are definitely Australian in their image now! I love your thumb print version :)

  4. I love coconut macaroons even more than French macarons. These thumb print cookies look delish, Cass.

  5. Saskia says:

    Oh I know exactly what makes me feel puffy Cass – cronuts! But they’re worth every bite.
    Love thumb-print cookies, and YET AGAIN your post is perfect timing for me as I have my two GF nieces here tomorrow. I think we’ll be doing a spot of baking! Will report back!

  6. Asmita says:

    Hi Cass,
    I love thumbprint cookies and your look delicious!

  7. oh these cookies were a summer holiday treat at our gran’s home…made us smile as soon as we saw them….blissful memories in each delicious bite :-)

  8. I love macaroons…and Keith Urban! Seriously, these are like a grown up thumbprint cookie.

  9. yum! these look and sound so good! :)
    i’m willing to have a little extra puff for that delicious gluten :P bread is just sooooo gooood :P

    lovely post! and love your writing style :)

  10. Monet says:

    Um, yes please! These look so good. I have a few GF friends but I know all my buddies would love to try these. Thank you for sharing them!

  11. Johanna GGG says:

    I’ll take an old fashioned macroon over a macaron too – my grandfather loved them so I find them make me sentimental. I love sourdough bread too – but never had cronuts. My sister puffs up with any wheat but I don’t seem to. Kez’s snacks sound great – am glad my little gf niece can have cereal bars with everyone else

  12. Your thumbprint cookies come across so wonderfully light and crisp!
    Those gluten-free treats look delicious. I puff up a bit when I’m not eating as healthily as I should… or when I don’t exercise enough!

  13. Hotly Spiced says:

    Being 42 weeks pregnant will make you feel puffy (and look puffy too). It’s good that Kez’s Kitchen is coming out with a GF range – so many people are turning away from wheat! xx

  14. Daniela says:

    This was a real fun post to read, poor Keith Urban :))
    These coconut macarons look soo good, who cares from which side of the ocean they came from originally.

  15. Competition not open to me but these macarons sound great.

  16. TBM says:

    These looks great. I would love to give up gluten, but I’m just not strong enough.

  17. Hard to give up gluten, when crunchy bread is sooo satisfying, but I could definitely live with these macarons, won’t miss the gluten at all.
    Our Grandmother’s baking is the best as well and she doesn’t even measure. don’t know how she does it! Great Post!

  18. Hey there! I’ve missed your blog :) Hopefully I get back to being a regular commenter again soon!

    I love macarons AND macaroons, but they truly are two totally separate things. I am not sure where they originated, but I always see them around Jewish Holidays (because they’re kosher I guess?) so maybe they’re from that culture? I have no clue. I just love them.

  19. laurasmess says:

    Yum! These coconut macaroons look delicious Cass! I love anything coconutty (particularly with jam) so I’m immediately inspired to give them a go… even better that they’re gf :) Hm, puffiness? That’s gotta be Indian food. I always feel like my stomach is going to pop after I eat it and I have no idea why (not just because I eat a lot of it, ha!) xx

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