We have our nine-year old’s Pinewood Derby race for scouts tonight! (Why they chose to do this on a Friday night is beyond me).
If you don’t know what Pinewood Derby is, let me explain: the parents “help” their scout make a little car out of wood, paint it, decorate it and put wheels on it. Then all the scouts get together and race their cars in the derby.
They have three racetracks set up for the different scout ages – wolf, bear, webelos. The scouts race their cars three at a time on the tracks. They have officials at the end of the track that say which car came in first, second and third.
Everyone races several times, all taking turns on the different tracks so it’s fair and then it’s whittled down to one winner from each division. Those winners race and that winner is the final winner. Sounds
competitive fun, right? Perfect for boys.
Last year was sort of a mess, though. There were a lot of scouts that were racing so the whole race lasted 2 1/2 hours. I hadn’t eaten dinner beforehand because I thought it would only take an hour or something so I remember sitting there, starving, and cursing the scouting program. We got a babysitter to watch my two 2-year olds at the time, so I was able to actually sit down and relax (even if my stomach was growling).
Let’s just say, there were tears shed over who won and who lost. Not fun. It’s good to teach the boys about good sportsmanship but at the same time, I can’t help but feel bad for the kids that have these horrible cars that lose every match.
Another funny thing is how the parents (dads!) totally get into it! After all, they did probably build the car! The dads are on the sidelines, cheering on the win even more than the boys and it is awesome. There’s always that dad that goes overboard and is coaching his son on the sidelines. Ha!
This time I’m bringing my two irish twin three-year olds. I’m seriously hoping they don’t tear down the race tracks! My husband
built helped Chance build a replica of The General Lee car from Dukes of Hazzard. It’s not exactly aerodynamic so we’ll see how it does. I’ll put pictures up on Instagram and probably on Mondays post, too.
But I’m supposed to be talking about cookies, right?! I signed up to bring cookies to the derby and I thought maybe I would bring these? They might be a little girly but they are really good! And perfect for springtime!
I love macaroons. I love coconut and almonds with a passion. If you haven’t tried the M&M Easter eggs, you should. They are awesome! You can also use any other little egg candies. These cookies are such a fun springtime treat! I’m so happy it’s finally spring!! Now, off to the races I go!
- 2⅔ cups flaked coconut
- 5 Tbsp + 1 tsp. Truvia sweetener (or ⅔ cup white sugar)
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 4 egg whites
- 1 tsp. almond extract
- 1 cup chopped almonds
- powdered sugar
- M&M Easter Egg candies
- Preheat oven to 325º. Lightly spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Combine coconut, Truvia (or sugar), salt and flour in a mixing bowl. Stir in egg whites and almond extract. Stir in almonds and mix well.
- Scoop by tablespoon or with a cookie scoop onto prepared cookie sheets. Press your finger in the center a bit to create a small indent.
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Be careful not to over cook! Remove from baking sheet immediately and let cool.
- Make a quick glaze by mixing together a small amount of powdered sugar and water. When cookies are cooled a bit, put a small drop of glaze inside the indent and place three M&M candies on top. Let harden so the M&M's stay put and then serve. So cute and perfect for spring!