Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Coconut Macaroons

One of my favorite new treats this Christmas season is Coconut Macaroons.   These are really easy, and so yummy!   I found this great recipe on Yesterfood, and just followed the easy directions.


For this recipe, you need:

1 (14 oz.) package sweetened flaked coconut
3/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 egg whites, lightly whisked, just to combine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup (3 oz.) semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips, melted


The first thing is to combine the coconut, sugar, flour and salt in a large bowl.  I just used my hands to mix things up.  Once this step is done it really doesn't look much different from the coconut on its own.


Next, separate the eggs, ...


And whisk up the egg whites a little bit with the vanilla.


Now, pour the egg whites into the coconut mix, ...


and stir it all together until it's all mixed up nicely.


Now, use a cookie scoop to measure out small balls. Or you can use a heaping tablespoon.


The balls are a little messy at first, so i learned to really pack the dough into the scoop firmly.


 Then when they are turned out onto the baking sheet, they maintain a nice firm shape.


Then these are placed onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. I suppose you could skip the parchment, but you would probably want to spray or grease the sheet first. Bake at 325 degrees for 17-22 minutes, until the bottoms begin to turn golden brown. Cool them on a wire rack.


Finally, melt a few chocolate chips (semisweet or milk, your choice) and put them into a sandwich baggie, and snip the corner off to create a piping bag. Then just drizzle the cookies with chocolate and allow to dry.


This recipe is so very easy - the hardest thing is separating the eggs, and that's not all that hard once you learn how. Hope you enjoy!

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