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Apr052014

« Coconut Macaroons »

What would Easter (or Passover for that matter) be like without macaroons? Now mind you, I don't mean just any macaroon.  I mean the type of macaroon that is a small mound of coconut, chewy on the outside and moist on the inside -- mysteriously held together by something.  The big question is what?

Most recipes suggest that the coconut is held together by a combination of sweetened condensed milk, beatened egg whites and vanilla extract. (Some even go so far as to suggest flour, which is just odd. Flour in a Passover dessert?)  I have tried many variations on this theme, and have never been happy with the results.  In particular, I have found that the macaroons are:

  1. too sweet
  2. too dry
  3. do not hold their shape (i.e. the batter is too thin)
  4. stick to the baking pan

But this recipe, loosely adapted from the Baker's Royal blog, is spot on.

The recipe contains 4 ingredients (coconut, egg whites, sugar and vanilla), which cook over simmering water until the the egg white/sugar mixture thickens and turns from translucent to opaque.

It takes about 15 minutes for the mixture to thicken in a stainless steel bowl; a little longer if you are using a glass bowl. In any case,  don't stress about the time. Just cook the mixture to the point where it "holds its shape without a puddle of syrup forming around it".

You can use a small cookie scoop or a tablespoon to drop the dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet. I baked this batch of cookies approximately 15 minutes, but I would start to check the cookies after 13 minutes.

These are delicious dipped in semi-sweet chocolate, but are also good plain.  The macaroons are best eatened the same day, but will stay in an airtight cookie tin for several days.  Avoid putting plastic wrap on them, as it will make the cookies soggy. Enjoy!

Here is the printable recipe.  

Reader Comments (5)

my favorite!!! I will have to try this. Looks delicious

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara K

@Barbara
I had no idea that you liked coconut macaroons! Now I have another cookie to add to the list. Who says that macaroons need to be relegated to Easter?
PS I dipped them in the super good French chocolate that we had at Christmas. They were over the top.

April 6, 2014 | Registered CommenterMichelle

I truly love them. that is why i do not have them in the house. I will never refuse yours. yum.

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

You really know how to make my mouth water don't you. You know my
weakness.

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermom

No worries. I'll make some for Easter!

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

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