Friday, December 10, 2010

Chocolate topped Coconut Macaroons

Believe it or not I have never tried a coconut macaroon! I semi-like coconut so I was a little nervous to make a whole batch of these without ever trying them before. Then again, anything dipped in chocolate is good right?


Well I finally tried them and I love em! These cookies are so moist and sweet each one tastes like they just came out of the oven.

These cookies are often confused with the french macaron cookie. Similar in origin both cookies are meringue-like made with egg whites and ground nuts or coconuts. The french macaron is made with ground almond flour and egg whites. The american macaroon is made with coconut and is typically much denser. I have yet to make the french macaron cookie, I'm still too chicken! So for now, hope you enjoy!
 

Chocolate topped Coconut Macaroons

2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 egg white
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
14 ounce bag sweetened shredded coconut
4 ounces chocolate candy coating
sprinkles

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon mat. In a large bowl combine together the condensed milk, egg white, vanilla, and salt. Add in flaked coconut until thoroughly combined. Drop coconut mix by tablespoon onto prepared baking sheet and form into tiny mountains using fingertips. Wet fingertips with water as needed to prevent sticking to the cookie dough. Bake cookies for 18-20 minutes or until slightly browned. Let cookies sit on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then remove and let cool completely on wire rack. Once cookies have cooled, melt chocolate per package directions and dip macaroons halfway into chocolate. Immediately decorate with sprinkles or crushed candy.


This recipe was adapted from FoodNetwork.com. If you cannot find chocolate candy coating simply melt together 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips with 1 tbsp shortening. If you really want to get creative, you could mold the macaroon into Christmas shapes using cookie cutters as I did with the no-bake cookies a while back. I think they would be super cute so let me know if anyone tries that method!

Happy Baking!

22 comments:

  1. Macaroons are delicious! And yours look beautiful!

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  2. Oh these are sooo cute. I like coconut but haven't tried making macaroons either. Think I may have to now. Love those sprinkles.

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  3. I want to make macarons, too...also too scared. Should we make a pact and do them together? These little coconut macaroons look pretty amazing!

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  4. So cute....everything is better with sprinkles. ;)

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  5. they look so pretty and sound really easy to make!!

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  6. From one coconut macaroon fan to another, don't you just love em. Yours look very festive!

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  7. Beautiful! I'd love one right now :)

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  8. I don't recall if I've ever had coconut macaroons but know I have had other variations. I love the touch of Christmas to them and they look so delicious and festive! Yummy!

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  9. I'm not a big fan of coconut, but I do love macaroons so I can understand why you were hesitant at first, but am glad you went ahead and tried them! My daughter wants us to make these so she can add the sprinkles. :)

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  10. I have never tried making coconut macaroons, but they look very tasty! I love how you decorated them, very festive!

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  11. Pretty cookies, I love the chocolate topping to make them so festive for the holidays. I bet they're delicious:)

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  12. oh they look yum! nice touch with the sprinkles to make them christmas-y.

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  13. I love the Christmas sprinkles on top of the macaroons...it makes them unique! I have never seen a maccaroon with sprinkles before :)! I would devour one of these in an instant, they sound delicious.

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  14. Very festive. Love that you used the red and green sprinkles. I've never thought to make these that way.

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  15. OH your macaroons are one of the best one's I've seen and I bet they were so tasty.

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  16. Gorgeous macaroons! Not to mention they look soooo good. I especially love the sprinkles on top! :)
    By the way, I have an award for you on my blog!

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  17. Okay... I hope this was the recipe to convert you to a complete coconut fanatic! beautiful job! - Megs

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  18. Debbie, these look SO yummy and perfect for the holidays! I love your festive little sprinkles, too. I'd love to see you try French macaroons some day! I have tried a few times now and ..... er, the result wasn't quite what I was hoping for! Anyway, thanks for sharing these. Happy holidays to you and your family.

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  19. gorgeous and so cuteeey! condensed milk, coconut and chocolate...hmmm i can imagine an irresistible comb. thank you for sharing. merry Christmas!

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