Apr 9, 2012

eat your heart out: chocolate coconut macaroons!

Chocolate Coconut Macaroons
Coconut macaroons have always been a favorite in our house, but we only have them on rare occasions because they're so sweet and a bit on the unhealthy side. 
When I ran across this recipe at the Joy of baking site (find this recipe here) I knew I had to try it out.
The macaroons came out so good!
It was the perfect combination of the chocolate and the coconut, we ate them up very quickly. :)
Some notes*
 Since one of the flavors you taste when eating this macaroon is the chocolate make sure you choose a brand that you like. For example I wouldn't use Hersey's because I don't like how those chocolate taste and the flavor doesn't change in the process. I used Ghiradell's chocolate and have been using it when chocolate is needed because I love the flavor. 
Also, sometimes the macaroons will need to stay in the oven for longer then 15 min. Don't worry if it does, mine stayed in for an extra 10 minutes and they came out wonderfully.
4 ounces semi sweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3 large egg whites
1/4 cup cocoa powder (regular or Dutch-processed)
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups sweetened coconut (shredded or flaked)

1. In a stainless steel bowl, placed over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the chocolate. Set aside.
2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the egg whites, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract. Stir in the coconut and melted chocolate, making sure the coconut is well coated. Cover and refrigerate for about one hour, or until firm.

3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

4. Place small mounds (heaping tablespoons) of the batter on the parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing several inches apart. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the macaroons are shiny. Remove from oven and let cool on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes and then place on a wire rack to cool.
(Makes about 20 - 24 Macaroons.)

Happy baking!

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