Wednesday, December 19

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons

OK, I have now described over 150 Christmas cookies. I have loved every minute of it, but honestly, I cannot think of another synonym for "delicious," "chocolate-y," "chewy," "festive," or "sweet." I've been to so times, they have mailed me a thank you letter.

So here's a short and sweet submission to my cookie event (my Hello Dollies are posted here).

Coconut macaroons--pre-baked.

Coconut macaroons--baked.

Coconut macaroons--dipped in chocolate.

Coconut macaroons--chocolate now dry.

Coconut macaroons--on a dish.

Coconut macaroons--eaten.

Eat coconut macaroons. They taste good.

Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons
Makes 25-30 cookies
Print recipe only here.

14 ounce bag of sweetened, shredded coconut
2/3 cup sugar
6 Tbsp flour
1/4 tsp salt
4 egg whites
1 tsp pure almond extract

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, place coconut, sugar, flour, and salt. Mix by hand until well blended.

In a small bowl, combine egg whites and almond extract. Stir the egg-almond mixture into the coconut mixture until it becomes thick and sticky.

To form cookies, use a tablespoon (coated with cooking spray) to scoop up the cookie mixture and round it out with the palm of your hand. Slide the cookie off the spoon on to the parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake at 325 degrees F. for 20-25 minutes, until the tops become light golden brown. They should be crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. Remove from tray and let them cool on a rack for about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt the chocolate by placing 10-12 ounces (about 2 cups) of chocolate of your choice in a double boiler. If you don't have a double-boiler, like me, then fill a small, deep pan with water and bring to a low boil. Place a glass Pyrex bowl over the simmering water, but not touching the water. Add the chips to the bowl. As soon as the chocolate begins to melt, remove the pan from the heat and stir the chocolate with a spoon until it becomes smooth and silky. Note: If the heat is too high or you leave the chocolate on the heat too long, it will become thick frosting (I speak from experience).

Dip one half of the cookie in the melted chocolate, letting excess drip back into the bowl. Place on a rack and allow to cool completely before serving.

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Pille said...

I made (and blogged about) coconut macaroons last weekend, too:) I love the way you've dipped yours in chocolate - very pretty!!

Patricia Scarpin said...

These look so wonderful, Susan!
They would make a lovely gift.

Peter M said...

The 2-tone macaroons are a great idea...for indecisive eaters like me!

Finla said...

They just looks so delicious. I love these coconut macroons. I always buy them but never made at home now is the chance to make as seeing your picture i am drooling.
I have seen desicated coconut here but never sweet one. So can i use the unsweet one

Asha said...

One cookie I always loved is these Coconut Macaroons! Looks delicious!!
I prefer them without Chocolates, love the taste of slightly baked coconuts in them.
Have a very merry Christmas Susan!:)
Sent you my cookie to you this morning, enjoyed all the cookies you have collected so far too. Have fun.

Manggy said...

LOL about the thesaurus haha :) I think serial commenters have the same problem :)
I'm not a fan of coconut (in fact in most cases I downright hate it), but I make an exception for macaroons. Here in the Philippines, there's no room for "healthy" macaroons-- it's straight up desiccated coconut, condensed milk, and eggs! Yours look good too, esp. with the chocolate!

linda said...

Delicious! I could eat them all, it's the best way to eat coconut!

Namratha said...

Hehehe, about the Thesaurus :) Hats off to your patience to describe each cookie, fabulous Susan! And the macaroons look so prettyyyyyy...yummy!

Katy said...

short and sweet. they look absolutely amazing!

Suganya said...

Beautiful, the recipe and the pics.

Sarah R said...

I enjoyed your even so much, Susan. Thanks again! The fiance loooves the look of your macaroons, too!!

Unknown said...

Those looked so good and then you dipped them in chocolate making them even better!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

These macaroons look like something even I could make -- thanks for the recipe.

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

I use fresh coconut, as I live in coconut country! But I liked the chocolate twist to yours.

Chibog in Chief said...

too bad you forget the part..."invited bloggers" EAT your coco-choco macaroons..i wouldnt mind doing my "vogue pose" close to your lovely macaroons :-) great combination I love it!!!

Amy said...

These are one of my favorite cookies. I can eat dozens! :)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Pille-Everything's better with chocolate.:)

Patricia-I just gave some as a present on Monday!

Peter M-Hah, I hadn't thought of it like that.

Happy Cook-Hmmm...and I've never tried them your way. I'd like to.

Asha-They've always been a favorite of mine too.

Manggy-Mmmm...perhaps I should come to the Philippines and try your version. ;)

Linda-I know, me too!

Namratha-You're sweet.

Katy-Thank you.

Suganya-Many thanks.

Sarah-Thank you for your many wonderful submissions.

Kevin-I think chocolate only makes them better too.

Lydia-They're so easy, which I love.

Aparna-Oh, they must be amazing with fresh coconut.

Dhanggit-Gee, thanks so much!

Amy-I know, they're utterly addictive.

Lisa Johnson said...

You're hilarious Susan! This event is a lot of work. You must be exhausted. Those macaroons sure look good. : )

Cris said...

I love coconut macaroons, and I never had them dipped in chocolate, what a great idea!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Those look absolutely delicious and I really like that you finished them off with chocolate. Now I want macaroons... (and yikes, 150!)

sarahsouth said...

beautiful photos

Nemmie said...

Beautiful! Might have to make one more addition to my cookie tray this year (my husband will have a cow but I bet he'll change his mind after tasting them).

Thanks for all you did with your Cookie Event, Susan!

Nic said...

How beautiful these are! Another cookie I have never made, but I do have a special cone shaping thingy especially for these, LOL!

Mansi said...

they look great susan:) you are being bitten by the chocolate-bug too...that's all I've blogged about recently:)

Your cookie event is driving me nuts..there are so many brilliant recipes out there girl!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Lovely Lovely Susan. These are on my favorites list! Here I sit in a crummy airport and two of those cookies would be most excellent.

Anonymous said...

mmmmm... Coconut macaroon are my all time favorite cookies, but dipped in chocolate I'm sure they are heavenly!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Straight to the point! They're perfect! Merry Christmas, Susan!

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan! These look delicious. I like the chocolate dipped photos :)

Rachael said...

Oh YUM and THANK YOU. I was this close to saying "no cookies" for relatives for christmas this year, since it always takes so much effort that I wonder if it's worth it. But seeing this recipe? I'll be making them all chocolate dipped macaroons! They look easy and mess-free

Gattina Cheung said...

150! Susan, you certainly broke any cookbook record!
Macaroon is my husband's favorite. Actually I can always relate each cookie being my or someone's favorite. We all love cookies!
Merry Christams! Thanks for making this Christmas so special!

Kajal@aapplemint said...

ooh susan i can almost feel these melt in my mouth. Delicious and very very tempting. Wish you very Happy Holidays.

AJ said...

These macaroons look absolutely delicious. I can already feel the texture and taste of these all time favourites.

Katie Zeller said...

Since we can never have enough cookies we obviously need more adjectives!
Mon mari's favorite...that I don't make. (hangs head in shame...)

Oh for the love of food! said...

And I wondered how you managed to have such beautiful, flawless skin - you have an in-house dermatologist! How wonderful is that? The Doctor is really handsome too I might add!
Your coconut macaroons look so delectable, especially the choc-coated ones - I think I can smell the tantalising aroma of the coconut all the way from here! This event is brilliant, Susan, Brava!
Enjoy Christmas, xo Carol

Susan @ SGCC said...

Short and sweet is often the best way. Love the cookies and the post.

Buon Natale!

Dana said...

Gah, how I LOVE macaroons!!! Even more than gingerbread, if you can believe it ;-).

Le Flâneur Novice said...

I also enjoyed the ECC event really much, Susan. It was my second event through my food blogging life, and also at the same month with my first event! lol

These coconut cuties look so mouth-watering, and awaiting for a try.

But after I try my first bread! :))) (You see, have never baked breads yet! Bought a book yesterday, and will try soon.)

By the way, I also want to try my first 'homemade' biscotti, too. I think it is best to ask an expert to have the best biscotti, and I mean you!

I would be really happy if you could post your "very" favorite biscotti recipe which can give the best result to a newer baker :)

With lots of love...

Nora B. said...

oh, Susan, that looks sooo good. And I don't even usually go for coconut.

Merry Christmas, Susan. I hope that you and your family will have a wonderful day and also best wishes for 2008.

x Nora

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Anali-It's been fun.

Cris-Chocolate makes them even better!

Mike-You can never say "no" to macaroons.

SarahSouth-Thank you.

Nemmie-One bite is all it takes. ;)

Nic-I hope you add them to your list next year!

Mansi-I know. I want them all!

Tanna-Which airport? I'll send you some. ;)

Zen Chef-Chocolate only enhances them.

TW-Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you as well!

Maryann-Thanks, they were fun to take too.

Rachael-I promise these are truly low maintenance.

Gattina-I think you're right. They are always someone's favorite because they're so delectable.

Kate-That's the problem. They're addictive.

Apu-What a lovely comment.

katiez-Oh, katie, surprise him. They're soooo easy. I swear.

Carol-Oh, aren't you sweet. Jeff will smile when he hears your compliment too. :)

Susan-Grazie! :)

Dana-I'm with you on that one!

Bal-I'm flattered that you're asking me for a biscotti recipe. My favorite is my mother-in-law's almond biscotti which you can find in my recipe archive under "desserts." I'm so happy we met through this event. Many thanks to you.:)

Nora-These cookies could convert non-coconut lovers too. Thank you for your warm wishes. I wish the same to you and your family.

Le Flâneur Novice said...

Oh yess! I remember those biscotti! Was dipped in chocolate too, and were really good looking ones...

If those are your favorites, then must -really- be tried! :)

Thanks Susan :)

(No flattering, just realities which are seen from miles away at least! :) )