Thursday, June 21, 2012

Chocolate dipped coconut macaroons


 Into the cookie jar © Cookaroo
I've said this before, and I'm saying it again. I am always figuring out ways to use up my egg whites. I've made Cakes and Mousses that use up the whites. I've used it as face packs, hair packs and eaten it for breakfast. But that is all history. 


Coconut macaroons is now my favourite go-to recipe if I ever have left over. And you know why? Because these chewy sweet coconutty cookie are really excellent. They make awesome presents, tea -time snacks and  dessert-bites and little did I know that several members of my family loved this humble cookie.


I've always been slightly afraid of macaroons, but these completely blew me away and frankly made me think that I was being a fool not following it up with them macaroons.


Such fondness for this cookie, that I never realised that my sister was another Hooney Macarooney,(but I think that title can only be bestowed on her when she's presented with a plateful of Coconut Macaroons). Nor did I know that my husband could wake up earlier in the morning (than me) just so that he could nibble at the cookies when I wasn't up.


But that said, I can't wait to make these cookies again. They can be made days in advance and frozen and then baked the day you need them. They can be eaten right out of the oven


Bite me! © Cookaroo

Chocolate-dipped Coconut Macaroons from Joy of Baking

Makes two dozen cookies

4 large egg whites, at room temperature
1 cup  granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup (60 grams) cake flour sifted (1/ 2 cup flour – 1 tbslp + 1 tbslp corn flour)
3 cups (300 grams) dried sweetened coconut shredded or flaked
100 grams dark chocolate - melted

Method

1. In a heatproof bowl, placed over a saucepan of simmering water, whisk together the egg whites, sugar, and salt. 
2. When this mixture is warm to the touch, and nice and creamy, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract, flour, and coconut. Cover and refrigerate for about two hours, 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 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. 
5.Remove from oven and let cool on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes and then place on a wire rack to cool.
6. Dip in chocolate if you'd like or just eat it plain


Too late! © Cookaroo
I'm also sending this to Jacqueline from Tinned Tomatoes's Bookmarked Recipe which was founded by Ruth from Ruth's Kitchen because these have been in my to-make (to-do) list forever!


12 comments:

  1. Did you use a branded chocolate sauce or made your own? The pictures of your recipes are amazing, recently started watching your blog closely and its fan-tastic .. from a fan :) would love to cook like these one day !!

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    1. Kenny! I am absolutely touched! I actually used melted chocolate - a mix of Jacques Torres and Morde (which is available in India) And thank you so much

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  2. I have fond memories associated with coconut macaroons... have gobbled down dozens of these!
    These am going to try soon!

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  3. This is so delicious, crunchy Nutty wow lovely combo. have to try it

    http://shwetainthekitchen.blogspot.com/

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  4. Wow, I love the flavor of coconuts in cookies very much. Now why don't you make a nice one stop recipe index. It will be really easy to navigate and choose right. The recipes are fantastic, so the suggestion.

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    1. You're totally right, I must work that out. I am such a techno-spaz that it's going to take me a bit of time

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  5. Can you tell me please how long you should whisk the egg whites for? You say til they're nice and creamy - do they need to be approaching the 'peak' stage? I ask because I wan to make them, they look so nice.

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  6. Would this work with fresh coconut? Might not crunch up enough na? Planning to make this today, adding a bit of ground almonds too.

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  7. Do u use all those different flours?

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