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Megans Cookin: Coconut Chocolate Chunk Macaroons

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Coconut Chocolate Chunk Macaroons

I always thought a macaroon was made with coconut and sweet milk as in sweetened condensed milk. I didn't know it was actually a cookies often using egg whites (usually whipped to stiff peaks), with ground or powdered nuts, most commonly coconut but sometimes almond.

For this edition of the cookbook project, April picked a Coconut Chocolate Chunk Macaroon. I guess I've never made a macaroon before so this was a treat of a recipe. It used stiffly beaten egg whites and ground up almonds along with the coconut. And since it is the holidays, they threw in some chocolate chunks.


These cookies had that crisp meringue shell with a chewy center and bursting with chocolate. When they first came out of the oven, The Kid said, "These are the best cookies ever!" But as they cooled, she demoted them to just good cookies. In fact, she liked them better warm, so she put hers in the microwave. April said they were actually better the next day. I wouldn't know. Since The Hubby keeps complaining about his tight jeans, I boxed up a dozen cookies and went doorbell ditching. I love doorbell ditching at the holidays.
The rest of the cookies? They didn't stand a chance.
They never saw the dawning of a new day! :)


So I give to you, another tasted and proven cookie. Perfect for the holidays. Whether it's for a cookie platter or doorbell ditching, or cookies for Santa, these cookies are worth a try!


Want another opinion? Go check out April's cookies!


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Coconut Chocolate Chunk Macaroon
By: Marcel Desaulniers

2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup tightly packed light brown sugar
4 large egg whites
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
6 oz. semi sweet baking chocolate, chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat 2 baking sheets with some of the melted butter. Line the sheets with parchment or wax paper, then lightly coat the paper with more melted butter.

In a sifter, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Sift onto a large piece of parchment or wax paper.

Place the almonds and the sugars in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse for 10 to 12 seconds until combined and the almonds are coarsely chopped.

Place the egg whites and the cream of tartar int eh bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a balloon whip (the bowl and the whip need to be meticulously clean and dry, otherwise the egg whites will not whisk properly). Whisk on high until stiff peaks form, about 2 1/2 minutes. Remove the bowl from the mixer and use a rubber spatula to fold in half the almond mixture. When combined, fold int eh remaining almond mixture. Fold in half of the sifted dry ingredients, when combined, fold in the rest. Now fold in half the chocolate and coconut, and when incorporated, fold in the rest until thoroughly combined.

Using 2 slightly heaping tablespoon or 1 heaping #50 ice cream scoop of the dough to portion 9 macaroons, about 2 inches apart width wise and 3 inches apart lengthwise, on each of the baking sheets. Place the baking sheets on the top and center racks of the oven and bake for 15-16 minutes, until light golden brown, switching the setts between top and center and rotating each sheet 180 degrees halfway through the baking time. Remove from the oven, and immediately transfer from the paper to a cooling rack to cool to room temperature (if the macaroons are not removed from the baking sheets within moments, they will stick to the paper). Store the cooled macaroons in a tightly sealed plastic container.





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9 Comments:

Blogger April said...

Doorbell ditching?! Love it!!! The hubby didn't like them, the middle son did..and well, the other two wouldn't touch them! So, I am ready for the next go around!

December 3, 2008 at 6:58 AM  
Blogger HoneyB said...

My mom used to make macaroons when I was little. I always loved them!

Me too...I love the doorbell ditching comment. he he.

December 3, 2008 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger nicisme said...

These look delicous Megan, especially with the chocolate chunks. They would be gone in a flash in my house.

December 3, 2008 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger glamah16 said...

Doorbell ditching!That would be a nice surprise. I brought some of mine to the office today and they are gone in 60 minutes. I used to think of Macarrons difffrently too. Big diffrence in the American and French versions but they are all irresistable.

December 3, 2008 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

That's a brilliant idea! I'm going to start dumping stuff on the neighbors!

December 3, 2008 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Reeni said...

Doorbell ditching is so cool, I'll give you my address!!! I would be in heaven to find your lovely baked yummies on my doorstep! I have been wanting to make macaroons for years, my Dad claims they are one of his favorites. Yours look so good, I love the flavors.

December 3, 2008 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger Jeannette said...

O Yum! Everything looks amazingly delicious!

December 4, 2008 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

these look great, and not like any normal cookies. Yum!!

December 5, 2008 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

These cookies sound great!

December 6, 2008 at 12:56 PM  

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