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Coconut Macaroons

from Milk & Cookies by Tina Casaceli
Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons:
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup cocoa nibs
3/4 cup sugar
3 egg whites, at room temperature
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
Dipping Chocolate:
2 cups dark couverture chocolate, chopped (see Note)
1/4 cup vegetable oil

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

This and many other wonderful recipes may be found in Milk & Cookies
by Tina Casaceli from Chronicle Books


Too often, macaroons are just too sweet. My solution is to add cocoa nibs to the recipe. They offset the sweetness, add an extra texture, and marry well with the coconut.

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Line two baking sheets with nonstick silicone baking mats or parchment paper. (Alternatively, use nonstick baking sheets or lightly butter conventional baking sheets.) Set aside.

Combine the unsweetened coconut and sweetened coconut with the cocoa nibs in a mixing bowl, stirring to blend. Set aside.

Combine the sugar and egg whites in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar has melted into the egg whites. Add the reserved coconut mixture along with the vanilla and stir to combine.

Using a tablespoon or small ice-cream scoop, make small, neat mounds of dough, place them at least 1 inch apart, on the prepared baking sheets.

Place in the oven and bake for about 12 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges.

Remove from the oven and, using a metal spatula, transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool.

To prepare the dipping chocolate: Place the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate has melted completely.

Add the vegetable oil and, using a whisk, beat to emulsify.

Remove from the heat and let rest for 10 minutes.

Working with one cookie at a time, fix the bottom of the macaroon onto the tines of a fork and carefully dip the top of the macaroon into the warm chocolate or hold the cookie and dip half in. Hold the macaroon over the chocolate so the excess can drip back into the pan.

Place the macaroons, flat-side down, on a wire rack to set.

Store in layers separated by waxed paper, airtight, at room temperature for up to a week.

NOTE: Couverture or coating chocolate is a highquality chocolate made specifically for coating candies. It's available at some specialty food shops and cake and bakery supply stores, and on the Internet.

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