Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas Baking. Day 3. Cookie #10. Coconut Macaroons.

These are sticky, chewy morsels of coconutty heaven. Slightly crunchy clouds. Very simple, easy, quick recipe and if I had it to do over, I'd double it. Some baking recipes you can't double. This one is doubleable. And it is quite worthy of doubling.
Ingredients for Coconut Macaroons: 14 ounce package sweetened shredded coconut 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 extra large egg whites, at room temperature 1/4 tsp salt And I just happened to have 2 egg whites on hand leftover from the chocolate hazelnut truffle ganache. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Combine coconut, condensed milk, and vanilla. Whup egg whites and salt on high speed until they make medium-firm peaks. Carefully fold the egg whites into the coconut mixture. Drop batter onto sheet pans lined with parchment paper. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.
Pour in the condensed milk over the coconut.
Add in vanilla.
Mix well.
Beat egg whites, tilting the bowl, to get the most volume. Egg whites at room temperature also gives you better volume. Xmaskatie, here's a question for you. Is it "gives" or "give?" Egg whites "give." But I'm talking about "egg whites at room temperature." I take that, as an entity, as single. Thus, "egg whites at room temperature" "gives." Any grammarians out there?
Whup until they make medium-firm peaks. Medium-firm is when the peaks bend over a little bit when you pull out the beaters.
Plop egg whites into coconut mixture.
Carefully fold egg whites into coconut.
Use a melon baller to drop neat little bundles of coconut onto parchment paper. Here's a baking tip: Don't crowd your cookies. Leave some personal space around them.
Bake for 25 or so minutes until golden brown. Cool on racks.


Donna-FFW said...

Enjoying all your baking posts, Rosie! My favorites!

Do you ever add new ones? And if you do, how do you choose? My list I am aiming for is up to 26, and I cant seem to cut any out. I just want to add more..

Rosie Hawthorne said...

I try to find new ones each year.
This year, I added the Rolo cookies.
I just always keep an eye out for new recipes and file them. And you need to send me your new address.
Wink. Wink.