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Coconut Macaroons

February 15, 2012

I meant to do a valentine’s post, but I went to my friend Carmen’s for dinner last night. (She just signed up to follow my bl0g– hi Carmen! 😉 )   It was also Birds and Baking’s one year anniversary yesterday!  Later this week I’ll do some sort of celebratory post.  In the meantime, you can reminisce by re-enjoying my first post, if you like. 😉

Recently Carmen gave me a cute mug with a bird on the handle.  I love it!

It is perfect for tea with cookies, of course.  Continuing on with the recent gluten-free recipe experimentation trend, I made coconut macaroons not too long ago.  (Coconut haters, avert your eyes!)  These cookies are ridiculously easy to make, especially if you leave off the chocolate.  But the chocolate makes them so much better.

Coconut Macaroons

(makes 2 dozen, modified from Fresh Flavor Fast)

2 egg whites

1/4 cup sugar or evaporated cane juice

12 oz (about 3 2/3 cups) sweetened shredded coconut

chocolate of choice, optional

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  In a medium mixing bowl, whisk egg whites and sugar until frothy.  Stir in coconut.

Using a tablespoon (preferably rounded, as the cookies will retain that shape) or melon baller (does anyone have those anymore!?) scoop cookie dough, packing tightly, and place onto prepared sheet.  Bake until lightly golden, 25 to 30 minutes, watching carefully. (My oven got a little too hot, so they over-browned.)  Cool completely on baking sheet.

If desired, once cookies are cool, melt chocolate and dip the bottoms in.  Rest upside-down until chocolate hardens.

How do you feel about coconut?

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. February 15, 2012 10:06 pm

    Do you know of a substitute for the cane juice by any chance?

  2. February 16, 2012 12:46 am

    Wow These look great. I could totally eat one of those, if I do crave sweets I try to make sure that they are healthy and with the least ingredients possible. I think that I will have to substitute cane juice for either agave or honey. Nice post

  3. Jennie Frances permalink
    February 16, 2012 6:47 am

    What a nice cup. Coconut is great 🙂

  4. Ed Golem permalink
    February 16, 2012 8:46 am

    I love Coconut. May just make some of these on the weekend!

  5. elmediat permalink
    February 18, 2012 10:22 am

    Evaporated Cane Juice from contented canes. Sorry, showing my age and how imbedded old product slogans are. Great post. I have already passed on the Cauliflower Crust Pizza link to friends and family. 🙂

  6. February 19, 2012 1:46 pm

    I love coconut. I’d been thinking of making macaroons. I’ll try your recipe. Where is your bagel recipe?

    Nice site, Jillian.

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