Monday, March 7, 2011

Coconut Macaroons

                 What screams coconut-ty, flaky, sweet, and just plain delicious? Ah... yes. Macaroons. On a Wednesday afternoon, I came home from school wondering what I was mouth watering and craving for. While I was flipping threw America Test Kitchen Cook Book, I found an easy, yet delicious looking recipe for Coconut Macaroons. About 60 minutes later, BADA-BING BADA-BOOM! And we have Coconut Macaroons! Perfect for a cold day with hot chocolate. Enjoy!

Coconut Macaroons

MAKES: about 2 dozen cookies
PREP TIME: 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour plus cooling time

Be sure to spray parchment paper lightly with vegetable oil spray or the cookies will stick.

     5     cups (20 ounces) sweetened flaked or shredded coconut
     8     large egg whites
     1/2  cup sugar
     1/2  teaspoon salt
     1/2  teaspoon almond extract

1) Pulse the coconut in a food processor until finely chopped, about 15 seconds, and transfer to a large bowl. Process the egg whites, sugar, salt, and almond extract in a food processor until light and foamy, about 15 seconds. Stir the egg mixture into the chopped coconut until combined. Wrap the bowl in plastic wrap and refrigerate until the mixture is thick, about 30 minutes.

2) Adjust the oven racks to the upper- and lower-middle positions and heat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and coat lightly with vegetable oil spray. Using wet hands, roll 1 tablespoon of the mixture at a time into balls and lay on the prepared baking sheets, placed about 1 inch apart.

3) Bake until the macaroons are light golden brown, 13 to 15 minutes, switching and rotating the baking sheets halfway through the baking. Let the macaroons cool completely on the baking sheets for 30 minutes before serving.


  1. Great Job Girls! Co Tuong used to make these all of the time---and now, you can make them for her o'hana!

  2. great job!!! your stories are so relateable and i can imagine myself watching you rummage your pantry and baking these no-fail cookies! i love me some macaroons!

  3. great job ladies! i'm not a big fan of coconut except for when they're used for macaroons. i would love to get to try some with hot cocoa.

    are you guys allowed to use the food processor alone, or does your mom/dad have to be there?