May 31st is recognized as the National Macaroon Day. Not to be confused with French macaron which is made with almond flour-based meringue, macaroons are made with shredded coconut mixed in the meringue batter. The resulting confection which is toasted on the outside but chewy on the inside is heaven for any coconut lover!
There are innumerable variations and additions to the traditional coconut meringue, but this vanilla macaroon recipe from Linda Wagner of Marcus Samuelsson is a great foundation to learn before getting all creative with the cookies.
Simple Vanilla Macaroons from Marcus Samuelsson
3.5 cups dry, shredded coconut
1 cup almond flour
2 tbsp honey, more or less as desired
1 squirt Vanilla Stevia
dash of sea salt
The resulting cookies are soft and chewy, and bursting with coconut in every bite.
Coconut and chocolate go very well together. And this recipe from Glorious Eats is a great testament to that. A basic macaroon is dunked in melted chocolate and left out to set. It would surprise you how a simple chocolate-dipping action could add a touch of luxury to a batch of coconut cookies!
Coconut Macaroons from Glorious Treats
7 3/4 cups (3, 7 oz packages) sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (14oz) can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup canned cream of coconut
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
6 oz. semi sweet chocolate
Aside from dipping the bottoms in a bowl of melted chocolate, another way to dress up basic macaroons is by adding candy on top of it! Maria and Josh of Two Peas And Their Pod has a great idea that turns the macaroons into little candy nests.
Coconut Macaroon Nutella Nests from Two Peas And Their Pod
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 large egg white
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups sweetened coconut
1 cup Nutella
M&M Speck-tacular Eggs (or other Easter candy)
If you liked the idea of dipping and topping your macaroons with chocolate, how about baking chocolate right into the chewy coconut cookies! A Farm Girl's Dabbles has a recipe for macaroons that have chocolate chips and chopped pecans mixed right into the batter.
German Chocolate Macaroons from A Farm Girl's Dabbles
14 oz. sweetened shredded coconut
3/4 c. sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1/2 c. mini chocolate chips
3 T. all-purpose flour
2 extra-large egg whites, at room temperature
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
TIP: Use silicone baking mats when making macaroons to make it easier to take them off the pan.
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