Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons – What a Difference an “O” Makes

I’ve always found it amusing that macaroons, which are one of the easiest cookies ever, has the same name, give or take an “o,” as the famously difficult macaron

Even though they have the same origin, which the Italian word maccarone (also where we get macaroni), they couldn’t be more different in texture, as well as the skill they require.

Since we did (and totally nailed) the hard one, I figured I should do the easy one, especially since I just got back from vacation, and something simple seemed like a really good idea. Speaking of easy, using sweetened condensed milk streamlines the operation, and produces a very nice texture, but if you can’t find it, there are many macaroon recipes that use white, or powdered sugar, so don’t let that slow you down.

Regarding the chocolate dip, you can just melt, and use any kind you like, but for that extra professional touch, I suggest tempering the chocolate before you dip.  There are many complicated demos online, which involve heating and cooling the chocolates using very specific temperatures, and they work great, but I generally don’t have the patience. 

Instead, I use a shortcut method that involves chopping up some dark chocolate into the size of peas, melting 75% of it, and then stirring in the other 25%, until it melts. That should get you pretty close, and at the very least you’ll have a firmer, snappier texture than if you just melted all the chocolate at once, and started dipping. Either way, I hope you give these easy coconut macaroons a try soon. Enjoy!


Ingredients for about 24 Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons:
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1 large egg white
3 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
- Bake at 350 F. for 20 minutes, or until golden.

20 comments:

Lisa M said...

Wow. just... wow!

Hope you had a good vacation! Welcome back!

Muffins said...

How big is your sorbet scoop?

Unknown said...

Hi John so with the suger i thing i need some liqied to?

Reid Mosley said...

Thanks for the recipe. Welcome back. Hope your vacation was wonderful

Jason C said...

hahaha, "...on cookies"

Bill Dodds said...

You can get unsweetened flake coconut, but it is pricey. Bob's Red Mill is the brand I can find in the midwest.

martinla said...

allergic to eggs. What alternative ingredient could I use? Thanks!

AH said...

We have something exactly like this in Egypt called Shakalama. Very good stuff.

Pinita said...

Is this dried coconut? Could we use fresh coconut instead? Thanks

Pinita said...

Is this made with dried coconut?

Can we substitute and use fresh coconut instead, much easier to get here?

Thnaks

dharmabeats2 said...

The almond extract really makes these! Glad I doubled the recipe.

Tom Stanley said...

Thanks, will try these.

How about some corn dogs - perhaps done with Maine red snappers? :)

Frank said...

yum!

JEL said...

This is one of my staples for Pesach but I add sugar - 2/3 cup to 2 2/3 cup of unsweetened coconut, and skip the almond extract. Also, I dip some of the macaroons halfway in premium quality dark, some in white chocolate and others in milk chocolate. They’re always a big hit.

Scott Barber said...

With and Almond, these would be a real Joy, wouldn't they ??

JL said...

I'm definitely trying this, but is the 3c coconut inclusive of the extra to dip? I guess I'll just add it slowly to the wet until the texture's similar.

Unknown said...

Muffins, that's a very personal question. ;-)

Unknown said...

I tried this recipe today with no luck. Once all of the ingredients are combined, the result is far too wet to be able to form - and I only used 5 oz. of condensed milk rather than the 6 oz. suggested It turned into a mess and I finally tossed the concoction.

sara elizabeth said...

just made these forgot the egg til right before i formwd them but it was all fine and yummy

Amber Moon said...

I see your 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk and raise you 3/4 cup sweetened condensed COCONUT milk! Mwahahahahahahahahaha!!!