12 days of cookies: coconut macaroons

Day 2 of the 12 Days of Cookies was actually made on Thanksgiving. Whoops. Anyways, this was my first attempt at making coconut macaroons and it was delicious – they will definitely be made again. Just maybe not before Christmas since there were four different cookies made this weeekend, and many more to come before the Holidays! Have to cut back somewhere, right? And one of the best things about this particular cookie is that it was naturally gluten free – no special product had to be bought for it! Some macaroons are made with flour to make them more cakey, but I liked the cakey and crunchy taste of these.

Coconut Macaroons with Coconut Chocolate Drizzle

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/4c – 1/2c sugar (depending on sweetness desired, could also try substituting coconut sugar)
  • 1/4t salt
  • 14 oz (one package) sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4c coconut milk
1. Preheat oven to 350′ and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Froth egg whites, sugar and salt with a whisk until fluffy.
3. Add in the coconut and mix until combined and all of the shredded coconut is coated with the egg mixture.
4. Drop into tablespoon sized balls (I used a small cookie scoop to help make them uniform) and flatten slightly if desired.
5. Bake between 25 and 30 minutes, or until lightly brown. Allow to cool either on the baking sheet or on a cooking rack.
6. In a double boiler (or microwave), melt the chocolate chips and coconut milk. This will make a ganache-type consistency once melted and mixed together.
7. Drizzle the tops of the cooled macaroons with the chocolate mixture and lay on a rack to harden. You can also place in fridge or freezer for a few minutes to help it harden, but do not store in the fridge.
Need some help storing the macaroons? I used this tip and it worked really well!
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

Have a flour version you want to make gluten free? Sub the regular flour for coconut flour.

You could also mix in different things such as chocolate chips or nuts. They would hold up to just about anything. Need them a little more festive looking? Sprinkle with some colored sugar or sprinkles!

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