January 9, 2011

Coconut Macaroons


Before I start praising Coconut Macaroons, I must first share some information about my shameful past.

I was, by far, the pickiest eater as a child. Onions? Gross. Mushrooms. Yeah, right. Coconut? Don't even make me.

I can only laugh at how far my taste buds have come. Most of my willingness to try new food stems from my relationship with my husband. That man will try anything! I've also come to the realization that to completely identify myself as "foodie," I must be willing to try new, interesting flavors and ingredients. While coconut is not a new ingredient by any means, the fact that I LOVE Coconut Macaroons is an interesting change of behavior!


These macaroons can hold their own, but I can only imagine what would happen if they were to be dipped in dark chocolate. Swoon.

*Note you can use either sweetened or unsweetened coconut.

Coconut Macaroons
Source: Coconut Macaroons III, All Recipes

Ingredients:
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
5 1/2 cups flaked or shredded coconut (one normal size package - I forget how many ounces!)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 - 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.


In a large bowl, stir together flour, coconut and salt. Stir in the condensed milk and vanilla extract with a spatula. Use a small cookie scoop to shape coconut into mounds. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes. Coconut should begin to brown and be toasted.


Yield: 24-30 macaroons, depending on your size

6 comments:

  1. Wow, simple and beautiful!

    I used to not like coconut too...would laugh at my parents b/c they would always eat the Almond Joys and Mounds from my Halloween candy...now I love those too!!!

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  2. Yum! I am a HUGE fan of coconut (I currently have several jars of coconut butter, unsweetened coconut flakes, and coconut milk- in the jar AND the carton) on hand. These are right up my alley. Thank you for such a mouth-watering recipe, Courtney!

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  3. I used to have a weird aversion to pineapple. I refused to eat it as a child and I love it today! I've always liked coconut though, your macaroons look delish!

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  4. isn't it funny how that happends. I think once we learn about each ingredient, we appreciate and enjoy the flavors. Like buttery coconut, fresh and delicious!
    LC

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  5. Courtney - another hit...made these yesterday and they are gone (too bad it was me and Cole eating ALL of them...ha ha)

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