Coconut Macaroons Dipped in Dark Chocolate
Recipe by Charity Ferreira | Photo by Erin Kunkel
If you’re nuts for coconut, macaroons are where it’s at. These tender, not-too-sweet cookies are incredibly fast and easy to make, and perfect for all your party-going and present-giving needs. They also just happen to be gluten and dairy free. Make sure you buy unsweetened shredded coconut, available in the bulk section of natural food stores.
2 large egg whites
½ cup (4 oz/125 g) sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
2 cups (8 oz/250 g) unsweetened shredded dried coconut
4 oz (125 g) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine the egg whites, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Whisk until well blended and frothy. Stir in the coconut. Let stand for 5 minutes.
With your hands, squeeze rounded tablespoons of the mixture into balls and place on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart. Bake until the tops and edges are golden brown, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely on the pan, then slide a spatula gently under each macaroon to loosen and transfer to a plate. Discard the parchment and line the baking sheet again with waxed paper.
In a small heatproof bowl set over (but not touching) simmering water, add the chocolate. Stir until smooth, about 5 minutes. (Alternatively, you can microwave on medium until melted, stopping and stirring every 30 seconds to make sure the chocolate doesn’t burn.) Dip the bottom half of each cookie into the melted chocolate. Place the cookies chocolate-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate until the chocolate is firm, about 30 minutes.
Serve the cookies. For any remaining cookies, transfer to an airtight container and store for a few days.
Makes about 14 cookies
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
Protein 3 g
Total fat 12 g
Saturated fat 10 g
Carbs 13 g
Fiber 3 g
Sugar 8 g
Sodium 55 mg
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