Baking Classics: Coconut Macaroons

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The Technique

Coconut Macaroons

Classic Coconut Macaroons are a rather simple treat ideal for a number of social celebrations. The most basic recipes are prepared with a combination of sweetened flaked coconut, egg whites & granulated sugar. Sometimes flour is tossed together with the coconut to coat it so that the egg whites cling better resulting in a more compact cookie when forming them before going into the oven. Extracts can be added as well with almond & vanilla being the most popular additions. Still many recipes forgo the granulated sugar & opt for sweetened condensed milk giving you a smooth texture right away upon blending. This recipe is a bit different. Learn how to make this traditional cookie in your very own kitchen.

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makes about 2 dozen

The key to a magnificent macaroon is the combination of crispy coconut bits on the exterior of the cookie & the chewy center.

1/2 cup toasted coconut, at room temperature
2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp kosher salt
2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp coconut extract
1/2 tsp lemon zest

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Toss together the coconut, the powdered sugar & the salt in a large bowl coating well. Whisk together the egg whites, the vanilla & coconut extracts & the zest in a small bowl. Fold the egg white mixture into the coconut mixture & stir well until combined. Portion the mixture using a 2 teaspoon-size cookie scoop. Press the coconut mixture against the bowl sides several times for a compact cookie. Release the mixture onto a parchment paper-lined half sheet pan about a 1/2-inch apart. Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until lightly browned on top & on the edges. The cookies will not spread while baking. Cool completely.

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How To Make Classic Coconut Macaroons

Classic Coconut Macaroons are effortless to prepare & elevate the standard reception treat. A few simple adjustments to the original concept make these coconut scented cookies quite special. A little toasted coconut helps deliver a more complex flavor & color. Powdered sugar works double time in sweetening the mixture as well as coating it for a nice compact morsel for portioning & baking. Vanilla & coconut extract with a bit of lemon zest imparts delightful zing to these beauties. Expect a rich & caramelized cookie on the bottom & a chewy bite throughout. Follow my flawless tips & plan to pull off your best batch of coconut macaroons. 

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A few pieces of equipment will be necessary in order to complete the task. Read through the recipe before beginning. Here’s what you should know.

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No. 1

Portion the mixture using a 2 teaspoon-size cookie scoop. Press the coconut mixture against the bowl sides several times for a compact cookie. Release the mixture onto a parchment paper-lined half sheet pan about a 1/2-inch apart. 

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No. 2

Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until lightly browned on top & on the edges. The cookies will not spread while baking. Cool completely. 

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“Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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