Thursday, April 4, 2013

Chocolate Carmel Coconut Macaroons

Hello my beauties!
Has it hit springtime yet where you are? I'm wearing shorts today and it feels so good!
If you happened to see my Easter post, or follow me on instagram you will have seen that I have been loving this new recipe, found over at The Craving Chronicles
Let's begin the play-by-play.
 You're going to whisk up 4 egg whites until they are nice and frothy.
And then add half of a 12-14 oz bag of sweetened coconut, and 7 tbs of flour.
 The consistency will be thick and sticky and will clump up when you stir it.

Then you're going to move to the stovetop.
 Silly me, I forgot to take pictures of this part, but you are going to melt 6 tbs of butter, and 2/3 cup of sugar in a large saucepan, stirring continuously. The sugar will dissolve, then the mixture will begin to turn a nice carmel color.  
 Once the mixture turns brown turn off the heat, and carefully add the other half bag of sweetened coconut, and 1/4 tsp of salt.  I say carefully because it might spatter from being so hot, so watch out.
If your mixture seems way too dry don't fret! I was tempted to add more butter because I thought that when I combined the mixtures, the macaroons wouldn't have enough moisture to hold together. Don't worry about it though, it'll all work out in the end.
 From here you are going to add the hot mixture to the egg mixture, 1/4 cup at a time, stirring well in between each addition. This is to prevent the egg from cooking, trust me nobody wants scrambled egg whites in their macaroons.
Remember when we were worried about the mixture being too dry? 
That seems silly now, look at how nice that is!
Now put some plastic wrap over the bowl and let it chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (up to a few days if you want to make in advance).
 And when you get it out you are ready to scoop onto trays covered with parchment paper.
Look how pretty. 
These little guys are ready to go into the oven at 350 for 12-14 minutes. 
 My oven is a little touchy, so for me it took more like 20 minutes. Just bake until they are browned to your liking.
 Mmmm I can almost smell then through the computer screen.
You may want to stop here, when I made these for my family, my grandma stole a few before I put the chocolate on them, she prefers them in the nude.
But if you're a chocolate addict like me you're going to let your nude macaroons cool completely before carrying on. 
 When you're ready, melt 6-8 oz of chopped dark chocolate with 1/2 tsp of coconut oil (optional). If you have it on hand, I feel like it makes the chocolate easier to work with.
Get your cookie trays with parchment (or wax) paper out, here comes the fun part.
 CHOCOLATE
 Mmmm I'm in love.
From here you can go as crazy or be as conservative as you'd like. 
Then leave them alone until they are hardened, or if you'd like to speed up the process stick them in the fridge.
 Then hide them in your pajama drawer... I mean share them with your loves ones.
For the original recipe check out The Craving Chronicles, this recipe won the key to my sweet tooth heart.




7 comments:

  1. These look so good. Great recipe. We have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2013/04/wednesdays-adorned-from-above-blog-hop.html
    We hope to see you there.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

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  2. Oh yum, your cookies sound totally delicious!

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  3. Oh my gosh! Those look amazing! I love macaroons, but I've never tried to make them. It actually looks pretty easy, so I think I'll have to try sometime!

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  4. YUMMY!!!! These look insane! XO

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  5. Following you on bloglovin. I'm hosting a link up this Thursday April 11, show me your favorite spring trend. I'm also doing a giveaway: a $300 gift card to Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic. Would love to see you at the link up and have you enter the contest.

    Agi:)

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  6. Oh my gosh!!! These look incredible and it is taking all of my will power to not whip a batch up right now!!

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  7. these look sensational! I love macaroons... and chocolate caramel? Hello, wonderful!

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