Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Baker's Delight: Coconut Macaroons

When we first went gluten-free around our house, coconut macaroons were the first cookie I experimented with and successfully adapted. They are a quick go-to cookie for me and are perfect for a holiday party, but taste good any time of the year.

This particular recipe was given to me by a co-worker a few years ago. She brought them in a couple of times and I loved them. I honestly don't know what cookbook they come from; I just have a xeroxed page.

One reason I love the recipe is that it calls for whole eggs. Most coconut macaroon recipes call just for egg whites. Also, I usually decrease the sugar by at least 1/4 cup because I tend to like my baked goods a little less sweet.



COCONUT MACAROONS
(from Amy B.)
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2 large eggs
1 c. granulated sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1/3 c. all-purpose flour (for gf use all-purpose gf mix)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 c. (9 ounces) sweetened shredded coconut

Place rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350°F. Grease an insulated baking sheet (or use two baking sheets, stacked on top of one another).

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, salt, flour, and vanilla extract until well blended. Stir in the coconut.

Drop the dough by 1-Tbsp mounds on the prepared sheet, spacing them at least 2-inches apart. Bake for 14-16 minutes, until they are golden brown around the edges and a few strands of coconut on the tops of the cookies start to turn golden. Cool completely on the baking sheet on a wire rack. Makes about 36 cookies.

Note: These are best eaten the day they are made, but will keep up to 2 days in an airtight container.