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Chocolate-Almond-Coconut Macaroons

Prep time 18 mins
Cook time 22 mins
Yield 2 dozen
Make coconut-almond macaroons even more special by stirring in chocolate morsels and drizzling the cookies with a chocolate glaze. But even without the glaze, they're spectacular.

Ingredients

  • 1 (14-ounce) package sweetened flaked coconut
  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 (7-ounce) package almond paste, grated (we tested with Odense)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate mini-morsels
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate morsels (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon shortening (optional)
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Combine coconut and sweetened condensed milk in a large bowl. Add almond paste and next 5 ingredients. Stir in mini-morsels.

  2. Beat egg white at high speed with an electric mixer until still peaks form; fold into coconut mixture.

  3. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets.

  4. Bake at 325° for 20 to 21 minutes or until edges are golden and tops are lightly browned. Cool completely on baking sheets.

  5. If desired, microwave chocolate morsels and shortening in a 1-cup glass measuring cup on HIGH 1 minute or until melted, stirring once.

  6. Pour melted chocolate into a small zip-top freezer bag. Snip a small hole in 1 corner of bag; drizzle chocolate over macaroons, and sprinkle with toasted almonds, if desired. Let stand until chocolate is firm.

Christmas with Southern Living 2006