Chocolate-Almond-Coconut Macaroons

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.

Yield:

2 dozen

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Recipe Time

Prep: 18 Minutes
Cook: 22 Minutes

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)

Preparation

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Note:

Christmas with Southern Living 2006

June 2006