Saturday, December 22, 2012

Best Coconut Macaroons Ever X 2 (w/almonds & chocolate)

Well I am pretty much cookie'd out, but I wanted to post one more cookie recipe before Christmas. This week I participated in a cookie exchange at work and two potlucks, and I have had SO many sweets. I am sure you have too! I decided to take these coconut macaroons to the potluck yesterday. These macaroons are the new and improved version of the best coconut macaroons that I posted back in June. This recipe adds in almonds and dark chocolate to the mix - yum! Many friends have mentioned to me how much they like the macaroons and coconut truffles, so I thought combining the two recipes would be a great idea. And it was. Now it's time to go on a water and celery diet until Christmas (yeah right)! Enjoy.

Recipe for Best Coconut Macaroons Ever X 2 (w/almonds & chocolate)

1 14-oz bag of sweetened shredded flaked coconut
1 14-oz can of sweetened condensed milk
2 Tbsp. of all-purpose flour
2 tsp. of vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp. of almond extract
1 cup of finely chopped almonds
8 oz of semisweet baking chocolate squares, broken in half

Combine the coconut, condensed milk, flour, vanilla extract, almond extract, and finely chopped almonds in a large mixing bowl. Mix until it is well blended. Cover the bowl and put it into the fridge for at least 3 hours.

Preheat the oven to 330 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Use a cookie dough scoop to scoop up the mixture. Use your hands to form into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on the baking sheet, leaving an inch of space between each. Place in oven and cook for 20 - 23 minutes, or until tops are golden. Remove pan from oven and allow to cool completely.

Once macaroons have completely cooled, place the chocolate into a small saucepan and set it over low heat. Stir constantly until the chocolate melts. Turn off the heat. Use a fork to drip chocolate over the cooled macaroons (using as much or as little chocolate as you like). Place macaroons in the fridge until the chocolate hardens, then remove from fridge and store in an airtight container.

*Recipe makes about 30 coconut macaroons*