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Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons – SRC

This month for the Secret Recipe Club, I was assigned Debbie Does Dinner… Healhy and Low Calorie. She has some great recipes for healthy and low cal dinners, but we all know that healthy and low cal aren’t really in my dictionary… so I went for her desserts. Lucky for me (thanks Debbie!), she also has an extensive list of luscious desserts and Amish bread recipes that I was able to pick from. It was a tough decision, but since I was pressed for time this week I went with her Coconut Macaroons. Believe it or not – I’ve never made them before! So simple, so delicious, yet it’s just never been a recipe I’ve thought to try. Last week Kevin got a chocolate chip macaroon from Flour Bakery, and so I felt inspired to give them a try.

The recipe is about as easy as it gets – measure out your ingredients, pour into a bowl, and mix! I added a few things, but even still, they were a breeze, and so tasty. I followed Debbie’s recipe almost exactly, only adding a few extras to kick them up a notch. To start, I added the seeds from 1/2 a vanilla bean, just for the look (I love seeing vanilla seed flecks in my baked goods!) and a bit of more earthy flavor. I also added chocolate chips, since we all know of my obsession with chocolate, AND opted to dip most of the finished macaroons in more chocolate.

The resulting cookie is extremely tender and melt-in-your-mouth. I liked them dipped in chocolate, but liked them plain as well. I cooked them just until set, so the centers are still gooey, and the outsides were a lovely golden brown. The chocolate chips added a bit of texture and a wonderful depth of flavor (gotta love the dark chocolate), and were a pleasant contract to the sweet coconut. I was extremely pleased with these cookies (as Kevin seemed to be as well), and will definitely be making them again!

Little known secret: I’ve actually played with the idea of launching an Etsy shop for baked goods, and if I do, these will be one of the first thing to go on it! These and my recent chocolate turtlesso good.

Coconut Macaroons

5 cups coconut (I used a whole 14 oz. bag and about 1/4 of a bag)
2/3 cup flour
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 egg white
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 vanilla bean, split
1 cup chocolate chips, divided
1/2 tsp coconut oil
Preheat oven to 350.
1) Measure and mix coconut and flour in a large mixing bowl.
2) Add in condensed milk, egg white, salt, vanilla and vanilla bean – and 1/2 cup chocolate chips, if using.  Mix thoroughly.
3) Use a cupcake-scoop and place scoops onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silpat (I used a silpat with great results).  Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from cookie sheet immediately and cool on a wire rack.
4) If dipping in chocolate (which you definitely should) – melt remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips with 1/2 tsp coconut in the microwave or over low-medium heat in a saucepan. Pour into a small bowl, and dip just the very bottom (or very top) of the macaroon into the warm chocolate. Place on parchment paper until set.

  • http://butteryum.blogspot.com/ ButterYum

    Debbie is one of the nicest bloggers around. You picked the perfect recipe for a busy week – simple, yet scrumptious!


  • http://freefoodboston.wordpress.com Elizabeth

    Homemade macaroons are the best. These look excellent

  • http://barefeetinthekitchen.blogspot.com/ Mary

    I made coconut macaroons for the first time last year and they were a huge hit. I like the ones dipped in chocolate best too!

  • http://www.aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com/ Jo-Anna

    Ohh these look so good! I tried to make some this week from a different recipe and they kept falling apart! Your recipe looks great, so I’ll have to try it instead!

  • http://megan-deliciousdishings.blogspot.com Megan

    So, I’m weird and I really like eating the raw mixture for chocolate chip macaroons, but I’m not a huge fan of them once they’re baked. But considering these are also dipped in chocolate, that might change my mind!

    • http://www.sweetlyserendipity.com Taryn

      I think being dipped in chocolate is DEFINITELY a game-changer for these!

  • http://canelakitchen.blogspot.com gloria

    These look amazing and I love them!! gloria

  • http://www.365daysofbaking.blogspot.com Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking

    These look so moist, crunchy, chocolatey, and yummy!

  • http://wiseanticsoflife.blogspot.com Kristen

    Debbie is one of my favorite bloggers. Those cookies look so good.

  • http://ladybehindthecurtain.com Sheryl

    Your Macaroons look delicious! I love your pictures. Great SCR Choice!

  • http://mizhelenscountrycottage.blogspot.com/ Miz Helen

    This looks like a great recipe. It is fun cooking with you in the SRC. Hope you are having a great day and thanks for sharing!
    Miz Helen

    • http://www.sweetlyserendipity.com Taryn

      Thanks for visiting!

  • http://www.makingmemorieswithyourkids.blogspot.com Erin @ Making Memories

    These look wonderful! I love them dipped in chocolate. I’m pinning these =o)

  • http://cooklisacook.blogspot.com Lisa~~

    These look delicious and I especially love the look of the ones with the chocolate on the bottom, so pretty.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my group “A” SRC recipe this month: Welsh Cakes.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  • http://www.joinuspullupachair.blogspot.com Heather @ Join Us, Pull up a Chair

    I love macaroons! I haven’t made them before either, but I know what I’m doing this weekend!

    • http://www.sweetlyserendipity.com Taryn

      Ha well enjoy them! They’re a breeze to make, and taste phenomenal!

    • http://www.sweetlyserendipity.com Taryn

      If you gave them a try, I hope they turned out well!

  • http://www.ilkeskitchen.com Ilke

    Oh yea, I am dipping them in chocolate when I make it!
    My first month in SRC and first time on your site. I am sure I’ll be back, You have a lovely site.

    • http://www.sweetlyserendipity.com Taryn

      Thanks so much for the kind words! Welcome to the SRC, it’s a great group of bloggers, and so much fun. Enjoy!

    • http://www.sweetlyserendipity.com Taryn

      Thanks for the support! Will be sure to make a stop by your blog soon :)

  • http://myhobbielobbie.blogspot.com Trisha

    I love coconut macaroons and chocolate with it is such a fantastic idea. I love how u’ve tipped the tops of some and the base of others in chocolate. Nice way to switch things up!

  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com Joanne

    I love coconut macaroons! Especially with a good chocolate coating. These look fabulous!

  • http://www.jeanetteshealthyliving.com Jeanette

    Love how you added vanilla bean seeds to add the little flecks in these macaroons!

  • http://www.haggisandherring.com/ Dan

    I don’t know which ones look better. The ones with chocolate on top, or on the bottom.

    Why not both?

    So delicious.

  • http://letstrythese.blogspot.com Vivian thiele

    these do look delicious! I love cookies :-)

  • http://littlebitofeverythingne.blogspot.com Julie

    These look so yummy! I love macaroons and dipping these in chocolate makes them even better!!!

  • http://www.confessionsofachocoholic.com Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    I LOVE macarons and didn’t know they were that simple to make!! I will definitely be trying my hand at these soon!

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