7. Coconut Macaroons

The Best Coconut Macaroons

These are the macaroons that remind me of home!  During the holidays this is a perfect treat to eat while watching Christmas cartoons and spending time with friends and family.

Unlike some meringues, these cookies are extremely delicate. The thin, crispy shell gives way to a soft, chewy coconut center.  These are best when they are made small enough to pop the entire cookie in your mouth.  The explosion of coconut and sugar is delicious!

Coconut Macaroons
2/3 cup sugar
2 egg whites, beat stiff
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
salt, dash
1 1/3 cups sweetened coconut flakes (shredded coconut)

In a bowl beat the egg whites until firm.  Add the vanilla and salt and continue to beat while adding the sugar one spoonful at a time.  Stir in the coconut.

Using a tiny spoon drop balls of the dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Leave at least 2 inches in between each cookie.

Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes.  The cookies are done when the sugar has set and the outside of the cookie looks dry.  The cookies should remain white.  If they start to brown before 20 minutes then the oven is too hot.