Hey there, let’s talk coconuts today. National Macaroon day is this Sunday, so I’m a little ahead of the game. Whatevs, just trying to be progressive…So what goes best with coconut? My personal answer: chocolate! Don’t get me wrong. Coconut and pineapple are a close second (particularly when it’s in a blended pina colada), but I thought dark chocolate would be the perfect match for these super easy coconut macaroons. You’d be surprised how much you can do to change up a classic coconut macaroons. All the coconutty recipes in my head will be coming to life sometime this summer.
I don’t think I’ve ever made cookies with so few ingredients before. That’s how easy these are. Let’s get started.
Ingredients (makes 10-12 coconut macaroons):
- 3 egg whites
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 7 oz. package of shredded sweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 tbs vegetable oil
First, use a whisk attachment to beat the egg whites for about a minute until they are foamy. Beat in the sugar and vanilla. Then fold in the coconut with a spatula. Use something like an ice cream scoop to scoop balls out of the coconut and place on a lined cookie sheet. You can also use a cookie scoop, but I preferred the size of the ice cream scoop so that they’re about 1 1/2 inches.
Bake the macaroons on 325 degrees for about 8 minutes until the top has a tiny bit of brown. Remove promptly to keep the macaroons from getting crunchy – there’s nothing worse than a crunchy macaroon! While they cool, melt together the chocolate chips and vegetable oil.
You can melt the chocolate several ways:
- In a saucepan on the stove, melt the chocolate chips and oil on very low heat, stirring consistently
- In the microwave on defrost mode in 30 second intervals
- Using the double broiler method
In this case, my personal choice was the melt it in a saucepan. The oil keeps the the chocolate really thin, so it’s perfect for drizzling. Use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate over the coconut macaroons and let them sit out for the chocolate to harden, which may take some time.
Once dry, dig in! The chocolate and coconut make a wonderful combination of sweet but refreshing. These really easy coconut macaroons are probably one of the easiest cookies you can make in a pinch, but people will never guess it. Enjoy!