These easy macaroons are great confections to bake for a chocolate craving. Chewy coconut flakes and sweet chocolate bring to life decadent cookies in less than 25 minutes. Make bigger batches to give as gifts, or keep in an airtight container for up to a week.
Coconut is a very nutrient-dense fruit, featuring a high amount of manganese and fiber. Combined that with dark chocolate and its antioxidants and these cookies are a wholesome treat, great for a coffee break.
Check our variations below for ideas on how to change up these tasty macaroons. Also, most commercial condensed milk should be gluten-free, but always check the labels, making these macaroons adequate for people with wheat intolerances or sensitivities.
2 large egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/4 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
Pinch of salt
1 ounce dark chocolate, chopped and melted
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Beat egg whites in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add sugar and continue beating until the meringue is glossy. Stir in coconut, vanilla (or almond) extract and salt. Form the mixture into 20 balls, using about 1 tablespoon each, and place on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake the macaroons until lightly browned on the outside but still soft on the inside, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Spoon melted chocolate into a small plastic bag. Snip off a tiny tip of one corner. Squeeze the chocolate through the hole and drizzle over the cooled cookies. Or dip a fork into the chocolate and quickly wave it over the cookies. Let the cookies stand until the chocolate sets before serving or storing.
Per serving: 89 calories; 6 g fat (5 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 8 g carbohydrates; 6 g added sugars;6 g total sugars; 1 g protein; 2 g fiber; 16 mg sodium; 63 mg potassium. 5 SmartPoints
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