Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Almond Macaroons

I have to be the biggest coconut fan on this planet. You name it, I love it-coconut cream pie, coconut shrimp, coconut ice cream, and the list can go on and on. Here is one of my favorite coconut recipes, outstanding chocolate-dipped coconut almond macaroons-delightfully sweet, wonderfully chewy and soft! :) These macaroons are super easy and fun to make. I was a bit worried that I would not be able to make the pretty pyramid shape that I saw in the cookbook, but I was very surprised at how easily the dough could be shaped. Just dip your fingers in water to prevent sticking and shape away. The coconut macaroon by itself is amazing, however, dip these babies in chocolate and they are exceptional. If you are looking to make an impressive dessert for a farewell summer cookout, look no further…

Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Almond Macaroons

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Ingredients:

  • 48 whole almonds
  • 1 cup cream of coconut
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • 3 cups unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 10 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
Directions:
Adjust oven racks to the upper and lower-middle positions. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread the almonds onto a baking sheet and place in preheated oven 10 minutes. Shake the baking sheet halfway through baking so the nuts will toast evenly. Remove nuts from oven and set aside to cool completely. Turn the oven up to 375 °F degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, whisk together the cream of coconut, corn syrup, egg whites, vanilla and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, combine unsweetened and sweetened coconut, toss together, break up any large chunks. Pour liquid ingredients into the coconut and mix well blended.
 
Scoop dough into a tablespoon and place 1 almond in the middle of the dough.  Cover up the almond with the dough. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls about 1 inch apart onto the prepared baking sheets. Form the cookies into loose haystacks with your fingertips, moistening your hands with water as necessary to prevent sticking.
Bake, one sheet at a time, until the cookies are light golden brown, about 15 minutes, rotating the baking sheet front to back, and top to bottom halfway through baking time.
Cool the cookies on the baking sheets until slightly set, about 2 minutes; remove to a wire rack with a wide metal spatula.
 
Once the cookies are cooled to room temperature (about 30 minutes), line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
 
Melt 8 ounces of the semi-sweet chocolate in a small heatproof bowl set over a pan of almost-simmering water, stirring once or twice, until smooth. Remove from the heat; stir in the remaining 2 ounces chocolate until smooth.
Holding a macaroon by its pointed top, dip the bottom and ½ inch up the sides in the chocolate; scrape off the excess chocolate and place the macaroon on a prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining macaroons.
Refrigerate the macaroons until the chocolate sets, about 15 minutes.

Source: adapted from Baking Illustrated

8 Responses to “Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Almond Macaroons”

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    3rdfloorbakes — August 30, 2010 @ 4:49 pm

    These would be dangerous in my house. I love love love macaroons.

    • Christina replied: — September 1st, 2010 @ 9:37 am

      They are dangerous in my house too! I had to take most of them to work with me…otherwise I would have been tempted to eat them all!! ;)

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    Debbie — August 30, 2010 @ 10:13 pm

    looks divine-love macaroons so I would love these!

    • Christina replied: — September 1st, 2010 @ 9:44 am

      Thank you! I love macarrons too! Coconut macaroons are by far my favorite! :)

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    ezsrecipes — August 31, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

    Oooh these look so fantastic. Macaroons are always good, but with the addition of chocolate, I bet these are heavenly!

    • Christina replied: — September 6th, 2010 @ 6:59 pm

      Just sinful! I love coconut and chocolate! They did not last long in my house!

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