31/52: Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons with Patrina

Last month I introduced my new baking project — Long Distance Baking! {See tab at the top of the blog} To refresh your memory, the gist of the project is…My Aunt who lives in Colorado and I will alternate choosing baking projects each month, bake them on the same weekend and share pictures and thoughts about the recipes! Last month my Aunt chose Homemade Hostess Cupcakes. I would venture to say they are even better than the real thing! This month was my turn to choose the recipe.

I have tried to take over a new leaf lately, mostly to get ready and anticipate the lack of time that I will have come fall due to my full schedule of full-time graduate school and my internship in the elementary school. That concept combined with my hubby’s recent love of coconut macaroons and the desire to cross off another item on my Kitchen Bucket List led me to choose Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons to bake this month! We had some yummy coconut macaroons while in Vegas back in June, but I have loved coconut macaroons ever since I studied abroad in England and France during J-term 2008. I’m not sure that I had ever had a real macaroon until then. They were so chewy and delicious — an instant favorite.

Speaking of… That trip was ridiculously amazing. I have always had a thing for studying World War II. Probably because my grandfather served in the Navy as a fighter pilot over the Pacific during the war. I should make a post just about his story one of these days, it’s unbelievable. Anyway, when the opportunity came up to study World War II in England and France I wanted to go with everything in me. I had never left the country before. Thanks to my amazing mother it became a reality. I will never forget the experiences of seeing the impact the war had on London, and England as a whole or the experience of walking the beaches of Normandy and seeing the battle field where so many of our men lost their lives on D-Day. Or, walking through the bunkers the Germans used {which still hold the guns they used}, or the many beaches where so many of our men fought for not only our freedom but that of the world, or walking through the American gravesite paying tribute to the soldiers… the memories are ones that I cannot truly put into words but they were most certainly life changing. I only have a few pictures from my travels because sadly the hard drive of my laptop crashed and I cannot find the backup CD. 😦 Nonetheless, here are a few pics from the trip to England and France! Good and emotional times.

On the Thames River & Boardwalk

 

 Oxford – Christ’s Church {parts of HP were filmed here}

Stonehenge — so windy and cold!


Point du Hoc, Normandy, France — to the West of Omaha Beach

Me on Gold Beach {taking a picture of the mulberry}

Anyway… on with the macaroons. Sorry for that tangent! As I was saying while I was over in England/France I had amazing coconut macaroons and pain au chocolat {OH MY GOODNESS}. To this day I have not been able to find anything that is even comparable at bakeries or stores. So I’m not really sure why it took me so long to want to re-create the macaroons, but alas a lightbulb went off and I started the search for the perfect recipe. I was still apprehensive because I had this perfect ideal in my head of what these macaroons should taste like. And to my present surprise {and my Aunt’s too} this recipe did not disappoint! These macaroons are so easy; they are so good you would think they took hours to make. I will be making these again very soon because we have already devoured the recipe I made less than a week ago!! You need to make these and when you do I’d love to hear what you all think? Be sure to let me know if you think they are as good as I do once you give them a try!!

Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons

Ingredients:

1 14-ounce package sweetened shredded coconut (about 5 cups)
4 large egg whites
2/3 C sugar
1/3 C All-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Approximately 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate or white chocolate {or both!}, melted {use double broiler method} and cooled to room temperature

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 325° F.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the coconut, egg whites, sugar, flour, salt, and vanilla.

3. Drop packed tablespoonfuls of the mixture onto parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 1 inch apart. {I used my cookie dough scoop, and it worked wonderfully but you could also just used a regular tablespoon}

4. Bake, rotating the baking sheets halfway through, until lightly golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

5. When cool, dip the bottom of each macaroon in the chocolate and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm, 20 to 30 minutes. Store the macaroons in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days – if they last that long!


{Tip: My condo tends to run warm all year round, so I chose to keep mine in the fridge so the chocolate wouldn’t melt once firmed — if your chocolate starts melting, store them in the fridge in the same airtight container.}

Source & Recipe:
Real Simple

Happy Friday! I hope y’all enjoy your weekend!

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4 thoughts on “31/52: Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons with Patrina

  1. Can you believe I have never had a macaroon before? I’ve heard of them, just never had the opportunity to eat one. These look very good. And what great memories of your trip! I’m dying to get back there one of these days. I went after college, but I would love to go back again.

    • Oh man Kristy! You have to try one of these… they are so simple and just way too good. I’m dying to make them again. I also cannot wait to go back to the UK, I would die to see Ireland and Scotland on my next trip over! 🙂 Cheers!

  2. Stefanie,

    These look/sound amazing. My sister loves, loves, loves macaroons; so I’ll be making some and taking them to her when I visit her next.

    Rabbit trail: When my sister briefly lived with me several years ago, she was baking late at night and caught coconut on fire and set the smoke alarm off. I slept right through it all, but she thought I was so mad at her that I wouldn’t come out of my room.

    Thanks for the great post!

    Laura

    • Oh man, if she likes macaroons I think she will love these. Johnny’s mom purchased some at a farmer’s market the other weekend and he said mine are better! 🙂 Such a killer recipe – easy and yummy. And, that is too funny! I always love your stories. We need to do lunch soon, especially since I’m out of school for a few weeks. I keep forgetting to email you. I will do that today!

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