Coconut Macaroons

I made these cookies back in April for passover but since work consumed my life for so many months, I'm finally getting around to posting them! These are a traditional dessert during passover, but are really great any time of year! I personally don't like coconut, but luckily the family and friends I made these for do and they were gobbled up in minutes! I decided to make 1/2 of the batch chocolate and the other half regular. I also got a bit fancy and dipped the regular ones in melted chocolate and drizzled the chocolate ones with more chocolate! Just a simple drizzle makes them look like a professional made them. Little do your guests have to know all it takes is a spoon and some melted chocolate to make them look store-bought!

There's a lot of macaroon recipes that call for whisking the egg whites to firm peaks and folding in the egg whites with the other ingredients, but who's got time for that?! I simply beat the eggs and no one was complaining. Nor did anyone say, "Hey Laurie, I don't think you whisked your eggs to a peak, these aren't the real deal." So in my opinion, there's no need to spend the extra 5 minutes whisking the eggs and getting your hand blender all dirty. But that's just my lazy opinion :).

The recipe only makes a dozen cookies, so feel free to double or triple the recipe if you're making them for a large crowd.

Ingredients:

2 egg whites

1 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut shreds

1/3 cup coconut sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp sea salt

2 tablespoons coconut flour (or sub with cocoa powder for chocolate version)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. In medium sized bowl, whisk egg whites with coconut sugar and sea salt until frothy, about 1-2 minutes

3. Whisk in vanilla extract

4. Add in coconut shreds and flour (or cocoa powder)

5. Line baking sheet with parchment paper

6. Drop about 1.5 tablespoon of mixture onto sheet and form into mounds

7. Bake until golden, about 15-20 minutes, rotating sheet half way through

Optional: 8. melt dairy free chocolate and dip macaroons once cooled. You could also drizzle with a spoon, or both!

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