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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Easy (and Egg-Free) Macaroons


      When I was deciding what to include in Ro's meal delivery, I just knew there had to be macaroons.  I had made some delicious chewy coconut macaroons a few weeks before and she raved over them.  Those macaroons were egg white based which gave them a delicious fluffy airiness amidst the dense chewy coconut.  I couldn't make the exact same recipe again, so this time I went with what seems to be the more popular version of macaroons.  Making macaroons with sweetened condensed milk makes them a bit easier to do.  There are no eggs to separate and no whites to whip.  These come together in just a couple of minutes with no special equipment.


     Though these macaroons have the same flavor profile as the other macaroons, they are definitely different.  As one would expect, the sweetened condensed milk and flour add a denser, more cookie like texture to the macaroons.  I made these with my favorite large cookie scoop which is a 3 Tablespoon scoop and my scoops were rounded, so these puppies were huge.  (Hey, that way you can say you only had one cookie! Right?!)  You could certainly make them much smaller and still have delicious results. Just decrease the baking time a bit and watch for the ends of the coconut to brown.


     Of course anything is better with a quick dip in chocolate.  So, I dipped the bottom of these babies in a little melted chocolate.  She just had a baby and chocolate is good for the soul, after-all.  I delivered a plate of these bad boys, a pan of baked ziti and some homemade bread and was paid back handsomely in baby cuddles!  It was definitely a good trade!


Easy (and Egg-Free) Macaroons
Makes 14 large cookies, or about 2 dozen smaller ones

Ingredients:

2/3 cup flour
1 14oz package sweetened flake coconut
1/4 tsp salt
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
Optional: 6-8oz chocolate


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix together flour, coconut and salt until well distributed.
  3. Stir in condensed milk, vanilla and almond extract.  Keep stirring until well combined.
  4. Using a large cookie scoop, place in mounds on parchment lined baking sheet.  They won't spread, so you don't need to leave much room in between the cookies.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the tips are golden.
  6. Cool on a wire rack.
  7. Optional: Melt chocolate and dip bottoms of cookies in.  Allow to set on parchment or wax paper. 
Alternately: drop a couple of 1 1/2 tablespoons of batter onto parchment paper and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden

18 comments:

  1. I want one, no I NEED one this morning!! Fluffy mounds of goodness, I'm so in!!

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    1. The best part is they are so easy you could actually make them this morning and still get to work on time ;-) Have a lovely day, Andrea!

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  2. These look lovely! I hardly ever use coconut (because the hubby hates it) but I may have to make these cookies just for me! :-) I love how easy the recipe is too!

    Have a great day Carlee!

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    1. I used to every once in a while only because my husbands loves coconut. Now I like it too, so I see a lot more coconut in our future!

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  3. I love how you dipped them in chocolate! The perfect addition.

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  4. I love this! I usually don't make macaroons since I don't like having to whip eggs, but these seem to solve the problem. :) And the extra dip in chocolate makes them look even better! :)

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    1. These are a lot easier. It takes longer to preheat the oven than make the batter! And of course I think chocolate makes anything better!

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  5. You're so sweet. I wish you would come to visit ME! :-D These macaroons sound amazing with sweetened condensed milk. I love to put that magical liquid in my baked goods! I'm jealous you got baby cuddles. It's been a long time.

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    1. It is like liquid gold, isn't it?! I would love to come visit! We could have so much fun!

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  6. MMM, so yummy looking Carlee! Pinning these for later, my dad would love them!

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    1. Thank you! I hope he enjoys them!

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  7. Your Macaroons look delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

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  8. Your macaroons look so good Carlee!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe with us at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Enjoy the week.
    Julie xo

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    1. Thank you, Julie! They were delicious and oh so easy!

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  9. What a neat trick! I love macaroons! :)

    I would LOVE for you join and share this at my DIY and Recipes FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Thanks, Jess! I stopped by and joined the group!

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