Coconut Macaroon or Knock Off Almond Joy
I made some delicious coconut macaroons after watching Carla Hall make some on The Chew. They are really simple and delicious!
I used this Organic UnSweetened Coconut. I found it at my local Super Target. I wanted to use unsweetened coconut to cut down on the sugar a little bit.
The coconut was a little dry so I re-hydrated it in warm water for about an hour. Then I strained out the water and made sure that it wasn’t “wet”. You do NOT have to do this step if you use the sweetened coconut.
Transfer the coconut to a mixing bowl and add 2/3 cup of Sweetened Condensed Milk. Then add a big pinch of salt. (trust me)
Then add 2 Egg Whites and 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla or Almond Extract. ( I used Vanilla because Almond Extract is not my favorite) Add the egg white and vanilla to the coconut and mix it together. No need to use a mixer just use a wooden spoon.
While you are doing that, toast some Raw Almonds in a preheated 325 degree oven. Only toast them for 5 minutes.
I used a tablespoon of coconut mixture, rolled it into a ball and then added a roasted almond on the top. You don’t have to use almonds, just skip this step if you like.
Bake at 325 for 20 – 25 minutes, or until the cookies a slightly browned on top.
Microwave a cup or so of semi-sweet chocolate chips until they are melted. I just dunked the cookie right in and then put them on parchment paper to cool. If the chocolate is too thick add a tiny bit of coconut oil to thin in out.
Try some sprinkled with sea salt! They are delicious!