Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Snowy Days and Macaroons

No Snowflake Ever Falls in the Wrong Place

- Zen Saying

There's nothing like a snow day to stay home with the kids and pets and bake! A few days ago, it snowed so much, it came into our screen porch! Charlie the cat was very amused by it all.

These are the macaroons that I like to bake around the holidays, or on a snow day. This recipe is adapted from a Susan Branch cookbook. They are nice and crispy on the outside and tender and soft in the middle. I like to double this recipe and make the cookies nice and big Also, they look very impressive, but are so easy to make! Love and chocolate!

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons

2-2/3 cup flaked coconut, firmly packed

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup unbleached flour

4 egg whites, unbeaten

1 cup sliced almonds

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon almond extract

8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (or chocolate chips will do just fine)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine coconut, sugar and flour. Stir in egg whites, almonds, vanilla and almond extract. Form balls from rounded tablespoonfuls and place 2 inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until golden. Remove from pans while hot and allow to cool. For or chocolate drizzle: Melt chocolate in microwave in a microwaveable container, stirring every minute or so until chocolate is melted. Dip chocolate with a spoon onto each cookie and set on waxed paper to allow chocolate to set. Makes about 30.

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