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strawberry coconut macaroons

Strawberry Coconut Macaroons

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Yield: 18-20 macaroons 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

These strawberry coconut macaroons are moist and chewy on the inside and slightly crisp around the edges. Add a little something extra (and pink!) with fresh strawberries.


Ingredients

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  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional– but adds great flavor!)
  • 4 and 3/4 cups (370g) sweetened shredded coconut (a little less than one 14-ounce package)*
  • heaping 1/2 cup diced fresh strawberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (162°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the egg whites, sugar, and vanilla together on medium-high speed until foamy and the sugar is mostly dissolved, at least 2 minutes. Fold in the coconut, making sure the coconut is evenly moistened. The mixture will be wet and sticky. Cover the mixture tightly with plastic wrap and allow to sit covered in the refrigerator for 30 minutes so the coconut can absorb some of the liquid. Meanwhile, pat your diced strawberries dry with a paper towel. You don’t want them too wet. Gently fold the strawberries into the coconut mixture.
  3. Using a large cookie scoop, scoop 2 Tablespoons of the mixture and place onto prepared baking sheet – at least 2 inches apart. Make sure the mounds are very compact and neat, as pictured above.
  4. Bake until lightly golden brown, about 20-22 minutes. Make sure to rotate the pan to ensure even baking. Otherwise some tops may burn. Allow to cool completely on the baking sheets before enjoying. Cover leftover macaroons tightly and store in the refrigerator for 5 days or 3 days at room temperature.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: For longer storage, these macaroons freeze well, up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before enjoying. You can prepare this recipe through step 2 and allow the coconut mixture to sit in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before continuing with step 3.
  2. Coconut: If looking to use unsweetened coconut, adjust the sugar in the recipe to taste. Keep in mind that sugar helps bind the cookies together as they bake, reducing spread.
  3. Strawberries: It’s best to use fresh strawberries or you can use 1/2 cup of freeze-dried strawberries. Give the freeze-dried strawberries a rough chop before measuring and using. Do not use frozen strawberries because they release too much liquid.

Keywords: strawberry macaroons, coconut macaroons