• Ingredients: 20
  • Serves: 30

Chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons with large eggs whites, sugar, salt, vanilla, sweetened flaked coconut, all-purpose flour, fine-quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped.

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs whites
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsps. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsps. all-purpose flour
  • 8 oz. fine-quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped

For the glaze

For the cranberry cluster garnish

  • mint sprigs for garnish

Garnish:

  • chocolate holly leaves and cranberries coated lightly in honey and rolled in sugar

For the chocolate holly leaves:

  • *Although holly leaves are non-toxic holly berries are poisonous and should be kept away from food.

For cutting and dredging

  • About 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, for dusting the cutting board
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch sifted together with 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

For final assembly and decoration

  • Assorted nonpoisonous flowers

Berry compote

Directions

  1. Step 1 In a heavy saucepan stir together the egg whites, the sugar, the salt, the vanilla, and the coconut, sift in the flour, and stir the mixture until it is combined well.

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  2. Step 2 Cook the mixture over moderate heat, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes, increase the heat to moderately high, and cook the mixture, stirring constantly, for 3 to 5 minutes more, or until it is thickened and begins to pull away from the bottom and side of the pan.
  3. Step 3 Transfer the mixture to a bowl, let it cool slightly, and chill it, its surface covered with plastic wrap, until it is just cold.
  4. Step 4 Drop heaping teaspoons of the dough 2 inches apart onto buttered baking sheets and bake the macaroons in batches in the middle of a preheated 300°F.
  5. Step 5 oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until they are pale golden. Transfer the macaroons to a rack and let them cool.
  6. Step 6 In a small metal bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water melt the chocolate, stirring until it is smooth, remove the bowl from the heat, and dip the macaroons, 1 at a time, into the chocolate, coating them halfway and letting any excess drip off.

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  7. Step 7 Transfer the macaroons as they are dipped to a foil-lined tray and chill them for 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until the chocolate is set.

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  8. Step 8 The macaroons keep, chilled and separated by layers of wax paper, in an airtight container for 3 days.

Nutrition information

Calories 112 Carbohydrates 19 g (6%)
Fat 4 g (7%) Protein 1 g (2%)
Saturated Fat 3 g (16%) Sodium 67 mg (3%)
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g Fiber 1 g (5%)
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g Cholesterol 0