Monday, May 12, 2008

Basic Coconut Macaroons-Cholocolate Dipped

We were quite nervous and anxious for our first dinner party after John's diagnosis. We had no idea if John would be able to eat anything, and didn't want to offend the host. Thankfully, she knew he was celiac and had gone to great lengths to cook his chicken without any flour leaving off the sauce, to dress her own salad with oil and vinegar (no croutons) and even make polenta as the side dish. Then, she made excellent ricotta cream tarts (she set aside cream and berries in a bowl for John) and chocolate dipped macaroons. This was honestly the first time I had even thought about Macaroons as being an easy thing to make gluten free. Especially in its most basic recipe, which I prefer for its excellent chewyness. It's now a recipe that I crave often, and I made on a whim last night.

1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 14 oz bag of sweetened flake coconut
1 tsp vanilla

Mix ingredients together. Drop by spoonful onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. I try to smash the lumps down a bit. I like my cookies to be a bit flatter, so they brown better and are chewy throughout. If they're in balls, the centers don't cook so well, and I don't like them as much. The cookies will spread a bit, so keep that in mind. I wondered last night while making them if it would be good to add a tablespoon or two of flour to try to keep that spreading at bay.
Bake in a 350 oven for 10 minutes, turning once during cooking to brown evenly.

I remove the entire sheet of parchment to the cooling rack since the individual cookies are still quite sticky. Once they're dried a bit and are easy to pull off the parchment, I melt some dark chocolate in a shallow bowl. My favorite thing to use it just Hershey's Special Dark chocolate chips. Then, I drop the cookie in the bowl, and push the chocolate up around the sides. Then, lift it with a fork or spoon and drop it back on the parchment to cool overnight. They're simple, but they're also elegant.


CDM said...

These look delicious! After discovering Karina's kitchen a few months back, I have had a bit of a gluten free baking obsession. I discovered your website this morning and the obsession has already gotten worse. These macaroons are the next thing on my list of desserts to try.

John, Megan and girls said...

I've actually just found a new "ambrosia macaroon" recipe drizzled with dark chocolate to try out, it should be appearing within the next few weeks.

Jen said...

do you think it would work to substitute coconut milk for condensed milk?

John, Megan and girls said...

I'm not sure that coconut milk would be thick enough, but perhaps a coconut cream would work as a substitution. You might need to add some sugar as well. I'd have to try it out to see, but it might be worth trying out. I know that you can find recipes for making your own sweetened condensed milk, and perhaps you could make your own substituting the coconut milk. Sorry, I don't have a straight answer.