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Oh, the happy flavor combos you can make with these Magnificent Macaroons! Punch up this classic by adding dried fruits, nuts and even chocolate!

 

Is there a more glorious combination than toasted coconut and the creamy sweetness of sweetened condensed milk? No, no there is not. Read on my friends.

Magnificent Macaroons

Sweetened condensed milk has been around for many years and is the staple in desserts, beverages, candies and cookies.  Where would Tres Leches cake be without the most important leche – sweetened condensed milk.  Not to forget the other side of the spectrum – it can even be found in savories such as Asian-inspired marinades and curries.  It stores well and will keeps in the refrigerator after opening for up to 3 weeks.  If you have leftovers from a recipe, you can always find many places to drizzle.  In this recipe, the milk solids add a wonderful nutty flavor as it browns in the oven.

Magnificent Macaroons

Whisking the egg whites in this recipe helps these macaroons stay less compact as the tiny air bubbles expand the volume.  When beating egg whites, remember that their volume increases six to nine times in size so use a large enough stainless steel or glass bowl for best results.  Plastic bowls inevitably retain grease no matter how clean they are and the tiniest bit of fat will prevent the peaks we want to achieve.  Start with egg whites at room temperature to ensure fullest volume.  Sugar is added as soft peaks form and it is crucial that it is added a little at a time so it will dissolve.  These macaroons call for sweetened condensed milk to be folded in gently to maintain that volume.

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Macaroon cookies are typically just coconut. But I couldn’t resist a little addition. I used dried cherries and mini chocolate chips, but feel free to experiment and find your favorite combo. I also recommend toasted almonds and dried apricots – delicious!

Magnificent Macaroons

 

5 from 2 votes
Oh, the happy flavor combos you can make with these Magnificent Macaroons! Punch up this classic by adding dried fruits, nuts and even chocolate!
Magnificent Macaroons
Work Time
10 mins
Cook Time
21 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Punch up this classic treat by adding fruit, nuts or chocolate. I used dried cherries and mini chocolate chips, but feel free to experiment and find your favorite combo. I also recommend toasted almonds and dried apricots - delicious!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 2127 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 bag (14 oz) shredded sweetened coconut
  • ¾ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • cups chocolate chips nuts, or dried fruit
Instructions
  1. Whisk egg whites with salt in a large bowl until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in coconut and sweetened condensed milk. Stir in chocolate chips, nuts or dried fruit; scoop 2-inch balls about 1 inch apart onto parchment-lined baking sheets.
  2. Bake at 300°F until golden, about 25 minutes
Recipe Notes

Whisking the egg whites in this recipe helps these macaroons stay less compact as the tiny air bubbles expand the volume.  When beating egg whites, remember that their volume increases six to nine times in size so use a large enough stainless steel or glass bowl for best results.  Plastic bowls inevitably retain grease no matter how clean they are and the tiniest bit of fat will prevent the peaks we want to achieve.  Start with egg whites at room temperature to ensure fullest volume.  Sugar is added as soft peaks form and it is crucial that it is added a little at a time so it will dissolve.  These macaroons call for sweetened condensed milk to be folded in gently to maintain that volume.

Nutrition Facts
Magnificent Macaroons
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2127 Calories from Fat 747
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 83g 128%
Saturated Fat 51g 255%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 1740mg 73%
Potassium 949mg 27%
Total Carbohydrates 310g 103%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 294g
Protein 37g 74%
Vitamin A 24.4%
Vitamin C 9.2%
Calcium 96.5%
Iron 20.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

To add to your beautiful cookie buffet platter, also try my Clementine Almond Cookies and Coconut Cherry Balls.

Recipe by Tara Bench
Photographer Paula Hible
Prop Stylist Jen Everett

 

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