Easter is here! Probably one of my favorite holidays for many reasons, one being all of the time spent with family! It was requested of me to bring dessert to our family get together tomorrow, but not just any dessert, coconut macaroons. That picture at the top of the page, those are my delicious coconut macaroons I made this summer following the Trader Joe’s recipe on the back of the coconut flour bag. Unfortunately, I don’t shop there anymore because we just don’t have one close enough, and no longer have the recipe for their version of the cookie. So, after much googling (yes I just turned Google into a verb), I decided to just wing it.
I had all of the ingredients one would need for these sweet goodies, so I decided to find one simple enough that I felt I could substitute for Paleo ingredients. Again, SCARY.
But, I have been pleasantly surprised with the outcome. And so has Ben. So, without further ado, I bring to you, Dark Chocolate Orange Coconut Macaroons.
4 egg whites
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
3/4 cups coconut sugar
1/4 cups coconut flour
2 cups shredded/flaked coconut
Dark Chocolate Orange Glaze
juice of 1/2 orange
1 cup dark chocolate chunks
1 tsp of vegetable oil (not paleo but it helps the chocolate stay smooth)
Set your oven to 325 degrees and gather your ingredients. I like to lay mine out for easy access. I’m not a very whimsical baker that’s for sure.
Separate your egg whites and add them to a large bowl. Add your vanilla, and get to whipping until they double in size and begin to form peaks. That’s a lot of work using a whisk so I highly recommend using an electric beater. Then, slowly add your coconut sugar and whip until stiff. Again, much easier with that electric beater.
In a separate bowl combine coconut flour, salt, and shredded coconut and mix together. Then slowly fold in to the egg and sugar mixture. Just like that, the hard part is done. Hurray!
Spoon onto a lined baking sheet and bake at 325 for about 15-20 min.
While those bake, make the glaze. Combine the chocolate and fresh orange juice and zest (if you’re feeling zesty). You can melt it on the stove top using a double boiling method. Boil water and place glass bowl over the pot and melt away. Unfortunately I don’t have a glass bowl, so sad I know. So microwave for me!! If you’re using the microwave, place the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl, and start with one minute. Then stir and if not melted to desired meltiness continue to microwave and stir at 20-30 second increments until smooth.
Once the cookies are cooled, dip or drizzle or dunk, whatever you want to do, the chocolate glaze on top, or bottom. I’m not bossy, or picky, do it to your liking. I’m more of a dunker. That’s the chocoholic in me.
As always , let me know how they turned out!!
It has been so fun to receive feedback from my family and friends trying my recipes! I love seeing your Facebook and Instagram posts and look forward to seeing these cookies real soon!!
Get to baking, and happy Easter all!!!