Easy Best Coconut Macaroons
Macaroons are a cakey cookie with a long history. Many culinary historians will trace this cookie’s origins back to Italy in the ninth century when they were prepared by monks at a monastery. Macaroons can contain any nut variety and will include sugar and eggs for sweetness and binding. This version, created by Zerrin, the author of Give Recipe recipe blog contains only coconut and two other ingredients. These are one of the fastest cookie recipes to make because it involves mixing three ingredients together, dropping onto baking sheets and baking until set and golden. The baking process not only helps the drop cookies hold together but also toasts and enhances the coconut flavor. Many people don’t enjoy macaroon recipes because they find the cookies to be dried out, but this version showcases the coconut cookies for the soft, cakey morsels they are meant to be. You will not be disappointed by Zerrin’s version of this coconut cookie.
The main bonus of this easy coconut macaroon recipe is that they are gluten-free. If you are required to stick to a gluten free diet due to wheat intolerance, a gluten-free dessert as delicious as these cookies is amazing. Wheat flour is sometimes an addition to macaroon cookies because it helps with binding, but these cookies don’t need it. The earliest versions would have been mainly ground nuts, egg and sugar, so really, they are originally gluten free recipes anyway. If you are used to eating gluten free already and preparing dessert recipes according to those standards, you will likely have all the ingredients on hand already. Any person who is looking for an easy cookie recipe will enjoy these macaroons, though, with their soft and chewy interior and crispy edges.
This coconut macaroon recipe is perfect on its own, but you may want to jazz up the flavor or make them look even prettier if you plan on including them in a festive dessert tray. If desired, consider adding a flavorful extract to the batter, like vanilla, rum or orange. Alternatively, stir in some lemon or lime zest for a refreshing citrusy finish. Decorations like drizzled dark chocolate and finely chopped nuts could make these cookies attractive for whenever you are trying to impress. Other attractive finishes could include pressing a maraschino cherry into the top of each cookie before being baked.
There is no required equipment to have when preparing a macaroon recipe, but a few that can help. A hand mixer is always very helpful when beating the egg whites and sugar together because it can help dissolve the sugar quickly and thicken the egg whites that bind the whole batter mixture. For assembly, Zerrin recommends using a cookie scoop. A cookie scoop is wonderful for any drop cookie recipes because it helps create cookies of uniform size. A heaping tablespoon will work just as well, though, and you can reshape the cookies on the sheet so that they appear similar. Thank you to Zerrin, the author of Give Recipe, for sharing her easy coconut macaroons recipe with us.
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