Today I’m going to introduce you to a very easy Christmas recipe, the coconut macaroon. I guess it probably isn’t a Christmas related biscuit for everyone but definitely for me. My grandmother used to always bake Christmas cookies and biscuits and they’d be in a big bowl on the living room table and there’d be butter cookies, filled with jam and nougat, cinnamon stars, vanilla half moons and macaroons. While they are not my favourite Christmas biscuits anymore (don’t worry I’ll share my fave in a few weeks), they certainly were when I was 10 and I feel like I’m 10 years old everytime I eat one of these tasty bastards.
If you struggle to find the rice paper rounds that are needed for the recipe have a look on the internet, I’ll get mine from a shop called German Deli.
- 400g Desiccated Coconut
- 400g Caster Sugar
- 8 Egg Whites (size M)
- 50-60 Rice Paper Rounds, 5cm diameter
Preheat the oven to 150 degree C. Combine the sugar, coconut and egg whites in a large saucepan and put them on a medium heat. Stirring at all times, slowly heat the mixture up tp about 50 degree C, until the sugar crystals have dissolved. To check that rub a bit of the mixture between your fingers and if you can’t feel the little crystals anymore you’ll know its ready. It should take about 5-7 minutes.
Line a cookie sheet with baking paper or a reusable baking mat (really worth the investment if you bake a lot!).
Using a large spoon, spoon a good amount of the mixture onto a rice paper round and use your hands to neaten it up. If you have an ice-cream scoop you can use that but I find that the macaroons get a bit too big for my taste using that. Place it on the baking mat and repeat the process until you’ve used all the coconut mixture up. I recommend to keep a cloth nearby and wash your hands every couple of minutes as the mixture is extremely sticky and you might get it everywhere (I certainly would…).
Finally, stick them in the oven for about 20 minutes. They can be a tiny bit brown on top but make sure that they’re still nice and juicy in the middle when you take them out. No one likes a dried out macaroon!
And that’s as easy as it is!! Hope you enjoy these as much as my 10-year old self did!