Jose, the brother of one of Allison's friends, is an aspiring baker. As the only boy in a family with five children, he learned that making delicious treats keeps him in his sisters' good graces. One of his specialties is coconut macaroons dipped in chocolate. He picked up the recipe from watching the Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network. They really are divine - toasted crunchy coconut on the outside and sweet chewy yumminess in the middle. The chocolate takes it over the top and I think we were all in heaven when we sampled them! We spent a delightful afternoon visiting, making beaded jewelry, and chatting while Jose taught us how to make these chocolate dipped coconut macaroon cookies.
|While the oven was preheating at 325 degrees, Jose mixed together 14 ounces coconut, 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. He set this aside and asked for another mixing bowl.|
|Then Jose took the whites of two large eggs and added a pinch of salt to them. With an electric mixer, he beat the egg white mixture until it was stiff, glossy, and clung to the beaters.|
|Jose then folded the egg whites into the coconut mixture.|
|When the macaroons were done baking, Jose removed them from the cookie sheet and dipped one side of each one in the melted chocolate.|
|All agreed; they were heavenly!|
Thank you Jose!