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Microwave Toasted Coconut Macaroons

April 14, 2023
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Photo by Jac Kyles Baker
  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 10 minutes
  • makes 10
Author Notes

I love coconut. But I've never loved macaroons. They're always formed into a mound. Or worse... pyramids with mouth scraping tips and corners. Why must the roof of your mouth suffer just to enjoy the promise of chewy coconut goodness?

I present my cookie-macaroon hybrid. All the coconut chewiness without the mouth wrecking.

And made in the microwave. —frugaux | Jac Kyles Baker

What You'll Need
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 egg whites (from large eggs)
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (optional)
  1. Toast 2 cups of the coconut. On a microwave safe plate, toast 1 cup of coconut at a time in 20-30 second intervals on 100 percent power. The coconut should be lightly toasted. You'll smell the coconut as it toasts. BE PATIENT! The coconut will burn if you set the timer for 1 minute without checking it.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder and toasted coconut. Mix well.
  3. Beat egg whites while gradually adding sugar. Beat egg whites until they are the consistency of a thin cake batter. Add salt and both extracts. Mix well.
  4. Fold flour and toasted coconut mixture into beaten egg whites.
  5. Spoon 2 TB of batter into cupcake lined ramekins or small cups/bowls. Stack 3 or 4 cupcake liners for stabilty if microwave safe bowls or cups are unavailable.
  6. Place 4 to 6 cups around the outer edge of the the microwave carousel plate, leaving the center empty. Microwave on MEDIUM HIGH (70 %) for 2 to 3 1/2 minutes.* Repeat with remaining cookies.
  7. Bowls and cups will be hot. Carefully remove them from microwave and place macaroons on rack to cool.
  8. Melt chocolate chips in microwave. Drizzle or drop melted chocolate onto cooled macaroons.
  9. *For less than 4 macaroons, reduce cooking time. Microwave two macaroons for one minute. Reduce cooking time if you reuse still hot or warm cups/bowls.

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