I love to cook obviously, but even more, I LOVE to bake! Unfortunately, my family doesn’t enjoy overly decadent and delicious desserts as often as I would love to make them.
But that serves the QUESTION- ” Wouldn’t you go nuts for all the goods if you adore all things sweet?”
ANSWER- “Because I enjoy the process just as much as consumption, I find it easier to control myself with something I have made [this does NOT include taste testing!]. But because sweets are my absolute danger zone, I am try to be very conscious about my sugar intake.”
REASON- the more sugar a person consumes, the more they develop a sweet tooth. For me, this is crucial because I am already addicted at first bite! Hardly ever can I ever just have one Dove chocolate, or a bite of a cookie. OH NO! All my control flies out the window (I know, it’s bad!). So, when I have dessert, I try to make it as healthy, low sugar, low calorie as possible, because I know I might just go back for one more bite….
SOOO, when I hear of someone’s one guilty pleasure to be a certain dessert, I jump on the opportunity to make it for them. After all, I enjoy making people happy :). This time, our neighbor mentioned his lust for COCONUT MACAROONS. Truthfully, this was completely uncharted territory for me. What did one even look like? Research showed a dollop of slightly browned coconut pile with fluffy egg whites and condensed milk, making this surprisingly a low-fat dessert; well, it can be. But since this was not staying in arms reach, I went all out!
EXTRA CHEWY, GOOEY COCONUT MACAROONS (Ina Garten)
INGREDIENTS: (makes about 20 cookies)
14 ounces of Sweetened, Shredded Coconut
14 ounce can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 Egg Whites
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1. Preheat oven at 325*.
2. Mix together Coconut, Sweetened Milk, Vanilla in large bowl.
3. Using whisk on stand mixer, beat egg whites with salt for medium-firm peaks.
4. Gently fold in egg whites into coconut mixture.
5. Dollop by 2 tablespoons onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes (start checking around 20 minutes) until golden brown.
For never had making Coconut Macaroons before, these were oh so gooey and chewy. After eating one of these, I didn’t even need to go back for another bite- I had plenty left stinking in my teeth!
Best of all, I brought them as a sweet surprise to my neighbor for the party where he enjoyed at least two throughout the night.