Minggu, 16 Desember 2007

Christmas Cookie Recipes: Danish Coconut Macaroons (kokosmakroner)

I've been making lots of Christmas tiramisu recently (post coming soon), and therefore end up with lots of eggwhites. I've already made meringues, but one can only eat so many airy-crispy egg white cookies. Here's another way to use up those egg whites - Danish coconut macaroons. I must admit that I don't really know what makes these so Danish - it's just I learnt to like these while exchange student in Denmark back in 1992, they're very popular among the Danes (especially during the festive season), and this particular recipe I've been using for years is from the Danish Karolines Køkken site.

Note that the bases of these coconut cookies can be dipped into melted dark chocolate - I've never bothered, however. They're exquisite the way they are..

Kokosmakroner - Danish Coconut Macaroons(Kookosmakroonid)
Yields about 4 dozens

50 g butter, cubed
4 egg whites
250 g caster sugar
250 g unsweetened desiccated coconut
1 tsp vanilla extract or seeds from 1 vanilla bean

Mix all ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Heat on a low heat, stirring, until all ingredients are combined (about 5 minutes).
Remove from the heat. With the help of two teaspoons, take the coconut mixture and form into small round heaps. Place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Leave about 1-2 cm between cookies (they do not spread much during baking).
Bake in the middle of a preheated 200 C oven for about 10-12 minutes, until the cookies are light golden.

More Coconut Macaroons:
Chocolate-Covered Coconut Macaroons (Orangette, January 2005)Coconut Macaroons à la Dahlia Bakery (Orangette @ Seattlest, December 2005)Rochers à la Noix de Coco (Chocolate & Zucchini, November 2003)Baking With Dorie: Coconut Domes (Dorie Greenspan, September 2007)Lemon Coconut Macaroons (Alpineberry, May 2007)Barefoot Contessa's Coconut Macaroons (Alpineberry, April 2006)Lampreia Coconut Cookies (Tastingmenu, April 2005)Coconut Macaroons with Lime and Orange (Anne's Food, January 2006)Very Coconutty Coconut Macaroons (Kitchen Chick, January 2007)Coconut Macaroons with Condensed Milk (Carrie's Cooking Adventures, December 2007)