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I heard on the radio that macaroons were going to be the new hip food this decade. The following recipe is so much more than the sum of its ingredients. These toasty chewy gooey cookies take only a few minutes to prepare and they are staggeringly delicious.

I can only assume that the macaroon's future as "cookie of the decade" will be enhanced with all sorts of extra flavors like pineapple, candied ginger, peppermint bits, who knows? I like them just the way they are.

I have based this recipe on one from the back of a bag of coconut I once bought .

Step 1: What you will need:

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1 14 oz. bag of Sweetened Coconut
1 14 oz. Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 tsp Vanilla
1 pinch (1/8 tsp) Salt (preferably kosher)

A scoop (like an ice cream scoop but smaller, or use a spoon with the deepest "spoony" part you can find.
Mixing bowl 
Mixing spoon
Cookie sheet - buttered or use a "Silpat" (a silicon coated non stick cooking mat (I have had mine for about 15 years so it's a good thing to own.)

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fostermoody2 years ago
I tried these and they were really tasty, but they seemed a lot more 'melty' than what you have pictured here. Mine flattened out and into one another quite a bit.
Ninzerbean (author)  fostermoody2 years ago
Did your batter look at thick as mine? Did you use 14 oz. of coconut? Something was amiss, because they really don't change shape from when you put them on the pan. Will you check everything and let me know?
My batter looked pretty much the same, but I couldn't find a 14-oz can of condensed milk, just 300 mL (about 10 fl-oz), so I only used about 300g of coconut. Guess I'll try using more next time.
Ninzerbean (author)  fostermoody2 years ago
Well I did the math and that should have worked out - by any chance did you use dried desiccated coconut? I've seen it in some speciality stores and it's unsweetened and only a fraction of the size of Angel Flake coconut. It looks more like fine white bread crumbs than big 3/4" size flakes of coconut. If that is the case, and let me know if it is, then even if you added more I don't think you will get the same results as mine. You might end up with something good, really good even, they just won't look like mine.
No, I just used regular 'sweetened shredded coconut'. I will keep trying, and let you know how things go. Either way, they're delicious!
Ninzerbean (author)  fostermoody2 years ago
Maybe it's a volume/weight thing then, the volume of the scm is 14 oz. The weight of the bag of coconut is 14 oz. Could that be it? Maybe your scm was labeled as weight? Oh wait - your first message to me says you used condensed milk, that is a whole different animal, and it's very thin, like half and half. Sweetened Condensed Milk is as thick as honey. Could that be it?

I may have another answer to this question. I just watched a sweetened condensed milk comparison on "America's Test Kitchen." They made flan rather than macaroons, but Meadow Gold completely failed, Parrot brand came in last and Eagle Brand and Carnation tied for performance. One was said to have a more caramel overtones straight up but that it was not apparent in the finished product.

They are based in Vermont and some of their "readily available" products aren't found in my part of the States, but the test indicated that "not all brands are created equal."

Ninzerbean (author)  Suzanne in Orting1 year ago

Very good idea - I had no idea. Because at one time I thought I was going to be the queen of macaroons, I used every brand of SCM to see what the differences were, in tasting the raw stuff there was some difference, the more expensive brands won. But I had no idea there could be a thickness differece too, thank you for sharing.

meyzellina1 year ago
oh yeah my favorite cookies.. made theme at our kitchen on this rainy day.. nyummyy!! :)
Ninzerbean (author)  meyzellina1 year ago
Great! Thanks for letting me know. They are so quick to make that they make for a great gift too.
SIRJAMES091 year ago
macaroons have always been one of my favourite cookies....
there are 2 or 3 that are made in Mexico by the locals that have caught my fancy as well...can'y remember the names tho....darn it.

TY for sharing this recipe, I just know how delicious they will be when I make them
Ninzerbean (author)  SIRJAMES091 year ago
Thank you!
SIRJAMES091 year ago
them muffins look delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know what I'm gonna do next time I make them... 8 P
jakyo3 years ago
Gonna make these ! they look scrummy ,and simple too *** nice one ;-D
Darla JZ5 years ago
These are EXCELLENT!
Haven't cooled yet..but I "sampled" a smidge...VERY, VERY GOOD

I was skeptical because of the simplicity, but I am a believer now.

Ever try them dipped in chocolate?...my next version.

Thank you!
these were great dipped in chocolate. My niece had a choc. fountain at her wedding and one of the things to dip were the macaroon cookies and trust me the first thing to clear off the plates!!!!
Chocolate? I don't know... but. I am quite interested. Post back and tell us how they go! =D
Ninzerbean (author)  Darla JZ5 years ago
 Yup! I was skeptical too the first time so I understand. They are simply better than the sum of their parts, enjoy!
komies4 years ago
I made these the other day as soon as I got the 'ible in my email- they were absolutely delicious. I used a silpat and didn't move them until fully cool, and only had minimal issues with sticking even though I used a low-fat sweeteneded condensed milk. My main issue was that spoon-balling them didn't get them compressed enough to be properly dense; now that I've picked up a cookie scoop like yours (where on earth did mine go? Did you take it? you were making macaroons so I forgive you) I'm going to try my hand at another batch. Will post my results! Thanks for the awesomely delicious 'ible. I'm glad to have another recipe in my repertoire that's simple enough that I can share it with friends without toting my recipe book everywhere.
Ninzerbean (author)  komies4 years ago
I have made over 16 dozen in the last three days (requests from friends for Passover) and the latest batch which are in the oven as I write this have Craisins in them - those sweetened dried cranberries. I think they will be good though this is my first time trying them. Mostly I have been making them with about 1/3 cup of chopped fresh ginger and a tablespoon of white pepper and they are really great. I am glad you tried making them, the cookie scoop will make a world of difference and be sure to let lots of strands hang out on all sides. Sometimes I just slab a bunch of bater down on the pan and make a giant cookie but it's not as good as a small cookie - and I have decided that the baby size scoop gives the best ratio of gooey and crisp. Thanks for writing!
amishskate5 years ago
I got tricked by the Macaron/Macaroon confusion.
I saw a story about Macaroons being the next big thing and I thought “Awesome” I love Macaroons. Then all the pictures in the story were of these little Oreo looking things. They taste ok but are not as awsome as Macaroons.
Ninzerbean (author)  amishskate5 years ago
 Yep, I mean like what do the French know about food? I'm kinda kidding here of course, but in the case of Marcarons vs Macaroons, we win.
You need to try macaron from the south of France before you decide ;)
They are more rustic and hearty than the Parisian ones, and they don't look like colourful Oreos.
Ninzerbean (author)  Hummingbird4 years ago
OK, thank you for letting me know, I don't like the ones that stick to my teeth.
sallyann4 years ago
love this post! these remind me of the best macaroons i've ever had. i was visiting my sister in new york city and went to a coffee shop that had macaroons from danny macaroons that were absolutely to die for! i have dreamed about them many times :) can't wait to try these though...thanks for posting!
Ninzerbean (author)  sallyann4 years ago
After you make them let me know if they are the same sort of. I went to all the places listed online that sell Danny's and tried to check out the price, they seem to be either a dollar or two. A lot of my friends made these to give out this Christmas and I got rave reviews, best cookie ever etc.
deewoz5 years ago
So I am taking this night class at grad school and the professor wanted us to bring in snacks for our classmates. I was wondering what I could make the night before and would be super simple and cheap and you have answered my prayers. Haha. A plus, is that a friend of mine is in the class has a gluten allergy so she ends up passing up on most delicious homemade treats so I cannot wait to bring this in. :)
Ninzerbean (author)  deewoz5 years ago
I just made them the night before last and added a small can of drained (well) crushed pineapple, everyone said they were the best cookies in the world but actually I like them plain better. Thanks for commenting.
Barramundi5 years ago
American minutes?
Ninzerbean (author)  Barramundi5 years ago
Lots of people convert measurements on their Instructables... I think you are the only reader to notice. I have been laughing for months, laughing at my own jokes is only one of my very many faults - that's a quote from Former Husband.
laxap5 years ago
Extremely cool oven button (on step 5)!!!

And, oven kept very tidy!!

Oh, and great recipe!
Ninzerbean (author)  laxap5 years ago
I used to hate my oven, finally I bite the proverbial bullet and bought a new one and I do love it. It's a Wolf. It's not really very clean because I cooked sweet potatoes one too many times and the juice ate away the bottom enamel coating so I can't even clean it anymore. But thank you.
Jayefuu5 years ago
They're in the oven! I didn't have a baking sheet so I used a silicone cupcake tray. And I didn't have a scoop so I just piled it in. And you were quite insistent on the smooshing so I did some of that too. Quite a bit of the mixture got diverted to mah belleh on the way to the tin...

Will report back with how they are in 20 minutes! :D
Jayefuu Jayefuu5 years ago

Ninzerbean (author)  Jayefuu5 years ago
 Wow, a whole new concept Macar-rmuffins! Do they taste as good as they look?
Yes they were really good! If not a little big. Pretty cheap too! 2.5GBP in the end to make 14 (2 more in a little pan)
Prfesser5 years ago
Tried these macaroons last night.  Ate too many.  Took some to the neighbors.  They ate too many, too. :-)  Made 'em with fat-free condensed milk and they were still great!

Fabulous recipe!  Only problem I had was that they stuck badly to the (brand-new, silicone-treated) cookie sheet even after heavily spraying with PAM.  I'll try parchment paper next time.

Thanks a zillion!
Ninzerbean (author)  Prfesser5 years ago
I believe the reason they stuck was because there was no fat in your fat-free condensed milk! That is so strange about the PAM though, I have to tell you that parchment paper wont be any better, is there any chance you used the wrong side of the Silpat? Did you let them cool? Mine just lift off. Sorry you got so full - I know the feeling, you keep saying "just one more..." been there, done that. Thanks a zillion for the feedback.
ShadowJesus5 years ago
I've had these before, and they were amazing:]
can't remember the recipe, so thank you :D
Ninzerbean (author)  ShadowJesus5 years ago
 You are most welcome.
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