October 26, 2016
Coconut Peppermint Macaroons
State Fair of Texas
Seventeen-year-old Michael Kimery baked these Coconut Mint Macaroons for the State Fair of Texas last year (2015). They won “Best Holiday Cookie” honors. They are delicious tropical tasting macaroons dipped in chocolate and infused with peppermint. You use extract in the cookie and crushed candies on top.
The beauty of macaroons is their texture: a tender, chewy inside surrounded by a delicately crunchy outside. Their toasted golden color literally makes my mouth water.
The mix of chocolate, mint and coconut is such a festive and fun flavor combination. Make them today!
Coconut Peppermint Macaroons (Dipped in Chocolate)
8 egg whites
2 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons honey
5 cups unsweetened dried coconut
1/2 cup Gold Medal All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
12 peppermint candies, crushed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (with two oven racks in the center and upper part of oven). In a large pan with heavy bottom, warm the egg whites, sugar, salt and honey; stirring over medium heat. When egg whites are warm to the touch, stir in coconut, flour and vanilla. Continue cooking, stirring constantly until mixture is slightly dry and bottom has just begun to sizzle and scorch. Cool. You can refrigerate the mixture at this point, for up to a week. When cool enough to handle, form the mixture into 1 1/2 in mounds (by hand). Space them evenly on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake 18-20 minutes, rotating the baking sheets and switching racks midway through baking so the macaroons brown evenly. Cool. Cover a separate baking sheet with plastic wrap. Melt the chocolate with the peppermint extract in a clean, dry bowl set over barely simmering water (double boiler). When the chocolate is almost completely melted, remove the bowl from heat and stir until chocolate is fully melted. Holding each cookie by the top, dip the bottom against the inside rim of the chocolate bowl. Set the cookies on plastic-lined baking sheet with the chocolate side down. Sprinkle with finely crushed peppermint candies. Refrigerate until chocolate hardens.
-Recipe from Michael, Best Holiday Cookie, 2015 State Fair of Texas, Gold Medal Flour Best Baker Award Winner