This recipe is my coconut macaroon recipe with wonderful See's Candies in the center. I make the macaroon the same except that before baking them I make an indentation in the middle for the See’s Jelly Bird Egg…. when the macaroon comes out of the oven… I pop a Jelly Bird into the indentation…. They look so Springy and festive…. kid’s will love them.
I’ve re-posted the instructions and recipe for your convenience…. I hope you try these… they’re perfect for any Spring celebration….
This recipe is from the Barefoot Contessa of the Food Network. It’s a simple recipe and I have copied it exactly.
I do have a few comments about making them though. I read the reviews before making these.. most people raved but others weren’t so wild about them… but it seems it comes down to two very important things…
Be sure to use sweetened shredded coconut… it will make a huge difference if you happen to use the unsweetened variety.
Be sure to use sweetened condensed milk…. I use Borden’s Eagle Brand….
I stress this because these are the only sweeteners in the cookie besides vanilla extract and that really isn’t a sweetener… it flavors it… there’s a big difference.
Make sure you fold the egg whites in carefully, you don’t want to over-work it.
And… just to warn you… this is very, very sticky… the recipe advises you to use cookie sheets lined with parchment paper… I used Reynolds Wrap Release Non-Stick foil… which is the absolute best… nothing sticks to it… mine didn’t stick but a few didn’t want to budge right away… I cooled them on the pan a little too long…don’t wait more than 1 or 2 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.
They were very quick to make and really not difficult. If you follow the few tips I gave you.. they should be absolutely perfect!
You can purchase See’s Candies Jelly Bird Eggs in one of their many stores or visit them online at See’s Candies.
Coconut Macaroon Recipe:
All you need:
14 oz. sweetened shredded coconut
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 extra-large egg whites, at room temperature
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
All you need to do:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Combine the coconut, condensed milk and vanilla in a large bowl.
Whip the egg whites and salt on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until they make medium-firm peaks.
Carefully fold the egg whites into the coconut mixture.
Drop the batter onto sheet pans lined with parchment paper using either a 1/ ¾ inch diameter ice cream scoop or 2 teaspoons.
Make sure that you drop them into rounded mounds, then make an indentation in the center for the Jelly Bird Egg that you will put in it after it is baked.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown.
Drop a Jelly Bird Egg in each indentation.
Cool and Serve.
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