I never loved coconut macaroons until I tried Ina’s Coconut Macaroons. This recipe. from Ina Garten of course, is for the giant, chewy, bakery style cookies that are sometimes plain and sometimes dipped in chocolate.
Even if coconut is not your favorite thing, you may fall in love with these cookies. The condensed milk gives them a flavor similar to dulce de leche. And rather than a blast of coconut, you get a sugar, burnt sugar & milk flavor. I can’t stop eating them.
Alternatives to Ina’s Coconut Macaroons
If you’re still not sure you want macaroons or thinking you don’t want to trade coconut for chocolate, an alternative to Ina’s recipe is this old recipe for Chewy Chocolate Macaroons from Cooking Light. I need to update the photo, but I can tell you that those macaroons, even with the fat free condensed milk, are terrific.
These macaroons are great. My only suggestion is to definitely use parchment paper. I tried not using it and it was a struggle to get them off baking sheet and still look good.
If you add chunks of white chocolate to these they’re even better. It adds a gooey goodness factor that you don’t even know is missing.
The panfried onion dip that is linked at the bottom of the macaroon recipe is tasty, yummy good!
At Easter, you can make these shaped like a nest and after the macaroon nests are cooled, line the nest with a little chocolate and nestle a couple of jelly beans or chocolate eggs in the nest!
This is what they look like
Wow! I, too, LOVE Ina’s macaroons. I’ve been making them for a few years now, sometimes I drizzle them with dark chocolate, sometimes dip the bottoms in dark chocolate, and sometimes just leave them plain. Any way you make them, they are awesome! As Angie said, they do get sticky after a few days, but I believe mine only lasted that long once or twice.
Also as Angie mentioned, Ina’s outrageous brownies and pecan bars are fantastic. I did have quite a mishap with my oven and the boiling over of pecan bars, but now I put a foil pan to catch the drippings. They are a bit $$$ to make, but everyone went ga-ga over them. 🙂
These are the only macaroons I make, I saw the show wheen she made them and I fell in love. They are so moist and delicious and EASY!!!! You can not fail when you make these. If you keep them for more than a couple of days they get really sticky but not many last that long anyway. I always have the ingredients on hand and I keep a bag of coconut in the freezer all of the time. You can whip them up as a last minute dessert if you have company coming.I also make her brownies and pecan bars…both to die for!
I haven’t made macaroons in years. These look good. I’d love to try them dipped in dark chocolate!
That is cute, but now I’m hungry for pancakes. Mmmmmmmm. Pancakes. Actually, I think I’m going to just eat a Hot Pocket.
This is cute –