Festive chocolate coconut macaroons…

I’m sure at this time of year, Google is swamped with people looking for festive baking ideas or inspiration for handmade gift to ply their loved ones with. I’m happy to admit that I am one of those people…eagerly looking for THE recipe that’ll make the perfect present!

Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, look no further, I thought I’d share one such recipe with you…these chocolate coconut macaroons are easy to make, delicious and if you fancy getting creative, you can even follow my lead and make them look like little Christmas puds :)…

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To make about 24 chocolate coconut macaroons all you need is…

120g dark chocolate, chopped (I used 70%)

3 egg whites

25g cocoa powder

150g granulated sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

220g dessicated coconut

200g white chocolate for decorating (optional)

Some green and red writing icing for your holly leaves and berries (optional)

In a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the dark chocolate (make sure the water isn’t touching the bottom of the bowl). Once it’s melted set it to one side to cool a bit.

In a large bowl, lightly whisk the egg whites until frothy. Add the cocoa powder, sugar, salt and vanilla extract and whisk in until combined. Stir in the dessicated coconut and melted chocolate, making sure that every little bit of coconut has a chocolatey coating. When you’re happy that there are no escapees, cover the bowl and pop it in the fridge to cool for about an hour until it’s firm.

Now, preheat your oven to 165 degrees and line a couple of baking trays with greaseproof paper.

Remove your coconut mixture from the fridge and taking a heaped teaspoon at a time, roll into balls between your hands. Lay each ball on the prepared tray a couple of inches apart so that they’ve got a bit of room to spread in the oven.

Once you’ve used all of the mixture, put them in the oven and bake for 13-15 minutes or until the macaroons are shiny and just set. Remove them from the oven and leave them to cool on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes. When they’re cool enough to handle you can transfer them gently to a wire rack to cool completely. At which point you can either tuck in or…get decorating!

To make your macaroons look like little Christmas puds you will need to use the same method of melting chocolate that you used earlier, but this time with the white chocolate. Once it’s melted  you need to work quite fast and spoon a little onto the top of each macaroon before it hardens. Leave the white chocolate to set and then you can get creative with the writing icing to create your holly leaves and berries.

The icing needs a while to set before you can package them up…this is the most dangerous part of the whole process…a true test of your self restraint…can you resist eating them all before they make it to their intended recipient? 😉

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