Chocolate is yummy...combine it with coconut and its phenomenal! Plus it has antioxidants in it right? So it's good for you ya? Yes, this is true. In fact, I am certain that chocolate makes you pretty. Ok so now that we've established that, it gives me the excuse to share this recipe with you...
My mother in law makes amazing chocolate dipped macaroons, which results in me gaining 5 lbs everytime I see her...umm, I mean makes me lose 5 lbs (because chocolate makes you pretty remember?). And without fail, everytime she serves these tasty little morsels people are bombarding her asking her for the recipe. She always swears they are so easy anyone could make them. Is she right? Yes! They are my go-to when I'm entertaining and need a quick dessert-- insert everyone asking for the recipe again--they taste super without chocolate too by the way.
See...aren't they pretty? A treat for the eyes and the tastebuds! Be warned, my mother in law is an intuitive cook so her recipes are always a bit vague!
You will need:
2 14oz cans of sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 to 3 14oz bags of sweetened flaked coconut
Mix everything together in as bowl. I found that I used one full bag of coconut and almost all of the second bag. Use as much as you need until you get a nice thick, sticky "cookie dough" texture. Not too dry, you need the ingredients to stick together. Roll about a tablesoon of the mixture in the palm of your hands into a ball and place onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 325 until golden brown.
To dip in chocolate make a basic double boiler and melt 2 bags of semisweet chocolate chips with a tablespoon of oil. Dip half of the cooled macaroon into the mixture (from the side, not the top). If the macaroon developed a "ruffle" on the bottom while it cooked then trim it off after cooling before you dip them! Return them to the parchment paper and cool completely.
Easy as pie...I mean easy as macaroons! By far my favorite treat and always impresses! Perhaps something to try today for the Holidays? Enjoy!
Cheers to Makeup, Macaroons, and Making Holiday Treats,