Sunday, December 16, 2007

Christmas Cookie Recipes: Danish Coconut Macaroons (kokosmakroner)

I've been making lots of Christmas tiramisu recently (post coming soon), and therefore end up with lots of eggwhites. I've already made meringues, but one can only eat so many airy-crispy egg white cookies. Here's another way to use up those egg whites - Danish coconut macaroons. I must admit that I don't really know what makes these so Danish - it's just I learnt to like these while exchange student in Denmark back in 1992, they're very popular among the Danes (especially during the festive season), and this particular recipe I've been using for years is from the Danish Karolines Køkken site.

Note that the bases of these coconut cookies can be dipped into melted dark chocolate - I've never bothered, however. They're exquisite the way they are..

Kokosmakroner - Danish Coconut Macaroons(Kookosmakroonid)
Yields about 4 dozens

50 g butter, cubed
4 egg whites
250 g caster sugar
250 g unsweetened desiccated coconut
1 tsp vanilla extract or seeds from 1 vanilla bean

Mix all ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Heat on a low heat, stirring, until all ingredients are combined (about 5 minutes).
Remove from the heat. With the help of two teaspoons, take the coconut mixture and form into small round heaps. Place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Leave about 1-2 cm between cookies (they do not spread much during baking).
Bake in the middle of a preheated 200 C oven for about 10-12 minutes, until the cookies are light golden.

More Coconut Macaroons:
Chocolate-Covered Coconut Macaroons (Orangette, January 2005)Coconut Macaroons à la Dahlia Bakery (Orangette @ Seattlest, December 2005)Rochers à la Noix de Coco (Chocolate & Zucchini, November 2003)Baking With Dorie: Coconut Domes (Dorie Greenspan, September 2007)Lemon Coconut Macaroons (Alpineberry, May 2007)Barefoot Contessa's Coconut Macaroons (Alpineberry, April 2006)Lampreia Coconut Cookies (Tastingmenu, April 2005)Coconut Macaroons with Lime and Orange (Anne's Food, January 2006)Very Coconutty Coconut Macaroons (Kitchen Chick, January 2007)Coconut Macaroons with Condensed Milk (Carrie's Cooking Adventures, December 2007)


Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Thanks for this recipe -- I'm always looking for things to do with leftover egg whites, other than making egg white omelets!

Karolina Beaudet said...

I love Coconut Macaroons!!! I've been planning to make some this week too. I usually use a recipe very similar to yours, but want to try a different one this time. I hope they'll turn out as nice as yours;)

lobstersquad said...

I love that you don´t have to whip the whites. I´m very lazy with that

ThursdayNext said...

the lemon coconut listed sounds like something i would love...thank you for sharing these.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Pille, they look scrumptious!
And don't sound difficult to make.

Le Flâneur Novice said...

Dear Pille,

This is Banu from Istanbul, Turkey.

Found your blog while searching for something, and I saw that you are a DB :)) And also a Flood Blogga reader (like me)...

This is such a colourful, interesting, and lively blog that I guess I will visit often...

With best wishes...


Kerstin Klein said...

I´ll try these soon. They are my husbands favoritecookies.

Jeanne said...

Making macaroons is so definitely on my list! My mom used to make them and I adored them as a child. I really should also make the coconut tart she used to make - a coconut and apricot jam filling, mmmm!

Riana Lagarde said...

sounds good to me, i have a ton of egg whites left over. i'll do the chocolate thing too, yumm. i love all your recipes here, so happy to have found you!

Deborah said...

I love coconut macaroons - and this reminds me that I have not made them in a very long time!!

Syrie said...

Yum! I will be definitely try this out.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Well you know how I love macaroons, and these look delightful. Thanks for submitting them, Pille. Cheers, Susan

Pille said...

Lydia – oh, the famous egg white omelets. I’ve heard of these being popular in the US, but never had a chance to have one myself. Not upset about that at all, to be honest – the egg yolk tastes so much nicer in an omelette anyway :)

Karolcia – hope so too!

Lobstersquad – no, no whipping. And only one bowl and two teaspoons to clean up afterwards..

ThursdayNext – you’re welcome!
Patricia – these are very easy to make indeed.

BaL – welcome to my little blog, and I’m glad you like it! I’ve been to Istanbul – in April 1993 – and hope to return one day.

Ksklein – my man liked them, too :)

Jeanne – hope you’ll blog about your coconut tart soon, dear!

Riana - well, I can only say I'm happy you're happy here :)

Deborah - I had been on a coconut macaroon break, too. For way too long, I must admit..

Syrie - oh, please do!

Susan - thank you for including me in the round-up - and gathering together so many great Christmas cookie recipes!!

ScienceMel said...

The holidays are definitely a time for decadence. ;-)

Thank you for the fantastic cookie recipes. This is one of the few times of the year that I shamelessly devour the sweets so it is lovely to have some tried and true recipes to go off of rather than running out to the store for the commercial versions.

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This is delicious!

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Mariah said...

Wow! The macaroons look so yummy. It really made me so starving. Hmmmmmmmmmmm. . . =D

Beta Mother said...

very happy to have found your blog - I was looking for what else other than meringue to do with egg whites - thanks for the answer!