Happy Holidays! I wanted to wish each and every single one of my readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Are you done with all the shopping and holiday preparations? I don’t plan on braving the street today much, except to eat at a Brazilian steak house tonight, where the wait staff walk around with skewers of assortments of meat and we stuff our faces until we can’t move… Sounds delightful right?
If you are looking for a super simple Christmas food present to give, I have a great recipe to share. I’ve started making giant coconut macaroons since last Christmas, they were pretty good but not moist enough, the funny thing is I followed the Mexican tres leches recipe, which you would imagined would be super juicy with 3 milk’s involvement. Anyway this year I stumbled across a recipe in Food & Wine magazine, after a little modification, the giant macaroons turned out moist and fabulous. Hope you will enjoy it and let me know how you like them!
- 2 14oz bag of sweetened coconut flakes
- 1 14oz can of condensed milk
- 14 oz of sour cream
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 1tsp almond extract
- 4 egg whites
- 1/2tsp salt
- Prep the baking pan with parchment paper or non-stick aluminum foil, I used cupcake cups for easier handling and gift giving
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Pour the coconut flakes into 1 large mixing bowl
- Pour the vanilla and almond extract into the condensed milk can and mix well
- Mix condensed milk and sour cream into the coconut flakes, make sure they are distributed evenly
- Add the salt into the egg white and beat (with a electric mixer) vigorously until it foams and harden, this process took about 4-5 minutes on high
- Fold the egg white foam into the coconut flake mixture
- Use your hand or an ice cream scooper, form the coconut mixture into large ball shapes, mine are about 1.5 inch in diameter, this batch makes around 24 macaroons
- Bake the macaroons for 30 minutes, at 15 minute mark, switch the pan on the top shelf with the bottom, front and back to make sure even heat distribution.
Optional: You can choose to drizzle the finished macaroons with dark or white chocolate to make them even more festive! Happy Holidays!