Coconut Cherry Macaroons Dipped in Dark Chocolate

I’m a big fan of coconut, especially in Christmas treats. These Coconut Cherry Macaroons are not ordinary. They have a surprise inside. Cherries! And the best part? They are dipped in dark chocolate. So decadent!

Coconut Cherry Macaroons dipped in Dark Chocolate

One (14 ounce) bag sweetened angel flake coconut
1/3 cup finely chopped dried cherries
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3 egg whites, at room temperature
5 ounces Ghirardelli, dark chocolate flavored melting wafers

Preheat oven to 325ºF. Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper. Set aside

In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade, process coconut into 1/4-inch shreds. Set aside. Chop cherries and measure 1/3 cup. Set aside. Mix sugar and flour together in a large bowl and set aside. Add egg whites and cherries to the sugar and flour mixture. Beat with wire whisk until egg whites are frothy. Stir in coconut, with a spoon, until everything is combined. Scoop dough using a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop. Place 2-inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. 

Bake 17-18 minutes. Macaroon bottoms will be golden. Tops will be light brown and sides will be white. (This will give you a crisp crust with a chewy center.) Remove from oven. Slide parchment, with the macaroons on it, to the kitchen counter to cool. Cool completely before dipping in chocolate.

To melt chocolate: Place chocolate in a small heat safe bowl. Microwave 30 seconds at 50% power. Stir. Continue to microwave at 15 second intervals at 50% power until chocolate melts. Stir after each 15 second interval. Dip macaroon bottoms in chocolate and place on a clean sheet of parchment paper. Chocolate will harden as it cools. Macaroons can be frozen for 3 weeks or kept at room temperature for 1 week (If they last that long!)  Makes 40 macaroons. Enjoy! 

Published in The News and Neighbor on December 2, 2020.


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