Skinny Bitch Tuesdays: Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons

It’s official. This is the last year of my 20’s. This is my last year of feeling like I’m not really an adult yet. I don’t know why, but I just think when I am 30, I might finally feel like a grown up. Maybe…

It was my birthday yesterday and we spent the weekend in Orlando visiting my family again before the big move next week. We made some awesome homemade spaghetti and pretty much sat around all weekend long. It was quite wonderful. The next couple of weeks are going to be crazy!

Coconut Macaroons

And yes, we dry our pasta on a broomstick. Don’t hate.

Today is the second-to-last Skinny Bitch Tuesday. This week, Michelle chose the coconut macaroons (not to be confused with a macaron). This was actually my first time making macaroons and I was surprised how simple and light these cookies are! Being made with egg whites, they resemble a meringue, but with coconut thrown in! I also drizzled some chocolate on top of mine. These cookies are a great, lower fat, and gluten free treat! They are a little crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside!

Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons

Ingredients:

  • 5 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 10. oz. sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (can also use almond extract)
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer, beat the egg whites and salt until the egg whites begin to stiffen. Gradually add in the sugar and continue beating the egg whites until stiff peaks appear.
  3. Gently fold in the coconut flakes and vanilla extract.
  4. Drop the batter by the spoonful on a baking sheet prepared with parchment paper or a baking mat. Bake for approximately 12 minutes or until the coconut is lightly browned. If your cookies still feel too soft, lower the temperature of the oven 200 degrees and continue to bake the cookies until they harden.
  5. In a microwave safe bowl or over a double boiler, melt the chocolate. Dip the bottom of the cookies into the melted chocolate or drizzle over the top of each cookie. Place cookies on wax paper until the chocolate dries.

Calories per cookie: About 85 per cookie

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Coconut Macaroons

Don’t forget to check out what the other Skinny Bitch gals made!

Claire of The Realistic Nutritionist

Jennifer of Peanut Butter and Peppers

Michelle of The Healthy Bites

   

20 comments

  1. Happy Birthday! I am celebrating my 31st on Friday… and I definitely am still waiting to feel like a grown up! I’m hoping this means we’ll always be “young at heart”. ;) Your macaroons look great. I’ve never made them with beaten egg whites before, so I’ve only ever had the chewy kind, but will have to give them a try this way. Hope 29 treats you well!

  2. Happy Birthday!!! I am way older than you… so you’re still a young’un to me. You have accomplished so much before 30… just imagine what you will accomplish in your 3rd decade. :) Okay… let me talk about these lovely treats now. I love coconut macaroons. These looks great. I love that you found a inventive way to dry your pasta. Hey.. you gotta do what you gotta do. :) Don’t get stressed…. it will all work out for the move. :)

  3. Remember it is just a number, you are only as old as you feel! I hope you have a fantastic bday!!!! Love how simple your recipe is, and delicious too! Hugs, Terra

  4. Happy Birthday!!!

    And wow, I didn’t realize these were so simple to make!!

  5. Happy Birthday!! Well, enjoy early 30s because when you notice next time you are after 35! The past 5 years went by really quick for me… Wow the pasta making sounds really fun! And I love coconut macaroons. I used to eat it everyday with my coffee when I was studying at a cafe during my college. Wait, that’s like over 15+ years now? xD I’m saving this recipe because I didn’t know how easy this was. I often end up with egg white and I’d be happy if I can make this from those leftover whites!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Happy birthday my dear friend :D
    Hope you ate many of these delicious treats!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  7. Happy Birthday!! Ahhh I remember when I turned 30! You won’t notice a difference! Will you grow up? Nah, at least I haven’t! lol Your cookies look amazing! I love the chocolate on top!!!

  8. Mmmm…macaroons, naturally gluten-free & delicious! Yours turned out wonderful…and the additional of chocolate looks perfect :) Happy Birthday Stephanie!! Here’s to never-ever-ever growing up ;)

  9. omgggg i LOVE coconut macaroons..and i love it even more that these are SKINNY! i must make these!! haha, i was just talking to my coworker about drying pasta on a drying rack – the broomstick is brilliant!

  10. Happy Birthday! I love coconut macaroons! The funny thing is that I’m eating one as I type this comment. Only mine don’t have a chocolate glaze and I totally want one with the glaze now! :)

  11. OMG I love macaroons so much. coconut and chocolate are a heavenly combination! I’ve never made them myself before though! HAPPY BELATED! :)

  12. Happy belated-birthday! I flippin’ love me some macaroons. And the pasta dried on a broomstick thing? Genius!

  13. Happy birthday! The 30’s are the best, seriously. And I had a crazy, fun, (a little wild) adventurous, decade in my 20’s and the thirties are so much better. Start planning your 30th birthday now, make it big!

  14. Happy birthday, and no, you won’t get more adult when you turn 30, hahaha. Very interesting recipe.

  15. Happy Birthday! I love you and your macs!

  16. Happy Birthday! Good luck with the move next week. Glad you got to have a great weekend to relax before the crazy starts.

  17. Happy belated birthday!! I’m only one year behind you…it’s a weird feeling for sure seeing “big numbers” in our near future :) Macaroons are my dad’s favourite – I’ll have to try these for him. Hope the packing is going well!

  18. I have 8 egg whites in the fridge and was planning to make macaroons with them :) You’ve made me want them even more with your yummy photos!!!

  19. Happy belated birthday!! Holy cow that hand made pasta looks fabulous :)

    I have never actually made macaroons eithe, but now that I know how easy they are, I just might!

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