One of my best visiting teachers ever moved to Georgia last year. Catherine Bartlett is witty and can always be relied on for great literary advice. She is considerate, down to earth, and the kind of person you could easily sit and talk to for hours. In addition to all these qualities, she made the best macaroons. She once brought me a plate of these and called it visiting teaching for the month (my kinda gal)! These are the kind of cookie that you eat one and decide you must have another they were so good. And then maybe just one more and before you know it you’ve eaten 4 or 5 and you have a stomachache, but it was totally worth it. They are sweet and chewy and chocolatey and amazing. I have been missing Bartlett lately and decided if I couldn’t have her, maybe I could make her cookies as a substitute. The cookies were as amazing as I remembered, but I still think I’d rather have her here making them for me.
CATHERINE BARTLETT’S MACAROONS (found in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine)
- 2 2/3 C flaked coconut (7 oz bag)
- 2/3 C sugar
- 1/3 C flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 egg whites
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or 1/4 tsp almond extract
- 2 oz semi sweet chocolate, chopped (I just used about a cup of chocolate chips and added 2 tsp coconut oil)
- 2 tsp shortening or coconut oil (optional)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Lightly grease and flour a large cooking sheet (I just lined my cookie sheet with parchment paper instead) set aside.
- In medium mixing bowl, stir together coconut, sugar, flour, and salt.
- Using a wooden spoon, stir in egg whites and vanilla (or almond extract that’s what I used)
- Drop coconut mixture by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets.
- Bake in preheated over for 20-25 mins or until edges are golden brown.
- Transfer to wire rack and let cool.
- If desired in a saucepan heat and stir chocolate and shortening over low heat until melted and smooth.
- Dip half of each cookie in melted chocolate or drizzle melted chocolate over cookies.
- Place cookies on wax paper (or parchment paper) and let stand until set.