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White Chocolate Macaroons

 White Chocolate Macaroons
These macaroons have got a great homemade feel to them. The chocolate and coconut combination make them a very rich treat that everyone seems to love.—Joyln Trickel, Helendale, California
60 ServingsPrep: 45 min. Bake: 25 min./batch + chilling

Ingredients

  • 5 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 5-1/4 cups flaked coconut, toasted, divided
  • 3/4 cup ground almonds
  • 6 ounces white baking chocolate, coarsely chopped

Directions

  • Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for
  • 30 minutes. Add vanilla; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form.
  • Gradually beat in sugar, about 2 tablespoons at a time, on high
  • until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Gradually fold
  • in 4 cups coconut and nuts, about 1/2 cup at a time.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto parchment-lined
  • baking sheets. Bake at 275° for 25 minutes or until firm to the
  • touch. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate; stir until smooth. Spoon
  • 1/4 teaspoon white chocolate on each cookie; sprinkle each with 1
  • teaspoon coconut. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour or until chocolate is set. Store in an
  • airtight container. Yield: 5 dozen.