January 25, 2014

Mocha Coconut Macaroons

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My post yesterday morning was pretty lazy, do I decided to make up for it with, well, a lazy day recipe. 

#fail

Sure, these might be for lazy days when you don't feel like doing much, but they don't taste lazy!  They are loaded with rich flavors like coconut and chocolate and coffee!  The coffee adds another level of flavor and makes these a little more sophisticated. I mean, ok, these aren't very pretty :) but coffee was always  an adult thing here at our house.  Now we "underage drinkers" can enjoy our coffee in these little cookies. 

(Actually, most of my siblings don't like coffee, buuuuut {most of them ;) } do like these!  I think it's the chocolate ...)


I've been wanting to try these chocolate macaroons from the Cake Boss cookbook for a while, but because I can never make a recipe exactly as written, I was waiting until I had something a little special to mix it up. I know, it is just coffee, but I personally think coffee is very special.  I have major cravings for it and I always have a mug first thing in the morning or when I'm cold. Which is a lot of the time right now.

I only used a teaspoon of instant coffee, and while there was coffee flavor, I would add more next time, probably 1-1/2 to 2 teaspoons. Coffee has this delicious quality of enhancing chocolate flavor, so in small quantities, coffee just helps the chocolate flavor be stronger. There is a little of that going on here; 1 teaspoon is enough to give some coffee flavor, but not a robust addition. Play around with it; the goal is to have both the chocolate and coffee flavors shine. 

And then there is the coconut … need I say more?  There is no flour or oats in these cookies, just coconut shreds. I will confess, I used 2 cups sweetened shreds and 1 cup unsweetened because we ran out of sweetened. It worked incredibly well!  If you don't have enough sweetened (ahem) I wouldn't suggest using more than half unsweetened, because it isn't as sticky or sweet.  The coconut adds all the body to these cookies and makes them addictive my chewy. 

Lazy days, don't go away!  I like you when you bring me mocha coconut macaroons.  Lazy or not, I hope you all are having a great weekend! 

 
Mocha Coconut Macaroons
Recipe Source: Adapted from Cake Boss Family Celebrations Cookbook.
Yield: 2 dozen
 
1/2 cup chocolate chips
4 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon instant coffee
2 eggs
3 cups sweetened coconut shreds

Preheat oven to 325.
Melt chocolate chips, either in the microwave or on the stove.
Mix sugar and instant coffee. 
Beat in eggs.
Add melted chocolate to sugar, coffee, and egg mixture, stirring quickly.
Add coconut shreds and stir until all coconut is coated.
Form in tablespoon sized cookies (mixture will be sticky!)
Bake for 15 minutes.
Remove from pan after 5 minutes of cooling.
Enjoy!

27 comments:

  1. Holy cow these look gorgeous!!! I can't stop staring. Nice combo!

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  2. Oh yum!! What a great idea to make them mocha flavored!! Seriously Mary Frances, you come up with the most amazing recipes!! I hope that you have a great week :)

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  3. Love the few ingredients this recipe has, but yet what a big taste! Great job Mary Frances!

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    1. Whenever a recipe gets easy prep and big result, count me in!

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  4. Yum, these look delicious, Mary Frances! I love mocha and I love coconut so these are a winner! :)

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  5. I always add mocha when I'm baking with chocolate. It really does make a difference! Now I could soooo get down with these. I LOVE coconut. Gah you gotta stop churning out these recipes because I can't keep up with this deliciousness!

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    1. My instant coffee is running dangerously low! It always makes a difference. Emergency grocery run coming up! :)

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  6. I'm such a sucker for macaroons, because I love all coconut desserts! I don't know why I don't usually add chocolate to my macaroons, because DUH, chocolate makes everything better! And no need to apologize for them being "lazy"--the faster they're made, the faster you can eat them!

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    1. When coconut is involved, chocolate does make it better. Always! Haha, yes; I'll have to use that one next time! Thanks!

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  7. Lazy dessert is my favorite and mocha flavors win my heart everytime!
    Oh man, I think I need a huge batch of these babies as soon as possible oh please!

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    1. Mocha wins my heart every time, too! Except after 4 in the afternoon, because I can't have the caffeine :( Thanks Consuelo! xx

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  8. Looks like we've both had macaroons on our minds, Mary Frances! I love that yours are mocha flavored…delicious! :)

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    1. True that! You can never have too many macaroons. I can't wait to try the honey in yours!

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  9. Coconut and coffee?? And chocolate? I am sold!! Nothing lazy about this dessert to me. They are absolutely stunning dear!! And of course coconut just speaks to my heart ;)

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    1. Coconut has a way of calling to me from the shelves ... I can't say no!

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  10. Dear Mary Frances. I certainly would enjoy these treats. They have the flavors I enjoy. Coconut, coffee and chocolate all in one delicious treat. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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    1. I've seen almond joy coffees that I've always wanted to try. Coconut and coffee and chocolate are really good; these macaroons proved it to me!

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  11. These sound delightful!! I'm always down for anything involving coconut! :)

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  12. Thanks for linking up at Sweet and Savoury Sunday, I'm the new co-host and would love for you to link up this weekend. These sound delicious I love anything coffee related, I'm featuring these as one of my favoruites so make sure you stop by and grab a button :)

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Laura! Thanks so much for featuring!

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  13. I've never made macaroons before. These look delicious! I think chocolate and coffee is my favorite combo. :)
    Tina at www.tinaschic.com

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