Macaroons, chocolate

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Difficulty: Easy - for beginners


8 ounces semisweet chocolate
2 cups packaged shredded coconut
1/2 cup sugar
pinch of salt
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Melt the chocolate in a microwave oven or in the top part of a double boiler set over barely simmering water. When the chocolate has melted, remove the pan from the microwave oven and let cool (or remove the top part of the pan from the bottom of the double boiler). In a bowl, toss the coconut, sugar and salt together. Add the egg whites and work them in with a wooden spoon to form a “dough.” Stir in the melted chocolate. Take heaping teaspoons of dough and shape them into balls. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. If desired, place a piece of garnish on top of each ball. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the macaroons look set and feel slightly firm. Let cool for 5 minutes, then remove the macaroons to a cake rack to cool completely. Makes about 20


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