A few weeks ago we were invited to celebrate a friend’s birthday, and my husband asked if I could bake some cookies that incorporated vanilla and coconut, the birthday boy’s favorite flavors. I took an initial stab at a cookie recipe, expecting it to be a starting point but not to really work out. So I wasn’t surprised at all that I looked in the oven and saw that they spread out way too much and didn’t look very pretty. Oh well- just a starting point. I was, however, pleasantly surprised that they were very moist and had great flavor. They reminded me of the coconut macaroons from the bakery where I used to work in Charlotte.
Since then, I have barely changed the initial recipe and have just been trying to find the right amount of shredded coconut to achieve the right texture for macaroons. I did find that very finely shredded coconut works best. At one point I had purchased some coconut that said it was “finely shredded for baking” and that worked well. I also used regular shredded coconut and pulsed it in the food processor a few times before measuring it out, which worked great.
½ cup unrefined coconut oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
3 Tbsp coconut flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
3 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut (*see note)
- Cream coconut oil and sugar together on medium speed until large lumps are broken up.
- Add vanilla and eggs and mix on medium speed until well combined and smooth. Scrape sides of bowl as needed.
- Add coconut flour, baking powder, and salt and mix well. Beat as many lumps out as possible.
- Stir in the shredded coconut on low speed. Mixture should be pretty dry, but still holds together.
- Scoop out in heaping tablespoons (I use a medium sized cookie scoop) onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350º for 12 minutes, or until tops are starting to brown slightly.
- Remove from pan to cool completely before serving.
Recipe makes about 2 dozen macaroons.
Note: If you cannot find finely shredded coconut, use a normal shred and pulse it in a blender or food processor about 10 times. Measurement should be taken after putting it in the food processor.