Day 8 – Ambrosia Macaroons

We thought we’d give Jenn the weekend off from her 12-day Christmas cookie countdown, and so I’m chiming in with two of my standbys.

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Day 8 – Ambrosia Macaroons 

This new take on a classic macaroon has become my new favourite, with it’s Christmas flavours of orange and chocolate, and simply for the fact it’s so visually pretty on a plate of Christmas cookies.

Makes about 4 dozen

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1/4 cup sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 tsp. finely grated orange peel

3 large eggs

24 ounces sweetened flaked coconut (about six cups firmly packed)

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted

DIRECTIONS:

Position a rack in the centre of the oven and heat to 350°F.

Line 2-3 large baking sheets with parchment.

Beat butter in a large mixer until smooth. Add sugar and salt and blend. Beat in orange peels, then eggs, one at a time. Mix in coconut. Drop batter onto sheets by a large tablespoon, spacing about an inch apart.

Bake one sheet at a time, until golden on the bottom and browned in spots, about 25-30 minutes. Cool completely.

In the meantime, melt your chocolate (I use a double pot, boiling water in the bottom pot).

When cookies are cooled completely and before you remove them from the parchment paper, using a fork, drizzle the chocolate in lines across the tops. Cool or chill another 30 minutes and then store.

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