Saturday, June 12, 2010
SMS: Chocolate Orange Macaroons
This week's SMS was hosted by Ellen of Blue Tree Green Heart. I don't have a lot of experience with making coconut macaroons, and I was glad to see this recipe seemed pretty simple. Five ingredients, one of them being coconut, what's not to love?
Overall I think they came out pretty well. Mine seemed to spread quite a bit while they baked but I'm attributing this to the lack of a cookie scoop. I just tried to pack them into a little ball as well as I could with my hands. Check out the picture below. They almost look like an oatmeal cookie if you don't look close enough to see the coconut :-) The other problem that I encountered was that they stuck like crazy to the aluminum foil. I had to stick the entire pan in the fridge, macaroons and all before I could get them peeled of the foil. I'm not sure if spraying the foil with cooking spray would help or not, but I would definitely try out the parchment paper next time.
I saved a couple for myself and took the rest of the batch to my brother. He's here in town doing research at the medical center for the summer and is living with several other college-aged boys. I haven't heard anything directly from him, but after talking to my mother on the phone tonight, I guess she heard about them. Sounds like they enjoyed them :-)
Check out Ellen's blog for the recipe or pick up the Sweet Melissa Baking Book instead for tons of other great recipes!