Mar 19
2009

A Four-Cookie Day: Chocolate Chunk Macaroons

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Tuesday was one of those days that seems to last forever when you wish it wouldn’t. I had been up half the night with Bug because the poor thing has a cold and couldn’t breathe, so I started out the day tired. Squirrel was in a particularly naughty mood and was obviously trying to see how far the boundaries of my patience could be pushed. Right after lunch when she looked me in the eye and proceeded to do something that I had already told her not to do, something inside me snapped. I scooped her up, carried her upstairs, put her in her bed, and closed the door on my way out. I walked over to my computer and printed out a recipe that had popped into my mind and then headed straight for the kitchen. 15 minutes later I had chocolate chunk macaroons in the oven.
The recipe is one from marthastewart.com, and although my macaroons spread a lot more at the base than the cookies pictured online, they still tasted amazing. They achieved the trifecta of macarooniness: chewy, coconutty, and chocolaty. YUM.
When they came out of the oven and were cool enough to touch, two of them disappeared very quickly as I congratulated myself on never losing my cool in front of Squirrel.
After I licked my fingers I started to feel much better and by the time Squirrel woke up from her nap I was feeling like myself again. I survived the rest of the day and then rewarded myself with two more cookies once both of the girls were in bed.
A four-cookie day–not exactly good when you’re trying to lose baby weight, but very good for your emotional state of mind.

Chocolate Chunk Macaroons
Makes 20 cookies.
Recipe from marthastewart.com

3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups (about 3 oz.) unsweetened shredded coconut
2 large egg whites
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine sugar, coconut, egg whites, chocolate chunks, vanilla, and salt. Use your hands to mix well, completely combining ingredients.

2. Dampen hands with cold water. Form 1 1/2 tablespoons of mixture in a loose haystack shape, and place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining mixture, placing macaroons about 1 inch apart.

3. Bake until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove baking sheet from oven to a wire rack, and let macaroons cool slightly on baking sheet. These are best served warm from the oven, but can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days; leave in a warm place for 1 hour before serving to allow chocolate to soften.

Coming Tomorrow: Celebrating le Jour du Macaron

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Bob March 19, 2009 at 7:05 pm

Oh man, I could go for four of those right now! I say, worry less about your weight and more about your mind when there is a new baby in the house.

Infants with colds are the worst, they just don’t understand.. well, anything. Newborns are like those crying-tinkling dolls, only you can’t turn them off. Heh. Hope Bug feels better!

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K and S March 19, 2009 at 7:28 pm

yummy! I hope Bug feels better soon too!

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Chris Hawaii March 19, 2009 at 8:24 pm

I wanna eat the dough in the 1st picture!!

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Sarah March 19, 2009 at 9:05 pm

If all it took was four cookies for you to calm down and feel better then I’d say eat up!! They look delicious.

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LollyChops March 19, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Wait.. I want to see more rib leftovers! I mean these cookies look good and all.. but I cannot get the ribs out of my mind.

Do you think these cookies would be a good dessert with the ribs?

How many more times do you think I say say “ribs” in this comment?

Ode to Ribs:
I like ribs… yes I do! I like ribs and they’re fun to chew!

Letter to Ribs:
Dearest Ribs,
I just wanted to write to let you know that I was thinking about you when I woke up this morning. Your sweet sweet lullaby is on my mind even now.
Your friend for life,
L.Chops (cousin to the rib)

Rib Rap:
ummmm maybe not.

HUGS + RIBS = Love

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Jen Sue Wild March 19, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Ok I am drooling!!

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Sheri March 19, 2009 at 10:41 pm

YUM, YUM, YUM!!!!!

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Melanie Gray Augustin March 20, 2009 at 12:14 am

Ohhh yummmm! They are going to have to be one of the first things I try to make when I have an oven in a couple of weeks time!!

So sorry to hear Bug’s not well. Hope she recovers soon.

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Jennifer March 20, 2009 at 12:52 pm

You are better than I. Hannah has pushed me to my limits and heard the consequence from it! Maybe I should try what you did. Obviously it had a lot better outcome!

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Goldie March 20, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Mmm…macaroons. Glad it made you feel better.

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Abigail (aka Mamatouille) March 21, 2009 at 4:54 am

Oooh, I love coconut and choco together. Have you tried Bounty Bars from the UK? Luscious.

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Laura April 6, 2009 at 10:09 pm

trifecta one of my favorite words

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Karen July 15, 2009 at 7:20 pm

These look divine – i absolutely love cocount and choc combined. I will definitely be trying these!

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