Alton Brown's Paradise Macaroons

Recipe by Sparky Duck
READY IN: 25mins
YIELD: 36 cookies
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Combine the coconut with the sweetened condensed milk, salt and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Gradually add the sugar and continue to whip the whites until medium peaks form, 6 to 7 minutes.
  • Gently fold the egg whites into the coconut mixture. Scoop tablespoon-sized mounds onto a parchment-lined half sheet pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately transfer the parchment with the macaroons to a cooling rack. Cool completely before topping.
  • Fill a 4-quart pot with enough water to come 2 inches up the side, set over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Combine the chocolate chips and shortening in a small metal or glass mixing bowl and set over the simmering pot. Stir occasionally until melted, then remove from the heat.
  • Dip the cooled cookies in the chocolate mixture, sprinkle with the chopped macadamia nuts and place on parchment paper to set, about 30 minutes.