Thursday, May 17, 2007

Lemon Coconut Macaroons

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As foggy as it is in my neighborhood, we're lucky that there is one fruit that we can grow successfully - the meyer lemon. Lucky because I am a lemon lover. I may have mentioned before that I would almost always choose a lemon dessert over a chocolate one. (I know, it's practically blasphemous.) I'm trying my hand at growing eureka lemons too, but my little twig of a tree only has one unripe but very large grapefuit sized lemon so far.

My meyer lemon tree is a totally different story. The delicate branches are so heavy with fruit right now that they are bent and the still attached lemons are practically sitting on the ground. With such an abundance of meyers, I've been giving them away as well as trying to put them in everything I make. From seafood and chicken to cakes and cookies, I work my way through the pile only to pick more fruit on the weekends. So you'll probably be seeing a lot of meyer lemons featured here over the next few weeks.

These lemon coconut macaroons are so quick and easy to make. The addition of lemon zest really cuts down on the sweetness and adds a wonderful flavor and fragrance to a basic coconut macaroon. I used meyers of course, but regular lemons (or limes) would be great too.

Lemon Coconut Macaroons
(adapted from Gourmet magazine April 2007)

2 large egg whites
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest
pinch of salt
1 3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 tsp potato starch or all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone sheet.

Stir egg whites, sugar, lemon zest, salt to combine.

Toss coconut with potato starch and then add the coconut to egg mixture and mix well.

Scoop out 15 mounded tablespoons onto baking sheet, spacing them about 1.5 inches apart.

Bake at 325F for 16-18 minutes until the tops are light golden brown in spots.

Allow to cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes.

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22 comments:

breadchick said...

Mary, coconut macaroons are one of my favourite cookies. I will have to try them with lemon as they are bound to be even more spectacular and your's look particularly scrumptous

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Oh how I wish I could help you with all those Meyer's!
The macaroons look so very good, just the perfect golden tint on them.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Mary, so I'm a sinner too - I prefer citrus flavors to chocolate anytime. :)

These look delicious!

Sean said...

I'll gladly take some meyers off your hands, anytime. :-) Cheers from the slightly sunnier side of the city.

Cheryl said...

Beautiful light and delicious looking. I have never tried a meyer lemon.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

A treeful of Meyer lemons to use up? What a happy conundrum! Your macaroons look beautiful and I look forward to seeing what other scrumptious lemony foods you come up with.

Helen said...

and to think that I have never tasted a Meyer Lemon....can't put my hands on one down here! I will pay postage for a handful of them, I am serious!

Garrett said...

What a cute simple cookie and a good recipe to boot! Thanks!

Lis said...

I am so craving coconut.. curse my hubby for hating it so much! And this.. lemon and coconut. *swoon*

Well at least I can live vicariously through you. =)

xoxo

Ellie said...

Ooooh, coconut macaroons are great! I'll have to try the addition of lemon next time...I don't have access to meyer lemons, but you can't have everything!

Anh said...

This looks fantastic... I adore citrus flavour - it is just beautiful.

Elle said...

From your beautiful photos I can jsut taste that lemon and coconut combination...and the Meyer lemon is somehow more mellow in flavor than the traditional lemon, a nice thing with coconut. Save one for me?

Marie said...

Lovely looking marcaroons. Like you, I, too, would choose a lemon dessert over a chocolate one. Chocolate seems so every day, but lemon, well, lemon seems like a treat!

jenjen said...

This looks awesome. I am not usually too fond of coconut, which puzzles a lot of people, I know. but this is making me salivate.

Anita said...

I love Meyer lemons - can't wait to see all the things you're going to do with them!

Veron said...

I'm with tanna, wish I could help you out with those meyer lemons. I am so envious that you have your own meyer lemon tree.

Chris said...

These look delicious. I love the addition of the lemon. It seems as though macaroons are always the first to go if they're included on a cookie tray! I have been very unsuccessful with macaroon recipes that call for egg whites. So, I use one that uses Sweetened condensed milk. Still good, but not as light as will the egg whites.

Erin said...

Hi! I've been reading your blog for about a month, and I've also got an overabundance of Meyer lemons so I tried this recipe. The macaroons were excellent - light and crisp tasting!

Kelly-Jane said...

I would love them! and they look so cute and pretty too :)

swee said...

Hi Mary, my chef once told me that if i actually cook the coconut mixture on very very very low heat, the texture of the macaroon would be better and softer. We actually experimented on that and it was really good! *especially when i'm not so much of a dried coconut fan*

but nevertheless yours still look great!

Dirty Apron said...

I just finished making these and am eating the first one right now. They are FABULOUS. This is my new favorite dessert. The lemon was incredible too. Wow, I think I'll eat another one with some Almond Vanilla Tea. :)

Whitney said...

Hi, Just to let you know I posted your recipie on my blog and linked it to you!

http://wandsandpliers.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/baking-lemon-coconut-macaroons/

Love them macaroons!