Friday, August 28, 2009

Coconut Chocolate Chip Macaroons

I've been craving coconut for some reason. Specifically, Mounds candy bars. A "snack" size (19 grams) Mounds has 92 calories, 5 grams fat, 11 grams carbs, 9 grams sugar. These cookies are a pretty good substitute. Each cookie (approximately 19 grams) has 74 calories, 3.2 grams fat, 10.5 grams carbs, 9.7 grams sugar. I will have to take most of them to church on Sunday for the coffee hour after the service because stuff like this is just too tempting to have around, but they sure hit the spot.

14 oz can fat free sweetened condensed milk
14 oz sweetened shredded coconut (you could use unsweetened)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 extra large egg whites, at room temperature
1/4 tsp kosher salt
3 oz mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325F.

In a large bowl, combine the milk, coconut and vanilla.

In a medium bowl, whip the egg whites and salt with an electric mixer on high until they form medium-firm peaks. Gently fold them into the coconut mixture.

Drop the batter onto GREASED cookie sheets (2 teaspoons batter per cookie). Bake in the middle of the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown (watch them - they burn easily). Remove from oven, cool 2 minutes, then move to cooling racks.

Makes 46 cookies.

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