I kind of felt like a mad scientist working on this recipe. I really thought coconut, chocolate and balsamic could be good together. I think I was right.
For this recipe, I used a bottled balsamic glaze that I was given as a gift. This product can be found in gourmet markets and some grocery stores, and I love having it in the fridge, because you can drizzle a little glaze on some roasted vegetables or meat whenever the fancy strikes you. However, if you don’t have it, you can easily make your own – just put 1 cup balsamic vinegar in a very small saucepot and cook it over medium heat until it becomes the consistency of syrup. The time will vary depending on your stove, but you’ll need to watch it very carefully to make sure it doesn’t burn (I know from experience how rough it is to scrub burned balsamic off your saucepot). You’ll have the tablespoon of glaze needed for these cookies, plus some leftover glaze to keep in the fridge to jazz up an upcoming meal.
I love the way these macaroons came out – using a large pinch of sea salt insured that they hit the right note of sweet and salty, and the balsamic adds a touch of acid that makes the flavor go crazy on your tongue. The chocolate and balsamic play so well off of each other, and the coconut just adds a little nuttiness. I hope everybody loves these as much as I do.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl, whisk together egg whites, balsamic glaze, sugar and salt until mixture is frothy. Fold in coconut and chocolate chips.
Drop mixture in 1-1/2 tablespoon spoonfuls onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using wet hands, gently form spoonfuls into small mounds if they don’t come off the spoon that way already. I usually do this step near the kitchen sink so I can keep re-wetting my hands (coconut doesn’t stick to wet hands as much as it does to dry hands).
Bake 15 minutes or until dark golden brown. Transfer baking sheet to cooling rack and allow macaroons to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Then transfer macaroons from baking sheet to cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
Hi, I’m Lori! I’m a Detroit-area culinary school graduate, food photographer, recipe developer and english muffin fanatic. This blog is where I post simple, yet special, original recipes for the "home chef" in all of us.