This recipe is proof that baking doesn’t have to be fussy or complicated to yield delicious results. You’ll need 3 ingredients for the macaroons, not counting the dip in chocolate which is optional (but when is chocolate ever optional?).
Here’s the gist of it: 14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk, 14 ounces of coconut, and 1 cup of chopped candied fruit- that’s it! These macaroons are sweet and toasty and the candied fruit gives them a subtle chew. Their bottoms get deliciously golden and bubbly as they bake on the cookie sheet.
If you’re not a fan of candied fruit (aka, fruitcake mix), then you can omit the ingredient. I’ve made this recipe with and without the candied fruit and both versions are delicious. I dipped these in chocolate which is an extra step, but it’s not much extra work and tastes delicious with toasty coconut!
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Last year’s fifteenth day advent recipe was
Candied Fruit Coconut Macaroons
- 14 ounces 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 14 ounces 1 bag sweetened flake coconut
- 1 cup 225g mixed candied fruit
- 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl combine the milk, coconut and fruit; stir well. Scoop mixture by the level tablespoonsful and place on the prepared pans. Bake the macaroons for 16 minutes, or until golden brown. Let them cool completely on the pans before removing them.
- Place a large sheet of parchment paper or waxed paper on a work surface.
- Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave at 30 second intervals (100% power) until melted, about 1 minute. Stir well between heating intervals. Dip the bottoms of each macaroon into the chocolate and place on the paper. Let stand until set, about 1 hour.
- Store macaroons in an airtight container at room temperature.
The macaroon mixture should be thick and pack easily in a tablespoon. If the mixture seems to loose then chill it in the refrigerator until firm enough to handle.
Use a second spoon to scrape the mac mix from the tablespoon if it doesn’t release on its own.