It’s almost February and love is in the air. Honestly, I hope love is in the air every month for you. It is for me. And I’m thinking a macaroon recipe might be in the air.
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February is the month of LOVE, though. I find that I cook, bake, and am generally more crafty during this shortest month of the year. I have several recipes and projects planned for this month that I’ll be sharing, so keep checking back.
Today I want to share this sweet dessert recipe that’s easy and perfect for that special someone in your life on Valentine’s Day (or any day). But first…
What is a Macaroon?
A macaroon is a cookie that typically is shredded coconut stirred into whipped egg whites. And the macaroon is sometimes confused with a macaron, which is a delicate merinque and almond-flour-based sandwich cookie.
So, you do need to love or at least like coconut. If your sweetie does like coconut, the macaroon is the perfect cookie.
Valentine’s Day Macaroon Balls
- 2 ½ cups unsweetened coconut, shredded
- red dye
- 2 egg whites, lightly whisked
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 5 tsp vanilla
- Powdered sugar for sprinkling
Before you begin mixing, preheat your oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl add coconut, egg whites, granulated sugar, and vanilla. Mix everything together so that all the coconut is completely coated. Add one to two drops of red dye, depending on what shade of pink you want them, to the mix and use a metal spoon to get all the coconut coated.
- Grab your baking sheet and using your hands form truffle-sized balls of the mixture. You are going to need to press them together tightly at this point to make sure that they stay in form while baking.
- Set each macaroon onto the parchment lined paper, an inch apart because even though they will not puff up, they do sweat.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, until you begin to see some color on the coconut. Remove them from the oven and let them cool on the sheet, don’t try moving them now because they will fall apart.
- Once the macaroon balls are cool they firm up and then you can transfer them into mini cupcake liners for serving.
- At this point go ahead and lightly dust them with powdered sugar– if you do this while they are cooling the sugar will melt into the balls so wait until they are entirely cooled off.
Serve and enjoy! I hope you’ll let me know if you try this Valentine’s Day Macaroon Balls Recipe! If you want to try a quicker and easier Valentine’s Day dessert, try this delicious no-bake Chocolate Lasagna recipe.