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Coconut Cardamom Macaroons with Chocolate Drizzle

Indulge in the sweet simplicity of these delightful homemade coconut macaroons. These little bites of coconut heaven are a testament to the timeless charm of classic desserts. With a golden, toasted exterior and a chewy, coconut-infused interior, these macaroons are a celebration of comforting flavours and uncomplicated elegance.

Quick and easy coconut cardamom macaroons with chocolate

Coconut macaroons are testament to the beauty found in simplicity. This recipe uses a handful of pantry staples that are transformed into a treat of warmth and nostalgia. Whether you’re an experienced baker or a novice in the kitchen, these homemade macaroons promise to deliver a taste of pure bliss with every bite.

Get ready to fill your kitchen with the sweet aroma of toasted coconut. Perfect for family gatherings, celebrations, lunch boxes, or simply indulging in a moment of sweet solitude, our homemade macaroon recipe is your ticket to a little slice of coconut paradise.

Macaroon vs Macaron

In the delightful world of confections, the terms “macaron” and “macaroon” are often used interchangeably, causing some confusion among dessert enthusiasts. Despite their similar-sounding names and shared French origin, macarons and macaroons are distinct sweet treats, each with its own unique characteristics, flavours, and textures. Let’s unravel the mystery surrounding these delectable delights and explore the key differences that set macarons and macaroons apart.

Ingredients and Composition

Macarons: The main components of a macaron are almond flour, egg whites, and sugar. These ingredients are carefully combined to create a smooth, glossy batter. The batter is piped into small, uniform rounds and baked until the shells form a crisp exterior with a tender, chewy interior. The two shells are then sandwiched together with a flavorful filling, such as ganache, buttercream, or jam.

Macaroons: Macaroons typically feature shredded coconut as a primary ingredient, along with egg whites and sugar or condensed milk. The mixture is formed into mounds or dropped onto a baking sheet, resulting in cookies with a crispy exterior and a dense, chewy interior. Chocolate-dipped or drizzled variations are common, adding an extra layer of indulgence to these coconut-centric treats.

Texture and Appearance

Macarons: The hallmark of a well-made macaron is its smooth, slightly domed, and glossy exterior, often characterized by a “foot” – a ruffled edge at the base of the shell. The texture is delicate, with a thin, crisp shell that gives way to a chewy, flavourful interior. Macarons are renowned for their vibrant colours and the endless variety of fillings that contribute to their visual appeal.

Macaroons: Macaroons have a more rustic appearance. They are typically dense and compact, with a rough, coconut-laden exterior. The texture varies from crispy on the outside to chewy on the inside, creating a satisfying contrast. While macaroons may lack the refined aesthetics of macarons, they make up for it with a comforting, homemade charm.

Flavours and Varieties

Macarons: The flavour possibilities for macarons are virtually limitless. From classic options like vanilla, chocolate, and raspberry to more exotic choices like matcha, salted caramel, or lavender, macarons showcase a wide spectrum of tastes. Creative bakers continue to experiment with new flavour combinations, making macarons a versatile canvas for culinary innovation.

Macaroons: While coconut is the star of the show in traditional macaroons, variations exist with added ingredients such as almonds, chocolate chips, or dried fruit. Chocolate-dipped or drizzled macaroons are popular, adding richness to the coconut-centric flavour profile. While not as expansive as the macaron’s flavour palette, macaroons offer a comforting and satisfying taste experience.

The Art of Aquafaba

Aquafaba is the liquid that results from cooking or soaking legumes, particularly chickpeas, in water. It is derived from Latin, with “aqua” meaning water and “faba” meaning bean. This viscous liquid has gained popularity as a plant-based egg substitute in cooking, baking, and cocktails due to its unique properties.

The most common source of aquafaba is the liquid found in canned chickpeas or the concentrated liquid leftover from cooking chickpeas at home. It has a similar consistency to egg whites and can be used as a binding and leavening agent in various recipes, including vegan meringues, mayonnaise, marshmallows, and other dishes that traditionally rely on eggs.

The versatility of aquafaba has made it a popular ingredient in vegan and plant-based cooking, providing an egg-free alternative for those who follow a vegan diet or have egg allergies. It is valued for its functional properties and ability to reduce food waste by repurposing the liquid that is often discarded after cooking legumes.

The Sweetness of Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar, also known as coconut palm sugar or coco sugar, is a natural sweetener derived from the sap of coconut palm tree flowers. It is a popular, more natural and less refined alternative to traditional cane sugar.

The process of making coconut sugar involves collecting the sap from the flower buds of coconut palm trees. Farmers make a cut on the flower buds, and the sap, or nectar, is collected in containers. The collected sap is then heated to evaporate the water content, leaving behind the concentrated syrup. Once the syrup is fully dehydrated, it solidifies into granules, creating coconut sugar.

Coconut sugar has a distinct caramel-like flavour with a subtle hint of butterscotch. It is granulated and can be used as a one-to-one substitute for cane sugar in various culinary applications, such as baking, cooking, and sweetening beverages.

Some people choose coconut sugar for its perceived health benefits. It contains small amounts of vitamins and minerals, including iron, zinc, potassium, and antioxidants, in comparison to refined white sugar. Additionally, coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar, which means it may have a smaller impact on blood sugar levels.

While coconut sugar offers potential benefits and is considered by some as a more sustainable option, it is essential to note that, like any sweetener, it should be consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

Quick and easy coconut cardamom macaroons with chocolate

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If you try this cocnut macaroon recipe, let us know how it goes! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag your photo #theculinarycartel on Instagram so we can see what you come up with.

If you want to try more recipes with aquafaba, we’ve got you covered. Whip up a Salted Chocolate Mousse or this pretty and pink Turkish Twist. Need some ideas for the leftover chickpeas? Try this Crunchy Chickpea & Kale Salad, or this Spiced Roasted Chicken with Chickpeas & Yoghurt

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this recipe gluten-free?

These moreish treats are naturally gluten-free – enjoy!

Can I make this recipe vegan?

The only adjustment necessary if you want to make these yummy coconut macaroons vegan is to use vegan chocolate for the dipping ;).

What is aquafaba?

Aquafaba is the liquid found in canned chickpeas. It has a similar consistency to egg whites and can be used as a binding and leavening agent in various recipes, including vegan meringues, mayonnaise, marshmallows, and other dishes that traditionally rely on eggs. 

What is coconut sugar?

Coconut sugar is a natural sweetener derived from the sap of coconut palm tree flowers. It is a popular alternative to traditional cane sugar. Coconut sugar has a distinct caramel-like flavor with a subtle hint of butterscotch. It is granulated and can be used as a one-to-one substitute for traditional cane sugar in various culinary applications, such as baking, cooking, and sweetening beverages. Additionally, coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar.

 

Quick and easy coconut cardamom macaroons with chocolate
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Coconut Cardamom Macaroons with Chocolate Drizzle


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  • Author: Jess Bunn
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 - 16 portions
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These little bites of coconut heaven are a testament to the timeless charm of classic desserts. With a golden, toasted exterior and a chewy, coconut-infused interior, these macaroons are a celebration of comforting flavours and uncomplicated elegance.


Ingredients

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  • 1 tin chickpeas, drained to yield 100g aquafaba/chickpea liquid
  • 1/4 tsp white vinegar
  • 280g desiccated coconut
  • 150g coconut or brown castor sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom (optional)
  • 100g dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. Place a sieve over a mixing bowl, and drain your chickpeas. Reserve the liquid for this recipe and use the chickpeas in another like this kale salad, or this delicious spiced chicken. 
  2. Use an electric or hand whisk to whip the aquafaba to soft peaks. At this stage, the texture is light, fluffy, and resembles shaving cream and the peaks curl over when you lift the (turned off)  beaters out of the aquafaba
  3. In another bowl, combine desiccated coconut, sugar, salt, vanilla, and ground cardamom.
  4. Gently fold the coconut mixture into the whipped aquafaba, until well combined. Taste the mixture and adjust the cardamom and salt to your preference.
  5. Form golf ball-sized balls with slightly damp hands or use an ice cream scoop to portion out the mixture, making approximately 12 – 16 coconut macaroons.
  6. In the oven: Preheat your oven to 160°C/320°F  (fan). Bake for 12 – 14 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. In the air fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 145°C/290°F. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Once golden, remove from the oven or air fryer and allow to cool.
  9. Break the chocolate into small pieces. Melt it in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring every 20 seconds to prevent burning.
  10. Line a tray with baking paper. Dip the base of the cooled macaroons into the melted chocolate and place them onto the lined baking tray. Repeat until all macaroons have a chocolate bottom.
  11. For an extra fancy touch, warm the remaining chocolate, and using a spatula, scoop it into a small piping bag (or a plastic sandwich bag). Drizzle the remaining chocolate over the macaroons.
  12. Allow the chocolate to cool and set.
  13. Serve and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Air fyer
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