Our family get-togethers are like a Very Brady movie with a lot more food and an army of kids running around. The night ends up getting divided into a few parts: early dinner, real dinner, post-Taboo-playing snacking, and the after midnight meal. Something like that. But as you can imagine, with that many people who come with big appetites, we’re pretty good at making sure there’s no shortage on the food front. For our holiday potluck dinner, Heba (our resident fashionista/stylist/PR maven), said these Sugar-Dusted Macaroon Trees were the only dessert she was set on making from the beginning. Not only are they are delicious, she said they were extremely easy to make. And they make a festive presentation for a holiday party, so I had to share!
SUGAR-DUSTED MACAROON TREES
Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart Living
Prep Time 15 minutes; Total Time; 40 minutes; Makes 18
2 1/2 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
5 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thoroughly combine coconut, granulated sugar, egg whites, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl using your hands or a wooden spoon. Form 2 tablespoons of the mixture at a time into 2-inch-tall trees with your hands, using your fingertips to make pointed tops. Transfer each tree to a parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing them 1 inch apart.
2) Bake until edges are golden and trees are firm, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet on a wire rack at least 15 minutes. Cookies can be made up to 1 day ahead; dust with confectioners’ sugar just before serving.