Monday, June 20, 2011

Coconut Macaroon Brownies

Have you ever had a hankering for something and just can't get it out of your head? That's exactly what happened to me last week. I had a brownie in my mind that I had made months ago. It is a combination of my best brownie recipe ever and a moist, sweet coconut macaroon on top! I couldn't get it out of my head. The last time I made them the whole 9x13 pan went in 3 days! But now, where was the recipe? Had I published it before? Was it in my cookie Binder? ugh...
Luckily now, that I have the blog, I never misplace recipes anymore. What I did realize although, was that I hadn't posted the actual recipe for this fantastic confection before. As I usually go to my Blog first, when looking for a certain recipe..I was not so fortunate in this instance. I then have to go to my Facebook Recipe Box, if I don't find it there and it's not a "5 Ingredient Recipe", I then have to go to my "Binder". The Binder is left over from my cookie days. I bet everyone has specific places they look for recipes...this was my trek to find this one. So I finally found it in my "Binder" and here it is for you...While I have to admit, the recipe may seem a bit pretentious. Make from scratch brownies and make from scratch macaroons...I have to say it really works. Now, for those who are time and patience bound..take my advice...Make a box mix Brownie and make the coconut macaroon topping with sweetened condensed milk.
The results will still be so satisfying! Believe me! Enjoy!

Coconut Macaroon Brownies


Ingredients:
Brownie:
(8) 1 oz squares Unsweetened Chocolate
1 cup Butter (melted)
5 Eggs
3 cups Sugar
1 tbsp Vanilla
1 1/2 cups Flour (AP)
1 tsp Salt
2 1/2 cups chopped Walnuts  (optional)
**Easy: Brownie mix (enough for 9x13 pan)

Macaroon:
4 Egg Whites
2 1/2 cups sweetened shredded Coconut
1/4 cup Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla
1/4 tsp Salt
**Easy:
(20 oz sweetened shredded Coconut & (1) 14 oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°
Grease 9x13 baking dish.

In a small sauce pan on medium heat, place butter and chocolate.
Stir constantly until butter and chocolate are melted and smooth.
Once smooth and combined remove from heat and set aside. 

For Brownies layer, Combine eggs & sugar.
Beat until light yellow and sugar has dissolved.
Add chocolate and Butter mixture.
Combine thoroughly.
Stir in Vanilla.

Add remaining ingredients, beat until mixture is smooth.
Will be dense and shiny.
Pour mixture into prepared pan.
Set aside.
**Easy: Prepare brownie mix as directed on box then pour into prepared baking dish.

Macaroon :
Beat Egg Whites until combined.
Add Sugar.
Beat until soft peaks form.
Add salt and vanilla, mix to combine.
Fold coconut into Egg white mixture.
Be sure to coat coconut with the mixture.
**Easy: Combine Coconut and Sweetened Condensed Milk

Spoon/Spread coconut mixture over top of Brownie mixture.
Bake at 350° 35-40 minutes.
Coconut will be golden and brownies done in center.