Crispy outside, chewy inside, these Low Calorie German Chocolate Macaroons are the perfect cookie. They are simple to make and can even be made gluten free.
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Favorite cookie flavors? That is easy coconut, but finding the perfect coconut cookie is not easy. It has to be chewy and taste like coconut. It cannot be too sweet or too tart. It needs some texture but not stringy. So after loving Almond Lime Macaroons, I decided to make them with coconut. How could I resist? I love a good coconut macaroon. The only trick is getting a good one. Some are too gummy or way to sickly sweet. Others do not taste like coconut at all. How is that possible?
Some are so chewy that the coconut gets stuck in our teeth. Eww! These are rather perfect, if I do say so myself. No, they are not mounded cookies like you were probably expecting. I pulverized some of the coconut and squished them down. German Chocolate Macaroons are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. The coconut flavor shines through, plus of course, I covered them with dark chocolate. I think I hear one calling me from the freezer. Maybe I should eat one again, you know for taste testing purposes just to make sure I am properly describing them to you.
Taking one for the team here. Yup, definitely crunchy, especially since I cannot wait until it defrosts to eat it. I definitely taste coconut with a background of chocolate. They are still slightly chewy but not annoyingly so. One thing I did realize, they would make one fantastic ice cream sandwich. Now that is trouble. While I did lighten the German Chocolate Macaroons, they still have some significant calories. Oh I almost forgot, they are not sickly sweet. If you are looking at the sugar and thinking you are crazy, remember I used unsweetened coconut. I also did reduce the amount of sugar normally used in them. Wish that meant I could have two, but sadly I cannot. I have been really motivated lately, hallelujah, to stick to my 1300 calories a day. Thinking of summer vacation will do that!
One cookie satisfies my sweet tooth in a big way. It reminds me a little of an Almond Joy, the best chocolate bar ever made! Whip some up for yourself and see what you think. Oh, if it really bugs you that these are squashed and not mounded, just keep yours in a mound before cooking. You don’t need to squish them down. Then they will look more like a traditional macaroon. Just try it. You’ll love it.
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German Chocolate Macaroons (Low Calorie, Low Fat, Gluten Free)
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes , divided
- 1/4 cup pecans
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 large egg whites
- 1/2 tsp . pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp . ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 oz . semi-sweet chocolate , chopped (gluten free, if needed)
Preheat oven to 350°.
Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper that slightly hangs over both ends.
In a food processor, grind 1 cup coconut, pecans and sugar until it is an even crumb, about 20 seconds.
Add egg whites, vanilla and cinnamon. Process until mixture is smooth. Stir in remaining coconut.
Using a tablespoon, drop dough onto baking sheet leaving an inch spacing around each cookie.
Slightly moisten your fingers and gently press down onto the dough until cookie is 1/2 inch tall.
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until cookies are very lightly but evenly browned.
Take out of the oven and gently lift one end of the parchment paper.
Pour water under it and tilt pan so the water spreads under all cookies. Water will boil when it hits the hot pan. When it stops boiling, carefully remove the paper.
Carefully remove cookies from paper and place directly on a wire rack to cool completely.
Place chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 20 seconds. Stir and continue to cook in 10 second increments until just melted.
Drizzle over the cookies and let set before serving.
I calculated 5 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.
Happy Healthy Eating,
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