When I baked these Coconut Macaroons, Filipino-style, the sweet nutty aroma reminded my husband how he enjoyed these sweets when he and his classmates would go Christmas caroling back in high school. My husband had no clue how much funds they raised, but he recalled how their singing group were warmly welcomed in friends’ homes and served holiday pastries, foremost would be these tiny, cellophane-wrapped coconut sweets which they eagerly stuffed in their pockets.
I tried to recreate the same flavors one finds in the Philippines. These round, sweet treats have a crunchy coconut layer on the outside. And inside one bites into a rich, creamy moist sweetness so hard to resist….a marvelous reminder of Christmas back in the day.
Inspired by what’s commonly baked in the Tarlac and Pampanga regions where my husband and I grew up, I have tweaked this recipe a bit and added crushed cashew nuts as a topping. Whether you make these tiny coconut treats for your family or for friends, it’s one of the easiest, delightful ways to spread some happiness during the holidays.
Coconut Macaroon Tarts
- 1/4 cup softened butter (unsalted)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 4 egg yolks
- 1/2 can of a 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
- 4 cups dessiccated coconut flakes
- 4 egg whites
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup crushed roasted cashew nuts unsalted
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line small-sized muffin pans about 1-inch in diameter with muffin paper cups of the same size.
- Using a cake mixer, cream butter till light and fluffy. Add sugar and egg yolks, then mix till smooth.
- Mix in the condensed milk and dessicated coconut flakes.
- In a separate bowl, beat egg whites till peaks form. Add sugar a little at a time, and continue beating till stiff and peaks form.
- With a spatula, fold in the egg whites into the yolk mixture.
- Pour into muffin cups. Top with crushed cashew nuts.
- Bake at 350 F degrees for 20 minutes or till golden brown.
- Cool completely and keep refrigerated till ready to serve.
- Cook's comments: These little coconut treats look great if wrapped in colored cellophane wrappers to give as gifts. If there are nut allergies, omit the cashew nut topping.