The Best I-Hate-Baking Recipe

Michelle, The Sweet BeetDecember 11, 2011 at 07:10AM

From someone who writes a food blog, this might come as a surprise, but I really hate baking – or baking sweets I should say. Even in December. Even for the holidays.  But I sometimes do it because what comes out of the oven is never for me but is always a gift for others, and there is nothing more special than homemade sweets as gifts. So that’s a good enough reason for me to do something I don’t love to do. But if I am going to bake, give me simple with no sacrifice in taste, and I might almost enjoy the whole process.

So what is this winning “low time/high taste” recipe, that is also gluten-free, largely naturally sweetened and takes under 30 minutes from pulling the ingredients to giving them their chocolate bath? Coconut macaroons dipped in chocolate.  I have no idea where I even got this recipe since I’ve been making it, tweaking it and giving it away for so long.

Egg whites bind the macaroons.

The finished product.

What I also love about them is all the leeway they give you in terms of altering the basic recipe — make them gluten-free by using rice flour (an easy substitute for the wheat flour since there is so little flour used) and add a shot of cinnamon, almond or vanilla to compliment the coconut flavor.  The only way you can screw them up is to over-cook them, which will make them dry. But if you do, just dip the whole thing a little deeper in the chocolate and no one will notice the dryness.

Get the recipe for Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons 

Any fave super quick and painless baking recipes or tips to share?

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