Coconut-Apricot Macaroons

Nuggets of dried apricot punch up your standard coconut cookie.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: about 24 cookies
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Ingredients

2/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup dried apricots, finely chopped

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon fine salt

2 large egg whites, lightly beaten

Finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon

3 cups (about 8 ounces) finely shredded unsweetened coconut

Directions

  1. Arrange the oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the sugar, apricots, vanilla, salt, egg whites and lemon zest in a large bowl. Add the coconut and toss until completely coated. Spoon heaping tablespoonsful of the dough onto the baking sheets, leaving about 1 inch between each mound. Moisten your fingertips with water and shape each macaroon into a pointed mound or pyramid.
  3. Bake, rotating the pans halfway through, until the cookies are toasted and the edges are lightly browned, 16 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool. Store macaroons in an airtight container for up to a week.