So the French call those coconut macaroons “coconut rocks” as they look like… rocks. They use to be called “Congolais” which literally means inhabitants form the African country Congo, a former French colony.
As you may know France established many colonies in many countries overseas centuries after centuries, from which remain a few territories today called overseas departments (DOM) and overseas territories (TOM). Those lands under French sovereignty outside mainland France are the Islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint-Martin, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint Pierre and Miquelon (Atlantic Ocean), Reunion island, Mayotte, the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (Indian Ocean), French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna (Pacific Ocean) and Guyane in South America.
It seems obvious that those delicious little coconut macaroons were created in relation with the overseas territories, may it be Congo or the other colonies, where there are lots of coconut.
This recipe is a great classic of French cuisine, quick and easy, cheap and a very good way to use the leftover egg whites (for instance you will have reaining egg whites if you do this delicious cannele recipe).. There is no sweetened condensed milk in the French traditional recipe, just 3 ingredients : shredded coconut, caster sugar and egg whites.
If you want to have fiun with the kids, why don’t you drizzle macaroons with some melted chocolate on top, or soak the bottom in chocolate?
Easy 3 ingredients French Coconut Macaroons
Combine the 3 ingredients, make dollops on a baking sheet and bake. that’s all.
Portions: 20 to 25 cookies