A few people who saw my last post about holiday baking have asked me what these are. Don’t worry, I was just trying to pace myself. These are definitely worth talking about. Again the recipe comes from the amazing Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies by Alice Medrich, and they’re called Lacy Coconut-Topped Brownies.
The procedure is a lot of fun. You start with a rich brownie layer made with just 1/2 cup of flour. Then try to resist eating the raw batter. And you make a macaroon-like topping from coconut, egg white, sugar, vanilla, and salt and scatter that on top.
The topping toasts up beautifully, and the brownies stay nice and gooey (and a bit more firm towards the outside pieces). You know, I’ve made coconut brownies before, and those other recipes haven’t come even close to how good this is.
Of course if cakey is your thing, then you should check out Martha Stewart’s Cookies. But if gooey, rich and awesome is your thing, you might want to get a copy of the new Alice Medrich book and try this out for yourself.