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Author/Submitted by: Ladies' Home Journal
Servings: 12
Categories: Cookies / Desserts

3  tbsp  water
1  tsp  light corn syrup
1  pinch  salt
3/4  cup  sugar
8  oz  unsweetened coconut
1/2    vanilla bean
1  tbsp  vanilla extract
4  large  egg whites
1/4  tsp  grated orange peel

Preheat oven to 325 F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or foil. Combine water, corn syrup and salt in small saucepan and bring to boil. Add sugar and cook, stirring, over medium heat until dissolved. Transfer to large bowl and stir in coconut. Split vanilla bean lengthwise. Scrape out seeds (preserve pod) and add seeds to mixture with egg whites and orange peel. Drop by level tablespoonfuls 1/2 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets; shape into mounds. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until pale golden. Cool completely on sheets on wire racks, then peel off paper. Makes 3 dozen.

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