Special equipment: non-stick tartlet pans
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix the sugar, egg whites, and coconut together. Put a spoonful in each of 24 mini-muffin cups or individual tart molds. Press the dough into the molds to make little cups, with sides and a well for holding the chocolate filling. Bake until golden, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely in the pans, then gently remove.
To make the filling, place the chopped chocolate in a small bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan just until boiling, then pour it over the chocolate and let it sit 1 minute then whisk gently to till glossy to melt the chocolate completely.
Fill the tarts by pouring in the warm chocolate filling. Sprinkle a few pieces of chopped almond in the center of each tart while they're still warm. Let set at room temperature at least 1 hour before serving, and serve them the same day they are made.
These little cups of toasted coconut, full of creamy dark chocolate, are like chocolate-dipped macaroons in reverse (lots of chocolate and a little coconut). I love the flavors together. The dough for coconut macaroons is so easy to make; just sugar, egg whites, and coconut. I was tempted to see what else it could do. Its easier to work with than a pastry dough because theres no rolling and it stays wherever you press it and holds its shape well after baking. The coconut shells can be baked up to 2 days in advance and kept at room temperature in an airtight container. The chocolate ganache can be refrigerated for up to 5 days; rewarm it in the microwave or in a bowl set over simmering water to make it pourable.
nd's Short and Sweet" by Gale Gand and Julia Moskin, Clarkson N. Potter Publishers, 2004