Egg whites will have better volume when beaten at room temperature in a bowl that is clean and dry.
Substitute peppermint extract for the almond extract.
Two kinds of sweetened coconut are flaked or shredded. Flaked coconut is thin, flat pieces (left) and shredded is long, thin pieces and has more texture. In most recipes you can use either, depending on your personal preference.
With a rubber spatula, cut down vertically through the batter, slide spatula across bottom and up the side to turn the batter over. Continue folding just until coconut is evenly distributed.