April 04, 2007

Vanilla Coconut Macaroons



Ingredients:
3 egg whites
2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
1 tablespoon matzo meal
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients thoroughly. Form into small (heaping tablespoon sized) balls and place 1/2 inch apart on a lightly greased or parchment paper lined cookie sheet. They won't spread so you can fit a lot on a pan, just one should do the trick. Bake 12 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.


My thoughts:
Since flour and leavening agents are verboten during Passover, finding something to make for dessert or a sweet snack can be tricky. Recipes abound for "Passover-ized" cakes but they often fall short on taste. Flourless cakes are popular as well, but we are staying home this year and there is no way the two of us can finish off a whole flourless cake. Macaroons are quick, tasty and make a great sweet snack or light dessert. Instead of using flour to bind and add some body, I used a tiny bit of matzo meal (ground matzo) instead but you could certainly use flour if are not making them for Passover. Macaroons can be dressed up with a drizzle of chocolate or the addition of other flavors-I made some lime macaroons that were excellent and didn't use flour or matzo meal which is also perfect for Passover or any time.

6 comments:

  1. made a ton of these (with condensed milk) for Passover.... all of them stuck to the parchment...tasted good...a la baking sheet.... What did I do wrong?

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  2. Meghan: I don't know about that recipe as I have never made it, but I can say that my guess is that the condensed milk is so sticky and sweet it just formed some sort of glue. That's why I don't use it in my recipe, it sticks.

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  3. I also made macaroons recently with condensed milk--they were runny and a complete mess, and mine stuck to the parchment as well. I'll try your recipe next time instead.

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  4. These look great and will work for those who are keeping Kosher forPassover like my friend Teddy at Help! I have a Fire in My Kitchen!

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  5. Oh I love coconut macaroons.

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  6. Those look sooooooooo damn good! I remember reading about your coconut lime macaroons way back when and vowed I would make them, they sounded so good!

    Unfortunately, there is only one ingredient in all the world that I don't think I can get my husband to eat, and that's coconut. So, I've written down both recipes for when he goes on another out of town job. ;)

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