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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

homemade macaroons - Revised!

Dear friends - tonight I made a batch of these and they were not the cookies I made before. They stuck to the baking sheet, and were not half as pretty, thanks to the nudging of the spatula! I'm so sorry if you had the same problem. - baking is such an inexact science! Taking a tip from my friend Winnie, who mentioned she never, ever, made these without greasing with Crisco and dusting with flour, my next batch came out just fine. I also reduced the sugar a little. Humble apologies! here is the revised version:

1 package coconut ( about 2 cups) flakes, sweetened

1/2 cup extra coconut flakes

2 large egg whites

3 T. hot water

1/2 cup sugar

pinch of kosher salt

1 T. light corn syrup

1 t. vanilla

Prehat oven to 400F.

Grease two baking sheets with Crisco , then dust with flour.

Place egg whites in mixer bowl and beat until they form soft peaks. Add the coconut flakes to the egg whites and stir briefly.

In a saucepan, stir together the hot water, sugar, salt, and corn syrup, washing down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush. Bring to a boil, then remove and add to the egg whites and coconut. Stir briefly, then add the vanilla. Stir in the 1/2 cup extra coconut flakes.

Using a small (1 1/2 inch) ice cream scoop, scoop little balls of the mixture onto the baking sheets.

One sheet at a time, bake the cookies for 12 minutes, then remove to cool. When cool, use a spatula to remove cookies to cooling rack. Enjoy !

Who knew it was so easy to make macaroons? In a half an hour you can mix up a batch , stick them in the oven for 12 minutes, and sit down to the chewy sweetness of these tiny coconut cookies. No butter, no flour, no milk. I think this makes them gluten-free, too - so now I know what to make little Izzie for a snack.


In spite of yesterdays crazy snow squall, the front garden beside the house is finally bare and look! My daffodils are up!

I got this wonderful recipe from Peggy Cullen's "got milk? the cookie book" and it's definitely a winner.



Desiree said...

First, OMG - macaroons! Love them. Second, I'm hoping it's just too much coffee, too. Feel better!!!

katrina said...

Thanks, Des - and fingers crossed for YOU!

The Food Hound said...

Hope everything is ok, but I think whatever the doctors say the prescription will always be more macaroons!

katrina said...

Thanks, Food Hound! Haven't heard back yet ( isn't that good?) but in the meantime, I'm making lots and lots of these for my friends. You know, there are some people that loathe coconut, so I always have to ask first:)

Barb said...

I love coconut macaroons! Thanks for the reminder - I'm making these later today! (I love coconut, by the way:) )

Have you ever made French macarons? (I think I spelled it correctly???) I don't think I've ever had one, let alone made them, but I am intrigued by them.

katrina said...

Hi Barb! Yes, last fall I swung by L.A. Burdicks in Walpole , NH and picked up some macarons. I was underwhelmed, not finding the combination of the cookies and the filling to my liking. Oddly, my sister just came back from Paris, where she also had her first macarons, and had the same reaction - so perhaps it's us:)

Fitted kitchens said...

Two Small Red Hens has both plain coconut and chocolate-dipped macaroons. I haven't had the macaroons but I have had several of their other Passover cakes and they have been appetizing.