Coconut Macaroons with a hint of Marzipan

October 21, 2010 § 1 Comment

Apart from the butter & flour & powdered sugar glory of the 3-ingredient Mexican Wedding Cookie (or Russian Tea Cakes), I’m not sure there’s an easier cookie out there than macaroons.  With only 7 ingredients (two of which are vanilla and almond extract) and a sprinkling of white whole-wheat flour (a mere 2 tablespoons), this recipe comes together in seconds.  You don’t even have to beat the egg whites!

I started measuring coconut flakes at 8pm on the nose; by 8:15 the gas oven puffed marzipan-smells into the living room; by 8:25pm I sat down on a cushioned chair with a plate of warm cookies, a mug of spiced tea and my midterm mail-in election ballot in front of me, ready for circling.

There’s only one stipulation to this recipe: Find the unsweetened coconut flakes.  The sweetened plastic coconut shreds will ruin this cookie (coconut is the primary ingredient after all!).  You can find unsweetened, all-natural coconut flakes at a regular grocery store or in some bulk food bins.

1 + 1/3 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1/3 cup evaporated cane sugar
2 tablespoons white whole-wheat flour (white flour is fine)
1/8 teaspoon sea salt

2 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract


1.  In a small bowl, combine shredded coconut, cane sugar, white whole-wheat flour and sea salt.  Toss with a fork.

2.  When thoroughly mixed, add egg whites, vanilla and almond extract.  Stir until the dough comes together.

3.  Scoop tablespoon-sized balls onto a greased baking sheet.  Bake 18-20 minutes until golden brown along the edges.  Cool completely on a wire rack before packaging.  They stay fresh, on the counter, for several days.


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§ One Response to Coconut Macaroons with a hint of Marzipan

  • RJ says:


    Can I make a request??


    The fog had settled in here in the northwest– and I’m really craving a wet day in the woods/on my bike, and immediately following: CINNAMON ROLLS. With PECANS.


    ..if you feel so inclined. 🙂

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