Sunday, April 8, 2012

Chewy Macaroons should equal love at first sight

It was such a beautiful weekend I decided to do a little baking for the heck of it. Now these macaroons are probably one of the easiest cookies to make in my baking arsenal, and some of the simplest ingredients. Whip this up for someone you care about and believe you me, they'll be thanking you profusely! They are light and fluffy, and sweet as a kiss!

Also, this recipe is expedited by a stand up mixer. Mine is named Scarlett, and she is beautiful. However, you do not need to go out and purchase one just for this event, a hand mixer will do fine.

Here is the recipe:


*This batch makes roughly 12 cookies, I'd double this recipe if I were me.
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of something else 
    • You can use any sort of mix in that is DRY. For your first batch I would suggest coconut, or chopped up chocolate chips, or both! Don't use anything that is juicy though, it'll make your macaroons mushy. I'd suggest dried fruit if you want to add that component. But you can fold in basically anything you'd like that would go well with sugar :) this gives you the ability to use the same standard recipe, getting good at it, and mixing things up from time to time.
Baking instructions--

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a baking pan with parchment paper, or grease if you do not have parchment paper.
  3. Separate your egg whites, crack your egg in half, and separate the yolk from the white in a separate bowl. Let the egg whites come close to room temperature. 
  4. Beat egg whites, vanilla and salt on medium high speed with a mixer with the wire whisk attachment until soft peaks form.
  5. Gradually add sugar, one tablespoon at a time while beating on medium high speed until stiff peaks form. Mixture will turn yellowish white to white.
  6. Fold in your your sweet add in throughly.    
  7. Using a spoon, drop mixture (about one healthy spoon full) onto baking pan, ensuring there is space between each cookie. 
  8. Place cookie sheet into oven and bake for 25 minutes, or until lightly golden.
  9. Remove from oven to cool, and transfer to wire rack.
  10. When the cookies are done, you can add a bit of flair by melting some dark chocolate (or anything else meltable that goes well with sugar...) once the cookies are done you can drip chocolate over the top.

Step 4 - beating egg whites before adding sugar (what it looks like done)

Step 5 - beating egg whites after adding sugar (what it looks like done)

Step 6 - folding in your sweet

Step 7 - dropping mixture onto a baking sheet 
Step 8 - lightly golden after baking
Step 10 - adding a chocolate drizzle 

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