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Easy, Elegant MacaroonsEasy, Elegant Macaroons


Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 15 min
(Total time will vary with appliance and setting.)
Level of Difficulty: Easy

These elegant macaroons are easy to prepare, and they have a wonderful flavor that will impress your taste buds.
A spoon is used to shape them in the form of an egg, which makes them a perfect ending for an Easter dinner, or you can make other shapes, as you please. Because they use no flour or leavening, they are a perfect treat for Passover.
I like these macaroons best soon after baking, when they are crunchy outside with a moist interior. Leftover cookies may become moister, but you can briefly reheat them in the oven to achieve that fresh-baked crunchy texture. Store the cookies in an air-tight container.

Ingredients:

1  cup walnuts
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 egg whites or 1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/3 cup Splenda; or, use part Splenda and part honey or sugar



Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grind walnuts in a food processor until they are finely ground.
  2. In a bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
  3. Using a tablespoon, scoop up some of the mixture and pack it into the spoon in the shape of an egg. Place the “eggs” on a cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 15 minutes until slightly golden. Remove and cool on a rack.

Variations: (Most will add carbohydrates and change the nutritional value of the cookies)

  • Use part rolled “quick” oats in place of the nuts.
  • Add small pieces of chopped dates, apricots or figs.
  • Use pecans or almonds instead of walnuts.
  • Insert a large chocolate chip on the top of each cookie.
  • Drizzle melted chocolate on top of the cooled cookies.


Nutrition at a Glance (per serving)
Calories: 70
Total fat: 6g
Saturated fat:2g
Carbohydrate: 2g
Dietary fiber:1g
Protein:2g

 
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