Sweet and Easy: Macaroons
I have this problem, or actually, maybe it’s a process. When I want to make a certain thing – a type of cookie, cake, or anything really, I research all recipes for that particular thing, comparing and contrasting, and then I keep making that thing with different iterations on the recipe until it is, as I deem it, perfect. For instance, you may congratulate on me on recently perfecting the coconut macaroon. Of course, perfection is subjective, so perhaps I should just say it’s MY perfect macaroon.
The process was similar to when I decided to perfect the chocolate chip cookie (dark days, my hubs will say with an ironic smile) – all the cookies tasted just fine to him, but I wouldn’t stop making cookies (he was inconsolable, I tell you) until they were perfect. Dark, yummy days indeed.
Here is the part of the post where I realize I have nothing pithy nor insightful to share with you in connection with this macaroon recipe. I think, originally, it was going to have something to do with the dangerous pursuit of perfection? But… yeah, I got nothing. It stopped me in my tracks for a bit. How, I wondered, could I share a recipe without an accompanying amusing anecdote or philosophical musing? Then I remembered that I actually hate long-winded recipe blogs that make you slog through “what the family did this week” (I don’t know your family, and unless it’s genuinely damn funny, I do not care). So here you go! Be free! Make macaroons! Care or care not!
Milk or Almond Milk
Preheat oven to 350
Line cookie sheet and spray with cooking oil
Whisk 2 egg whites, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 & 1/2 tablespoons sugar, 1 & 1/2 tablespoons almond milk (or regular milk) and a sprinkle of salt together.
Stir in 2 cups sweetened coconut
Press mixture into tablespoon to form macaroons on cookie sheet and bake 13-16 minutes
The above photo is from a shoot where I played Marie Antoinette in Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists (photo by Errich Petersen). It was actually doing this play that inspired me to try my hand at macaroons (they’re mentioned a lot). You might think, well THERE is where the interesting story lies, right? Not really. I just think it’s a fun photo, and I kind of look like a human macaroon. Let them eat…cookies?