Sunday, August 7, 2016

Macaroons pas des Macarons!

I've taken classes at a local French Cooking Supply Store to learn how to make French Macarons, and I'm fascinated with them. They're colorful, delicious, very French!  They're extremely complicated to make.  Many people are afraid to make them. I have to admit that after taking classes, I'm very comfortable making them.  I realized that sometimes we can get back to simplicity and create a delicious, easy to make, Macaroon.
They're often mistaken for Macarons, but they have absolutely nothing in common!

Macaroons and Macarons are entirely different cookies.
Macarons are a French Cookie made with Almond Flour, Egg Whites and sandwiched with a Cream based Filling. They can be made in a variety of colors and flavors.
Macaroon is the American word for a version of a flourless cookie made with Coconut. They can also include Nuts and Chocolate.
I've research many recipes and this is what I come up with. If you will never attempt to make French Macarons, make these easy Macaroons.


Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Sheet Pans lined with Parchment Paper.

1 - 14 oz. bg of Sweet Coconut Flakes
2 C Chocolate Chips, your choice.
3/4 C Chopped Salted Almonds
1 - 14 oz. can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

Here's the easy part:
Mix all of the ingredients well, in a large Mixing Bowl.
That's it!

Use a 1 3/4" Cookie Scoop and drop the mixture onto the Sheet Pans.
Use the bottom of a small glass to slightly flatten the top of each cookie.
Bake 12 - 14 minutes or until the Coconut is Golden Brown.

Remove the Pan to a Rack and cool completely.

Peace in the Kitchen!

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