A Passover macaroons recipe ? Yup. Not one, but three macaroon recipes for the Passover / Pesach festival are presented here: a general macaroon recipe, a chocolate macaroon recipe, and a coconut macaroon recipe.

Macaroons are a traditional Passover dessert. Macaroons for the Passover festival come in a wide variety of recipes, from chocolate macaroon recipes to coconut macaroon recipes. The following macaroon recipe includes variations such as a recipe for chocolate macaroons and a recipe for coconut macaroons.

Macaroons Recipe

2 large egg whites
Pinch of salt
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
8 oz. finely ground blanched almonds or hazelnuts (about 2 cups)
About 30 whole almonds or hazelnuts (optional)

Instructions for the Macaroons recipe:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius or Centigrade).
  2. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper or greased aluminum foil.
  3. Beat the egg whites on low speed until foamy, about 30 seconds.
  4. Add the salt, increase the speed to high and beat until soft peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Gradually add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time and beat until stiff and glossy, 5 to 8 minutes.
  6. Add the almond extract.
  7. Fold in the ground nuts.
  8. Drop by tablespoonfuls, 1 1/2 inches apart, onto the prepared baking sheets.
  9. If desired, press an almond into the center of each mound.
  10. Bake, switching the baking sheets halfway through, until firm and golden, about 20 minutes.
  11. Let cool on the sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to a rack and let cool completely.
  12. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Makes about 30 cookies.

Variations of the above Macaroon recipe:

Add 1 tablespoon grated orange or tangerine zest.

Chocolate Macaroons recipe:

Add 6 ounces melted (but not hot) semi-sweet chocolate and 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind and 1 1/2 teaspoons orange juice.

Coconut Macaroons recipe:

Substitute 1 1/3 cups (3 1/2 oz. or 103.51 milliliters) grated coconut for the nuts.

Note: If you are grinding the nuts in a food processor, then add a little sugar to keep them from turning greasy.

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