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The 30 Year Macaroon Controversy

March 24, 2010
Indulgent Macaroons

In some people’s houses, they argue about politics. In mine, it’s always been the macaroon controversy.

I learned to make Macrons au Amaretti Nicois in Paris. That’s what real macaroons are, not the sticky sweet American version. However, when I offer to make macaroons, there’s always some not-so-subtle pressure to keep it normal. So, this weekend I did as I usually do when asked to pick one recipe over another, I skipped the French style and gave them a choice of two of America’s best.

*Easy Civilized Macaroons *
1 ½ c. shredded coconut
1/3 c. evaporated cane sugar
dash salt
2 egg whites at room temperature
dash vanilla

Mix everything into a paste.

Roll about a walnut sized piece in your hands and place on a parchment covered baking sheet.

Bake at 325 until lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Let cool before removing them from the parchment paper.

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*Indulgent Macaroons*
1 -14 oz bag shredded coconut(pick the squishiest bag on the shelf)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
dash almond extract
2 Tbl cocoa nibs
3 Tbl finely chopped dried orange-cranberries

Mix ¾ can of the sweetened condensed milk with the other ingredients until it is a thick paste. If your coconut is dry, add a drizzle more milk.

Shape into small round balls and place on parchment covered baking sheets.

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