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Honey Almond Macaroons

Honey Almond Macaroons

Desserts often sacrifice pleasure and flavor on the altar of good health, but these meltingly tender macaroons, sweetened with honey rather than sugar, are a wonderfully tasty and healthy offering for dessert-lovers everywhere.

(Cait reports that, at a recent gathering, the hostess made a variation of these delicious cookies, topped them with dark chocolate, and called them “Breasts of Isis!” They were enjoyed by all.) Find out how easy it is to satisfy a sweet tooth in a healthy way with these Honey Almond Macaroons.

INGREDIENTS

2 egg whites
Pinch iodized salt
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon almond extract
8 ounces finely-ground blanched almonds (about 2 cups sliced, blanched almonds ground in a food processor)
24 whole almonds (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 300F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the egg whites on low speed until foamy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add salt, increase the mixer speed to high, and beat until soft peaks form, about 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add the honey, a little at a time, pouring away from the beater. Continue beating until the whites are stiff and glossy, about 5 to 8 minutes. Stop beating and add the almond extract. Fold in the ground nuts.

3. Drop the mixture by tablespoonfuls, 1 1/2 inches apart, onto the prepared baking sheets. If using whole almonds, press one almond in the center of each mound. Bake until firm and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a rack and let cool completely.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Read more: Food, All recipes, Desserts

Adapted from The Sustainable Kitchen, by Stu Stein (New Society Publishers, 2004). Copyright (c) 2004 by Stu Stein. Reprinted by permission of New Society Publishers.
Adapted from The Sustainable Kitchen, by Stu Stein (New Society Publishers, 2004).

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11 comments

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4:27PM PDT on Jul 29, 2013

thanks

3:16AM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

Thank you :)

1:22AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

sweet :) Ty

7:25PM PDT on Jul 13, 2013

Now these honey almond macaroons do sound good!
Thank You

8:56AM PDT on Jul 13, 2013

It's even better when you eat them !! Thanks for sharing!!

4:54AM PDT on Jul 13, 2013

Yummy,must try it.Thanks for sharing

4:35AM PDT on Jul 13, 2013

hmm - i don't believe a classic french macaron recipe would call for almond essence - the almonds themselves have such a wonderful flavour.

2:35PM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

yum

3:22PM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

Wow. These just keep getting better. Saved as well.

12:58PM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

Sounds good, thanks.

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