Macaroons: Almond

Description

These are like your classic Italian bakery cookies, full of sweet, nutty flavor, with a crunchy exterior yielding to dreamily chewy interior. The secret ingredient is aquafaba. Huh? The Latin translation is bean water. Chickpea cooking liquid is a brilliant vegan egg replacer and a great use of a byproduct we usually throw out. Vegan chefs have been using this viscous bean brine to whip up frothy meringues and airy mousses. These quick and easy cookies contain only a scant amount of aquafaba and taste not at all of bean.
 
This recipe comes to us from Jewish Veg member Ellen Kanner, the Edgy Veggie. Her Website is The Soulful Vegan.
 

Summary

Yield
Cookies
Prep time
20 minutes
Cooking time
10 minutes
Total time
30 minutes

Ingredients

1 cup
blanched almonds
1⁄2 cup
evaporated cane sugar
3 1⁄2 teaspoons
aquafaba (liquid from a can of low-sodium chickpeas)
1⁄4 teaspoon
almond extract
1⁄4 teaspoon
vanilla extract
 
pinch of sea salt
16
whole blanched almonds or maraschino cherries

Instructions

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment or a silpat.

In a food processor, pulse the almonds with sugar until ground fine. Add aquafaba, almond extract, vanilla and pinch of sea salt and pulse until mixture is the color and texture of damp sand — about a minute.

Roll mixture into balls about the size of a walnut and place them 2 inches apart on the baking sheet.

Using the back of a spoon, gently flatten cookies slightly. Lightly press a blanched almond or maraschino cherry onto the top of each cookie.

Bake macaroons in middle of oven 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer the cookies to a rack and cool completely.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. The cookies soften as they age.

Notes

To blanch almonds, pour whole raw almonds into a small heatproof bowl, cover with boiling water and leave for 15 minutes, then drain. Rub the almonds between your fingers. Their skins will slip off, leaving you perfect, bare nut kernels.

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