Recipe: Gluten-free Macaroons


These are the chocolate macaroons. Recipes for vanilla and chocolate follow.

For some reason I didn’t get a lot of good photos of these… I must have been too excited to get ‘er done.  These are really easy, and according to my friend Nathan, the best macaroons he’s ever put in his face (he’s not gluten free, by the way).  These were modified from a recipe I found in a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.

5 1/3 cups sweetened flaked coconut
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup potato starch
1 tsp. xanthan gum
1/2 tsp. salt
8 egg whites
1 tsp. almond extract

1)  Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

2)  In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine sugar, flour, starch, gum, coconut, salt and extract.  Add egg whites, one at a time and fully integrate before adding the next.  I used a scoop with a 1 1/2 inch diameter to scoop and pack my macaroons, but you could use anything, even a kitchen spoon, if you don’t care about making them really round.

3)  To use the scoop method, use a spatula to get all the batter on the bottom of your workbowl, then scoop from the bottom to the top of the bowl, compressing as you go.  There should be a little bit of batter oozing out (not a lot!).  Push your scoop against your ungreased cookie sheet as you scoop and that will help keep the shape.  This will take some practice.  I’ve also seen people pipe them, but I’ve never tried it.

4)  Bake in your oven for 20-25 minutes, or until they start to brown on the top.   Allow them to sit on the sheets for 5-10 minutes to set up and then move to a cooling rack until fully cooled.

***  To make chocolate macaroons, add 1/4 cup of dutch process cocoa and 2 tblsp. of the liquid from marascino cherries to the batter before the egg whites (it will be a little bit stickier, but won’t make a huge difference).  I topped mine with marascino cherry halves before I baked them.  The picture shows one batch of 1 1/2 inch macaroons.  ***


1 comment so far

  1. joanspiller on

    That is a lot of macaroons LOL

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