May 31

National Macaroon Day

Interesting Food Facts about Macaroons

  • Macaroons are any cookie made with egg whites, sugar, and ground almonds or coconut.
  • Some culinary historians claim that macaroons can be traced to an Italian monastery—where they were modeled after the monks’ belly buttons!
  • Macaroons made with coconuts are often piped out with a star shaped tip, whereas macaroons made with nuts are more likely shaped individually due to the stiffness of the dough.

Cooking Tip of the Day

If your soup or stew tastes dull and bland, try adding a splash of vinegar or wine to brighten it up.

Recipe of the Day

Ambrosia Macaroons
Recipe type: Cook with your Kids, Dessert
Author: Bon Appétit
Serves: 45
Ambrosia is the melody of sliced juicy-sweet oranges and grated coconut. Hidden in this classic coconut macaroons recipe is finely grated orange peel, with the finishing touch of bittersweet chocolate drizzled over the cookies.
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange peel
  • 3 large eggs
  • 24 ounces sweetened flaked coconut (about 6 cups firmly packed)
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
  1. Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 325°F. Line 3 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment. Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Add sugar and salt; beat until blended. Beat in orange peel, then eggs, 1 at a time. Mix in coconut. Drop batter onto sheets by tablespoonfuls, spacing 1 1/2 inches apart.
  2. Bake macaroons, 1 sheet at a time, until golden on bottom and browned in spots, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely on sheets.
  3. Using fork, drizzle chocolate over macaroons. Chill on sheets until chocolate is firm, about 30 minutes.
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