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Get your day off to a healthy start with a nutritious breakfast cookie. Learn the technique for creating the subtle nutty flavor that makes these brown butter cookies so special and how you can easily transform a simple macaroon with the addition of one or two ingredients. Plus, graham crackers so good you’ll never want to go back to store-bought.
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This Week’s Recipe
This coconut macaroons recipe appears in the "Cookies" episode of Martha Bakes.
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 ½ cups shredded unsweetened coconut
- 3 to 4 large egg whites
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 325°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine sugar, coconut, 3 egg whites, vanilla, and salt. Using your hands, mix well, completely combining ingredients. The additional egg white may be added, a little at a time, if the mixture is dry and doesn’t hold together.
- Use a small ice cream scoop or 2 tablespoons to form mounds; place on prepared baking sheet, spacing about 1 inch apart. Pinch to create a pyramid shape, dampening your hands with water, if necessary.
- Bake until golden brown, rotating halfway through, 16 to 17 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.
Chocolate Chunk Macaroons: Follow the recipe for Coconut Macaroons, adding ½ cup coarsely chopped semisweet chocolate to the other ingredients. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.
Chocolate Macaroons: Place 4 ounces finely semisweet chocolate chopped in a heatproof bowl or the top of a double boiler set over a pan of simmering water. Stir until chocolate has melted; set aside to cool. Follow instructions for Coconut Macaroons, increasing coconut to 2 2/3 cups and combining all ingredients with cooled chocolate and ¼ cup sifted unsweetened cocoa powder. The baking time should be about the same; you will know the cookies are done when they are just firm to the touch but still soft in the middle.
Cook’s note: you can also use sweetened shredded coconut as long as you reduce the sugar in the recipe from ¾ cup to 1 tablespoon.
Yield: 1 dozen
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