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Gluten-Free Almond Macaroons Recipe

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Gluten-Free Almond Macaroons

Gluten-Free Almond Macaroons

© Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
This recipe for almond macaroons is made with only three ingredients -- almond paste, egg white and water. Most almond pastes contain no grain making them kosher for Passover and gluten-free, but check the label to make sure. Some almond macaroons are made with a combination of almond paste and finely ground almonds or almond flour (but do not confuse these with French macarons). Macaroons can be made chewy, crunchy or a combination of the two as in this recipe. They can be topped with chocolate, candied orange peel or maraschino cherries as I have done here. Don't overbake these cookies. You want the interior to still be moist. Macaroons can also be made by using coconut in place of the almonds in which case they are called coconut macaroons.

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Yield: 18 to 24 Almond Macaroons

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8-ounce) can pure almond paste
  • 1 extra-large egg white
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 10 maraschino cherries, sliced in half and drained

Preparation:

  1. Place rack in center of oven. Place second rack 4 inches above middle rack and heat to 325 degrees. Place parchment paper on cookie sheet pan(s).
     
  2. Break almond paste into pieces and place in the bowl of a food processor. Add sugar and process until paste is completely broken down. Add egg white and process until mixture comes together and is completely combined but is still moist and sticky.
     
  3. Using a piping bag or small cookie scoop, portion out cookies onto prepared cookie sheet pan(s), spacing about 1 inch apart. Place half a maraschino cherry, cut side down, on top of each cookie, pressing down lightly.
     
  4. Bake 20 minutes on middle shelf then move cookie sheet pan(s) to upper shelf and bake an additional 8 minutes or until light brown. Grab parchment paper by opposite corners and lift off cookie sheet pan(s) and transfer to cooling rack to cool completely. When cookies are completely cool, peel them off the parchment paper. Store in an airtight container.
Source: Solo Foods, used with permission.

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