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Almond Macaroons

  • yield: Makes 1 dozen

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces almond paste (about 5 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting
  • Pinch of coarse salt
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

Cook's Note

Cookies can be stored between layers of parchment in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Put almond paste, sugar, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until crumbly, about 3 minutes. Add egg white and vanilla. Mix until smooth and thickened, about 3 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Drop batter by tablespoons onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spacing 2 inches apart. Place 2 almond slices on each mound of dough. Bake until cookies are golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Just before serving, lightly dust cookies with sugar.

Source
Holiday Cookies 2005

Reviews (10)

  • 2 Dec, 2013

    The key to success seems to be the last mixing step: beat for three minutes until thickened!
    I just took 16 lovely cookies out of the oven BUT I used my 1 teaspoon scoop.
    Wish I had doubled it but the prior unenlightened reviews scared me off!

  • 17 Mar, 2013

    It works! I had the same reaction at first: my batter was "syrupy", runny. But I went for it and they came out! I dropped the batter using a 2-t. cookie scoop and I barely got a dozen - would not have using a 1-T. scoop. Mine were flatter than in the photo, but chewy and carmelized-y on the bottom, almost like meringue from the egg whites. I think maybe they would have had more height if I could have worked faster to get them in the oven, before the batter flattened. Anway, have faith!

  • 19 Nov, 2012

    I come back to this recipe every year to see if there has been a change or if someone has posted the right way to make this cookie because I have tried to make it several times and it is a dud recipe. @EMM3773-that video is how to make french macaroons not almond macaroons. If anyone at MS reads these can you please post the correct recipe. Are you supposed to beat the egg white into soft or stiff peaks before you add it in? Thanks...

  • 26 Sep, 2010

    If you watch the video of Martha making this recipe at:
    http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/9887837
    you'll see that the egg whites are supposed to be whisked first -- this is not specified in the online recipe or in the book! I will try it again, but Martha owes me some egg whites and icing sugar!!!

  • 12 Dec, 2008

    This recipe is a dud! It didn't turn out at all...perhaps missing an ingredient such as flour

  • 8 Nov, 2008

    Is this recipe correct? I just tried to make it and there is nothing but a syrup to my batter. 1/2 c of sugar doesn't seem a lot of bulk to make a dough. Should there be flour?

  • 8 Nov, 2008

    Is this recipe correct? I just tried to make it and there is nothing but a syrup to my batter. 1/2 c of sugar doesn't seem a lot of bulk to make a dough. Should there be flour?

  • 8 Nov, 2008

    Is this recipe correct? I just tried to make it and there is nothing but a syrup to my batter. 1/2 c of sugar doesn't seem a lot of bulk to make a dough. Should there be flour?

  • 8 Nov, 2008

    Is this recipe correct? I just tried to make it and there is nothing but a syrup to my batter. 1/2 c of sugar doesn't seem a lot of bulk to make a dough. Should there be flour?

  • 8 Nov, 2008

    Is this recipe correct? I just tried to make it and there is nothing but a syrup to my batter. 1/2 c of sugar doesn't seem a lot of bulk to make a dough. Should there be flour?