Sugar-Dusted Macaroon Trees

Round up the kids for a simple baking project. From mixing to sprinkling, this forest of snow-covered trees is almost as fun to make as it is to eat. Almost.This classic cookie takes on the shape of a snow-dusted evergreen.

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  • Yield: Makes 18
Sugar-Dusted Macaroon Trees

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2012

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 5 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thoroughly combine coconut, granulated sugar, egg whites, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl using your hands or a wooden spoon. Form 2 tablespoons of the mixture at a time into 2-inch-tall trees with your hands, using your fingertips to make pointed tops. Transfer each tree to a parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing them 1 inch apart.

  2. Bake until edges are golden and trees are firm, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet on a wire rack at least 15 minutes. Cookies can be made up to 1 day ahead; dust with confectioners' sugar just before serving.

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