Plain Macaroons


Unsweetened coconut, available in health-food stores, is essential to these chewy cookies, which are a family favorite at Passover.


  • ¾ cup sugar

  • 2 ½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut

  • 2 large egg whites

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • Pinch of salt


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine sugar, coconut, egg whites, vanilla, and salt. Use your hands to mix well, completely combining ingredients.

  2. Dampen hands with cold water. Form 1/2 tablespoons of mixture into a loose haystack shape, and place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining mixture, placing macaroons about 1 inch apart.

  3. Bake until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove baking sheet from oven to a wire rack, and let macaroons cool slightly on baking sheet. These are best served warm from the oven, but can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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