Sunday, April 5, 2015

Almond Coconut Cookies

I made a Masurka cake for Easter that only used the yolks of the eggs, so I had to find a way to use up the whites. I wasn't in the mood for an omelette, but I'm always in the mood for some sugar.

These cookies were crispy, chewy and delicious! And really easy to make. I made the first few on a Silpat and they didn't want to come off easily. Parchment worked a little better.

They spread quite a bit, so leave at least 2" between them. You can see in my image below, that they were spreading quickly. I took the picture immediately after I put the tray in the oven. The next few batches I only baked 6 at a time.

It's a little less runny after 10 minutes.

Almond Coconut Cookies
Makes 24-26 cookies

1 1/2 cups ground almonds
3/4 cup ground sweetened coconut
3 egg whites, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon rose water (optional but delicious)

Place all ingredients in a bowl and beat with a wooden spoon for just about a minute until it comes together. Let the mixture rest for 10 minutes so it can thicken a bit. 

In the meantime, preheat your oven to 350F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Using a small cookie scoop, place mounds of dough at least 2" apart. Bake for about 8 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden.

Let them cool almost completely before transferring to a wire rack, or they will fall apart as you try to lift them. I made them yesterday, stored them on a plate covered with plastic wrap and they're still crispy and chewy today.

Tip: I just gave my almonds a buzz in the Vitamix (skin and all), then measure. I did the same for the sweetened shredded coconut. 

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