Macaroons are a cookie with a lot of good memories for me. The Hotel DuPont, which is one of the loveliest venues in Delaware (and connected to the business my parents – and most of Wilmington – worked for growing up) – it was also a staple on “Bring Your Daughters to Work Day”, which the company did actually celebrate really intelligently by working to get more young girls interested in math and science.
The Cookiepedia is the kind of book which reminds you of your childhood. It contains a lot of classic recipes, updated slightly for modern bakers. My favourite thing about it was that all the recipes were highly adaptable – they could be used to make a massive amount of slightly modified cookies. This is also a great book for those occasions when you need to whip up a dozen cookies for tomorrow and have nothing special in the house – there will be a recipe in here that you can use!
Coconut Macaroons (from The Cookiepedia)
3 cups sweetened coconut (from an American grocery store)
4 egg whites
1 cup caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Add sweetened coconut, egg whites, sugar and vanilla to a saucepan over low heat. Mix until it liquidises and then condenses.
Bake at 170C (350F) for about twelve minutes (until the cookie is a light golden brown). Allow to cool.
I really enjoyed my copy of The Cookiepedia and I would recommend it for those looking for a wide variety of basic cookie recipes.
The Cookiepedia can be purchased from Quirk Books. I was sent a free copy to review, but all opinions are my own.