Thursday, December 13, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Cookies - Macaroons

 I thought it would be fun to count down to Christmas by making a different and favorite cookie every day! Tis the season, right? Thankfully I have a lot of things to bake for so I am hoping I won't be the one doing all the eating. I also would like to get my recipes on my Pinterest boards so little by little I'll be posting recipes I've collected so that I can "pin" them. Today I am making one of our favorites...Macaroons, but before I share the recipe, here's a little background on our love for macaroon cookies.

When we lived in Novosibirsk we were a 5 minute walk from the local market. In reality I could write a book about "rinok" (market) culture. It's quite an eye opener and a bit of culture shock when you go to one the first time. We often frequented the market as a family on Saturdays. Our first stop was the small bread kiosk where we would buy "Baba Romovaya" rolls. They were basically raisin rolls with a clear glaze on the bottom and often times they were so fresh and warm they'd melt in our mouth. From the bread kiosk we headed to the vegetable kiosk where I found a real nice lady who I faithfully went to every time. She was very sweet to me and I think empathized a bit with my lack of Russian language. We often communicated with our hands and facial expressions. Our last stop was the cookie lady where we discovered chocolate covered macaroons! They were absolutely delicious and I have not been able to find them here in Samara. After living here for so many years, I still look for them to no avail!

                                                Our sweet cookie lady in Novosibirsk.


I've tried many macaroon recipes but the best ones have to be the one my friend Alex makes. I think she got the recipe from her mom.

Macaroons

INGREDIENTS
1 cup flour
1 cup dry milk powder
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1/3 cup evaporated milk
3 cups coconut

Stir flour and dry milk powder together.

In another bowl, beat butter with mixer for 30 seconds Beat in sugar until fluffy. Add yolk and evaporated milk. Beat well (mixture will look curdled). Gradually add flour mixture. Mix in the coconut.

Spoon about 1 tbsp. for each cookie. Bake at 350 F (180 C). Start checking them around 13 minutes. Edges should be lightly brown.


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I suppose you can eat them plain or dip them in some chocolate! You can even do a chocolate drizzle over the top but I ran out of chocolate!


2 comments:

Melissa Ruth said...

wow a cookie every day. you are quite ambitious and put me to shame! i'll make sugar cookies for christmas eve and a cake for christmas day and that's it. good for you!!

Natalie said...

I know! I am being quite ambitious but I am concerned now with all the calories that will be consumed!!
What cake will you make?