Thursday, April 15, 2010

Solar Almond Macaroons

What do eggs and cookies have in common? They are both among the few things that can over cook in the Sun Oven. Cookies can actually burn; mine almost did. Luckily I got them out in the nick of time. The smaller ones were a little on the crunchy side but, as Martin said, we can dunk them in milk. I guess the lesson here is when solar baking cookies or eggs always set a timer.

I usually use whole candied cherries instead of the mixed candied citrus peel, and I know I had some, but apparently there's a mouse in my pantry and I think his name starts with the letter 'm'.

Almond Macaroons

1 cup whole almonds, blanched
2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg white
1/2 tsp almon extract
pinch salt

16 candied cherries

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
Process almonds and sugar in a food processor (pulse) until fine, add egg white, almond extract, and salt. Pulse until combined. Roll mixture into 16 balls, arrange on baking sheet. Slightly flatten balls. Press 1 candied cherry on each cookie. Bake in preheated Sun Oven approx. 15 minutes. Cool on rack.


  1. Yes, but the best part is that you actually got something crunchy. That's really cool. And, I love crunchy cookies. (I think you're right about the mouse.) Is this your recipe?

  2. I found this recipe online, but can't remember where. The candied cherries were my added touch. The original used a whole almond on each cookie. I'm not sure how many changes you need to make to a recipe before you can claim it as you own.

  3. If history is right, you just have to add your own touch and it becomes yours. I think there's really only one cookie recipe in the whole world and everyone does their own take on it. I'll find one for macaroons, 'cause I gotta have them...