From: "Marian Russell" Date: 3 May 1995 07:34:25 -0600 After 20 years of carrying around a recipe I cut out of a newspaper, I tried making almond paste and almond macaroons. The newspaper recipe was TOO SWEET and not specific enough about how to make the dough (the cookies were too thin and dry). This is the updated recipe and, if I do say so myself, its quite good! The cookies are chewy and taste like the best almond macaroons Ive ever eaten anywhere else. 1. Soften almond paste with the back of a tablespoon and work in the dry ingredients. Mix well. 2. Begin adding egg whites, preparing them one at a time in case you dont need all of them. Blend well after each addition. Use only enough egg white to make a soft dough that will HOLD ITS SHAPE when dropped from a spoon. 3. Drop 2 inches apart on a brown-paper-covered baking sheet. Pat tops lightly with fingers dipped in cold water. 4. Bake at 150 degrees C (300 degrees F) for 18 to 20 minutes, or until set and delicately browned. 5. Remove from paper with a spatula onto wire racks to cool. Almond Paste: 1. Combine the ground almonds with the sugar, then blend in the egg whites and almond extract. 2. Mold into a ball and age for four days in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator. Note: If you have 1/2 cup of egg whites and you dont want to throw the extra 1/4 cup away, simply use the whole 1/2 cup for this recipe and add fewer egg whites for the almond macaroons. REC.FOOD.RECIPES ARCHIVES /COOKIES ALMOND PASTE TAKES 4 DAYS!! From rec.food.cooking archives. Downloaded from G Internet, G Internet.
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