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How to Make the Best Almond Macaroon Cookies

Looking for the best almond macaroon cookie recipe? We found it. These beautiful treats taste as good as they look.

Love to bake but are short on time? Our best almond macaroon cookie recipe is an ideal choice for those rushed moments when you need cookies for a crowd. The hint of almondy sweetness combined with decadent chocolate buttercream makes these cookies absolutely irresistible. Plus, these light, airy treats make for wonderful homemade food gifts around the holidays, so it’s definitely a useful recipe to master. Let’s get started.

How to Make Almond Macaroon Cookies

We got this macaroon recipe from Traci Booe from Veedersburg, Indiana. Traci adds chocolate buttercream to make her extra special. This recipe makes six dozen cookies.

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • Dash salt
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2-1/2 cups unblanched almonds, finely ground

Step 1: Get your egg whites right

Put your egg whites into a small bowl and let them stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes. While you’re waiting on the eggs, preheat your oven to 350°. Add a pinch of salt to the whites then beat them on medium speed until soft peaks form. Here’s our guide to whipping egg whites for both soft and stiff peaks.

Step 2: Add the sweetness

Kick your hand mixer up to the high setting and add the confectioners’ sugar one tablespoon at a time until you get stiff glossy peaks and the sugar has completely dissolved into the egg whites. Next, gently fold in the almonds.

Editor’s Tip: If you want to make these almond macaroons a bit extra, add in chopped nuts (almonds or pecans are a perfect choice) or mini chocolate chips. Just fold them into the dough with the almonds.

Step 3: Bake ’em up

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place nicely rounded spoonfuls of the dough onto your baking parchment, making sure to leave about two inches between each dollop. Bake the cookies for about 8 to 12 minutes or until they’re firm. Then enjoy!

Bonus Step: Add a chocolate dip

If you’re a major chocolate lover, you can add a chocolate drizzle to these oh-so-delicious macaroons. Simply melt 9 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips and dip each cookie into the melted chocolate. Pop the cookies on parchment paper and allow the chocolate to harden.