Sunday, February 06, 2011

IEP Cookie of the Month - February 2011


Macaroons are near and dear to our hearts here at the pond, because they can be made Gluten Free without much extra effort or change in taste or texture.

I've made several different Macaroon recipes - but the recipe from the Food Network Kitchen is by far our favorite:

I do have a couple of modifications -

1. For convenience sake - don't worry about finding hazelnuts with the skins removed. The cookies may come out a bit more rustic, but they are equally delicious.

2. Combined 1 and 1/2 of the two cups of powdered sugar with the nuts and the cocoa in the food processor reserving only 1/2 cup of sugar for the egg whites.

3. Use extra large eggs for the egg whites.

4. Fold nut mixture into beaten egg whites.

5. If you don't have a pastry bag, a small disher works just as well.

6. If you need more cookies, spread melted chocolate ganache on the bottom of each cookie and allow it to set without sandwiching two cookies together.

If you are not familiar with macaroons (especially the kind without coconut) these are light and rich, crispy and chewy, they melt in your mouth and are very soul satisfying :0) ENJOY!


rainbowmummy said...

Ooooo I adore macaroons. Never tried hazelnut ones before, they look really yummy.

So are you guys doing GF?

ps Can I start coming to the IEP meeting please? :P

Frogs' mom said...

We tried GF/CF diet years ago with no noticeable change. Last summer we started him on the Specific Carbohydrate diet along with the infantile reflex integration program and some developmental movements. He has seen some improvements. We've re-introduced most foods now and he does fine on all of them, but had digestive issues if he gets too much gluten - so we are currently gluten-light around here. We still try to get a lot of good probiotics into him and fish oil for the omegas.

The Macaroons are the best gf cookie I've made, but he's not so interested in them. The rest of us like them!

Sure you can come to the meetings - a bit of a commute for you isn't it? I hope the school staff starts to feel the same way when they know my cookies and I will be there :0)