Pink Macaroons for Valentine’s Day
My mom’s red heart-shaped butter cookies hold fond memories of Valentine’s Day for me. I liked her homemade cookies so much she even mailed them to me in a shoebox after I left home to go to college.
In keeping with the tradition of showing affection with cookies, these quinoa macaroons will be sure to win hearts this Valentine’s.
Makes 20 cookies
- 400 ml (1 2/3 cups) cooked quinoa
- 375 ml (1 1/2 cups) sweetened shredded coconut, packed
- 125 ml (1/2 cup) unsweetened shredded coconut (should be fine and powdery)
- 3 egg whites
- 125 ml (1/2 cup) + 15 ml (1 tbsp) granulated sugar
- 15 ml (1 tbsp) pure vanilla extract
- 2 ml (1/2 tsp) pure raspberry extract (optional)
- 5-10 drops red food colouring to make pink colour (optional)
- Parchment paper
Step 1: Prepare the quinoa at least 30 minutes ahead of time. Rinse the dry quinoa in a fine mesh strainer. In a small saucepan, bring 375 ml (1 1/2 cups) water to a boil, add 125 ml (1/2 cup) quinoa, and simmer for 15 minutes, covered. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Spoon into a medium-sized mixing bowl and cool.
Step 2: Combine the sweet and unsweetened coconut with the cooled quinoa.
Step 3: Preheat oven to 160° C (325° F).
Step 4: With a hand or stand mixer, beat the egg whites and sugar on medium-high until the whites are bubbly (foamy) and sugar is almost completely dissolved. (Don’t over-beat—under 2 minutes is enough) Mix in extracts and food colouring, if using. Fold the egg whites into the coconut mixture with a large spoon.
Step 5: Line a cookie sheet with the parchment paper. Scoop out a level tablespoon (15 ml) of batter onto the paper, then add another tablespoon on top of that one. Lightly press down to hold together and re-shape with the measuring spoon. Move any stray quinoa or coconut back onto cookie. Batter will be moist, and will not expand during baking.
Step 6: Bake 25-27 minutes until slightly golden on top and firm when touched. Remove from oven, let set a few minutes, then place on a rack to cool. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
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