Thursday, May 28, 2009
Cookie Carnival: Hazelnut Macaroon Sandwich Cookies
Last, but not least, for the month of May, is this month's Cookie Carnival recipe, Hazelnut Macaroon Sandwich Cookies
(As an aside, these are French "macarons" and not the American "macaroons". However, the recipe from Williams-Sonoma calls them "macaroons". Go figure.)
Oooh, fun, we get to pull out the piping bag.
After piping, the cookie tops are tamped down with a wet finger and they're ready to sit on the counter for 45 minutes before baking. I guess that's so the outsides will dry? (I dunno... I just do what they tell me.)
I pulled the first batch out of the oven too soon and they weren't quite done. They were a tiny bit "wet" inside and some had air pockets. The second batch was the more in line with the recommended "firm and golden" and they were noticeably better.
The more-done cookies had better "feet"... I guess that's what the little ridge around the bottom edge is called.
Here, have a macaroon...
(Take two, they're small.)
OK, so my macaroon-making skills need some work, but all in all, I was pleased with my first attempt.
Oh, and they're quite addictive. The more I ate, the better they got! Good thing I only made half a batch.
Thanks so much to Kate at the Clean Plate Club for picking these tasty little cuties. You can find the recipe here.
P.S. I used ground almonds rather than hazelnuts due to a hazelnut over-toasting incident.