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Cranberry-Chocolate Macaroons

Happy Easter-Passover, etc., friends! Neither Mark nor I are particularly religious, but we both really enjoy Passover -- probably because there's so much fun stuff to cook! This year, since we're in the throes of new parenthood, our moms made all the food and we had a super-quick, small seder with just Mark, me, our baby daughter Dylan, Mark's parents and my mother. It was really lovely, and both of our moms are excellent cooks, so the food was fabulous!

I'm supposed to be off my feet and resting and all that since the birth, but I'm a pretty fidgety sort, so it isn't easy for me to sit around. I'm doing my best though! So all I did for the seder was contribute dessert, which was these little macaroons. These are not the French macarons, but rather more like coconut meringues. I had some dried cranberries and bittersweet chocolate in the pantry, so I added them too.

Even though these are a traditional Passover sweet, they're simple and tasty enough to make anytime. Enjoy! And happy spring :)

Cranberry-Chocolate Macaroons
Makes about 20

3 large egg whites
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
1/3 cup dried cranberries, minced
1/3 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips, chopped (or use mini chips)

1. Preheat oven to 275°F; line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place egg whites and salt in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until very foamy. Slowly add sugar, continuing to beat until meringue is very thick, about 5 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Fold in coconut, cranberries and chocolate. Drop batter by rounded teaspoonfuls onto baking sheet, spacing about 1 inch apart.

2. Bake macaroons until pale golden outside and dry-looking, about 30 minutes. Turn oven off and leave macaroons in for 45 to 50 minutes longer, until slightly firm. Transfer baking sheet to a wire rack and let macaroons cool. Serve right away, or place on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Reader Comments (10)

HOLY YUM macaroons!!

Happy Passover!! And congratulations again on the new baby!!

April 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieGirl

These must be delicious. Such a nice and yummy treat. Oh little Dylan is so cute! Everytime I look at that photo I just want to squeeze her :) Happy Easter.

April 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSnooky doodle

OMG!! These look so very delicious. I love the cranberry coconut combo!

April 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

I can't believe you have time to cook while you're taking care of your new little one!

Congratulations, again! You have one beautiful baby!

April 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaris


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April 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commentervincent

The macaroons look marvelous! I hope all is well with the new babe, she is too precious!

April 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

I sent the Obamas my Bubbe's special Passover macaroon recipe:

1. Open can.
2. Serve.
3. Eat.


April 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Licht

Congratulations on your new family member!!! I love the name Dylan :)

The cookies look super yummy.

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

wow!i never try cranberry macaroon.These cookies must be very yummy! :)

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSweetiepie

Look at you, back to blogging so soon. You are amazing!

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAimée

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