I spend a lot of time in my own little world. Call it a Piscean trait or an only child thing that la-la land seems to be a second home for me.
It’s nice up there you know, and for the most part I have no complaints. But being somewhat of a space cadet leads to some muddled and sometimes embarrassing effects.
There was that time during my primary school days in Mumbai. It was a Tuesday and I somehow had it in my seven year old mind that it was a Wednesday, a day when school finished at noon. So little me waited at the school gates for my mum, slightly puzzled as to why I wasn’t surrounded by the usual crowd of kids waiting and parents collecting.
To add insult to injury, despite normally being a perfectly angelic student, I was reprimanded for my confusion and wound up utterly humiliated!
Last week, the days of the calendar jumped around without any warning again. I got my Mondays mixed up and posted this Indian spiced cookie recipe for Sweet Adventures Blog Hop, hosted by The Sticky and Sweet. Seconds after I hit publish, I realised that SABH week was actually this week!
My embarrassment was significantly soothed with the realisation that two batches of cookies can only be better than one. So I set about to put together another batch.
This is a macaroon like cookie- not the fancy schmancy high maintenance French macarons that are currently on a mission for world dominance. No, this is like the much simpler coconut macaroon but with other good things added in.
Think of the egg whites as merely a vehicle for all the awesome nuttiness. You can totally personalise these. Add almost whatever you want- other nuts, dried fruit or chocolate chips. The original recipe which is the inspiration for this uses chunks of marzipan. If you want this to be totally fructose-free, leave out the cranberries and use unsweetened or fructose-free chocolate.
Chocolate-drizzled Macaroon Cookies
4 egg whites
1/2 cup rice syrup and honey
1/2 cup almonds
3/4 cup almond meal
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup cranberries
10-12 squares dark chocolate
Preheat the oven to 150 C.
Roast the almonds on a baking tray for about 15 mins. Allow to cool and chop roughly.
Whip the egg whites to soft peaks. Fold in the syrup gently. Sift in the almond meal. Add the coconut, almonds and cranberries and fold all the ingredients together gently, being careful to preserve as much of the lightness as possible.
Line 2 or 3 baking trays with baking paper and grease the paper for insurance purposes. Place tablespoon sized dollops of the batter on the paper with about 2 cm between dollops.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until the cookies have browned a little. Allow to cool.
Melt the chocolate in a Bain Marie or double boiler, or in the microwave in 20-30 second bursts. Using a fork, drizzle the cookies with chocolate.