Yield
Makes about 45 macaroons

How to Make It

Step 1

In a small bowl, with a fork, beat egg whites until slightly frothy, then measure and reserve exactly 1/3 cup; discard any remaining.

Step 2

In a food processor, whirl almond paste, granulated sugar, and lemon peel until fine crumbs form. Add measured egg whites and whirl until very smooth.

Step 3

Spoon mixture in 1-teaspoon portions, 2 inches apart, onto three buttered and floured or cooking parchment- lined 12- by 15-inch baking sheets. (Or spoon mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip and squeeze 1 1/4-inch-wide rounds onto baking sheets.)

Step 4

Sift powdered sugar over rounds to coat evenly. Let unbaked cookies stand, uncovered, until they develop a slight crust, about 4 hours.

Step 5

Pinch top of each round with thumb and forefinger of both hands simultaneously to crinkle cookies.

Step 6

Bake in a 350° oven until macaroons are a rich golden brown, 8 to 12 minutes. Cool cookies completely on sheets. Slide a thin spatula under cookies to release.

Step 7

Note: Nutritional analysis is per cookie.

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