Notes: These chewy macaroons have a crinkly, powdered sugar-dusted surface. Store them airtight for up to 3 days.
3 large egg whites
8 ounces almond paste (about 1 cup)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/3 cup powdered sugar
How to Make It
In a small bowl, with a fork, beat egg whites until slightly frothy, then measure and reserve exactly 1/3 cup; discard any remaining.
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.
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.)
Sift powdered sugar over rounds to coat evenly. Let unbaked cookies stand, uncovered, until they develop a slight crust, about 4 hours.
Pinch top of each round with thumb and forefinger of both hands simultaneously to crinkle cookies.
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.