These days, French macarons are getting all the attention, and they totally deserve it because of their gorgeous colors, inventive flavors, and serious technique. But the average person is not going to attempt to whip up those French delicacies. They take too much time and skill. But whatever happened to the old-fashioned version that’s crunchy on the outside and soft and cloudy on the inside? I’m not talking about the hard-as-rock, artificially flavored Passover ones. I’m referring to the old-school coconutty, flaky, dreamy ones—the ones you can make at home and make your place smell like heaven, the ones that make you feel like crying for joy when you take the first bite. (Okay, maybe that’s only me.) Here’s an easy, straightforward recipe for these beauties. They will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
Spread the coconut in an even layer on an unlined baking sheet. Toast in the oven until fragrant, about 10 minutes. Let cool, stir the milk in, and use your hands to combine well. Do not turn off the oven.
In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat together the egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until frothy, about 4 minutes. Add the sugar, increase the speed to medium-high, and beat until the mixture is opaque and soft peaks form, about 3 minutes. Add the vanilla, increase the speed to high, and beat until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 2 minutes. Use a spatula to fold in the coconut mixture.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a
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