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Orange Almond Macaroons

Passover season wouldn’t be the same without the special holiday, coconut sweet—macaroons! Since no leavening is used in any form, these treats are a big hit in Jewish homes and restaurants around the world. They are so popular and easy to make that you don’t need to wait for Passover to indulge!


  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 T orange zest
  • ½ t almond extract
  • ¼ t orange extract
  • 3 cups shredded coconut
  • pinch of salt
  • 6-8 oz bittersweet chocolate chips (optional)


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Beat egg whites until frothy and add all ingredients but the coconut. Then fold in coconut with a spatula. With a small ice-cream scooper, drop cookies on greased or sprayed sheet or one lined with parchment. Bake at 325 degrees F for about 15 minutes or until golden.

For a fancy twist, melt the bittersweet chocolate chips in a microwave for about 1 minute and stir. When melted and the cookies are cooled, dip one side in chocolate and place on wire rack to cool. The citrus and chocolate are a lovely combination.

Store in refrigerator. Makes about 18 cookies.