Filled Cherry Macaroons

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  • Makes: 22 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 sandwich cookie
  • Yields: 22 sandwich cookies
  • Prep: 35 mins
  • Stand: 30 mins
  • Bake: 11 mins 325°F per batch
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Filled Cherry Macaroons
Ingredients
1 1/2
cups finely ground almonds (about 6 ounces)
1 1/4
1/2
teaspoon vanilla
1/4
teaspoon salt
4
drops red food coloring
1
recipe Cherry Buttercream Filling
Directions
  1. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Draw 1-1/2-inch circles about 1-1/2 inches apart on the parchment paper. Turn paper over; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl stir together the almonds and powdered sugar. In a large mixing bowl combine egg whites, vanilla, and salt. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until frothy. Gradually add the granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Gently stir in food coloring. Fold in nut mixture.
  3. Transfer egg white mixture to a large pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch round tip. Pipe 1-1/2-inch flat circles into outlines on the prepared cookie sheets. Let stand for 30 minutes before baking (cookies should feel dry to the touch).
  4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes or until set. Transfer cookies on parchment paper to a wire rack and let cool. Carefully peel cooled cookies off parchment paper.
  5. Spread Cherry Buttercream Filling on flat sides (bottoms) of half of the cooled cookies. Gently press the flat sides of the remaining cookies against the filing.
From the Test Kitchen

Place unfilled cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months. Fill cookies just before serving.

Cherry Buttercream Filling
Ingredients
3
tablespoons butter, softened
1
tablespoons kirsch or milk
1/2
teaspoon almond extract
1/2
cup finely snipped maraschino cherries, patted dry on paper towels
Directions
  1. In a medium bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add 1 cup powdered sugar, kirsch, and almond extract; beat until combined. Beat in 1 cup additional powdered sugar. If necessary, beat in 2 to 3 teaspoons additional kirsch to make a spreading consistency. Stir in maraschino cherries.
Nutrition Facts (Filled Cherry Macaroons)
    Per serving:
  • 140 kcal cal.,
  • 5 g fat
  • (1 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 2 g monounsatured fat),
  • 4 mg chol.,
  • 48 mg sodium,
  • 23 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 21 g sugar,
  • 2 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Related Categories
Chocolate Desserts, Cookies, Desserts
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