Vegan Almond Macaroons

Recipe Courtesy of Joanne Chang

  • Preparation Time60 mins
  • Cooking Time40 mins
  • Serves15
  • DifficultyEasy
250g sliced skin-on almonds, for the dough, plus about 50g for garnish
200g sugar
80g aquafaba (liquid from a can of no-salt-added chickpeas, or homemade)
3/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  1.      Place the 250 grams almonds, the sugar, aquafaba, almond extract, and salt in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Paddle on medium-high speed for 10 minutes. Yes, 10 full minutes! The almonds will slowly break down and eventually the batter should look like thick quicksand. Scrape the batter into an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight, to allow it to stiffen up a little bit.     
  2. When ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 160 degrees and place a rack in the center of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray it very liberally with pan spray--this is a sticky cookie, so don't be shy. Using a small (2-tablespoon) ice cream scoop or large spoon, scoop balls of dough about the size of golf balls onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them a few inches apart. Press the dough with the palm of your hand to flatten the cookies until they are about 1/2 inch thick (moisten your hand with water to prevent sticking). Sprinkle the cookies liberally with the remaining 50 grams almonds and press slightly to adhere.      
  3. Bake for 26 to 30 minutes, rotating the baking sheet midway through the baking time, until the cookies are totally medium golden brown on top and along the edges and the almonds are lightly toasted. Don't underbake or they will be gummy in the center. Let cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack.     
  4. Almond macaroons can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.