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A dessert that is rich in historical background – that is Macaroons the Filipino version. The word macaroon is actually a term that is used to refer to any lightly baked confection – usually as small cakes or cookies. The Filipino version is a different kind in that it uses coconut as its main ingredients but there are other ingredients that you can use as well, such as almonds and meringue itself.

Just a brief history – macaroon is an Italian term “maccherone or maccarone,” which comes from the term ammaccare that means crush or beat. However, this refers to the version that uses almond paste as its primary ingredient from the original macaroon recipe.

Despite having several variations of this same dessert, macaroons of all types contain eggs and sugar as its common denominator.

Comparing it to its French counterpart, the Filipino version is a lot easier to prepare. In fact, it is considered as the easiest dessert ever made in the Philippines. Not all households will prepare macaroons as part of dessert in fiestas, special occasions and holidays but when they do it is usually tasty and really delicious along with coffee, cold drinks and even tea.

Given the little time it needs to prepare and the light baking that’s needed, you can easily serve this when you’re expecting a visitor or you will have a small family gathering. If this is something that you would try out – deviating from the original French preparation of Macaroon then you are most certainly in for a tasty ride for this little coconut cakes bring surprises only you can take.

Yields 12
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  1. 3 cups coconut flakes
  2. ⅓ cup all purpose flour
  3. pinch of salt
  4. ⅔ cup sweetened condensed milk
  5. 1 tsp vanilla extract (or imitation vanilla extract)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a mixing bowl, add coconut, flour, and salt and mix well

  3. Add milk and vanilla and mix well

  4. Scoop a spoonful of mixture and drop onto a greased baking sheet. Drop each scoop at least one inch apart.

  5. Bake 15-20 minutes (depending on your oven) or until golden on top

  1. Optional: Drizzle chocolate sauce (or syrup) over your macaroons.
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