Gluten Free Mocha Macaroons Recipe

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by Carol Kicinski on January 16, 2008

Naomi, author of the really delightful gluten free blog Straight Into Bed Cakefree and Dried is hosting a Teatime Treats gluten-free recipe round up. I am so thrilled.

My mother was English and Teatime was a well established ritual around our house. It was my favorite time of the day. I would come home from school, tear off my confining (and very proper) school outfit, changing into my much more comfortable play clothes and go to the kitchen table for teatime. The drink would vary, often it was tea mixed half and half with milk and loads of sugar, sometimes an icy cold glass of milk or maybe some apple juice or lemonade and always, always, always there were treats.

It was a daily celebration signifying an end to the hard toil of study and and refueling me for the few hours of playtime before dinner at 7. For a brief period of time when my older sister was at school longer than I, my younger sister was napping and Dad still at work, Teatime was attended by just me and Mom. It was the only time I had her all to myself. Thank you Naomi for reminding me of the absolute pleasures of Teatime!

Macaroons exemplify my philosophy of gluten-free eating and cooking. They are naturally and simply gluten-free cookies. They require no mixing of other gluten-free flours in a futile attempt to replicate the taste and texture of their glutenized counter parts. Macaroons require no flour, just a mixture of egg whites and nut meal or coconut.

These Mocha Macaroons are amazing! Crunchy around the edges, chewy in the middle and rich, dense flavor through and through. Positively addictive!

Fortunately they are a snap to make so you can go from craving to satisfaction in just over 15 minutes.

I have made these using almonds that I grind myself in a mini food processor or purchased almond meal. The almond meal is quicker and the texture a bit more refined but they are delicious either way. Just beware in purchasing ground almond meal as not all brands are gluten-free. Don’t assume that just because the ingredients lists only almonds that they are gluten-free. Some brands process the almonds in the same equipment as they process glutenized products causing cross-contamination. Make sure the packaging says “Gluten Free”.

Usually I sift in the powdered sugar but sometimes I am too lazy and honestly the results are the same so I will leave that up to you. Also I don’t bother rolling the dough into balls as they spread out anyway; I just sort of pinch up some dough, roughly shape it into a ball and drop it on the pan. I think that shaping the cookies with spoons would be difficult because the dough is very sticky but if you are obsessive compulsive about all your cookies being exactly the same size then by all means try it out and let me know how it works!

(Macaroons are  traditional for Passover – this recipe can be used if you make sure and use Kosher powdered sugar and you may have to omit the vanilla.)

Prepare to become addicted!

Gluten Free Mocha Macaroons

Gluten Free Mocha Macaroons Recipe

Ingredients

2 egg whites – unbeaten
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
2 cups ground almond meal
3 tablespoons cocoa powder – I use dark
1 tablespoon instant ground espresso or coffee granules
Pinch salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare 2 baking sheets with either parchment paper or Silpat Mats (I prefer these).

Put all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix until well blended. If you have a sticky, gooey, chocolaty mess then it’s perfect.

Wet your hands with water and pull up a ball the size of a small walnut, and place on prepared pans leaving at least one inch between each cookie. You will probably have to re-wet your hands several times.

Bake macaroons for 11 minutes. They will still seem a bit squishy when done but they harden up a little as they cool and you want the insides chewy. Don’t worry if the bottoms of the cookies look a bit sticky.

Let cool on the pan for about 1 or 2 minutes then remove to a rack to finish cooling.

Servings

A gluten free recipe that makes 24

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  • Flanboyant Eats

    okay i really want that mug!!! :)
    love it.

  • Mansi Desai

    These Mocha macaroons are lovely:) and you really don’t look like a grandmom of 5!!!

    my first time here, and I love your blog! I’d like to invite you to participate in the Game Night Event I’m hosting on my blog if you could spare some time…

  • SteamyKitchen

    very pretty! you like your new lens?

  • Sheltie Girl

    Congratulations on your new blog. I love the macaroons and the tart. I’m looking forward to more of your gf baking/cooking.

    Sheltie Girl @ Gluten A Go Go

  • Kat

    Wow, this is so exciting! My best friend’s daughter can’t have gluten at all or she has seizures, she’s going to LOVE this blog!

  • Naomi Devlin

    Salivating for one of those macaroons as I type! That cup is also just gorgeous. Just running a mental note of what’s in my cupboards to see if I can nip into the kitchen and…

    If you fancy taking part in an online gluten free blogging event, check out my blog for details. I’d be honoured to have you along.

    x x x

  • linda

    They look so delicious and tempting! I love the mocha taste of them.

  • Crockpot Lady

    these sound amazing. I love it that you put in the coffee/espresso.
    yum!-steph

  • Gabi

    Beautiful pics and mouth watering macaroons! Thanks for sharing. I came over from Naomi’s roundup. I’ll bookmark you so I can read more as I enjoyed your post. :)
    Take Care!
    x x x

  • Nick

    Very quick and tasty looking treats. I’ll be sure to incorporate peanut butter into them when I make them =).

    Don’t macaroons generally contain coconut? These seem more like meringues to me, but maybe adding some coconut flour would be tasty as well.

    - The Peanut Butter Boy

  • Travis Ingersoll

    I made these last night for my partner and our good friend Meghan. They were awesome! This was the first time I’m used my fingers to scoop cookie dough… it was messy fun!!

  • Boca Java

    I recommend using Boca Java coffee for this , its just fantastich !

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  • Marty

    Not vegan, wonder if it could be made so? Yum! Looks like Stanglware mug! Love it!

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