Lilly’s Coconut Macaroons
One of the great advantages of being American is being exposed to the foods of diverse cultures. When I was a child, I had my first “aha” food moment when I went to a friend’s home for a holiday dinner. She was Italian and there was an abundance of food but what caught my eye was a table piled high with homemade Italian cookies with strange names: Pizzelles, Pignoli, Anisette, Strufoli, and Italian Wedding Cookies. One bite into these cookies and I knew Fig Newtons, Chips Ahoy, or Oreos were no longer my idea of a cookie.
In high school, my boyfriend’s parents were German and from his mother, I gained a deep appreciation and appetite for spätzle: tiny, chewy egg noodles made by hand, boiled, and then pan-fried in butter. When we broke up, I felt despair knowing fresh spätzle would become a distant memory. In adulthood, my Jewish friends introduced me to the comfort of matzo ball soup and the joy of coconut macaroons, one of my all-time favorite cookies.
A good coconut macaroon should be crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside with a moist, chewy texture. Lilly’s Homestyle Bake Shop makes delicious gluten-free coconut macaroons with only 5 ingredients: coconut, sugar, egg whites, vanilla extract, and salt. A 12-ounce box is $8.99 and can be purchased directly from the company where they are shipped fresh from their bakery in New York City. The macaroons are also sold in the fresh bakery section of some Whole Foods in the northeast region.Lilly’s Homestyle Bake Shop also makes six other types of coconut macaroons: Chocolate Dip Macaroons, Gluten-Free Chocolate Dip Macaroons, Vanilla Macaroons, Sugar-Free Vanilla Macaroons, Chocolate Macaroons, and Sugar-Free Chocolate Macaroons, all of which are sold in 10-12 ounce boxes ranging from $7.50 – $8.99. To order, go to the company’s website: www.lillysbakeryshop.com.