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How are macaroon cookies made?

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Macaroons are typically made with coconut, eggs, various sweeteners and a bit of salt. Food Network and Martha Stewart have easy-to-follow recipes for coconut macaroons. Stewart's recipe makes more cookies but uses less ingredients.

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To make Food Network's recipe, preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine 14 ounces sweetened shredded coconut, 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract in a large bowl. Whip 2 extra large egg whites and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt at high speed in an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment until they form medium firm peaks. Carefully fold the egg whites into the coconut mixture. Drop the batter onto sheet pans lined with parchment paper using a small ice cream scoop or 2 teaspoons. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool and serve.

To make Martha Stewart's recipe, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together 3 large egg whites, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt until frothy. Stir in 14 ounces sweetened flaked coconut with a fork until moistened. Drop the mixture using a tablespoon onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool and serve.

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