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Apr 24, 2008 06:27 PM

Why are my Lemon Coconut Macaroons turning out so flat?????

Please help! My Macaroons are flattening out in the oven! What am I doing wrong??? Aren't they supposed to be like little haystacks????

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    1. re: jsaimd

      Got it out of Better Homes and Gardens:

      Whip 2 egg whites
      Add 1 Table spoon lemon juice and 1 tsp finely chopped lemon peel
      Then 2/3 cup sugar unyil stiff peaks form
      Last fold in 1 1/3 cup coconut

      I have added an extra egg white to my second batch to see if it will help. I am new at this so I will take all the help I can get!

      1. re: Tbird1980

        I wouldn't add extra egg whites, since that's more liquid.

        This recipe works for me:

        2 large egg whites
        2 tablespoons sugar
        1 teaspoon finely grated fresh lemon zest
        1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
        1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut

        Preheat oven to 325°F. Butter a baking sheet and line with foil or parchment. Lightly butter and flour foil, knocking off excess flour.

        Beat whites until frothy. Stir together egg whites, sugar, zest, vanilla, and a pinch of salt until combined, then stir in coconut. Drop 16 tablespoon-size mounds about 1 1/2 inches apart onto baking sheet.

        Bake until tops are pale golden in spots, 15 to 20 minutes, then carefully lift foil with cookies from baking sheet and transfer to a rack to cool completely, about 10 minutes. Peel macaroons from foil to serve.

    2. Two things - have you brought your egg whites to room temp. They need to sit out at least 2 or 3 hours and preferably overnight. Also, is the oven too hot. You will get better volume with the whites if they are at room temp. Or maybe just try a different recipe.

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      1. re: sarah galvin

        the Martha Stewart vanilla macaroons are heavenly and couldn't be easier to make.

        1. re: sarah galvin

          No I didn't leave them out overnight. Maybe that is it! I only let them sit out for maybe 30 minutes. I will give it a shot! Thanks!