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Those peel-off cans of macaroons that are so ubiquitous during the  Passover season, kinda ruined me for macaroons- until now.  Because I’m on a quest to make Passover desserts that are good enough to eat year-round (why should my sweet tooth suffer for 8 days?), I’m really excited about these macaroons.  They really deliver in  taste, texture, and not-to-mention- ease.    For a bit of Almond Joy I added almond extract, but feel free to leave it out or substitute with whatever extract/flavoring you prefer.    You’ll never have to pop another can again.

1/2 cup best quality semi-sweet chocolate chips or approx. 2 oz. chopped semi-sweet chocolate

2 1/2 cups shredded coconut

1/2 cup sugar (up the measurement to 3/4 cup if you are using unsweetened coconut)

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

2 large egg whites

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2.  Put chocolate chips or chopped chocolate in a microwave-safe  bowl, and heat on high for a minute.  Stir well and then heat for another minute until the chocolate chips are melted.  Alternately: Melt chips over a double boiler mixing until completely melted.

3. In a large bowl break up any clumps of coconut and combine with sugar, cocoa powder, and salt.  Combine well.

4 .  In a small bowl, whisk together  egg whites with almond extract with a fork.  Stir egg whites into the coconut concoction, and then fold in the melted chocolate, mix  togethrer with a rubber spatula.

5.  Using a spoon, scoop  up small mounds of the batter onto a parchment lined baking sheet.  Leaving an inch or so between each.  Prettify with your fingers, by shaping each cookie into a tidy little dome (or not, it will taste delicious, regardless).

6.  Bake between 12-14 minutes. ( 12 minutes will yield a more tender macaroon 14 minutes will yield a chewier texture )

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Bissel (bis-sul)Yiddish: A bit, a little.
B'Tayavon (be-teya-von) Hebrew: Bon Appetit! Enjoy (in reference to a meal/dish)
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Taim (tay-yim) Hebrew: yummy, delicious
Zetz (zets) Yiddish: smack