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Nancy Reagan Macaroons

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Serves | Prep Time | Cook Time 15-20

Why I Love This Recipe

My father was a staunch republican and my mother a left-of-liberal democrat. They didn't talk much about politics when I was growing up, but they did make funny little digs at each other. One of my dad's favorites was to make these cookies; he claims to have found the recipe in a magazine when Nancy Reagan was first lady. They're super-delicious and impossible to refuse. My mother always declared, "That woman never baked a cookie in her life," as she reached for one. I ended up a liberal democrat who hangs out with other democrats. There's something really ironic and funny about bringing these cookies to gatherings with my liberal friends.

Ingredients You'll Need

2 egg whites
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup flour
7 oz. sweetened coconut (I use Baker's


Beat eggwhites, vanilla and sugar together until fluffy. Add flour and beat some more. Fold in coconut.

Drop by a tablespoon onto a foil-covered cookie sheet (thermal ones don't work so well, use your old single layer metal ones).

Bake at 325º for 15-20 minutes, until nicely browned. Wait until completely cooled before peeling them from the foil.

For added delight, dip into melted chocolate, then cool in fridge.

Questions, Comments & Reviews

I love coconut and macaroons are A real favorite. Can't wait to try this.

This reminds me of when Hilary Clinton said she wasn't going to stay home and bake cookies... I would really love to get her families cookie recipe. Maybe if she gets nominated.. she'll post her recipe. :) Then we can compare the two recipes. I do love macaroons though.

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