Literally macaroons cut in the inimitable backward-speak of German that makes us love it so, or macaroon jam slices, if you are relying on Sharon Tyler Herbst for translation. These cookies are, according to Ms. Herbst, the quickest and easiest to make of the recipes she provides in The Joy of Cookies. She neglected to mention they may also be the stickiest with which to work. She credits the four basic ingredients for their ease, which is odd as I count five, not including the jam: ground almonds, sugar, egg white, salt, and almond extract.

The recipe is of Austrian origin, and the fragrance of almonds and apricots take me straight back to Vienna in 1980 and a summer day with new friends, searching for and finding, and then lingering for a very long time in a café we had read of in our fat copies of Let’s Go Europe. There we enjoyed a wickedly, delicious coffeecake redolent with apricots and almonds.

Too bad Bruce and Kate are not fans of apricot, which is the traditional jam for these, although Ms. Herbst does suggest others will do. I would bake them again, but if I do my family would prefer a different fruit.


About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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4 Responses to Makronen-Schnitten

  1. I love almonds and macaroon cookies! Cherry’s are a good go with almonds, but so are raspberries–My favorite jam since as long as i can remember(one of my earliest food memories)
    I still have a deep desire to raid you freezer and steal all of your cookies!

  2. Bridget says:

    My day or two in Vienna with new friends (early summer 1993) included a $2 rush standing-room ticket for Turandot at the Vienna opera (I did that one myself, my travels buddies weren’t up for opera), and ended at a cafe that served a passable goulash that would have made my (Austro-)Hungarian great-grandmother proud.

    • pattiblaine says:

      I was only there for a couple of days, too, Bridget. Our last evening, we went to the Mozartplatz and watched the waltzing. Shortly before we left, I danced a waltz with a friend who was far more comfortable moonwalking than waltzing, but it was fabulous anyway. I only stepped on his feet twice…

      Good memories of Wien!

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