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Almond Lemon Macaroon Recipe

A Healthier Cookie to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

If you're not a fan of coconut macaroons, whether it's because of the chewy texture, the unforgettable flavor, or the saturated fat content, this nontraditional macaroon recipe will be music to your cookie-loving ears. Check out this crunchy alternative — a macaroon made strictly with almonds. These cookies are loaded with protein and heart-healthy fats, plus a delicious lemon and almond flavor.

Almond Lemon Macaroons

Almond Lemon Macaroons

Almond Lemon Macaroons


2 cups unblanched almonds
1/2 cup Sucanat or sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract (find one that's kosher for Passover)
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon grated fresh lemon rind
3 egg whites


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Grind the almonds in a food processor, and pour them into a mixing bowl.
  3. Mix in the Sucanat, almond extract, salt, and lemon rind. Then stir in the egg whites. The dough will be thick, like wet sand.
  4. Use a spoon to place two-inch balls on a pan lined with a Silpat mat or parchment paper.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until dry and lightly brown on top.

Makes 20 cookies. Here's the nutritional info for one cookie:

Source: Calorie Count


Calories per serving
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fitSam fitSam 3 years
I made these tonight, but used sliced almonds and coconut palm sugar instead of white sugar. The batter was a little liquidy - but that could be from my changes. They also stuck to the wax paper, but I should probably invest in a silpat. They tasted amazing! I just need to work on the logistics.
GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
Sweet I have all of the ingredients on hand and I wanted to use some of the shredded coconut that I used in a key lime bar recipe before it goes bad.
ayuninur ayuninur 6 years
what is fresh lemon rind?
Veggie-Kate Veggie-Kate 7 years
I just made the coconut almond macaroons from last year that are linked in this post, and they are so simple and taste AMAZING! Once I buy some more almonds I think I'll give these a go too. Thanks for the recipes!
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 7 years
This looks fantastic! I'm going to make them this week!!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
I am so making these! Thanks, Fit!
Advah Advah 7 years
That looks delicious!! I'm with Divinedebris - would flaxseed and water work? I never know what to do with yolkes, apart from lemon curd which kills the healthy macaroons..
divinedebris divinedebris 7 years
Would the flax seed & water egg substitute work for this or the other macaroon recipes? Because these sound delish but I have eggs.
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 7 years
Those look yummy!
jessie jessie 7 years
wow...this looks really yum..and soo easy!! printed out and in my folder for this one!!
amandaaa amandaaa 7 years
WHOA this looks so good. must try!
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