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Guizadas de Pessah (Passover Almond Macaroons)

Yield: 8 servingsTime: 2 h

Guizadas de Pessah (Passover Almond Macaroons)

Yield: 8 servingsTime: 2 h

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  • 2 cups whole raw almonds
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • ¼ teaspoon orange extract
  • Zest of ½ orange
  • Egg whites from 2 large eggs
DessertsPassover Kosher for PassoverGluten FreeNorth AfricaWestern Europe


  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 325ºF.

  • Step 2

    Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Grease another large baking sheet with cooking spray.

  • Step 3

    Place the whole almonds onto the baking sheet with aluminum foil and roast the almonds in the oven. Toss the almonds every 5 minutes until they are fragrant and lightly roasted, about 15 minutes total. Set aside to cool.

  • Step 4

    Once the toasted almonds have cooled, place them into a food processor and finely grind the almonds.

  • Step 5

    Place the ground almonds into a mixing bowl and add the granulated sugar, turbinado sugar, egg whites, orange and almond extracts, and orange zest and mix well until the ingredients combine and form a dough like consistency. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

  • Step 6

    Increase the oven temperature to 350F. Make sure the rack is positioned in the middle of the oven.

  • Step 7

    Shape the macaroons: Scoop 1 heaping teaspoon of the macaroon dough, roll it onto a ball and shape it into a 1 ½ inch wide macaroon. Place the shaped macaroon onto the greased baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough. Gently press a few sliced almonds onto the top of each macaroon. Sprinkle the macaroons with a 1 teaspoon of turbinado sugar.

  • Step 8

    Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the macaroons are golden brown and cooked through and a bit tender in the center.

  • Step 9

    Transfer the baking sheet from the oven and after 5 minutes, gently transfer the macaroons onto a tray using a spatula. Let them cool to room temperature and serve.