Bitterkoekjes – Almond Macaroons

Bitterkoekjes are almond macaroons with a crisp exterior and a soft center. This macaroons recipe is made with almond paste and without coconut. A Dutch treat that my husband’s family devours on Christmas Day. 

Almond Macaroon cookies without coconut

My father-in-law is the youngest of seven children. His family immigrated from Holland to the United States before the last three children were born. My husband grew up loving Dutch treats from a local bakery, especially the Bitterkoekjes, an almond macaroon cookie. 

When the bakery went out of business a few years ago, my husband decided he would make the Bitterkoekjes for the family Christmas gathering. He started with a basic almond macaroon recipe on the almond paste package and tweaked it until it tasted like the Bitterkoekjes he remembered.

platter of Dutch Bitterkoekjes cookies

So for week 11 of my 12 Weeks of Christmas I am posting my husband’s recipe for bitterkoekjes.

He is the only one in his family to make the cookie recipe because they can be a bit temperamental and others in his family have not been successful making them.

They usually stick to the parchment paper. The recipe suggests wetting the paper on the bottom, but he prefers to let them cool on the tray and then put the tray in the freezer for a few minutes and then they’re much easier to remove from the paper.

If you love almond desserts, you need to give this macaroon recipe a try.

Yield: about 5 dozen cookies

Bitterkoekjes Recipe - Almond Macaroons

Bitterkoekjes are Almond Macaroons with a crisp exterior and a soft center. This macaroons recipe is made with almond paste and without coconut.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2.3 lb. almond paste
  • 7 egg whites
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Combined room temperature almond paste with egg whites in mixing bowl until mixed well. Add granulated sugar, mix well. Slowly add powdered sugar one cup at a time.
  2. Drop the macaroons on to parchment paper using a #40 ice cream scoop and slightly flatten the tops of the cookies with a damp finger.
  3. Bake at 340º for 11 minutes until lightly browned on the bottom and the tops have set and stopped bubbling. Cool on baking tray for five minutes. Slide parchment off of tray on to cooling rack, and then put cookies on the cooling rack in the freezer for five minutes before removing the cookies from the parchment.
For more delicious 12 weeks of Christmas cookies visit:
April from Abbys Sweets
Denise from Keeper Worthy Recipes
Megan’s from My Baking Adventures
Kim from Stirring the Pot

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