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These dainty, moist, and slightly chewy little sweets are made of finely shredded carrots, with coconut and almonds (no flour involved). They play nicely with a variety of spices and aromatics and they invite experimentation.
The first time I made them I was headed for the cinnamon when a neglected jar of garam masala caught my eye. The aroma and flavor made me think “exotic pumpkin pie spice." So of course I tried that, too.
You can use either, or choose cinnamon instead. I’ve been meaning to try a combination of cinnamon and cardamom or clove. I’ve also been thinking about using hazelnuts or walnuts in place of almonds).
And orange zest instead of lemon? Or parsnips instead of carrots? Yams? Zucchini? There's a lot to have fun with.
Adapted from Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-You-Mouth Cookies (Aristan 2010)
Makes about thirty-six 1 1/2-inch cookies
3/4 cup (105 grams) whole almond, with or without skins
A small lemon, preferable unsprayed or organic
2 large egg whites
1 cup (200 grams) sugar
1 teaspoon ground garam masala, pumpkin pie spice, or ground cinnamon
1 1/3 cups (160 grams) lightly packed finely to medium finely shredded carrot
1 1/3 cup (65 grams) unsweetened dried shredded coconut
1/4 teaspoon salt
Photos by James Ransom