Pesach (Passover) can be hard for US ex-pats in Israel. Simply put, the kosher supervision industries in America and Israel work differently and are run by different people and different rules. The bottom-line result is that there are fewer kosher-for-Pesach products available to Ashkenazi Jews (of European descent) in Israel than in America. Holidays are nostalgic times, and people like to follow family traditions every year, eating the same foods they remember from their grandmother’s kitchen or store-bought treats. In my mind, Pesach food is means more than matzah, but fruit-shaped jelly candies, chocolate-covered almonds, matzah ball soup, and Manischewitz macaroons.
Apparently, it is not only those of us who grew up with Manischewitz macaroons who love this Pesach treat. My favorite Israeli comedy group, אנדדוס (Underdos), put out a music video about macaroons yesterday.
My Israeli husband is also a big macaroon fan, but it’s hard to find good-quality macaroons in Israel with the type of supervision we need on Pesach food. They exist, but I don’t think they’re very good. So I made my own.
Move over, Manischewitz. These are way better and soooooo easy. Really. 4 ingredients. No mixer. No gebrochts. No kitniyot. 15 minutes, including bake time.
Why did I never make these before?
Easy Coconut Macaroons
yield: 20 cookies
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup coconut
1/2 tsp vanilla
- Beat eggs lightly with fork.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix into a dough.
- Drop in forkfuls, or spoonfuls, onto lined baking sheet.
- Bake 10 minutes at 190C/350F.
Looking for another Pesach dessert? Try one of these:
Gluten-Free No-Bake Brownie Bites
Lite Chocolate Ganache (Parve, Vegan) (pastry cups pictured not kosher for Pesach)