A Christmas cookie baked by members of my wife’s family puzzled us. Previous generations called it a macaroon but it has no coconut in it. They made it with meringue, chopped pecans and shaved chocolate. At our friends’ annual cookie baking party, my wife decided to call the recipe a “meringaroon.”
The old folks may have been right. Wikipedia says the original macaroon was a meringue-like cake made with ground almonds. It also says that macaroons were made on edible rice paper, which would have been good to know. Our first batch of meringaroons stuck to the wax paper. The second batch was baked on parchment paper, which made the cookies easier to remove.
Unfortunately my pictures from cookie day are lost. The computer is telling me that the files on my memory chip are corrupt.