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Downton Abbey Style English Macaroons are a Wonderful Keto Tea Treat

Now that January has come and gone, many sights are set on Valentine’s Day, just over a week away.  Have you ever thought of sharing an Afternoon Tea with your loved one?  It easier to pull together than a lavish dinner and can be more relaxed.  If you are single you can always hold one with your friends…or for yourself.

Today’s treat are Macaroons, the type that the British traditionally had with their tea.  The bonus is that these are heart-healthy biscuits, gluten free and keto-friendly.

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English Almond Macaroons


Delightful English Almond Macaroons

English macaroons are a delightful tea biscuit, gluten free and keto/friendly if you use a sugar substitute. Add a little red food coloring for a wonderful holiday treat.
Course Afternoon Tea, Snack
Cuisine English, Victorian
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 14 biscuits


  • 1 1/4 cups ground almonds (or fine almond flour)
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar (or sugar substitute)
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • red food coloring, (optional)


  • Pre-heat your oven to 400F.  Line a baking tray with silicone liner or parchment paper.
  • Beat the egg whites with a fork until foamy.
  • Pulse ground almonds in a food processor and pulse for half a minute to make fine (or work with a mortar and pestle until you have released a bit of the stress of your day).
  • Make a paste, adding a portion of egg whites, then sugar pulsing until combined after each addition.  For colored macaroons without changing the almond flavour, add a little red food coloring until you get the color you desire.
  • The mixture will be soft.  You can use a little cookie scoop, or let it sit for a fewminutes for the dough to stiffen to work with your hands.
  • Make balls about 1.5″ round to make a nice petite size for your tea tray.
  • Place the macaroons a few inches apart on your cookie sheet.  You can leave as is, or if you prefer a flatter biscuit, gently press, and then place a couple of almonds on top.  I went for a “heart” effect and cut my red biscuits with a little heart shaped cutter.
  • Bake for 10 – 15minutes, until lightly browned.  Take care not to overbake. I like them a little on the pale side for my tea tray. The goal is have a crispy outside, and chewy inside.
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