"At last, when the cloth had been drawn and the King's health drunk in a glass of port suited to a very young head, they took their coffee and ratafia biscuits... in the great cabin."
—The Yellow Admiral, p. 126
My husband and I were 'antiquing' and I purchased yet another cookbook: Cooking For Every Occasion, 1971. Tried this recipe. Very similar to macaroons; in fact, these are often referred to as Italian macaroons. They do NOT contain flour. I also reduced the amount of sugar as I wanted a 'not-so-sweet' cookie.... really quick & easy.
1/2 cwhite granulated sugar (orginial recipe called for 1 cup which might be needed if using fresh coconut)
1/2 cinstant mashed potato flakes
1 1/2 csweetened coconut flakes
1/4 tspalmond flavoring (originial recipe called for a few drops of almond essence)
1/4 tspcream of tartar (not in original recipe)
·pinch of salt
How to Make Easy Ratafias
- Beat egg whites with salt and cream of tater until very stiff. Gradually add sugar; beat until thick and sugar is dissolved. Fold in potato flakes, coconut and almond flavoring. Place teaspoons of mixture on greased baking tray (sprayed w/Bakers Joy). Bake 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Remove to cooling rack.