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Salted Caramel Macaroons… mmm, don’t those just sound divine. I am sure you have already quickly glanced over this recipe and are trying to figure out where the caramel part comes into play. The secret ingredient that adds to the rich flavor of caramel is lucuma!
Lucuma is considered a healthy alternative sweetener as it lends a sweet taste to recipes, but is very low in sugars. It has a distinctively sweet fragrance and full-bodied, maple-like taste. If you can’t find lucuma locally there are many different vendors online where you can order it.
You may question whether or not you can substitute it with another ingredient or leave it out… my answer is… you could but you will lose that caramel note that we are after. If you must sub it out, try maple syrup (not raw), then add the agave in slowly, taste testing as you go. You may not need as much. One cup of agave may seem like a lot of sweetener but keep in mind that this recipe makes 40 cookies!
The texture is a dry on the outside but chewy, moist on the inside. To me, it almost has a buttery flavor. Absolutely divine!
Recipe adapted from Cafe Gratitude