From the Essential Pépin tv series, Episode 121: Light As Air
Macaroons are always welcome at my house. They can be sandwiched together with 1 teaspoon of apricot jam in the middle.
Commercial almond paste can be used instead of the whole almonds. Combine one 8-ounce can almond paste with just 3 tablespoons sugar, then continue as directed, adding the egg whites and vanilla. —Jacques Pépin
Makes 15 to 18 cookies
3/4 cup unblanched whole almonds
1 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
2 large egg whites
Dash of pure vanilla extract