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Macaron

A macaron (/ˌmɑːkəˈrɒn/ mah-kə-ROHN; French pronunciation: ​[makaʁɔ̃]) is a sweet meringue-based confection made with egg white, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond, and food coloring. The macaron commonly consists of a ganache, buttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two cookies. The name is derived from the Italian word macarone, maccarone or , the meringue. The confection is characterized by a smooth squared top, a ruffled circumference (referred to as the "foot" or "pied"), and a flat base. It is mildly moist and easily melts in the mouth. Macarons can be found in a wide variety of flavors that range from the traditional (raspberry, chocolate) to the new (foie gras, matcha).

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Recipe for French Macarons

Step by step of how to make wonderful sandwich cookies!

Contributed by Ryann Burnett

Although macarons look simple, they are also really hard to make. There are a lot of various steps you have to take to make an end product that is crunchy on the outside, and soft inside. I've tried making macarons myself several times, and they never turned out well. In my search for instructions/recipes, I found this great website that gives step-by-step instructions (with pictures), and tips on how to make this great pastry.

Contributed by Christina Tran

In preparing for an upcoming trip to Paris, I searched around the web for macaron shops. I'm really impressed that the writer actually went to so many shops and tasted them all. It's a tough job, but someone has to do it!

Contributed by Betty Chang

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