Macarons are becoming quite the trend. With reports of the cupcake bubble being popped these delightful little french cookies could be making their way to the top of the food craze chain.
If you're unfamiliar with a macaron it's important to know the difference between "macarons" and "macaroons".
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French Macarons are delicate french cookies carefully made up of almond meal, egg whites, powdered sugar and granulated sugar while Macaroons are egg whites mixed with sweetened flaked coconut and sometimes dipped in chocolate.
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Making a macaron is much harder than a macaroon. These fragile cookies have a reputation of being temperamental due to the egg whites. Over whip them or under whip them, don't let them dry out long enough, fail to use aged egg whites, or you can do everything right and STILL end up with cracked macarons. The saddest sight to see after working so hard for such a tiny cookie.
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But I digress. When done right these little darlings are delightful! Perfectly chewy, sweet and almost like eating a little cloud. Aside from the standard Chocolate or Vanilla lies a wild array of flavor combinations for this complex cookie. I still haven't overcome my fear of failing at macarons, I'm sure at some point I'll attempt them but for now I leave you with some successful macaron recipes!