Is it Macarons or Macaroons?

Okay, I can’t take it anymore. Macarons and Macaroons are not the same thing! I can see how one could easily confuse the two — Their names are spelled very similar; they both got their start in Italy; and the recipe for both cookies start off with a base of egg whites and sugar.  But, that is probably as far as the similarities go.

So, what’s the difference between a Macaroon and a Macaron?  Well, first and foremost, they are two completely different cookies.

Let’s start with the Macaron. These delicate and airy sandwich cookies have a slightly domed top with a crinkled bottom edge.  The most popular fillings of these elegant cookies are ganache, buttercream or jam.

Multicolor Macarons. Howerton+Wooten Events.

Macarons are typically sweet cookies, but bakers are starting to create savory versions too. If you are lucky enough to taste one of these cookies, you’ve probably enjoyed how it melted in your mouth.

Now, the Macaroon is also a sweet cookie, but these golden brown cookies are typically made with coconut.  These cookies are a popular treat during Passover because they are not made with flour.

Coconut Macaroons. Howerton+Wooten Events.

The coconut macaroon happens to be one of my most favorite cookies!  Some say that dipping the coconut macaroon cookie into chocolate is a nice option. Quite frankly, I think it is a requirement. Enjoy!

Oh by the way — Here is an easy peasy recipe for coconut macaroons from the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten.

Love & Soul Always, Kay

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