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French Macaron

Updated on December 05, 2014

French Macaron / French Macaroon History and Recipes

Although French macarons have only recently started popping up in bakeries outside of France, their takeover of the world's bakeries has been swift and decisive. Food blogs already called an end to the age of the cupcake and crowned the French macaron as the reigning sweetheart of the pastry world. Macarons are fast becoming one of the most famous French confection.

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French macarons
French macarons

It's French Macaron, Not French Macaroon!

The culinary world is just like the trendy realm of celebrities and fashion. A certain dish or ingredient can rise to stardom and just as quickly become dated, cliché, and boring. The longevity and strength of a food trend depends solely on the temperamental tastebuds of the hungry public. Foods that have gained the adoration of chefs and foodies rise to celebrity status, becoming the hip new thing. Chic foods appear on food blogs and magazines and soon everyone wants a taste. Such is the case of the French macaron.

Do not make the mistake of confusing the macaron with its chewy, coconut-based cousin the macaroon because that second "o" makes a huge difference in the pastry world. The macaroon is a dense cookie commonly made with shredded coconut. The macaron is a cute, little confection consisting of a flavorful filling made of butter cream, ganache, or jam sandwiched between two delicate cookie-like shells.

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Laduree macarons
Laduree macarons

The History Of The Macaron

It all started with a macaroon

According to some culinary historians, the French macaron can trace its lineage to Italy, where monks made a meringue cookie made of ground almonds, sugar, and egg whites. The cookie was called "macaroon", deriving its name from maccherone, an Italian word meaning "fine dough". In 1533, Catherine di Medici and her pastry chefs introduced the macaroon to France. The name and pronunciation changed from "macaroon" (mac-a-roon) to "macaron" (mah-ca-rohn).

The modern macaron was not invented until the 1930s. Pierre Desfontaines of the French bakery Ladureé had the ingenious idea to combine two plain macaron cookies with a ganache filling. The concept made the macaron and Ladureé famous, sparking the beginning of the macaron movement that now grips the world.

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Laduree: The Sweet Recipes - Includes their famous macarons recipe

If buying from the UK (in Pounds), click here instead for Laduree the sweet recipes book (ship and sold from the UK) :

Laduree: The Sweet Recipes
Laduree: The Sweet Recipes

100 Lardurée sweet recipes, including the world famous Ladurée macarons recipe. Each recipes gives cups and grams measures, so there is no need to make the calculation yourself. Please, when you try a recipe from this book, write it down and leave that beautiful and exquisite book out of the kitchen! You don't want to ruin it, so leave it on the coffee table to impress your guests!

If buying from the UK (in £), click here for this book:

 

The Appeal Of The French Macaron - Taste And Color

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The appeal of the French macaron is obvious to those who have encountered it, but to the uninitiated, it is hard to fathom why people so easily fall in love with a mere cookie.

For some, it is a matter of love at first sight. Imagine strolling by a quaint French bakery and spying a glass display case filled with an array of little cookies resembling vibrant, pastel-colored hamburgers. The sight alone is enough to seduce curious eaters, but it takes a taste to convince them in joining the macaron movement.

The macaron is essentially a blank canvas for pastry chefs to explore the endless variety of flavor. Regardless of your personal tastes, there is likely to be a macaron with a flavor that you will enjoy. There are classic flavors that never go out of style like vanilla, chocolate, caramel, raspberry, and hazelnut; as well as exotic flavors like orange blossom, rose, anise, saffron, matcha green tea, and earl grey. Some flavors are seasonal like pumpkin spice and gingerbread and the availability of flavors is completely dependent on the bakery. For the more daring eater, adventurous pastry chefs have devised macarons with such flavors as bacon, foie gras, and truffle.

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The French Macaron Invade The World

Within the past couple years, the French macaron has popped up everywhere. Like its predecessor the cupcake, macarons have effectively infiltrated the media. Food and wedding magazines dedicated articles to the macaron and Oprah Winfrey notably raved about the treat in her magazine "O". The macaron craze has also spread to television and film. Despite the historical inaccuracy, director Sofia Coppola incorporated macarons into a scene of her 2006 film "Marie Antoinette" and the beloved treat was featured in an episode of "Gossip Girl". The recent release of the cookbook I Love Macarons by Japanese pastry chef Hisako Ogita, created a stir amongst anxious and ambitious home bakers who wish to replicate the magic of the macaron in their own kitchens.

Aside from the buzz generated by the media, macarons are becoming more visible in cities around the world. Bakeries and cafés specializing in macarons have appeared in metropolitan cities including New York, London, Tokyo, and San Francisco; but the mecca for macaron-lovers is Paris. There, the macaron has achieved such fame that chain restaurants like McDonald's and Starbucks have cashed in on the hype and started selling their own brand of macarons. In the United States, frozen macarons have become a welcomed rare find at Trader Joe's grocery stores and Whole Foods Markets has started offering macarons as well.

As more Americans become privy to this food fad, the macaron movement will continue forward, but the future of these enchanting snacks may be in danger. News of McDonald's macarons caused distress amongst macaron-lovers who fear that cheap, super-sugary macarons will degrade the treat's integrity. In response, foodies are now questioning if the macaron has become too popular. Regardless of whether macarons become mainstream or not, it is ultimately the stomachs and tastebuds of the hungry public that will decided the future of the French macaron.

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Order Macarons Online - French Macaroons Online

A box of macarons makes a great gift, unless you succumb and eat them all! If you live in the USA, you can order some quality (and cute) macarons online:

Leilalove Macarons - 15 French Macarons up to Dozen flavors - Welcome Spring
Leilalove Macarons - 15 French Macarons up to Dozen flavors - Welcome Spring

8 macarons, 6 different flavors. These macarons are baked daily and they can be ship all over the USA in a lovely gift box.. These delicious macarons are baked from scratch and contain only natural colors and flavors.

You can choose flavors by contacting the seller!

 

The French Macaron: It's About Taste And.... Color - Natural food coloring for your macarons

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Weighting instead of measuring ingredients is the trick to success. It is much more precise. If you are not using this recipe here, try finding one listing the weight of ingredients.

It is best to separate your eggs 2 days in advance. Let the egg whites at room temperature for two days.

If your almond meal is not fine enough you must grind it in a blender.

Your almond meal must be dry. You can pop it a few minutes in the oven at low heat to dry it.

Marcarons are difficult to make: don't despair if your first batch is far from perfect.

Serving Size

Serves: 60 macarons

Ingredients

  • 6 egg whites
  • 210 grams of caster sugar
  • 275 grams of almond meal
  • 250 grams of icing sugar

Instructions

  1. 1- Pre-heat your oven to 160°C (320°F)
  2. 2- Sift the almond meal and icing sugar. Set aside.
  3. 3- Beat the egg whites. When they start to foam, add about 1/3 of the casting sugar. Keep beating until the sugar is well dissolved. Add more casting sugar, beat 1 minute. Add the remaining sugar and beat until you have stiff peaks.
  4. 4-Delicately fold in the icing sugar/almond meal mixture into the egg whites with a spatula. Add food coloring if you wish.
  5. 5- Using a 1cm wide nozzle, pipe the macarons about 4cm apart on your baking tray. To make sure they are flat I gently tap the tray over the table.
  6. 6- Wait 10 minutes.
  7. 7- Bake for 15 minutes in the middle shelf
  8. 8- Cool them and fill them! jam, jelly, ganache....
Cast your vote for Basic French Macaron Recipe

Watch This Video About How To Make Macarons

This video is a visual helper when making the basic French macarons recipe I am sharing on this page.

To Make Macaron You Will Need These Utensils - Also these are a must have in any kitchen

Norpro Polished 8-Cup Stainless Steel Hand Crank Sifter
Norpro Polished 8-Cup Stainless Steel Hand Crank Sifter

Seriously, any baker should have a flour sifter. Not to mention that your kids will beg to bake with you just to play with it.

 

Blue Smoked Salmon Macarons Recipe

Bacon and Maple Macaron

Take Your Macaron Making To The Next Level - With these 2 unique macaron recipes books

french macaroon
french macaroon
Macaron Magic
Macaron Magic

If buying from the UK (in £), click here for this book:

More than 40 macaron recipes, including exotic flavor such as acai, fig & saffron, jasmine tea. Also macaron ideas for Christmas, Valentine's Day and Fourth of July.

 
Macaron Magic 2: Individual Desserts and Showpieces
Macaron Magic 2: Individual Desserts and Showpieces

If buying from the UK (in £), click here for this book:

Creative macarons ideas. Make wonderful masterpieces with your macarons. See how to make four showpieces (with step by step photos) and learn new techniques as well.

 

Fine Macaron Shops In Paris - Where to buy macarons in Paris

Macarons can be found almost everywhere in Paris. You can even buy them frozen in supermarkets. But if you want the best of the best, try one of these shop:

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    • peterb6001 profile image

      Peter Badham 3 years ago from England

      These are really trendy in England at the moment, popping up on loads of cooking programs / competitions. A lot are doing macaroon towers as well, which I don't really get if they are stuck on card but I've also seen some great ones on the outside of cakes. I saw Raymond Blanc make a great looking macaroon gateau the other day. Nice page Fanfreluche

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 3 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      I'll try to make a batch this weekend. Interesting to learn about the macarons' history.

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Love it! Your lens has been featured on "What's Cooking at Squidoo" Google+ page. Come and check it out!

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      Delia 3 years ago

      I LOVE MACARONS and can eat a lot of them...last year in Paris we bought them at this quaint shop, and always went back for more.

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      writerkath 3 years ago

      I don't believe I have ever had a macaron. But, perhaps it is time to try one! They do sound delicious!

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      kathysart 3 years ago

      Right now I am craving just about anything sweet. I would truly LOVE a macaroon!

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      Two Crafty Paws 3 years ago

      Me and my college roommate saw these little cute bites on television and we feel in love. Sadly you couldn't get them in stores at that time. Then one day one store had them and naturally we bought them. We planned a French movie night in which we would also indulge in macaroons! Sadly the experience wasn't as we hoped. The macaroons were horrible - the texture was awful, the only thing you could taste was the sugar and artificial coloring. You can imagine the disappointment. It seems the store imported the worst kind possible. My room mate has since then travelled to France where she could taste "the real deal" and she loves them while I am still waiting for my chance on a decent one =)

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      June Campbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I have never tried one but I sure would like to.

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      Nathalie Roy 4 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      @anonymous: Good tip, I heard about it a few time. Next time I make macarons I'll let the batter sit and see if it makes a difference.

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      skylanderschara 4 years ago

      I had a turquoise vanilla macaroon yesterday and it was delicious! Becoming popular I California.

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      Amy617 4 years ago

      I had Macarons for the first time last month. They were delicious!

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      Spirality 4 years ago

      My first taste of macarons was highly disappointing. I think I need to go to France to experience the real taste.

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      birthdaybluepri 4 years ago

      Those French know how to make pretty food. I know that's poor english, but what else can you call it. We were in Nice last year for a week and were amazed at just how beautiful the candies, cookies, and candied fruit were! Great lens!

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      I eated few different brands and Laduree macarons, these one are really different. I also tried to make at home, I dit not get the result I expected, but I'll try again. Never give up!

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I think these go beyond my basic cooking skills. They look lovely and delicate. I'll look for some at the bakery.

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      faslie 4 years ago

      Just tastes macarons made in Malaysia and it didn't come close to the French-made ones!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love macarons... I would like to make it myself

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      Fox Music 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this remarkable lens "French Macaron"

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      Katherine Tyrrell 4 years ago from London

      Awesome lens - blessed

      I love macarons - but am not allowed to eat any. So if you could add in even more pictures I can feed my eyes instead! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      In culinary school, the chef told us to let our macaron batter sit out for 1 hour before baking in the oven. And they came out beautiful.

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      seedplanter 4 years ago

      This lens is downright edible! (Love the how-to-make-macaroons video.) Thanks for a thorough topic with lots of eye candy!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love the mocha french macaroon. thanks!

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      Gabriel 4 years ago from Hobbsville, NC

      Wow looks so yum yum and thinks so much for all the info. Going shopping in few days and already added what I need to make some. I must give them a try. Hope I can do almost as good as the one look here.

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      KateAdamsUSA 4 years ago

      macarons are my new found favorite sweet. for any fans out there you have to try them in France, especially Paris, absolutely out of this world. love this lens!

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      squidingaround 4 years ago

      i love theses there great.

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      alex-a-smith 4 years ago

      @missBorokwa: Instead of looking out for them, try to make it yourself! it's a great lens! And it's not that hard to make!

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Marvelous lens on macarons! I've just added it to the section on Afternoon Tea Sweets: Dainty Desserts in my own purple star lens, Afternoon Tea - Low Tea vs. High Tea: Delicious Recipes and Elegant Ideas for a Delightful British Custom. Blessed!

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      missBorokwa 4 years ago

      have never tasted a macarOn ;) don't know if they're available in my part of the world, but will look out for them after reading this!

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      KathyFirak 4 years ago

      Great info and such beautiful food.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I bought myself a box of macarons from Laduree in Paris, they are amazing!

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      dingbat1932 4 years ago

      Macaroons are great, just like this lens, thanks.

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      GigHarborHome 4 years ago

      Yummy and I ain't no plan on stopping tasting Macarons!

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      sophia48 4 years ago

      I LIKE IT it look beautiful

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      Classical LM 4 years ago

      If you're ever in NYC, I recommend the French Macarons at La Maison du Chocolat. Absolutely astonishing.

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      Jeff Johnston 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      I've never made them, always wanted to try to make them... you might have just given me the motivation I needed to do so :D

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      slyounkin1 4 years ago

      LOVE them! Thanks for a great lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love them and have made chocolate ones myself. This pretty page reminds me I should make them again!

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      JeromyS7 4 years ago

      wow, that's a lot a macaroons! Is there just one that you would pick that you would say is the creme de la creme?

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      CristianStan 4 years ago

      Wow, I have never heard of french macaroon before, I loved this lens, it gives you all the essentials on making them perfectly

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      janiestevens 4 years ago

      yum!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      NewUsedCarsSacramento 4 years ago

      Macaroons are very delicate, and they also looks amazingly delicious...

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      Dennis40 4 years ago

      Amazing! It was a shame that I was in France once but didn't try Macaron :(

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      Lovely lens and thankyou for the tipe on getting them just right.

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      James Jordan 4 years ago from Burbank, CA

      Great lens! We just took a class and made some on our own. So fun! I learned so much.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Our daughter in law who went to Paris gave me a box and lo and behold, I went around Beaune looking for it. Here in Hanoi, The Metropole sells it so am really happy. Love it.

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      VisFeminea 4 years ago

      I just had two :D

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      Yvette Munro 4 years ago

      What a stunning lens. Pictures look great.

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      clothing4boys 4 years ago

      Sweet indulgence! Thank you for this tasty lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I really like the music in the video in how to make a Macarons. Awesome.

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      TonfaGuy 4 years ago

      Just a bit too sugary for me, but they look delicious.

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      Malu Couttolenc 4 years ago

      I love macarons, my mother used to make them for family reunions my favorite were the ones filled with raspberry cream, white chocolate or ganache

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It's popular for weddings so my caterer had them at our taste testing but as much as I loved them, I know my family was more into cupcakes and cakes. But on our honeymoon we went to Europe and made a stop in France. It was a dream to be eating Laduree macarons in Paris. :-)

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      Nathalie Roy 4 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      @SheilaMilne: Well, I am not convince either about the bacon or ketchup macarons, but why not! Just not for me.

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      SheilaMilne 4 years ago from Kent, UK

      I came across a stall devoted entirely to macarons in a Christmas market. It took willpower to move on. I'm not convinced about ketchup macarons though...

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      karen-stephens 4 years ago

      What a great treat...too much sugar for me, but they sure look cute!

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      chefmau 4 years ago

      This mouth watering lens is interesting. I was about to say I've had my share, but then you burst my bubble and say,"Do not make the mistake of confusing the macaron with its chewy, coconut-based cousin the macaroon". Well, I guess I haven't tasted that one.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The bacon maple macarons are exactly the kind of evil genius I look for in a dessert. Great lens!

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      jamecl 4 years ago

      Macarons are one of my favorite things! Great lens, I'll have to try making a few macarons myself.

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      Brandi 4 years ago from Maryland

      These are so beautiful...and they look delicious, too! :)

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      AshleysCorner 4 years ago

      Yumm! These sound great! Can't wait to try them!

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      pheonix76 4 years ago from WNY

      I have never tried a macaron, but need to fix this soon. :) Nice lens.

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      RunescapeMC 4 years ago

      Man I love these! Tempted to make some now, great lens!

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      nathanpoole 4 years ago

      Macarons oh my God !! One of mine favorite Recipe.

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      RetroMom 4 years ago

      I love french macarons! Always look tempting and delicious!

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      fifta 4 years ago

      What a beautiful treats. I must learn to make them myself. Thanks for sharing this delicious and pretty macarons.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Macarons are one of those treats that are both beautiful and delicious.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow, must have!

      Happy holidays! :)

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      rudhushudu 4 years ago

      looks soo yummy can't wait to try at home

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      I must try these. Seems simple enough. Thanks, d

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I love them. I made them once and they were delicious but didn't look anywhere near as good as the ones you can buy.

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      Satha 4 years ago

      Mmm, I've tried a few and they're delicious.

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      AngelaKane 4 years ago

      I have had macarons and they were delicious. I would love to make them one day.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is a great page, I like them very much. :)

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Macarons look so yummy.... I shouldn't eat them, but.... :D Sprinkled with angeldust!

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      DoctorOrEngineer 4 years ago

      I just made some hazlenut-esspresso macaroons.... DELICIOUS!!!!!!!

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      Nathalie Roy 4 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      @maryseena: Texture won't be the same. The macaron shells are chewy, much more than a meringue

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      Benjamynn 4 years ago

      These look amazing! Happy holidays! :)

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      Kaellyn 4 years ago

      I haven't ever had a macaron, but I'd love to try them one day. They look delicious.

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      Loraine Brummer 4 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      These sound and look delightful. Blessed!!

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      EpicWidth14 4 years ago

      I adore macarons. Once when you try it, you can stop it! It's addictive, almost like love ;)

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      I love macarons and macaroons too!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Would love to try ALL of them! Nicely done :>)

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I can tell I would love this stylish dessert. Thank you for introducing me to the French macaron. They look fabulous.

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      I love macarons. They are delicious. Thanks for sharing this awesome lens.

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      maryseena 4 years ago

      I make meringue with great success. so if I make them flat and sandwich a pair with cream filling, will it be french macaron?

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      Regi_B 4 years ago

      My wife and I recently discovered this delight in Montreal, at Point G -- which is said to be the best maker in the world by some. We love that there are aperitif styles, as well as dessert. :)

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      French Macarons look so attractive I'm surprised we don't see them more in London, where croissants and pain-au-chocolat are every-day groceries.

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      mrsclaus411 4 years ago

      I absolutely love French macarons.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      They're almost too pretty to eat! *blessed

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      awesomedealz4u 4 years ago

      These are lovely. Great lens!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these French Macaroon Recipes, they look sooooo delicious!

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      aphrodite 4 years ago

      This looks yummy. Will try to make one at home. Thanks for the recipe. :-)

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      Louidam1 LM 4 years ago

      I never had french macaroon. I would love to try because they look yummy to eat!

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      IMKZRNU2 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      One word....YUM!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      I only knew the "macaroon" - you have opened something up to me indeed. Pinned to my sweets board, out by google plus and blessed - the world needs to know about "macarons!

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      crstnblue 4 years ago

      Very nice lens for a nice, joyful & sweeeeeeet lens. :)

      Thanks for sharing!

      Blessed!

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      alphamalesystem 4 years ago

      Macarons are pretty addicting. They are not a just eat one kind of thing for me.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      These candy are pretty, it deserve to be tasted. Will do soon...!

      Thank you for the lens

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      kgdunst 4 years ago

      They look really petite.

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      creativedreams 4 years ago

      I am not sure if they taste as good as they look, but they are really pretty. I may try making some :) Didn't know macaroons and macarons were different things though! Great lens :)

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      Tom 4 years ago

      I really like Macarons, but I don't have them nearly as often as I'd like.

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      Zienna1 4 years ago

      I used to make the one with coconuts. I used to put less sugar so the children will stop eating them. I'm always the last one to try what I made and everyone just gubbled all up in twenty minutes. I love them all.

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      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      These macaroons look delicious. Nicely done.

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      mysweetjane lm 4 years ago

      Macaroons are just so pretty! I love looking at them but I find them too sweet to eat.

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      halloweenprops 4 years ago

      I will be trying some of these soon!

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      Nathalie Roy 4 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      @GeorgeneMBramlage: Good idea, I'll add the US standard along next time I update the macaron page!

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 4 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Beautiful lens! Love the colors! Too bad you didn't put recipe measurements in US standard as well as metric. A fantastic challenge to make these and havee them come out correct and tasty. Thank you!

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      IsabelPullman 4 years ago

      I would really like to learn to bake these, but I don't think that I will manage very well with it. Has anyone tried baking these?

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      Joan Haines 4 years ago

      I have my eyes peeled for these.

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      Marlies Vaz Nunes 4 years ago from Amsterdam, the Netherlands

      I don't hate them and don't love them. But they taste quite good, for so now and then.

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      fashionfajita 4 years ago

      They look delicious! I can't wait to finally try one ;)

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      Christmas-Gift-Ideas-2012 4 years ago

      Enjoyed reading your squidoo lens, will def have a go at making some macarons for Christmas

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      MintySea 4 years ago

      I never had one but they sure are pretty

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      Nirmal Shah 4 years ago from India

      Wow, never heard of them before but they look deliciouso. I wonder how awesome would they taste.

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      Lorri123 4 years ago

      You did such a great job here now I am going to try making these. What an art form too !

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      olmpal 4 years ago

      A sweet lens! Colored macarons look so lovely and delicious! Thanks for the recipes.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      looks delicious... thanks for sharing it...

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      cleanyoucar 4 years ago

      Didn't know that there was this much variety, thanks for sharing!

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      Asher Socrates 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Beautiful work! I enjoy everything French and Macaroons are one of my favorites.

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      I ordered French Macarons at a restaurant and was surprised when they arrived and were not coconut macaroons (which I also adore). There were 4 flavors -- a berry, chocolate, pumpkin, and something I can't remember. But we gobbled them up!

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      pennyhart lm 4 years ago

      I would love to make some of these!

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      mistaben 4 years ago

      Thank you for this great recipe!

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      TriciaLymeMom 4 years ago

      They look almost too pretty to eat...almost. :)

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      Sound interesting since I like meringues. It is probably much tastier.

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      Christine and Peter Broster 4 years ago from Tywyn Wales UK

      A wonderfully detailed lens which makes you want to try the recipes. Well done!!

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      dahlia369 4 years ago

      I love these things - just ate a whole bunch of them on Sunday... :)

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      Lynntjuh 4 years ago

      I love macarons

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      Roberto Eldrum 4 years ago

      Oh, I have never had Macaroons, but I will surely try to use the recipe. Thanks, happy holidays!

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      Natural_Skin_Care 4 years ago

      Tastes just as good as it looks.

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      MichaelDubrovnik 4 years ago

      Macarons are more like eye candy to me. They're cute and pretty because of their size and color, also too colorful to eat though.

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I love them. I even made some this year for Valentine's Day. I put a little red food colouring in, thinking they would go pink but it was really strong and they went orange - more suitable for Halloween. Even though they didn't look great they tasted delicious and my husband was impressed!

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      Spiderlily321 4 years ago

      Never had these but woul dlove to try some. Thanks for sharing!

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      Anna2of5 4 years ago

      I took French for three years in High School but hadn't heard much about macarons till recently. My daughter has a book about them by her bedstand. I think it would be a good excuse to go find some to try. :D. Thank you for clarifying the different spellings of the treats. i have tried macaroons and love them, just haven't had a good opportunity to partake of macarons. Soon. :D

      Sincerely, Anna2of5

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      ProsperityFairy 4 years ago

      What a joy to read through... beautiful colours!

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      kathyporter 4 years ago

      I adore macaroons, these are such eye candy too.

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      melissiaoliver 4 years ago

      I love macarons, but have never attempted making them! Maybe one day I will pluck up the courage to do so.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I can't get enough of French macarons. I love them.

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      LindsayPietrolu 4 years ago

      I LOVE these macarons. I can't get enough photos of them - I even have one as the banner on my website.

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      Matthew 4 years ago from Silicon Valley

      I have always wanted to try to make these, so thank you for sharing how to do so. The history was just an extra bonus. Blessed!

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      BunnyFabulous 4 years ago from Central Florida

      There's a wonderful French Macaron shop within a mile of my home and the macarons are delicious. They're so cute too. Great background info about them on this lens.

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      I have been wanting to try French Macaroons - thanks for sharing your recipe :)

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      Blessed-Oh God I sure love them -one of the reasons for the love handles

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      Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

      These look too pretty to eat.

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      beaworkathomemom 4 years ago

      i've tried a macaron and it is somehow hard. and sweet!! thanks for sharing the recipe!

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      jadapotata 4 years ago

      Never had them, but can't wait to try them.

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      CraftyKorner 4 years ago

      These looks so tasty I think I want to try making some once my oven is fixed.

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      bobbybentz 4 years ago

      They remind me of Sponge Bob's pretty patties.

      So cool looking. I'd try them for sure. My daughters would love them.

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      Barbara Casey 4 years ago from St. Petersburg, Florida

      I'm in! Do you deliver?

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      C A Chancellor 4 years ago from US/TN

      Those look soooo yummy!

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      Alessandro Zamboni 4 years ago from Italy

      I never tried that Macarons, but they seems tasty and delicious.

      In Italy they are not diffused, I must move to France to try one, I think :)

      Anyway this is a great lens, because thanks to your recipe there's the possibility to make them at home!

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      tfsherman lm 4 years ago

      Where's the link to the taster download? Too bad YouEat hasn't been invented yet! I've heard of these and they look yum! All those lovely colors make for a beautiful lens.

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      SquidooMBA 4 years ago

      We have a pastry shop down the street that imports them from France. They are delicious and my favorite is Madagascar Vanilla Bean. Thanks for this great lens but you've ruined my breakfast!

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      rooshoo 4 years ago

      Such lovely colors. I love macaroons, but have never made them. Nice lens.

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      libely 4 years ago

      Always wondered how to make these lovely cookies tasting like heaven! Thank you :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What I like about this recipe is that it is wheatfree :)

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      MomTips 4 years ago

      Great Lens,My favorite "cookies" ..Yummi!! Thank you:)

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      Essentially Ind 4 years ago

      wow, i just came to know about this. Lovely.........:)

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      Yes, they are delish.. even though, when I first saw them, I avoided them, since I hate egg whites.. but there is something different about macarons!

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      Freestuffer LM 4 years ago

      Very creative! Thanks for sharing. You just gave me ideas as this coming Christmas

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      lewisgirl 4 years ago

      What a great lens!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      I tried them years ago and still remember the taste... Yummy!

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      hartworks lm 4 years ago

      Thought this was going to be macaroons! Interesting.

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      jannymanla 4 years ago

      For me, anything French is sexy and delicious! Got to try this.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Unfortunately for my waistline, La Boulange, a lovely French pastry eatery located in many San Francisco neighborhoods, has always sold these delightful little morsels. At least it has as long as I've been here. Scrumptious! I am going to try to resist making this recipe, but it's definitely going on my All About Food on Squidoo page!

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      I have been trying to figure out why people call these things macaroons for ages having only seen them in photos. Thank you for clarifying!

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      FashionMommy 4 years ago

      I love macarons. They look pretty and colorful and they taste delicious too.

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      kevkev227 lm 4 years ago

      I have enjoyed these on occasion, but they are not so easy to find where I live...maybe I will try making some :)

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      Never tried. They look really special. Would be nice for birthday party!!

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      DreamsBloom 4 years ago

      @KarenCookieJar: I have the same problem. There are places to order them online and have them shipped to you. The few that I looked at are a bit expensive, but maybe it would be worth it as a one time special treat splurge.

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      KarenCookieJar 4 years ago

      I really want to try these, but I can't find a bakery who sells them. I was planning on trying to make them, but since I've never had one, I'll have no idea if mine turn out okay or not.

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      LotusLandry 4 years ago from Southern California

      I get them at a Vietnamese bakery or at a French shop in Orange,California, or frozen at Trader Joe's.

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      Patricia 4 years ago

      My daughter wants me to get her macarons.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      They almost look like easter eggs. I like plain colors - but I guess if I make them myself I can have that - thanks for all the good information!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Ive never heard of it. So, for me, they are just colored burgers :D

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      sherioz 4 years ago

      These look really difficult to make. But so beautiful it is worth the effort.

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      SophiesWords 4 years ago

      This is not only a really informative lens, but it looks beautiful too! I shall definitely try out your recipe. Thank you!

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      I have not had these wonderful connections in over 20 years. Thanks you so much for sharing this. Can't wait to try making them.

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      laughingapple 4 years ago

      Really great. This is the best info I have come across on these and I have 50+ cookbooks.

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      KateHonebrink 4 years ago

      I have learned something new today -- macarons - lovely, delicious, tempting. Great lens - thanks so much!

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I never realized there was difference between macaroon and macarons. I know I don't like the former, so I never tried the later; now, maybe I will

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I have now begun a hunt to find them, because your lens shows their beauty and such panache, I just have to taste them. Thanks for sharing this colorful, delicious topic. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I think macaroons are delicious but not my favorite cookie.

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      Never had one, but I will definitely try one SOON!! Nice lens =)

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      Love your article about Macarons, and it might even induce me to try one. They look like plastic-coloured polystyrene to me! Still, I've told my son often enough to try everything once so I'll steal myself and give it a go. Many thanks.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I had only ever seen that dark chocolate macarons. Your macaron display looks so delicious. Your images make me hungry.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Oh Oh Oh ... you have pressed one of my buttons ... I love these French Macaroons ... got a chance to try some once upon a time when we visited Paris. To die for!

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      victoriuh 5 years ago

      They looks wonderful! I am kind of against lots of food coloring. Maybe I would go for a more neutral one. I've never heard of them, so thanks for sharing.

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      vekoslavr lm 5 years ago

      Lovely. I have to try. Thanks.

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      SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

      These are my favorite cookies! They are light, airy,chewy, creamy....and DELICIOUS!!!! Awesome lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      never seen them look so colorful before, brilliant!

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      Gigglish 5 years ago

      I've been wanting to try macarons after seeing them frequently in Japanese anime shows such as Yumeiro Patissiere and cute anime/manga inspired illustrations. I've seen them as keychains and mobile cell phone straps and other accessories. There is just something so visually "darling" about them.

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      rewards4life info 5 years ago

      I've never tried those. They look so lovely and delicious, I'll make sure to treat myself with macarons soon. Lovely lens, indeed.

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      DreamsBloom 5 years ago

      Ah, this is such an excellent lens about macarons. It drives me a little crazy when I see these French macarons spelled as macaroons (but I partially blame spell check for that and also that not too many people have heard of them, so they they think that the spell check must be right and they were wrong). I have not yet had macarons...that you said they are becoming more popular gives me hope that someday I'll have a chance to try them.

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      Susan300 5 years ago

      These look interesting. I'd like to try one.

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      Richard 5 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I've tried macaroons, but never macarons. Guess what I'll be doing on my net visit to Paris? :)

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      ArtDecoStyle 5 years ago

      macarons are yummy - is this going to be the next big thing after cupcakes?

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      I have heard of macaroons, but not macarons. Thanks for the info.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Such cute and tasty little treats - love em! Thanks for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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