My Favorite Dessert: the Macaron

If you don’t already know, a macaron is a sweet cookie type of dessert. It originated in France. It’s made with egg whites, icing sugar, granulated sugar, ground or powdered almonds, meringue, and sometimes flavors or food coloring. The food coloring allows these sandwich style cookies to appear in a rainbow of colors without changing the taste. I think it makes them look gorgeous – almost too good to eat! Notice how I said almost! I never pass up a macaron.

Fortunately, there’s more to good macarons than just beautiful colors. You can also find these beautiful treats in a variety of flavors!That is part of what I like so much about them (the other part is that they taste soo good, of course). I can always find something I am in the mood for or a new flavor to try. There are traditional flavors like vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry. There’s also fancy flavors like champagne or maple bacon! My favorite traditional flavor is vanilla but I do love to try just about any other type offered.

Macarons belong at just about every type of celebration or get together. They are just the right combination of flavor and sophistication. They look irresistible in a display case at a bakery, of course. But they look just as amazing as a dessert treat at a birthday party, or stacked in neat tiers instead of a cake at a wedding. They are the perfect treat, as simple or sophisticated as you want them to be.

Making them, unfortunately, isn’t always easy. As with almost anything French, there’s a lot of hard work and technique involved to achieve that airy texture. Home cooks might even have to heat theirs for 2 hours just to get that same consistent, light texture that a professional kitchen can accomplish much more easily. I’ve tried making my own a few times but with no real results. I am hoping one day to be able to take a cooking class that will teach me the best way to do it. For now, though, I have a great bakery nearby which has no problem providing me with a good supply of macarons!

I even loved them as a kid, mostly thanks to my mom, who was also a fan. I thought they looked like little cookie hamburgers (I still do, actually). My birthday is in March, and so is World Macaron Day! On March 20th, bakeries often give out macaron samples. So if you’ve never tried one and are interested, that is the day to do it. Traditionally they also offer sales on this day or raise money for charity. Delicious treats at a discount and helping a charity? What’s not to like about that?