I've never had one but they come in such pretty colors. Are they worth trying to find? I've never seen them around here, so I don't want to put forth a big effort trying to find a place that sells them if they are gross. Thank you!
Macarons and macaroons are not the same thing! Macaroons are almost exclusively coconut-based and in my experience are pretty much sweet coconut with some flour to hold it all together. Macarons, on the other hand, are an amazing French cookie made from almond flour. They are very light and delicate and are served as sandwich cookies with some kind of filling. The mark of a good macaron is the "feet" or ridges around the base of the cookie.
I personally strongly prefer macarons to macaroons. Macarons are usually pretty delicately flavored and flavored things like raspberry, lemon, and vanilla. They're delicious!
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They are relatively easy to make if you have a good mixer to beat the egg whites. You start with almond paste and add egg whites and maybe sugar, and that's just about all that's in the ones that I make.
Bourbon soaked almond macaroons are an ingredient in a luscious ice box cake dessert.
Alagirl, I have a German recipe from my great aunt for some chocolate cookies. She was married to a man originally from Stuttgart, and these cookies came from his family and are incredibly complicated and delicious. You have have a chocolate grater, and each cookie is pressed into a sugar lined wooden mold in the shape of a shell. Each mold has to be washed for each cookie. I'm looking at the recipe right now. It takes 1 1/2 lbs of almonds; 1 lb, 2 oz sugar; 4 1/2 oz chocolate; juice of one lemon (2 TBs), strained; 8 egg whites; and 1/8 teaspoon full of ground cloves. They cook at 300 after several different chilling steps.
Both the chocolate and the almonds are ground fine in a chilled German nut and chocolate grinder, which I seem to have lost--maybe. I'd love to be able to replace it. It had a square wooden stomper which I KNOW disappeared.
These are very much in the macaroon line. I call anything made with ground almonds and eggwhites macaroons.
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