I’m here to answer all of those burning questions that keep you up at night . . . what is a macaron? How do you say it? Will I even like them?

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I am no macaron expert, but I would love to share with you what I’ve learned in my experience with them.

1. What is a macaron? Aren’t they little coconut cookies?

You may be thinking of coconut macaroons – much different from these, which are french macarons. They consist of two shells with a filling in the middle. The outside of the shell is crisp and delicate, with a chewy middle . . . and a filling that can be a buttercream, jam, caramel, or other sweet delicacy. The macaron shells tend to have a subtle flavor, while the filling is what shines through in taste. All in all, they are sweet, light, melt-in-your-mouth goodness.

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2. What are they made of?

Macaron shells have three main ingredients: almond flour, powdered sugar and egg whites. Which means they are gluten-free! You can also use other nut flours to make the shells, but I haven’t been that adventurous yet 🙂

3. How do you pronounce it?

Like “macaroni” without the “i.” Remember, these are not coconut macaroons, which are much different.

4. Will I like them?

If you like sugar, yes. I think they are best when they are from an authentic bakery like La Farm, GuglhupfAmelie’s . . . or homemade.

5. How do you make them?

More to come . . . I will share some tips and helpful hints with you in my next post!

What questions do you have about macarons? Post them in the comment section below, I’d love to chat with you about it!

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