Did you know that today is National Macaroon Day? A rather obscure holiday to be sure, so you’d be forgiven for overlooking it. But do you know your macaroons from macarons? While both are delicious treats, they are quite different from one another. So lest you look like a neophyte in front of your foodie friends, read on for a crash course on macarons versus macaroons.
Macarons are flourless cookies made of egg whites, sugar, ground almonds, coconut and sometimes, chocolate. Parisian style macarons are colorful, sandwich-like confections filled with jam, ganache, or butter. The fillings come in a variety of flavors (my personal favorites are earl grey and orange blossom), and they’re encased by cookies made of egg whites, sugar and ground almonds. While Parisian macarons have gained a fervent following of sweet-toothed fanatics, coconut macaroons have remained largely overlooked.
The word macaroon is a generic phrase that is applied to a number of small, sweet confections. Mostly, the term is equated with the the moist and dense coconut macaroon, which is composed of egg whites, sugar, and dried coconut, piped with a star-shaped tip, and sometimes dipped in chocolate. Though less flashy and fashionable than their French counterparts, the macaroon is one tasty cookie. Why not celebrate the macaroon this May 31st and try your hand at a few of these recipes?
Prefer their pretty pastel cousin, the macaron? Well the Library has a cook book that you may be interested in. You’ll have plenty of time of master those recipes as Macaron Day doesn’t fall until March 20th of next year.