7 Macaron Flavors That Make the Case for Best. Cookie. Ever.

French Macarons are about the trendiest treat around! These little French pastries have taken off in a big way. How could they not? No one can resist their tender-crisp nutty shells, that marshmallow-y texture, and the gorgeous array of colors and filling flavors! They may seem like a fancy souvenir that can only be bought in stores, but did you know that you don't have to hop on a flight to Paris or even visit a specialty bakery to get in on the craze? With careful measuring and proper technique, you can re-create these fun and fanciful cookies right in your own home kitchen. They're so much fun to make, and you can really get creative with all sorts of flavor combinations. Plus they make a great homemade gift! Who wouldn't love to receive a box of these special treats -- especially when you've made them yourself with lots of love. Here are a few of our best recipes to get you on your way.

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    Basic Macaron Recipe with Video Tutorial

    It's a lot of fun to get creative with different flavors, but first you'll need a basic macaron shell recipe as a jumping-off point. This one stays true to the original, with just a handful of basic ingredients and a sweet almond flavor. Fold almond meal and powdered sugar carefully into whipped egg whites. When the batter drops from a spoon in a long, continuous ribbon, they're ready to pipe! Pipe half-inch rounds onto parchment-lined baking sheets, then allow them to dry until a thin membrane has formed on the surface. Then bake them up and watch their little feet form as they rise from the pan!

    The shells are light and sweet and slightly nutty, and they can be paired with any number of fillings, including buttercream, fruit curd, and beyond. Click over and grab the recipe for all the info you need to get started, along with an easy video tutorial to teach you the technique. You'll be well on your way to being a macaron-baking master!

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    French Filled Macarons

    This festive macaron recipe features the fun addition of tropical coconut! And the fillings are super simple: Just sandwich the light, airy cookies around a dollop of purchased lemon curd or raspberry preserves. Along with a cup of coffee or tea, these are a wonderful afternoon pick-me-up. Invite a friend over to share -- they'll be the bright spot in your day! 

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    Coffee Macarons with Nutella Filling

    If you like coffee and chocolate, then you'll love these Coffee Macarons with Nutella Filling! Just like your favorite cafe mocha, this macaron recipe features rich coffee and deep chocolate flavors, plus a healthy dose of toasty hazelnut. With a deep, bold coffee flavor infused right into the shells, and an easy chocolate-hazelnut filling, you'll flip for this decadent sandwich cookie in a major way!

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    Salted Caramel-Ginger Macaroons

    Rich salted caramel and spicy ginger combine for an unforgettable fall flavor experience. The sharp bite of the ginger contrasts the smooth, rich, and buttery caramel in the most delightful way. These flavors are perfect for the cooler months, and they can even be packaged up and given as a special handmade gift. Your friends will love these for the holidays! 

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    Blueberry-Mascarpone Macarons

    Fruity flavors like fresh summer berries are a perfect match for the delicate almond flavor of a French macaron. These Blueberry Mascarpone Macarons are every bit as delicious as they are beautiful, with a rich and creamy Italian cream cheese filling that perfectly balances the sweetness of the shells! Plus, their gorgeous color is a feast for the eyes. If you have a blueberry-lover in your life, think about gifting them a box of these; they'll be so grateful! 

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    Filled Cherry Macaroons

    These pretty pink macarons are perfect for a baby shower, Mother's Day tea, or a little girl's birthday party. And the bright cherry flavor is sure to put a smile on everyone's face! Light, sweet almond shells marry with a fruity cherry buttercream for a classic flavor combination that's perfect for a celebration. Make these for your next gathering; they're gorgeous on a tall tiered serving platter, and they'll be the the prettiest offering on the buffet! 

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    Pumpkin Spice Macaroons

    Get in on the pumpkin spice craze with these sweet and seasonal Pumpkin Spice Macarons! With a healthy dose of pumpkin pie spice and a sweet pumpkin butter filling, this recipe is just perfect for fall. Try them for your Halloween party or as an after-dinner Thanksgiving dessert. There's even an option for apple! No matter your preference, a few of these with a hot cup of coffee will make the perfect ending to your holiday meal. 

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