Master the Art of Making French Macarons
Anytime I go to a French bakery, I'm immediately drawn to the window display of macarons. The rainbow rows of French macarons are always so neatly lined up and it's hard to decide which flavor(s) to get. You might think making cookies like that should be reserved for professional pastry chefs. While the process takes a bit of time and patience, you can learn how to make macarons at home. Follow our tutorial for making French macarons step by step to nail down the delicate cookie-making basics. Soon you'll be on your way to creating all sorts of French macaron flavors for your friends and family.
How to Make Macarons
A tiny French cookie that requires several steps might seem intimidating, but trust us, you'll quickly get the hang of making macarons. Let's get started on some delicious homemade macarons. You can use any macaron recipe with this method, but here's a great basic macaron recipe to get you started.
Make Your Macarons Pretty!
Customize your sweet sandwiches by piping fillings into the centers of the macarons using a different pastry bag tip (such as a large star tip) or rolling the edges of the fillings in sprinkles or crushed candies. You can also top the cookies with edible glitter ($10, Michaels) or a paste of edible luster dust mixed with a drop or two of vodka. Use a small, clean paintbrush to brush the paste onto the cookie tops (the alcohol will evaporate).
How to Store Macarons
Macaroons vs. Macarons
If you grew up in the United States, there's a chance you found this article and were thinking of those coconut sweet treats found on the holiday cookie table. Not only is the French macaron (mah-kuh-ROHN) pronounced differently than macaroon (mac-uh-roon), they're made of different ingredients. The French macarons we made here are crispy, slightly chewy cookies made from beaten egg whites mixed with sugar and ground almonds with a ganache or buttercream filling. The macaroon is a dense drop cookie made with shredded coconut, egg whites, and granulated sugar.