You don’t have to travel to France to visit Ladurée or pay $2 or more per macarons when you can make them at home yourself!
Once you have the hang of making French macarons, it’s such a fun way to let your creativity shine through!
What is the difference between macarons and macaroons?
It’s common for these two tasty treats to get confused with their similar spellings, but they are totally different desserts.
French macarons (pronounced mahk-rawn) have a light, sweet top and bottom shell made from egg whites and almond flour that are filled with buttercream, ganache, fruit curd, jam, or other fillings.
Macaroons are made with coconut and are a denser cookie that is often dipped in chocolate.
Endless flavor possibilities
One of my favorite things about macarons are the wide array of beautiful colors and flavors that you can pick from.
Typically macarons get most of their flavor from the filling, which is usually either buttercream, fruit curd, preserves, or ganache.
But the shell can also be flavored with different types of ground nuts, freeze-dried fruit powder, or cocoa powder. And they can be dyed any color you like. Just be sure to use gel-based or powdered food coloring(affiliate link).
Here are some of the best macaron flavors I’ve found. Consider making more than one at a time so you can enjoy the contrast of flavors and the fun of choosing which to eat first!
Don’t be intimidated by this classic French dessert. With endless flavor possibilities, these beautiful little dainties not only taste as good (if not better) than the ones from a high-end bakery, but they don’t cost an arm and a leg!
Pistachio is a classic macarons flavor (and my personal favorite). They are made with ground pistachios, filled with pistachio buttercream, and always remind me of our time in Paris and the famous French macarons we got from Ladurée. Let your tastebuds do the traveling without the jetlag by making these at home!
Rich, crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside chocolate macarons filled with caramel and toasted coconut. These Chocolate Macarons have the flavors of a Girl Scout Samoa cookie but they’re fancy enough to serve at your next party.
Peppermint Macarons are the sweetest, most melt-in-your-mouth delicious Christmas cookie with a wonderful vanilla peppermint buttercream filling. They fancy up a Christmas cookie platter or Christmas cookie exchange with one of the best flavors of the holiday season!
My favorite treat at Disneyland are the oversized Raspberry Rose Macarons from the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe at the end of Main Street and these copycat French macarons are as close as I can come to the real thing without going to the park itself! Tart fresh raspberries balance out the sweetness of the raspberry rose cream sandwiched inside delicate, meringue-like macaron cookie shells.
Rich and flavorful walnuts replace the traditional almonds in these French macarons, with a deep, chocolate-y flavor, and a buttery salted caramel filling! These delicious little pastries are almost a cross between a cookie and a candy, and they’re sure to be your new favorite treat!
Using a tequila lime buttercream frosting, these margarita french macaron cookies are sprinkled with sea salt making them the perfect margarita themed dessert recipe for summer or celebrating Cinco de Mayo!
Are you ready to have some fun with color? These Modern Art Painted Macarons full of gorgeous hues! Best of all, this is an easy and fun way to get started with macaron painting. Don’t you want to turn your cookies into works of art?