Is it a Macaron or Macaroon?

It’s just a simple nonchalant circle that tells the story of two unique cookies!

“Macaron” versus “Macaroon.”

That little extra “o” is more than just a letter in the alphabet. And it plays a higher role than offering distinctive word pronunciation. In the baking world, the missing—or added letter can truly spell the difference between Europe versus America, prim and proper opposed to homestyle, and almond contrary to coconut.

Even though one might intermingle the two pronunciations, Miss NiNi is here to offer a whirlwind tutorial about the two extremely different cookies. It’s time to add more knowledge to the pastry book in your mind. Shall we get started, Dear Readers?

The History of the Term

Born in Italy in 1533, the term, “macaron” has the same origin as the word “macaroni”. Both mean “fine dough.”  Imagine that! madmacnyc.com/history-of-macarons.

The travelogue of the Macaron ventured into America but prior to that became more widespread in Europe “In 1702, Macarons began to gain fame. Two Carmelite nuns, seeking asylum in Nancy, France, during the French Revolution, baked and sold the macaron cookies in order to pay for their housing. These nuns became known as the ‘Macaron Sisters.’” wikipedia.org.

The cookies were quite simply sold as a single almond meringue cookie with very ordinary flavor. It was not until the 1830s that Macarons began to be served “two-by-two”with the addition of jams, liqueurs, and spices, according to wikipedia.org.

The Macaron as it is known today is composed of two almond meringue discs filled with a layer of buttercream, jam, or ganache filling.

 

A Mid-day Staple

Certainly, “afternoon tea” is ‘written’ all over each delicate sandwich cookie! All of the fancies of a Macaron, including its prim and proper domed top helps make it quite in vogue as refreshment at bridal and baby showers, wedding dessert buffets, brunches, or as just-a-little-something, sweet-tooth “gotta haves!”

Miss NiNi says that there certainly is nothing plain about these little cookie darlings, Dear Readers. Extremely attractive colorful cookie and filling hues and intensities outnumber those of a rainbow! An arrangement of various colored Macarons on a presentation plate is absolutely gorgeous!

More than likely, the Macaron Sisters would not even recognize the cookies they baked hour after hour and day after day! Take the word, “plain,” out of the today’s Macaron equation. They feature chocolate, raspberry, pistachio, lemon, and volumes of other flavored fillings that complete the complexity of mouth-watering flare.

 

Macaroon: Chapter 2

Second Chapter, Dear Readers. The Macaroon (notice the extra letter “o”) is homemade, chewy, and full of coconut. Creating them does not require the experience of a pastry chef. No precision is needed. They are fun to make. And they are not a sandwich cookie. These sweet confections look like haystacks with their golden edginess and pillow-soft interior.

Has the Macaroon had a fashion makeover with color and filling? Absolutely not! In the cookie fashion world, these rustic yummies are without glitz—that is unless the top of the cookie is dipped in chocolate or a wee bit of chocolate invades the cookie’s middle. I think of this cookie as more American made because its past has a more stable footing in the USA.

Miss NiNi absolutely adores both kinds of “Mac” cookies! Wouldn’t it be fun to mix the “philosophies” of the two cookies into one? Mmmm! That could very well be a future Miss NiNi project!

 

Showcasing the Macaron

However, for now, Miss NiNi’s Desserterie has recently made the acquaintance of classically light and airy French Macarons. We are showcasing them in numerous colors and flavors! Why, you might ask? Because they are the ultimate in trendy desserts!

Check out this bit of news, Dear Readers! According to theatlantic.com, there’s a new cupcake in town! “The new cupcake is a cookie—one that, as of mid-July 2014, had been dubbed ‘the new cupcake’ more than 70 times, thus beating out, among many other contenders, the pie, the popsicle, the donut, the marshmallow, and, fortunately, the cronut. The new cupcake is theMacaron.” …and Miss NiNi knows exactly where you can find them!!

Whether or not there is an extra letter “o” in the “Mac” file of your cookie recipes, both Macarons and Macaroons will bring delicious pleasure with every tiny bite.

Miss NiNi