Macaron vs Macaroon

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Let me set one thing straight, no I did not spell macarons wrong; it is only one ‘o’ and not two like spell check is insisting I should be spelling it.

A macaroon is a small sweet cake consisting largely of ground almonds and coconut, similarly to Italian amaretti.

A macaron on the other hand is a cookie with a smooth squared top, ruffled circumference (the foot) and a flat base. Two of the cookies are sandwiched together with different flavors of ganache, buttercream or jams, and best of all come in a large variety of colors.

The anatomy of a macaroni
The anatomy of a macaron

I definitely prefer the more colorful of the two, especially since the range flavors is so extensive today. The macaron allows for more creative interpretations like the two pictured below.

Macarons made to look like donuts.
Macarons made to look like donuts.

Macaron made to look like a mini birthday cake. So sweet!
Macaron made to look like a mini birthday cake. So sweet!  I would love to have these on my birthday.
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