I made these cookies this past summer on a nice hot summer day. I had never heard of a macaron before attempting them. The word almost sounds like a strange type of noodle or a shell one might find on the beach. However, a Macaron is a traditional French dessert made with egg whites, sugar and ground almond powder, almond or coconut. The dessert has a special look—> smooth, domed top and ruffled circumference. In addition, it comes with various combinations of fillings, flavors or colors. My love of chocolate made me pick this particular recipe. I found the recipe on Annie’s Eats, a popular blog that I find myself perusing when I am dying to bake.
At first glance, the macaron looks like a hard tasting cookie, but they are surprisingly soft and delicious. They almost melt in your mouth. I loved these cookies. I would classify them as one of the more difficult cookies to make. One of my complaints about making them is that they are quite labor and time intensive for a cookie. From start to finish, it took me about 2-3 hours to make 2 batches of cookies which amounted to about 20 cookies. I understand when cakes are labor intensive but this much work for a cookie? The work though is totally worth it though. These cookies were good enough for me to give them 4.5 out of 5 stars. Pretty good eh? You should try them. Some quick tips though before you dive in, one of the key mistakes I made was baking duration. Make sure the cookies are completely ready before you take them out of the oven. They will fall apart if you take them out too early and try to still use them to make little sandwiches. Anyways, I can’t wait to have enough time to make macarons again. There are so many different combinations to try too!! How exciting?
The recipe can be found at the following website: http://annies-eats.net/2010/06/04/chocolate-macarons/