Impress friends and family by making your own batch of delicious French macarons at home. These sweet, chewy, melt-in-your-mouth macaron cookies are not only tasty but they’re also great to look at. Mix and match colors and flavors to create treats best suited for the occasion.
Even though this snack is a staple in French cuisine, that’s not where the recipe first got started. It’s believed that the macaron cookie was originally created in Italy and brought over to France in 1533 by Catherine di Medici—a noblewoman from Florence who married the future King of France, Henri II. The first macarons were very simple cookies made of sugar, almond flour, and egg whites.
Over time, Italian macarons came to win over the hearts of the French all over the country. Different regions in France adopted the recipe but the macaron as we know it today didn’t come about until the 1890s when the Parisian confectioner La Maison Ladurée perfected the recipe. Pierre Desfontaines, the second cousin to the founder of La Maison Ladurée, began sandwiching buttercream, jam, ganache, and compote between cookies.
Until this day Ladurée remains one of the most popular spots for macarons in Paris and around the world. You might even have one in your city. But if you don’t want to spend a few bucks on one small sweet treat you can always try making your own at home. Be warned, macarons are not an easy treat to make, so we suggest you brush up on your baking before going full steam.
Homemade French Macaron Recipe
Servings: 30 macarons
- 1 ¾ cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 egg whites at room temperature
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 drops gel food coloring of your choosing
- 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream