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Macarons (mah-kah-ROHN-s) are an iconic food item in Europe, similar to the cupcake in the U.S. They are commonly mistaken with “MacarOOns,” which are a coconut cookie. All European Macarons are made with almond meal, egg whites, and sugar. Fillings are traditionally made with chocolate, buttercream, or jam.
Macarons are well known in Italy, France, and Switzerland. Each country uses different meringue techniques, creating three unique texture styles of the cookie.
The finest modern day macarons in Paris are made by Pierre Hermé and Ladurée.
Some have traced the French debut back to the arrival of Catherine de Medici’s Italian pastry chefs, whom she brought with her in 1533 upon marrying Henry II of France. In Nancy, France two nuns, Sisters Marguerite and Marie-Elisabeth, created the biscuit style “Nancy Macaron” to fit their dietary requirements. They later sold them to make money and became known as “Les Soeurs Macarons” — The Macaron Sisters.
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