Macaroon Vs. Macaron: What Is The Difference?

Macaroons, Macarons… We see both spellings everywhere and it can get kind of confusing when it comes to knowing what exactly each spelling refers to. Are they synonyms or do they describe two different things? The answer is that macaroons and macarons are two completely different pastries that are just often mistaken for one another.

Why is that? Many people are using the French spelling of macaron to be able to make the difference between the two confections in the English language which has caused confusion over the correct spelling. To add to the confusion, macarons are often called French macaroons and in Italian, both cookies are called amaretti… How are we supposed to follow?

In order to make things clearer, let me explain both!



Macarons are meringue-based cookies made with almond flour, egg whites and powdered sugar that are filed with ganache or buttercream. Crunchy outside and soft inside, they are very delicate to bake and require technical finesse.



Macaroons however are much easier to bake! Egg whites, shredded coconut, and sugar, you only need 10 minutes to prepare. Often dipped in chocolate, coconut macaroons are deliciously crispy outside and chewy soft inside.


To sum up, macarons and macaroons are two very different (but equally delicious) treats that are bake in two very different ways. Macarons are very delicate and challenging to make which explain why packaging is so important – you don’t want to ruin these delicious little sandwiches when they are so hard to make!

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Now the last question is – and that’s a question only you can answer for yourself – do you prefer the crispy French macarons or the chewy coconut macaroons? It might be the hardest question…



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