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Macarons, Anyone?

Ladurée shop window

Ladurée shop window, Paris

Macarons seem to be Having A Moment, and rightly so. They are the Faerie Princess of Pastries…light, delicate, just a bit frivolous and often whimsically flavored. If there’s a Francophile or macaron lover on your gift list who doesn’t live within Metro distance of a Ladurée, here are some fun ideas:

What’s your favorite flavor of macaron? Have you ever tried making them at home?

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16 Comments

  1. December 5, 2013 / 6:16 am

    Yum…now I am hungry…but I don’t have a favorite. I think I like the graphic fun better than the actual macarons!

  2. December 5, 2013 / 6:24 am

    Must agree with above. I thought I was the only one not wild about eating them. I do like to LOOK at them. The little bags from Laduree are perhaps the most common “handbag” spotted in Paris.

  3. Jill
    December 5, 2013 / 6:57 am

    I liked the salted caramel from Laduree on Madison in NYC. I do not, however, like the line to buy them or the price so I only went to that store once. We had a great place down the street from here, Almondine, that sold them, in great flavors and at a much better price, but they closed, boo hiss. I will have to go to them at their DUMBO location.

  4. Ellen Gloudie
    December 5, 2013 / 7:03 am

    I’m in Paris at the moment! In a Starbucks, haha! A lot of macarons about in the shops! Such beautiful colors!

  5. December 5, 2013 / 7:04 am

    I love the way they look in all different colors! I looked for some last time I was in Seattle (hadn’t found them here), and everyone was sold out! I finally got a very boring beige one – I think it was hazelnut. It was not as exciting as I’d hoped for, but visually they’re gorgeous!

  6. Amy
    December 5, 2013 / 7:13 am

    How about baking your own macarons! They are no more labor intensive than other holiday cookies and the recipient is always impressed! 🙂

  7. gingerR
    December 5, 2013 / 8:15 am

    the Post had a recipe for fennel maroons with a mint-date filling. http://www.washingtonpost.com/pb/recipes/fennel-macarons-with-fresh-mint-date-filling/13770/

    Aside from the date molasses, you can substitute honey, most of the ingredients are available at places like Trader Joe’s.
    If you don’t have an electric mixer then I think I’d skip them because you have to get fluffy egg whites, otherwise they really don’t look that difficult.
    If I want to give something I’ve baked as a gift, that I haven’t made before, I plan on two batches. Usually both are edible but sometimes the second batch will benefit from previous experience and look better.

  8. December 5, 2013 / 9:14 am

    Oh, these are tempting… But I’m trying to pay attention this holiday season and keep the indulgences to a reasonable and moderate sampling.

    Now that ornament! I just may need that little item. Very sweet, indeed.

  9. Susan
    December 5, 2013 / 10:16 am

    I have made macaroons at home and it was surprisingly not difficult. It has been years though, thanks for the reminder. These are very cute gift idea. You are on a roll!

  10. December 5, 2013 / 10:39 am

    OMG…… I just LOVE them!!!! I’ve been in Paris last September and I ate the best macaroons ever.
    Your ideas are so cute!
    xoxo

  11. Suz
    December 5, 2013 / 12:56 pm

    There is, oddly, a pretty macaron shop downtown in little tokyo in LA. Its wonderful to look at, with the little rows of color, and seemed popular. I am not big on sweet stuff so did not try. Love the way they look though.

    • Marguerite
      December 6, 2013 / 2:30 am

      I am in Paris right now. Stopped in galleries Layfayette at the Pierre Herme shop. Four lovely macarons, eight euro! Oh the chocolate and rose flavors.

  12. December 7, 2013 / 3:38 pm

    I’ve made them a few times, the trick is to dry them just enough to develop the skin they need in order to poof up in a hot oven so they get that adorable ruffle at the bottom.

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