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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Yum…now I am hungry…but I don’t have a favorite. I think I like the graphic fun better than the actual macarons!
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.
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.
I’m in Paris at the moment! In a Starbucks, haha! A lot of macarons about in the shops! Such beautiful colors!
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!
How about baking your own macarons! They are no more labor intensive than other holiday cookies and the recipient is always impressed! 🙂
Are macarons the new donut?
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.
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.
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!
OMG…… I just LOVE them!!!! I’ve been in Paris last September and I ate the best macaroons ever.
Your ideas are so cute!
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.
Yum! I like them all.
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.
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.