From Wikipedia: A macaron is a sweet confectionery made with egg whites, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond, and food coloring. The macaron is commonly filled with buttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two cookies. It's name is derived from an Italian word "maccarone" or maccherone". This word is itself derived from ammacare, meaning crush or beat, used here in reference to the almond past which is the principal ingredient. It is meringue-based: made from a mixture of egg whites, almond flour. The confectionery is characterized by it's smooth domed top, ruffled circumference (referred to as the "foot"), and flat base. It is mildly sweet and easily melts in the mouth.
I don't really have much of a sweet tooth which is probably a good thing but one sweet for which I have a particular fondness happens to be macarons. I first fell in love with this confectionery on a trip to Paris some years back. Since then they've been slowly infiltrating the U.S. food market, becoming more mainstream, even being touted as the "new doughnut". They're visually appealing and often come in a range of interesting flavors/colors. What I like is how they feel like a decadent treat that doesn't impart much guilt given that one can be consumed in just a few bites. The first outpost of French mainstay Ladurée opened up on the Upper East Side in New York this fall and their macarons are absolutely divine but it's too much of a trek for me to get uptown and the lines can get really long so I prefer to get my fix from Francois Payard Bakery which has shops in Tribeca and the West Village. If you must know, Monsieur Payard is also quite well known for his macarons. A current favorite is the oreo macaron pictured above. Yes I did eat it right after I took the photo and it's much smaller in reality. Any other macaron lovers out there?