Sunday, June 6, 2010

May 31 – Macaroon Day

Macaroons are a type of cookie or confection that is made without flour or yeast. There are many variations of macaroons, which generally fall into one of three categories: French macaroons, Italian macaroons and coconut macaroons. Italian macaroons usually contain almonds, and one well known Italian variation of the macaroon is called amoretti. They are flavored with either amaretto or chopped bitter almonds. French macaroons generally have top and bottom layers of meringue with butter cream filling. These popular desserts are available in a almost endless variety of colors and flavors. In the United States, macaroons are usually made with sweetened coconut.

Macaroon Background and History

It is not exactly clear who first invented Macaroons, but historians say they first appeared around 1533 from an Italian monastery. Amoretti, the Italian version of macaroons, was first created by Francesco Moriondo, the pastry chef for the Court of Savoy in the 17th century. (

To be honest I thought a macaroon was a nut…apparently I was wrong.

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