Macarons are something we didn't really see in The States until a few years ago.  Now these little pastries are popping up in bakeries everywhere, and are one of the hot items on a sweet table at any party. I think the appeal is two-fold.  Visually they are wonderful to look at with vivid colors and identical size and shape.  Second, they are amazing tasting: crunchy on the outside, and then a layer of gooey flavored cream or fruit spread.  There are so many creative ways to display them too.   Displayed in small bowls or simply lined up on a plate looks great. 

mint chocolate chip macarons made by Sugar Sisters Bakery

mint chocolate chip macarons made by Sugar Sisters Bakery

For a more dramatic look, you could make an amazing macaron tree like this one!  Only takes two minutes :) 

They can be expensive, but a few can make a big impact.  I am usually an avid DIYer - thinking I can "do anything cheaper" - but unless you are a professional pastry chef, I wouldn't recommend making these because they are one of the hardest cookies to make. 

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AuthorGretchen Postiglione