7 Macaron Recipes That'll Make You Feel Fancy

Macarons
Photo: sweetserenade

There's no doubt about it: French macarons (not macaroons, an American invention made with coconut flakes) are a labor of love. The almond meringue cookies require patience and precision, but the light flavors, airy textures, and vibrant colors make it all worthwhile. From tried-and-true recipes (recipe creator Liz, a baker's apprentice, said this technique was developed through much trial and error) to allergy-friendly alternatives (these Nut-Free Macarons rely on coconut flour instead of almond flour), you'll find exactly what you're looking for in this collection of our seven best French macaron recipes.

01 of 07

Macarons

Macarons
sweetserenade

"After going through dozens of recipes and trials, this is the most reliable macaron recipe I could come up with," according to recipe creator Deegan. "You could get lighter using the Italian meringue method, but it's less dependable."

02 of 07

Best French Macarons

Best French Macarons
Smart Cookie

"Magic happens when sugar, almond flour, and airy egg whites come together in perfect harmony to form the delicate disks the French call macarons," says Smart Cookie. "Follow this step-by-step guide and what goes on in those patisseries will no longer be a mystery!"

03 of 07

French Macaroons

French Macaroons

Get as creative as you want with these fantastic sandwich cookies. Use the food colorings, flavorings, and fillings of your choice.

04 of 07

French Macarons

French Macarons
Lonnie Elswick

"These cookies are a labor of love and we did a lot of research to perfect this recipe for you, after our own failure," says recipe creator Wendy. "Please follow as written and you will have a delicious and well-presented cookie."

05 of 07

Macaron (French Macaroon)

closeup of two pale pink macarons with white filling

"This is the quintessential macaron (NOT macaroon) recipe," according to recipe creator Liz. "I am a baker's apprentice, and after much trial and error, we (the baker and I) finally perfected the technique. We decided to share with you all."

06 of 07

Nut-Free Macarons

Nut-Free Macarons
Alex Michakis

Macarons, traditionally made with almonds, aren't the most allergy-friendly cookies. Even people who suffer from nut allergies can enjoy this recipe, which substitutes almond flour with coconut flour.

07 of 07

Halloween Macarons

Halloween Macarons
Buckwheat Queen

"Macarons colored for Halloween with a mascarpone-caramel filling," says recipe creator Buckwheat Queen. "After much trial and error, I was able to perfect a macaron recipe that worked for me. I am a reluctant baker but this seems to work even for a scatterbrain like me."

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