The Mystery of Macarons


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The Mystery of Macarons 

Macarons and I have something of a love/hate relationship. I love how cute and delicious they are, but they are the most difficult pastry to bake EVER. I have tried and tried and failed over and over again to make them, but it’s pretty futile at this point. Macarons are just not in the cards for me. It’s not that I burn them all the time or anything, but macaron recipes require very particular measurement of ingredients, specific circle shapes, and a very particular temperature and time to cook them at. My macarons always come out looking hideous and tasting nothing like the ones from the bakery. Every recipe I’ve found has been hard to follow, too sweet, too bitter, or just too ridiculous to even try. My macarons always come out oddly shaped, slightly burnt around the edges and nowhere near as good as store bought ones.


{Splendid Sweet Shoppe Macarons}

Thankfully, the online world lends us some options for those who, like me, have an inability to make macarons at home on their own. There are so many online shops that sell macarons to try so just google “buy macarons online” and you’ll come up with tons of results to choose from. For those of us who want a more homegrown feel, we can take to browsing Etsy where the macaron designs are not only creative, but delicious and pretty as well!


Bear shaped macarons anyone?


You can also build your own macaron gift box – don’t worry. I won’t tell anyone their for you 😉


For those with unique taste buds, there are matcha green tea macarons


For those who want an aesthetically pleasing macaron, try these Mariage Freres Marco Polo tea macarons.


For the purists, there are authentic flavored French tea macarons as well.

Macaron Recipes

For those of you who are successful at baking macarons you’re amazing or maybe you’ve never attempted before and want to, I found some deliciously pretty looking recipes for you to try your hand at!

For those of you who do make your own macarons at home, what advice can you offer those of us who are failing miserably at it? I’d love some tips because I prefer homemade over store bought any day, but for now, Etsy finds will have to do!

What’s Your Macaron Preference?

Do You Prefer to Make Them Yourself or Buy Them?

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18 thoughts on “The Mystery of Macarons

  1. May 21, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    My favorite kind of macaron is Salted Caramel. I have never tried making it because it seems so complicated but I will try it one day!
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    1. May 22, 2015 at 12:06 PM

      that sounds delicious! I’ve never had that flavor before – it is SO complicated. Mine never come out right! Definitely try your hand at it 🙂 Good luck!

  2. May 21, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    I’m terrible at making macarons too but I’ve vowed to never let them defeat me!
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    1. May 22, 2015 at 12:06 PM

      haha I know! It’s the only baking item I can’t seem to conquer! glad you haven’t given up !

  3. May 21, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    I have actually never had a macaroon before, but I’ve been seeing them all over my Instagram and Twitter lately! You have inspired me to try to either make or buy some to see what the fuss is all about.
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    1. May 22, 2015 at 12:07 PM

      they are so delicious definitely give them a try!!

  4. May 21, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    I LOVE macarons!!!!! I tried them for the first time when I went to visit a friend in Paris and she brought me to La Duree…OMG. My favorite flavor is chocolate…simple but delicious!!!
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    1. May 22, 2015 at 12:07 PM

      wow you had La Duree?! Lucky girl! Chocolate is always delicious 🙂 thanks for stopping by!

  5. May 24, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    This was lovely! You made me so hungry now 🙁
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    1. May 27, 2015 at 2:20 PM

      haha sorry about that! glad you enjoyed the post though 😛

  6. May 24, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Those bear macaroons are too cute! They’re a little out of my league of possibly making them. I’d just eat them.
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    1. May 27, 2015 at 2:21 PM

      I know exactly how I feel haha

  7. May 27, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Stories like these convince me that I shall never attempt to make macarons. I like foolproof recipes that work the first time. Perhaps I’ll buy one some day to see what the fuss is about.
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    1. May 27, 2015 at 1:17 PM

      Haha I’m sorry – I’m not trying to discourage anyone, but I have had a particularly difficult time with it! they are delicious little pastries, but seriously hard to get right!

  8. June 9, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    I’ve personally never made my own macaroons, but with all these cute pre-made options to buy that you’ve shown us, it seems like there isn’t really a need to try, hahaha! <3

    xoxo, Brooke
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    1. June 10, 2015 at 10:28 AM

      honestly, if baking or cooking isn’t your thing, just buy them lol. Trying to bake them is SO HARD. I have tried and failed sooo many times lol. I’d much rather just buy them now. Save myself the heartache and disappointment lol.

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