Food trends come and go, but there are some that just seem to take a hold of the general public and refuse to die out. Take cupcakes, for example; They may not be the run-away smash hit that they used to be, but you’d be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t foster at least an ounce of love for the miniature cakes. More recently, I’ve noticed a new player step up to the game, and while it’s taken some time for them to catch on to more mainstream venues in the US, I think they’re another tend-setter in the making. I’m talking about macarons, the French sandwich cookies typically made primarily of egg whites and almond meal. These aren’t your awkward, bumpy, coconut-laced macaroons that are more common of American bakeries, but instead elegant and refined morsels that come in every last flavor one could dream of.
For the longest time, I’ve sat back and watched as other bloggers whip up scores of these brilliantly colored and creatively flavored gems, and lacked the confidence to give them a whirl myself. At long last, after diving right in and experimenting with vegan alternatives, I’m thrilled to finally present to you my own version…
Okay, so they still need a bit of work in the flavor department, but look at those lovely feet! That perfect ratio of filling to cookie! They’re real beauties alright, and I can see how addictive they can be to create. With so many opportunities for creative variations, it’s hard to stop thinking about how to make the next batch, even after finishing a dozen.
Better yet, they’re so small, they’re truly a guilt-free indulgence! Yes indeed, macarons will definitely be sticking around, at least in my kitchen (and crafts!)
**Edited to add: These are indeed made of felt. I didn’t think I really needed to clarify after categorizing this post under “sewing,” but it seems that more people than usual are missing that small detail. I’m flattered that anyone would think my stitches are that well hidden!