Macaroons vs. Macarons: There’s a Difference

Ok. I will debate with anyone any time or place about the difference between these two–very different– desserts. I find it annoying when misinformed people don’t have the first clue about the subject and convince themselves they’re French-smart.

There is a huge difference. First of all, the spelling of course. Macarons are French. Macaroons are not. Though I find it easier to pronounce them the same way (the “American” way) with emphasis on the O’s, one is a french word and the other is not.

Next, they’re two very, very different cookies. Whereas macaroons are cookies made from egg and coconut, macarons are two delicate shells encasing a ganache or cream. There IS a difference, trust me.

Seriously, if they’re colorful sandwich-like cookies, they’re macarons. And don’t let any “”””ignorant”””” person inform you otherwise.

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(Pictures courtesy of http://mommyssweetconfessions.blogspot.com/2012/07/macarons-try-1.html & http://www.tinynewyorkkitchen.com/coconut-macaroons/ )

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7 thoughts on “Macaroons vs. Macarons: There’s a Difference

  1. Haha I love that you wrote this. Confusing macarons for macaroons is one of my biggest pet peeves. They’re both delicious, but so different!

  2. I totally agree with your frustration at the confusion of the two. And I was guilty of it myself at one point. To make a big point about how different they are and then to dismiss the pronunciation differences is puzzling. To me, it is one of the key ways I know people know what they’re talking about. ‘Macaron’, when pronounced properly in French, sounds very different than ‘Macaroon’. “Macaron” is pronounced more closely to how one would say ‘Macaroni’. the ‘o’ is long and the final ‘n’ is pretty much swallowed up, as the French are wont to do with the final ‘n’ sound. The ‘Macaroon’, on the the other hand, is pronounced like the ‘oo’ in ‘moon’ or ‘maroon’, and the final ‘n’ is most definitely pronounced. Even if you decide to eschew the French predilection for swallowing the final ‘n’, they most definitely are NOT pronounced the same.

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