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.