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What’s the difference between macarons and macaroons?

Is it a macaron, or a macaroon? Here, we debunk the mystery surrounding these two sweets, and share some killer recipes while we're at it.
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Can you tell the difference between a macaroon and a macaron? Did you even know there was a difference?

Despite the common misconception that these biccies are the same thing, or one word is an alternative for the other, the two are distinctly different treats (which are both fantastic in their own right).

Both macarons and macaroons are biscuits, and both names are derived from the Italian word, ammaccare, meaning ‘to crush’ — but both the appearance, baking method and flavour of these bickies

are completely different.

Chocolate and caramel macarons

These chocolate and caramel macarons are a wonderfully indulgent French treat.

The French macaron, which rose to popularity after being brought into the mainstream by pastry chef Adriano Zumbo, will probably be more recognisable to you. It almost looks like a cookie sandwich, consisting of a crunchy, fluffy meringue and almond ‘buns’ which surround a buttercream, ganache, jam or fruit curd centre.

The coconut macaroon, however, looks more like little rustic flattened lumps of shredded coconut. The confectionery treats are commonly made with egg whites, condensed milk, sugar, and dried coconut, often piped with a star-shaped tip. Macaroons are often topped with almonds, glace fruits or dipped in chocolate to create an indulgent mid-morning treat.

Both macarons and macaroons make beautiful homemade edible gifts for loved ones and special events. Or, whip up a batch for the week and enjoy as sweet work snacks – there’s nothing better to accompany your tea or coffee.

These classic coconut macarons with glace cherries are the lesser-known, but just as delicious, biccie.

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