These Italian Almond Macaroons are an old family recipe passed on from my Italian grandmother that she made for years and years. This would be a great cookie for any holiday, but we have them every year at Christmas as they are a legacy in our family.
This is an old family recipe passed on from Mr. Wishes Italian grandmother that her and her Italian friend, Ruth, made for years and years. I meant to share it at Christmas time and things got too busy and it slipped my mind! This would be a great cookie for any holiday, but we have them every year at Christmas. I hope I did this almond macaroon recipe justice because it is a legacy in the family
Because I was clueless, I had to do a little research on macaroons since I always see it being spelled two different ways and people seem to have different ideas of what macaroons are/should look like. The word “macaron” is actually not an alternate spelling of macaroon. In fact, the two terms refer to distinctly different things. Both macarons and macaroons are confections, and both names are derived from ammaccare, which is Italian for “to crush” — but that is basically where the similarities end. Who knew?!
A macaron specifically refers to a meringue-based cookie made with almond flour, egg whites, and granulated or powdered sugar, then filled with buttercream frosting or a fruit spread. These are the kind you typically see at bakeries and are even sometimes dipped in chocolate THIS type of macaroon treat that I’m sharing with you today has a crunchy exterior and a very soft interior that’s almost nougat-like in that it’s very chewy. To add to the confusion, it’s occasionally called a French macaroon. The almond or coconut macaroon, or congolais, as it’s called in France, is frequently served during Passover because it contains no flour. I thought that was pretty interesting!
Well, there’s your baking lesson for the day. I definitely learned something and I hope you give these a try! They go great with coffee…
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