French macarons are meringue-based cookies that use ground almonds, far different than the North American macaroon, a chewy coconut cookie.
Macarons do take some practice, and even professional pastry chefs will often have the occasional cookie come out flat or asymmetrically. Like all good things worth taking on, these cookies take patience, but the end result is truly something to be proud of.
Makes about 3 dozen sandwich cookies.
egg whites, room temperature
extra fine ground almonds**
icing sugar, sifted
food colouring pastes
marmalade or curd fillings