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What the Hell is a Macaroon?


Every once in a while there’s a wedding trend that leaves those not into weddings scratching their heads and asking “Huh? What is that?”

After talking to some potential grooms, I think the macaroon may fall into that category.  Simply put, a macaroon is a type of cookie. Jewish readers may instantly think of those odd-shaped Passover cookies that come in a tin, but that’s not what your caterer is talking about.

Wedding macaroons are usually small, cake-like cookies with a marshmallow-like or other filling. They come in a variety of colors and have a more sophisticated taste than a cookie or cupcake. Wedding planners, caterers, and pantone-obsessed brides like macaroons because they look so pretty on the plate. Personally, I think they’re yummy, but I’ll admit they’re an acquired taste.

Even if you aren’t particularly interested in serving macaroons as dessert at your wedding, feel free to suggest it to your fiancée as proof that you are, in fact, interested in wedding planning and keeping up with your end of things!

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Have you ever tried a macaroon? Do you plan on having them at your wedding reception or rehearsal dinner? Let us know in the comments.

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2 Responses to “What the Hell is a Macaroon?”

  1. Steph Says:

    The macaron is a popular and delicate French ‘cookie’ made primarily with almond flour. The macaroon is a wheat flour based cookie. I don’t care what wikipedia says about the definition of a macaroon, if you go to France and call those macaroons, you will be scowled at. BUT the picture is correct in depicting the current wedding trend of serving macarons.

  2. Betty Says:

    as an experienced macaron/macaroon baker, i can tell you that the terms “macaron” and “macaroon” are interchangeable. the photo above illustrates the “macaroon” that many couples today are requesting at their weddings.

    thank you xoxoxo

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