Monday resolutions! // To make macaroons.



Image by Lana Elizabeth.

When macaroons first become a ‘thing’ a few years ago, I told myself I’d never, *ever* have a go at baking them. I’d discovered them on David Lebovitz’ blog (one of the first blogs I ever fell in love with!), and balked when I read all about the debate between freshly ground vs. store-bought almond meal, the moment at which an egg white can be considered old enough to be turned into a macaroon, and the need to rest them for hours in order to achieve glossy tops and that illusive macaroon ‘foot’.

I guess I just kind of made a rule in my head that they were the type of thing that only actual ‘proper’ bakers should attempt, along with Genoese sponge, and filo pastry, and brandy snaps, and croissants. But watching contestants on the Great British Bake Off whip them up as a mere trifle-top accessory makes me think that perhaps they aren’t as devilishly hard to make as I’d thought.

So this week, I’m going to dip my toe into the delicate, rose-water scented world of macaroon baking for the first time. These raspberry and white chocolate ganache macaroons sound wonderful, and the recipe doesn’t seem *too* tricky.  How beautiful do they look?

So, wish me luck! If any of you are macaroon aficionados, feel free to leave me a top tip in the comments below…or at least let me know where I can go to buy some lovely ones when mine inevitably explode.

Are you starting this week with a resolution or challenge of your own? :)

p.s. Macaroon, or macaron? I never know.

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  • Heather

    Having spent time living in France, the birth of this delightful treat, I know them only as Macarons. Macaroons to me are those coconutty cakey things. I have only tried my hand at making them once before and they tasted great but looked hurrendous. What I learnt was be careful not to overwhip the egg whites, and make sure you rest them long enough to get the glazed top. Pipe them onto baking sheets with circles you’ve pre-drawn on so they all look the same (or buy a Macaron tray from Lakeland!)
    Good luck, if you master them let us all know your recipe!
    Heather x

  • Cath

    Besterluck with the macaroooooons. Hope they are tasty. My Monday resolution is TIDYING and DOMESTIC-ARY one. Boooo. ;)

  • Eleanor


    I’ve always had the best results using the recipe from the first Bake Off recipe book (
    They always look as they’re supposed to and taste as they’re supposed to. My first hundred batches were a disaster until I found that recipe! I also found it helpful to think of them as an almond meringue, that got me in the right place for consistency etc.


  • Lucy

    Oooo, I love macaroons! I’m not a very good cook though, so I think I’ll rely on buying them from the professionals. Good luck with your recipe :)

    Lucy x

  • juni // hej juni

    have fun!! I’ve always been scared off of baking them as well. but I do love eating them ;) this past weekend was basically marathon blogging challenge for me so I can go visit my boyfriend this weekend with no worries and no computer.

  • Irela

    I’ve always known those as macarons. And oh my they are deeelicious! I can’t wait to see how yours turn out ♥

  • Chelsea Elizabeth

    Those are my absolute favorite! I’ve always wanted to try to make them but have felt discouraged after hearing how difficult they are to make, but hey, why not try it out!? Post about your attempt!


  • Madeline

    I know, I have been so confused about the macaroon/macaron ordeal for awhile now. I was recently told that what you described above are macarons and macaroons are those things that are often made with coconut. Haha oh the confusion. I have never tried a macaron though so I would love to see how your recipe works out !

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

  • dan

    Ohh I’ve wanted to attempt macaroon’s for a while, your braver than I am! I’m sure if anyone can do it, you can.

  • Laura

    Haha, I felt the same way about making macarons, too! I’ve only attempted them twice so far, and they definitely require a lot of patience and practice.

  • Jessica (Coco/Mingo)

    I would love to make macarons! But I’m not the best baker, and they seem a bit difficult! I’m sure yours will come out wonderful – Can’t wait to see it! I love that they are so beautiful and can come in so many flavors!

  • Bekka

    You know what I have never in my life tried a macaroon, also, ROON haha – though I never know what’s right either. Good luck baking them, I’m excited to see how they turn out!

  • Hannah Faith

    I’ve always wanted to try a macaroon! Some of them are almost too pretty to eat :)

  • Rosie

    Good luck! You’re a braver soul than I.
    I have a piping disaster last night trying to prepare rose cupcakes for the anonymous bake off at work. Nightmare!
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

  • Chelsea

    ahh can’t wait to see how this turns out!

  • Kasia

    I actually tried macaroons for the very first time in my life last week. I tried Strawberry & Mascarpone, Lavender, Salted Butter & Caramel ones. It wasn’t what I expected, but now I finally can say I gave them a try!

  • Victoria

    I made macaroons for my wedding. I’m not the world’s best baker, but they were amazing, even if I do say so myself! I used this recipe: I totally swear it’s foolproof.

    Just make sure you use gel food colouring, not liquid as this could effect the whipped eggs. Then make sure you leave them to stand for a good 40 mins before putting them in the over.

    Can’t wait to hear see how they turn out.

    Victoria, x

  • Angela

    Hope your macarons have turned out well, Rosie! The trick, in my opinion, is to get the batter mixed to the right texture. It should flow like lava when you let it fall from a spatula.

    I really rate Pierre Herme’s recipe in his chocolate cookbook. Best I’ve ever made xx

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