French-Style Macaroons (Macarons)
French-style macaroons, or almond meringue sandwich cookies, are light yet rich, refined yet playful. As with so many French desserts, we wondered if macarons are best left to the expertise of experienced patissiers or if they can be made at home?
Why This Recipe Works
For an authentic French-style macaroons recipe, we found it best to purchase almond flour; though it was possible to grind almonds in a food processor, the result had a coarser texture. We determined that the ultra-fine powdery texture of confectioners’ sugar, as well as the small percentage of cornstarch that it contains, gave our macaroons recipe the fine texture we desired. We took the advice of one recipe and tried processing the almond flour and confectioners’ sugar together in a food processor to further pulverize the mixture, if that was possible. Surprisingly, this worked, and the cookies were even more delicate and refined, with just the right amount of chew.