The macaron we know today is crunchy on the outside and satisfyingly chewy on the inside — a bite-sized sandwich filled with a matching flavor of jam or ganache. Even before they evolved into their current shape, macarons were rooted in luxury. Developed in Italy, the then-fillingless cookie was introduced to France when Catherine of the powerful Medici family married Henri II. Macarons only evolved their iconic sandwich shape at La Maison Ladurée in the 1890s. As cookies, they evoke feelings of playful decadence in a way that Toll House chocolate chip cookies just can’t seem to achieve. They represent a tried-and-true concept (the sandwich) done in an adorable way. They adapt easily to different flavors, managing to toe the line between accessible and luxurious. While they look simple, they’re never unassuming. My personal attitude towards macarons? They’re too expensive. But they’re also incredibly cute —sometimes too tempting for their own good.
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