French Macarons: I’m Lovin’ It


So last week I told you how Amanda introduced me to good Italian gelato in New York City.

But gelato isn’t the only thing Amanda led me to in New York City…………she took me to Bouchon Bakery and invited me to try the ‘anti cupcake‘ ……. a macaron.

NYC macarons by Amanda Bottoms

Like the gelato, I had experienced eaten macarons once before, and could not figure out what all the hype was about.  Let’s just say they were nothing to write home about.

Again, I learned, I had not been privy to a superb macaron!  a FRESH airy macaron leaves you craving more.

And superb these were!  Amanda chose Vanilla, Caramel and Peanut Butter and Jelly to fill our bellies.  I sat perched in my seat surrendering to each elegant eggshell-like crust filled with a cloud of cream.

With my new found irrational fondness for the macarons, I couldn’t pick a favorite.  The vanilla and caramel were too close to chose one over the other, with the PB&J coming in very close behind. 

Bouchon Bakery macarons at

Unlike the gelato, macarons were something I could bring home!  I made a quick dash to Time Warner Center before my flight out of NYC and picked up 12 of these classic French pastries for my family to enjoy, adding pistachio to the flavors I had devoured the day before.

I hear there are a lot more amazing macarons all over New York City, I can’t wait to try a few more next time I visit!

Making macarons require precision and patience.   Here are a few recipes if you’d like to give them a try!

French Macaron Recipes at

 So tell me, have you enjoyed a delicious macaron?  If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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44 Responses to “French Macarons: I’m Lovin’ It”

  1. Karyn - Pint Sized Baker posted on August 16, 2012 at 8:46 pm (#

    Mmmmmm! I made some Macarons last week and I was finally pleased with my third attempt. However, they still don’t come close to those lovelies.
    Thanks for hosting! Have a super weekend.

    • TidyMom replied on August 17th, 2012 at 7:40 am

      they are on my list to try and make some time soon! What flavor did you make this last time Karyn?

  2. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on August 16, 2012 at 8:48 pm (#

    Thanks so much for hosting Cheryl!

  3. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy posted on August 16, 2012 at 8:48 pm (#

    thank you for hosting! this week, i shared my Eggplant Non-Parmesan! They’re Gluten/Grain Free, Vegan and Specific Carb Diet SCD Friendly!

  4. Back for Seconds posted on August 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm (#

    Thanks for the fab party each week! i would be so thrilled to have you join my link party! it’s brand new so I am trying to spread the word :) Have a terrific weekend!

  5. Tanya posted on August 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm (#

    I had my first macaroon about a month ago. It was blueberry and it was amazing!!! I couldn’t believe what I’ve been missing! Thanks for the party. Have a great weekend!

    • TidyMom replied on August 17th, 2012 at 7:41 am

      that’s how I felt when I had these! All I could think was, I’m almost glad I don’t have easy access to them lol

  6. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on August 16, 2012 at 9:12 pm (#

    Thanks for hosting Cheryl. Those macarons look gorgeous!

  7. Sue {munchkin munchies} posted on August 16, 2012 at 9:51 pm (#

    I bought some macarons at the Bouchon Bakery in Las Vegas, and I must say they were mighty good! :)

  8. Kimberly Sneed posted on August 16, 2012 at 10:03 pm (#

    Thanks for hosting, Cheryl! Those macarons look to die for! I need to find a bakery near me that sells them… xo

  9. Sharon posted on August 16, 2012 at 10:27 pm (#

    Visited and actually ate at a Bouchon Bakery in Paris this past July…ooh la la!!!

    • TidyMom replied on August 17th, 2012 at 7:42 am

      oh you lucky girl!

  10. posted on August 16, 2012 at 11:41 pm (#

    Thanks so much for hosting Cheryl!

  11. Angela S. posted on August 17, 2012 at 12:05 am (#

    Thanks for hosting! Those macarons look amazing! I love the color!

  12. Jenni@MomEssentials.Net posted on August 17, 2012 at 4:14 am (#

    Thanks for letting me share my own recipe of tasty and delicious Fruit Drink: Power Nutrition In A Cup and
    Healthy Peanutty Cookies!

  13. Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things} posted on August 17, 2012 at 4:38 am (#

    Thank you so much for hosting! :)
    xo! Vanessa

  14. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes posted on August 17, 2012 at 6:03 am (#

    Thank you for hosting. Have a great weekend!

  15. Sarah @ Alderberry Hill posted on August 17, 2012 at 6:14 am (#

    Thanks for the awesome party…happy weekend!

  16. SusieQTpies posted on August 17, 2012 at 6:55 am (#

    Thank you for hosting each week. Sounds like you enjoyed your trip. I’ve never made or eaten French Macarons but after your passionate description I want to make some! Thanks :)

  17. Heather @ What Does She Do All Day? posted on August 17, 2012 at 7:27 am (#

    I have never had a macaroon, but have always wanted to try them. I really should have bought one (or 10) when I was at Harrod’s in London. They had a whole bar of them!

  18. Maggie @ Midwestern Girl posted on August 17, 2012 at 7:32 am (#

    Thank you so so much for hosting, Cheryl!
    I’ve never had a macaron…well, not a French one anyway…;)I’ve had those coconut-chocolate American macaroons, (which I love), but they are soooo not the same.

    Hope you have a fantastic weekend! And thank you for the gorgeous food photographs! Keep ’em comin’…;)

  19. Kelly posted on August 17, 2012 at 8:39 am (#

    Thanks so much for hosting… wishing I had joined you and Amanda now. Booooo on poor decision making, right? :) Have a fabulous weekend!! Hugs to you!!

  20. Gina posted on August 17, 2012 at 9:11 am (#

    Oh! My! Word! I have yet to attempt these but hearing your describe them just makes me want to head into the kitchen & start creating. YUM!

  21. Kris posted on August 17, 2012 at 9:22 am (#

    I love macarons! I make them, my favorite is vanilla with vanilla Swiss buttercream…
    In Seattle I tried some at La Panier, delish! (pistachio, vanilla, and rasberry were all good) And its right next to Beechers for homemade mac and cheese.. A double yummy next door to each other.
    I also had them at Lette in Pasadena, CA and their Salted Caramel and Sweet Wedding Almond were to die for! Now I am craving one….

  22. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted on August 17, 2012 at 9:35 am (#

    Such beautiful deliciousness! Zoe (Zoe Bakes) actually brought some to a MN food blogger event last night…they were exquisite to both look at and eat. Can’t stop thinking about them!!

  23. Mackenzie posted on August 17, 2012 at 9:43 am (#

    Thanks for hosting! Have a great weekend! :)

  24. Maneesha Pradhan posted on August 17, 2012 at 9:55 am (#

    The best Macaroons I have had were in Paris. A friend from there taught me how to make them. Still perfecting my technique but love them all the same.

  25. Melissa posted on August 17, 2012 at 10:16 am (#

    I’ve never had one before. What is it?

  26. Kristy Life-n-Reflection posted on August 17, 2012 at 10:48 am (#

    I still haven’t managed to try these

  27. Lyuba posted on August 17, 2012 at 11:46 am (#

    Thank you so much for hosting, Cheryl!

  28. Heather@French Press posted on August 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm (#

    I LOVE Bouchon, and macarons have been on my to-do list – someday I’ll get over my fear and try to make them at home:)

  29. Shaina posted on August 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm (#

    Yum. The caramel at Bouchon is my favorite. Dreamy.

  30. Ckay posted on August 17, 2012 at 4:06 pm (#

    Hi, just joined your fantastic group.
    Thank you so much for hosting!

  31. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on August 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm (#

    My two favorite places for macarons are Pierre Herme and LAC Patisserie. I only wish they had locations out here!

  32. dan posted on August 17, 2012 at 11:45 pm (#

    Thanks for sharing – great post! Love macarons and the top pic looks fantastic! Macaron lover

  33. Janet posted on August 18, 2012 at 8:01 am (#

    I’ve never tried them but they are going on my “must try” list. Thanks for hosting!

  34. Jodie Fitz posted on August 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm (#

    Hi there…French Macaroons are one of my ultimate favorite treats!


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