Who loves macaroons? No, we’re not talking about those cookies that look like colorful little burgers — those are macarons. Although French macarons are mistakenly often called macaroons, they’re unmistakably different when it comes down to taste, texture, and appearance. Macaroons are Italian gluten-free cookies that are made from coconut and they’re traditionally held together by whipped-up egg whites. Almond, vanilla, and a chocolate coating are popular ways to flavor macaroons. You can always see the texture of the coconut flakes, even when they’re coated in chocolate. Macarons, on the other hand, are meringue-based French sandwich cookies that often have a fruit jam or ganache filling.
For whatever reason, on May 31st, we celebrate Macaroon Day! What better way to welcome the warmer weather than with a coconut-based cookie? The original recipe may call for egg whites, but we actually don’t need them at all to make a fantastic macaroon. We can use chia seeds, Medjool dates, coconut oil, and other methods to hold our cookies together — and we can also get creative with the flavors. Don’t believe us? Check out these 11 different ways to make macaroons.
1. Raw Lemon Macaroons
These Raw Lemon Macaroons are a great raw vegan snack for lemon and coconut lovers! Easy to make and even easier to eat, their bright, citrusy flavor combined with flaky coconut is perfect for spring! They need to be dehydrated, but if you don’t have a dehydrator, you can also “bake” them at your oven’s lowest temperature setting.
2. Chocolate Coconut Macaroons
If Almond Joys are proof of anything it’s that coconut and chocolate go marvelously together. These Chocolate Coconut Macaroons bring the classic combination to macaroon-form. You can have these bite-sized treats ready in just 15 minutes only using seven simple ingredients! What more could you want?
3. Maple Cardamom Macaroons
These Maple Cardamom Macaroons are simple and the perfect tea accompaniment. They’re not overly sweet, which is a nice change from the usual macaroon flavor profile. Vanilla extract, hazelnut, and maple syrup give these treats a subtle sweetness while chia seeds keep them intact.
4. Carrot Cake Macaroons
A bite-size alternative to carrot cake, these oat-based Carrot Cake Macaroons are just delicious for when you crave something sweet. They can be made two ways; the first is with a sweet cashew frosting and the other is with a dark chocolate drizzle. Or, get adventurous and try it both ways at the same time. They’re so easy to make, and ready in no time!
5. Simple Coconut Macaroons
This recipe is for perfect, Simple Coconut Macaroons that won’t fall apart. They’re free of refined sugar but still sweet. As they bake, the coconut toasts and takes on a delightfully nutty flavor. You don’t need any special ingredients to make these, either — everything you need is likely already in your pantry.
7. Cherry Almond Macaroons
These Cherry Almond Macaroons are slightly tart, creamy, and nutty with a natural sweetness that keeps you coming back for more. These are also incredibly easy to make. It’s a perfect treat to make when you don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen.
8. Chocolate Macadamia Macaroons
Considered to be the world’s most delicious nuts, macadamias are small, crispy buttery flavored powerhouses full of good fats, protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. They bring a richness to these Chocolate Macadamia Macaroons that’s different from your average cookie that’s enhanced by their chocolatey flavor. If you live chocolate (or know somebody who does), then these are a must-make.
9. Raw Macaroons Two Ways
When you can’t decide between plain and chocolate, go for this recipe for Raw Macaroons Two Ways! One is like your standard macaroon and the other is made chocolatey through the use of raw cacao and maca powder with a pinch of sea salt to balance out the sweetness. Both are raw and totally delicious.
10. Dark Chocolate-Dipped Vanilla Mint Macaroons
These Dark Chocolate-Dipped Vanilla Mint Macaroons just melt in your mouth. Their coconutty flavor is enhanced with vanilla and mint extracts and they’re dipped in a rich dark chocolate coating. There’s never a wrong time for vanilla, mint, and chocolate!
11. No-Bake Almond Butter Macaroons
These No-Bake Almond Butter Macaroons are a winner that relentlessly beg to be made, eaten, and then made again. You need only one bowl to make them and you don’t even need a tool — just your hands — to do the mixing. Although if you do use your hands, the batter might not make it to the tray. It’s so good, you’ll want to eat it all before you even have the chance to shape it into cookies.
Whether it’s a traditional macaroon recipe or something more creative, we love all macaroons. What’s your favorite kind? Tell us in the comments!
Lead image source: Simple Coconut Macaroons