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Don’t Judge A Cookie By Its Cover October 7, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Vegetarian Recipes.

Some time ago, we tried our first Macaron ~ coffee flavored.


I’d seen them around for ages, but they didn’t look “good enough to eat.”

Instead, they looked hard and dry and unappetizing.

I was surprised to find (at first bite) that they are soft and chewy and much better than expected.

Now I know you can’t judge a cookie by its cover!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Are you a fan of macarons?  Have you ever made a batch?


1. Ruth - October 7, 2021

I’ve made them twice. Had a special baking mat with the circles on as a guide. They were good but not as pretty as the bakery. I imagine they’d look better with practice.

nrhatch - October 7, 2021

Good for you giving it a go! They might be my favorite way to eat eggs. 😀

nrhatch - October 7, 2021

I just posted a comment on your Earl Grey Tea Bread post but it got posted as “anonymous.”

I always wanted to be anonymous. So much less pressure!

2. Kate Crimmins - October 7, 2021

Not a big cookie fan here so no I never made them. Not all good food looks pretty and not all food that looks pretty is tasty.

nrhatch - October 7, 2021

So true. Popcorn is just OK in the looks department, but it makes a grand companion when I’m watching a movie!

3. Rivergirl - October 7, 2021

I’ve never made them… but love them!

nrhatch - October 7, 2021

There’s a place at the mall that sells them in 30 different flavors. I’m tempted to work my way through the offerings. 😀

Rivergirl - October 8, 2021

Sounds like a good retirement plan to me.

nrhatch - October 8, 2021

It would give me something interesting to do at the mall since shopping is no longer my forte. 😛

4. mybeautfulthings - October 7, 2021

They are sooo delicious but very expensive! We usually buy just four when we visit the Royal Academy as there is a very beautiful shop in the Burlington Arcade just nearby. I haven’t ever tried to make them as I understand that they are extremely difficult. Maybe the day has come…. 🙂

nrhatch - October 7, 2021

Buying them four at a times gives you a chance to savor EVERY delicious bite!

I bet you would be excellent at making macarons!

5. joyroses13 - October 7, 2021

Now I think I need to try one. 🙂

nrhatch - October 7, 2021

They might become your new favorite friend, JR!

joyroses13 - October 7, 2021


6. Val Boyko - October 7, 2021

Thank you for bringing back memories of mouth melting macarons. They look dry and then taste sublime! A great lesson in all of life 🧶

nrhatch - October 7, 2021

I was so surprised at the vast expanse between expectation and reality. What a delight!

7. Behind the Story - October 8, 2021

My daughter made some for a recent family lunch. (They’re a favorite of her sister.) They were good, but she made them too big. Since they’re so sweet, one was more than enough.

nrhatch - October 8, 2021

In Ruth’s comment, she said she used a special (silicone) baking mat with circles to use as the framework . . . that helps to keep the size manageable. Less is More. 😀

8. roughwighting - October 8, 2021

A local baker nearby us makes amazing macarons. That’s when I first met them, and fell in love. A few years ago a CA friend was visiting. I took her to the before-mentioned bakery and (being British) she literally swooned when she tried his macarons. I buy them and send them via post for her birthdays. 🙂

nrhatch - October 8, 2021

What a sweet birthday tradition! I might do a macarons project (like our pizza project from years ago) to sample local macarons and select the piece de resistance! The best of the best.

9. Debra - October 9, 2021

I think macarons are very good, but it’s really the colors that attract me. We have several bakeries and a few storefronts that sell them exclusively, with dozens of flavors and colors to choose from. i have a desire to one day learn to make them. Notice I didn’t say “goal,” as I’ve never tried even once. Someday? 🙂

nrhatch - October 9, 2021

Why not? The nice thing about experimenting in the kitchen . . . even our “mistakes” are often still edible.

Just don’t substitute salt for sugar or vice versa. 😛

10. L. Marie - October 9, 2021

The grocery store near me has some great macarons. They aren’t cheap though. I was surprised at how pricey they can be! I’ve had some really good macarons.

nrhatch - October 9, 2021

They are pricey so not an every day treat for us . . . at least not until I figure out how to make them.

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