While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Gift yourself with some sweet nothings: May 31 is National Macaroons Day.
When it comes to these weightless little cookies, nationality is key. If you’re thinking bright, colorful sandwich cookies filled with buttercream or jam that melts in your mouth, then the French “le macaron” is for you. If little tufted, toasty coconut confections drizzled with chocolate come to mind, you’re thinking all-American coconut macaroons. But really, you can't go wrong either way.
Egg whites, sugar and ground nuts provide the base for both macarons and macaroons. From there, you can choose your variation.
David Lebovitz provides some sweet tips on making French macarons, both from his own expertise and others. If you want to pipe out some classic party favor-esque coconut macaroons – hey, they work just as well for a single’s night in, just sayin’ – try this Ina Garten adaptation dipped in chocolate.
Whichever fare you embrace, we either wish you a lovely bunch of coconut macaroons or a rainbow of macarons.