Macarons and Macaroons – What’s the Difference?


There are many important questions out there that need answers. For instance, why do we use No. 2 pencils instead of No. 1? Was turkey a bird or a country first? If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, does it make a sound? And, of course, is there really a difference between macarons and macaroons?

Well, we can’t truly answer all of the questions that keep you up at night, but we definitely can shed some light on the last one. The answer is yes – they are different concoctions.

These little treats are both delicious cookies that share similar ingredients and a bit of murky history, but that’s pretty much all that they have in common. Here’s the difference between these two desserts:

The Macaron (pronounced “mack-ah-ROHN”)

Would you believe us if we told you that this French pastry’s name comes from the Italian word for “macaroni”? Well, we hope so, because it’s true. This meringue-based cookie features almond flour, egg whites, and sugar for ingredients and takes a great deal of patience and skill to create. While they’re not overly sweet, they’re fun little finger foods that come in a variety of colors and flavors. Oh, and you probably won’t need a napkin because these bite-sized treats are virtually mess-free and easy to eat.

The Macaroon (pronounced “mack-ah-RUNE”)

This American cookie borrows its name from, wouldn’t you believe it, the French word macaron. Made with grated coconut, egg whites, and powdered sugar, this creation was made in the 1800s when coconut became a popular item among bakers. This extremely sweet dessert has a lumpy, chewy texture and is a delight for all coconut lovers out there. While they may be messy to eat, they’re actually quite easy to make (with or without an oven) and are pretty darn great dipped in chocolate!

So there you have it. Now you know the differences between the macaron and the macaroon, which makes you the opposite of a “maroon,” as Bugs Bunny would say. Speaking of which, be smart and get your sweet tooth fix at McArthur’s Bakery! From macarons to macaroons and everything in between, we’ve got the best treats around.