from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A chewy cookie made with sugar, egg whites, and almond paste or coconut.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A soft biscuit or cookie prepared with almond or coconut dough.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small cake, composed chiefly of the white of eggs, almonds or coconut, and sugar.
- n. A finical fellow, or macaroni.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small sweet cake, made of sweet-almond meal instead of wheaten flour, and white of eggs.
- n. A droll; a buffoon. A finical fellow; a fop; an exquisite. Compare macaroni, 3.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. chewy cookie usually containing almond paste
What most of us know as a macaroon is usually made with coconut, sometimes almond paste, and it's sometimes swirly, sometimes round, frequently dense and often tasty, but rarely light, elegant or ooh-la-la worthy.
Cookies have existed since the 600's and appear to have originated in Persia and were popularized and sweetened after they were brought to cookie was named by the Dutch as "Koekje" which was anglicized to become the word: cookies during the American Pilgrimage were the macaroon from the French and the gingerbread cookie from the Dutch.
I always thought a macaroon was a chocolate-coconut candy until I saw stuff like this and this.
To find unsweetened dried coconut, sometimes called macaroon coconut, try a health-food store, where it's often sold among the bulk goods.
The English spelling is "macaroon," but the French confection is not to be confused with the dense chewy treat made with sweetened coconut.
I'd never actually seen this kind of macaroon before but they sold them in a bakery in the Paris hotel.
* I'm going with the French spelling for fear I may be accused of confusing them with coconut macaroons, though many US menus do use "macaroon".
With 9 different flavors to choose from and more in the works, there's certainly a coconut macaroon flavor for you.
Dan tested recipe after recipe, anything he could find online, tweaking ingredients and details until he came up with, what he believes to be, the best coconut macaroon you'll ever have.
Meet Dan Cohen, the founder and baker behind Danny Macaroons, an artisan macaroon company based in Spanish Harlem, NYC.