We are celebrating National Macaroon Day, a cookie that originated in America.
Celebrate the scrumptious, delightful treat that is the macaroon! In this post, we’ll take you on a journey through the origins of National Macaroon Day, share some interesting statistics, and sprinkle in a playful anecdotes or two.
National Macaroon Day is a day dedicated to honoring the tasty and chewy treat we all know and love – the macaroon. But what is the story behind this delicious holiday? Let’s find out!
A Brief History of Macaroons
The rich history of macaroons dates back to the 9th century. They were first made in an Italian monastery. In fact, the word “macaroon” is derived from the Italian word “maccarone” meaning “paste.” Originally, recipes called for almond paste to make these cookies. Over time, the recipe spread across Europe, with each country adding its own unique twist.
A dainty, meringue-based cookie sandwich with a creamy filling, called a macaron, was born in France.
But it is Mrs. Esther Levy is who we have to thank for the American macaroon. She originally published the recipe in “First Jewish American Cookbook” in 1871. Cookbooks originally placed macaroons in the cake section because of their soft chewy texture. However, most would agree their size definitely makes them a cookie.
Celebrate National Macaroon Day in Style!
Follow this list of tips and ideas to help you make the most of National Macaroon Day:
- Bake your own macaroons: What better way to celebrate than by making your own delicious macaroons? Try out different recipes, like the classic coconut macaroon or the elegant French macaron. Need inspiration? Check out this macaroon recipes!
- Visit a local bakery: Support your local bakeries by purchasing their macaroon creations. This is also a great opportunity to try out new flavors and textures!
- Host a macaroon-themed party: Invite friends and family over for a macaroon tasting party. Have everyone bring their favorite macaroon variation and enjoy a sweet night together.
- Share the love on social media: Post pictures of your macaroon adventures using the hashtag #NationalMacaroonDay to spread the word and encourage others to join in the celebration.
- Learn more about macaroons: Dive deeper into the history and cultural significance of this beloved treat by reading books, articles, and watching documentaries. A great starting point is The Macaroon Bible by Dan Cohen.
A Sweet Call-to-Action
Spread the word about National Macaroon Day, bake some mouthwatering treats, and most importantly, share the joy of macaroons with your loved ones. Plain macaroons on their own are tasty, but dress them up using chocolate and fruit and you have an elegant, delicious dessert. Let’s make May 31st the sweetest day of the year!
Today we bring you three sapphic books with main characters who love to bake.
Looking for something else? Try this list of books set in a bakery or cafe.