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Macaroons have their origins in Italian monastaries as far back as the 9th century.
The name of the cake comes from the Italian maccarone or maccherone meaning “paste,” referring to the original almond paste ingredient; this word itself derives from ammaccare, meaning “to crush.”
The Italian monks who originated the small cakes eventually moved to France where the recipe circulated.
During the French Revolution, two Benedictine nuns, Sister Marguerite and Sister Marie-Elisabeth sought asylum in the French city of Nancy and paid for their housing by selling macaroons. These two women eventually became known as “The Macaroon Sisters.”
There are many regional varieties of macaroon:
- Scotland – covered with chocolate and topped with coconut
- United States – piped out with a star-shaped tip
- Dominican Republic – very dark and featuring ginger and cinnamon
- France – they are called macaron and they are lighter and often colored brightly
- Italy – a variety called ricciarelli are made from solf almond paste and served on special occasions like Xmas
- Spain – carajito is a macaroon made with hazelnuts and honey