I recently got a book on how to make macarons. Macaron's are fancy french sandwich cookies. They are really light and delicately flavored. When done correctly they are beautiful. I thought if I could learn how to make them correctly, they could be beautiful gifts. So I made my first attempt yesterday. And I discovered I have a long way to go. First of all, they are made out of ground almonds, super fine sugar and egg whites mostly. So you have to grind the sugar, grind the almonds, whip the egg whites, etc. Another key thing is trying to get them all the same size and pretty. The recipe said to pipe them onto parchment paper on a solid cookie sheet. I tried a few that way. But I had just gotten a minutre Whoopie pie pan and thought it would be perfect. So I piped a bunch into it.
So then I baked them. I discovered that the they stick to things. The ones in the Whoopie pan, looked good in the pan, but got a little mangled trying to get them out. I also didn't quite have the depth that the ones in the photos had. But again, they tasted good!
So this is the tin of finished cookies that I made for my friend, Cindy's birthday.