Macarons and macaroons both terms refer to distinctly different things. Both macarons and macaroons are confections. Both names are derived from ammaccare, which is Italian for “to crush”-but that’s where the similarities end.
Macaroon often topped with a cherry whereas macaron is a sandwich like pastry.
Macaroons are generally not in colors while Macarons come in a variety of colors and flavors.
In addition to clear the differences macarons and macaroons are made from different ingredients.
A macaron specifically refers to a meringue-based confectionery made up of egg whites, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond, and food coloring. It appears first in France in Middle Ages. It usually filled with a flavored butter cream or fruit spread. The delicate treat has a crunchy exterior, and a weightless interior with a soft ending that’s almost nougat like in its chewiness. It is characterized by its smooth doomed top, flat base and cute ruffle circumstances known as the feet.
Macaroon is a cookie with a very distinct heritage. It seems to hail from Scotland. It’s a soft cookie made with egg white, sugar and shredded dried coconut often dipped in chocolate. Not the best looking treat around. Perhaps it would look better with a tattoo.