As colorful and flavorful as a cupcake, the macaron has hit Manhattan by storm. If you're in the New York City area today and have a sweet tooth, stop by one of the 16 participating bakeries and mention "Macaron Day NYC" for a free treat. Some bakeries will donate a portion of the proceeds from today's sales to City Harvest.
Last year, pastry chef Francois Payard organized the first Macaron Day in New York City. Payard created this day in accordance with the Jour du Macaron in Paris, created by celebrated pastry chef Pierre Herme.
Often mistaken for a coconut macaroon, the macaron is a light almond and egg white cookie that is sandwiched with a decadent buttercream filling.
If you're not in the New York City area, try making these cookies at home with this recipe.