Definition of macaroon in English:



  • A light cookie made with egg white, sugar, and usually ground almonds or coconut.

    • ‘The coconut macaroons are far more delicious, little sugary balls of the desiccated nut.’
    • ‘Before going any further, I wanted to make one thing clear: French macarons are NOT equivalent to American macaroons, represented by coconut macaroons.’
    • ‘It came with a straw, swizzle stick and a tiny macaroon biscuit.’
    • ‘He finished off two huge helpings with gusto and annihilated my entire collection of home-baked almond macaroons.’
    • ‘Strangely, Kirsty Wark was selling biscuits and macaroons at this week's farmers' market in aid of a cancer charity.’
    • ‘Lois had made coconut macaroons, Carlile's favorites, and built a fire in the woodstove.’
    • ‘My whole childhood I thought of a macaroon as a coconut cookie: who knew they could be so much more?’
    • ‘I baked my first batch of Christmas cookies today - almond macaroons.’
    • ‘But both the French macaron and the American macaroon are based on the crisp Italian meringue cookies made of whipped egg whites, sugar, and ground almonds or bitter apricot kernels, called amaretti.’
    • ‘I had chronic diarrhea for over a year, and the coconut macaroons did nothing for it.’
    • ‘He's been eating two coconut macaroons a day for about two weeks.’
    • ‘When she finally decided to get up and start the day, she was surprised to find a dozen white roses on her desk, accompanied by a box of strawberry scented candles and some coconut macaroons.’
    • ‘After reading your column I went and purchased coconut macaroons and ate two of them in the parking lot.’
    • ‘As a modest early offering, I sent him a dozen homemade chocolate-covered coconut macaroons, and Brandon sent back four bottles of Ithaca Nut Brown Ale and one of his favorite bourbons.’
    • ‘Many of the recipes would make brilliant 11 th-hour gifts: sweet biscotti, chocolate macaroons, triple chocolate pretzels, white chocolate mint truffles and creamy pistachio toffee.’
    • ‘To assemble the sandwiches, arrange half the butter cookies, mint macaroons, anise macaroons, and brownies on a flat work surface.’
    • ‘Wrinkly tights, coconut macaroons, eye shadow and Mrs Overall's home-made sherry were all visibly waiting in the wings.’
    • ‘I told her I had read about coconut macaroons for diarrhea in your column, but she said it's crazy.’
    • ‘No one really knows why coconut macaroons work, though folklore from around the world suggests that coconut is known for its anti-diarrheal properties.’
    • ‘For the almond macaroons, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.’


Late 16th century: from French macaron, from Italian maccarone (see macaroni).