Friday, May 31, 2013

National Macaroon Day

May 31 is National Macaroon Day, so Happy Macaroon Day!

What better way to celebrate than with a stop in NoDa at Amelie's to try a macaroon for the first time?

I stopped by earlier this week because I knew there was a large selection to choose from. I'd always looked at the cookies in their display case and wondered what they tasted like.

I was always a little hesitant to try them. Something about the name -- "macaroon" -- reminds me of something that should taste like a nut. Almonds, walnuts. It's strange, I know, but I'm not the biggest fan of nuts, so I didn't want to have a cookie that tasted like one.

Upon closer inspection a few weeks ago (there was a long line at Amelie's, so I was right in front of the cookies for about a minute and a half), it didn't look like they were made of nuts at all.

Instead the macaroons looked a lot like a whoopie pie, except not as soft. There were a wide selection of pastel-colored macaroons at Amelie's, but I went with a Lavender macaroon, a Cinnamon macaroon and a Strawberry macaroon.

I tried the Lavender first. I was kind of surprised. The shell parts of the cookie weren't fluffy soft, but they weren't hard and brittle either. The semi-hard crust breaks into little pieces with every bite, leading the way to the soft, somewhat gooey center. The center was like a Starburst that's been left in a car on a hot day.

The Lavender cookie kind of tasted like a burger. No lie!

While I was eating it, I couldn’t help but think, “this tastes like one of those burger slider,” one of those miniature hamburgers you can order as an appetizer at restaurants.

The Strawberry cookie tasted pretty similar to a strawberry cupcake in cookie form. There was a very light strawberry flavor there.

The Cinnamon was my favorite by far! It definitely had a cinnamon taste to it, but the center of that cookie had some chocolate in it. The chocolate won the battle over the taste buds though. The cinnamon ended up being an accompanying flavor to that chocolate center.

Overall, they weren't too bad.

I don't know that I'd buy them again -- especially if they cost almost $1.50 a piece. Sorry, but I'll take a donut for that price.

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