Often mistaken for the coconut macaroon, the French macaron is a delicate almond sandwich cookie with fillings consisting of buttercream or ganache. Bakeries display these cookies in an assortment of colors that match the flavor of the filling. Macarons are notoriously known as one of the hardest cookies to make. There are many factors to consider in baking them, such as achieving the right consistency in folding the dry ingredients into the meringue. The macaron also has distinct characteristics that must be achieved in order to be considered a true macaron. I undertook the daunting task to learn how to make these cookies and after extensive research, I was able to successfully bake them on my first try.