The difference between macarons and macaroons is more than just an extra “o.” The single “o” macarons (pronounced mah-kah-rohn) are beloved French patisseries that were originally created in Italy. The macaron is made to be a meringue cookie with a sandwich-like style that incorporates egg whites in its creation. The double “o” macaroon (pronounced mah-kah-roon) is a Southern treat made from shredded coconut and condensed milk. It resembles a baked haystack. Whether you like one or the other, there are plenty of places in North Texas to try them both.
10230 E. Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX 75238
www.hautesweetspatisserie.comThere is no less than a dozen different flavors of French macarons on display at Haute Sweets Patisserie. The Lake Highlands bakery offers high-end patisseries and is the collective brainchild of Chef Gianni Santin and Chef Tida Pichakron. Chef Santin trained in Europe and has traveled the world. He was named the 2006 Chef of the Year by the Texas Chef’s Association and in 2007 Hotel Chef of the Year by the Hotel Association. Chef Pichakron traded corporate America for a chef’s coat. She trained in California, worked at the Adolphus Hotel’s French Room and was part of the opening team for Las Vegas’ Mandarin Oriental Hotel at City Center. Both chefs have been featured TLC’s Fabulous Cakes and have competed in various competitions including Food Network Challenge Sugar Inventions and Extreme Pirate Cakes as well as Sugar Dome. These two “sugar whisperers” know sweets. The gluten-free every day flavors of macarons are chocolate, coffee, lemon, pistachio, peanut butter and jelly, red velvet and strawberry. The exotic flavors are rotated into the selection daily. Haute Sweets Patisserie is truly a specialty bakery with vegan, paleo and gluten-free options.
8060 Park Lane
Dallas, TX 75231
www.savorpatisserie.comLocated in the Shops at Park Lane, Savor Patisserie is a little pop up shop that offers a wide variety of French macarons. They offer monthly rotating flavors like lavender, green tea and cherry blossom, plus daily tastes like PB&C peanut butter and chocolate, the Scarlet which are red velvet shells filled with cream cheese buttercream filling, Barbie Girl which is raspberry shells with raspberry cream filling. For those serious lovers of macarons, Savor Patisserie offers classes in how to make the light, delectable treats. The classes are two hours long, made specifically for adults 21 years and older and are BYOB.
839 W. Davis St.
Dallas, TX 75208
www.joymacarons.comAfter visiting several pastry shops around the world and falling in love with macarons, Liz Lanier, a home baker decided to try her hand at making them. Several years of dedicated work in perfecting her signature flavors, Lanier created a patisserie that conjures feelings of happiness, contentment, elation and gratitude also known as joy. Located in the Bishop Arts area of Oak Cliff, Joy Macarons offer over a dozen flavors every day that you won’t see in other shops – violet and black currant, rose and lychee, lemon fleur de sel and Texas butter pecan. Lanier has been successful in spreading little boxes of JOY and is slated to open a second location in Lower Greenville later on this year.
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1208 W. Magnolia Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76104
www.facebook.com/cupcakebordelloLocated in the historic Fairmont district of Fort Worth, and only open Wed. – Sun., Le Chat Noir – Cupcake Bordello and Bakery prides itself on using time-tested French pastry techniques. While they offer cupcakes known as the G.I.R.L.S (Gorgeous, Incredibly-Rich Luscious, Sweets) that are known for their interesting, creative names like Brown Betty, Buxom Blonde and Bottle Blonde, and custom cakes including wedding, Le Chat Noir also offers French-styled macarons in a variety of flavors including raspberry, blackberry, almond, chocolate, pistachio, and mocha.
1616 S. University Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76107
www.mckinleysbakery.comIn the TCU/West Cliff area of Fort Worth is McKinley’s Fine Bakery and Cafe. They are always busy. They serve a full breakfast menu with scrambles, sandwiches and burritos, an extensive lunch menu with soups, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, wraps and quiche as well as many bakery items including cupcakes, petit fours, specialty cookies, and a rare find, gluten-free coconut macaroons.
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