I received a Sucre’ Louisiana Macaron Cookie Sampler to facilitate this review; all opinions are my own.
Macaron’s are hot right now. You can’t help but see these colorful little cookies all over Pinterest, but I realized the other day that I’ve never actually eaten one! At 52 that seems impossible, but I’ve never been introduced to these sweet little French cookies.
Thankfully the fine bakers at Sucre’ have corrected that oversight. They sent me their Classic Macaron Collection to try out. The flavors include: Pecan, Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Almond, Pistachio, Strawberry, Hazelnut, and Bananas Foster. The first thing I noticed is their packaging. These little gems arrived at my house in perfect condition, each protected in an egg-crate-like enclosure.
The Sucre’s Macaron recipe was perfected by their Executive Chef and are still handmade. They start with cane sugar which is boiled. They then add the sugar syrup to egg whites and then whip them until they’re cool. They take that meringue and add it to their special mix of Marcona almond flour and confectioners’ sugar. Finally they pipe the macaron dough onto baking sheets and bake them until there’s a gooey center surrounded by a crispy outer shell. They finish off the cooking by adding a mousseline filling which is their butter cream mixed with preserves or other flavorings that’s whipped into the incredible filling used in these cookies.
How To Make French Macarons by Sucre (video)
Can you make them yourself? Of course you can, there are plenty more on Pinterest, but they are labor intensive and well there’s so many ways the recipe can go wrong. Plus these are simply gorgeous as gifts in their adorable striped box with pink ribbon so why try?
While these are definitely too sweet for me for an everyday snack cookie, they’re perfect for a special occasion or as a gift. I’d be proud to serve or give these – they’re adorable!
But French Macaron’s are not the only delicious treat the Sucre’ Sweet Boutique makes. They’re experts at the king cake, a Mardi Gras favorite (another regional treat I’ve never tried) that’s a handmade Danish dough that has a sweet cream cheese filling which is covered with sugar glaze and of course purple, green, and gold glitter. They also sell handmade chocolates and gifts (I love the raining macron’s umbrella). But my favorite Sucre’ creation? It’s the Man Collection – this GIRL would love one! It’s a gift set of Pretzel and Nibs and Brittle Chocolate Bars, Southern Candied Pecans, Extra Dark Drinking Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate Caramel Cookies. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it!