Happy National Macaron Day! 14 Super Sweet Ways To Celebrate That Don't Involve A Trip To Laduree

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If you thought the first day of spring couldn't get any better, think again. In addition to being the start of a new, warmer season, March 20 is also National Macaron Day. Finally, a day where people can indulge in the tiny, tasty French treat. Not that they actually needed a reason to do so.

Not to be confused with its coconut-based counterpart, the macaron (pronounced ma-ka-ron) is an airy French confection made from almond, sugar, and egg whites. When done correctly, the "cookie" is crunchy on the outside but slightly chewy on the inside. To make the shells even tastier, they are held together by a cream, meringue, or jam filling. And, as with most French treats, people prefer to buy them rather than make them themselves.

It's an understandable concern. Because the macaron requires a bit of finesse, people worry that the slightest mistake will turn their delicate dessert into a complete disaster. But to paraphrase Babe Ruth, you should never let the fear of screwing up keep you from celebrating National Macaron Day. If you're able to put your pastry fears aside, you'll find that macarons are actually pretty easy to make. Still have your doubts? Here are 14 macaron recipes that prove you don't have to be a professional chef to whip up this tasty French treat.

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