Originally Posted by Chojin
the only macaroons i've seen looked like white creampuffs, not those bizarre things
There are Jewish macaroons and there are these. Jewish macaroons are basically blobs of coconut and condensed milk and eggs that are soft, sticky creampuffs. These are made of almond flour and are piped onto parchment, then left to air dry until that outer shell dries. Then when you bake them, you get the "feet"...that's the ruffly part that rises underneath that makes it look like a squat mushroom cloud.
Ideally, the "feet" are chewy and the top part is a hollow bubble. They're really, really addictive and good ones cost an arm and a leg in a european bakery.