Light, colorful almond macarons are still some of the most desirable cookies out there, but similarly named Almond Macaroons (mac-a-roons) probably predate the petite French pastry. Macaroons can be dated to a monastery in the 9th century, where the monks baked small cakes made with ground almonds and egg whites. A version of the cookie made with shredded coconut tends to be a bit more popular today, but the original almond cookies have stood the test of time because they are delicious just as they are. The cookies are crisp on the outside and chewy in the center, with plenty of almond flavor in every bite. You can find my recipe for Almond Macaroons over at the Craftsy blog (it’s free!) and learn how to make them yourself at home. The cookies require only a handful of ingredients, so you may already have everything you need in the pantry!