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French Sweets You Can Make at Home


Article by Hayley Hyer

Photography by Stock Images

I will admit that there's truly nothing as good as eating a fresh Ladurée macaron in Paris, and I cannot completely recreate that experience for you. However, with a little bit of patience and practice, you can come pretty close to recreating the delicious taste and texture of French desserts! Give some of these recipes a try.

How to Make Macarons

"This easy step-by-step guide on How to Make Macarons, will have you well on your way to becoming a macaron master! I compiled these tips and tricks from everything I have learned over the years about the art of making macarons. Through trial and error I have found what works, what doesn’t, and ways to ensure success time after time. I have also provided my basic macaron recipe, along with thorough step-by-step instructions. This macaron recipe is excellent as is, but is also easily adaptable to any flavor!"

Homemade Chouquettes

"To look at these little beauties, you wouldn’t think that you could whip up a batch in just over half an hour. Chouquettes (pronounced shoo-kets) are French pastry sugar puffs and can also be made into profiteroles (French cream puffs) if you’re feeling fancy."

Homemade Chocolate Croissants (Pain au Chocolat)

"Am I allowed to admit that these are even better than the original? Ultra thin layers. Buttery crispness. Melted chocolate. Confectioners’ sugar dusting. Simple. Decadent. There’s absolutely nothing on earth better than a warm chocolate croissant unless that warm chocolate croissant was proudly handmade in your own kitchen."

French Patisserie Fruit Tart

"This French dessert wows visually, but it’s not difficult to put together. Three parts: shortcrust, cream filling, and fruit topping. The glaze is optional and the first two items are make ahead."