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Calories in French Macaroons

author image Nina K.
Nina K. is a Los Angeles-based journalist who has been published by USAToday.com, Fitday.com, Healthy Living Magazine, Organic Authority and numerous other print and web publications. She has a philosophy degree from the University of Colorado and a journalism certificate from UCLA.
Calories in French Macaroons
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French macaroons -- also called macarons -- are fluffy and delicate, with sweet creamy or fruity filling. While these sandwich cookies may be light enough to melt in your mouth, they can be heavy in calories, partially because they contain high-fat almond meal instead of wheat flour. A filling rich in cream and butter will further elevate the calorie count. At home, minimize calories by using a thin layer of jam instead.

Calorie Count

The number of calories in your macaroon depends on the size and recipe, but one chocolate version with a buttery filling from Epicurious contains a hefty 273 calories per cookie. Store-bought versions are generally lighter and may range from just 31 calories in a mini-macaroon of 1 inch in diameter to 125 calories or more for a 4-inch macaroon, according to MyFitnessPal.

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