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Made from sugar, egg whites and ground almonds, macaroons are small flat, round biscuits that are light and crisp on the outside and soft, moist and slightly chewy on the inside. They are typically made with almond, but variations include those flavoured with chocolate, coffee, other nuts or coconut. Macaroons may be served with dessert wine, crushed for use in desserts such as trifles, or served with syllabub. Although popular in France, the recipe is thought to have Italian origins, where macaroons have been documented as early as the eighth century.