I love me some macarons! Crispy and crunchy on the outside and ooey gooey in the middle. This week my work has a cookie exchange/competition, which I have been told, is epic. I decided to pull out the big guns and whip up a batch of French macarons. They are a pretty hard cookie to make, but well worth the effort! I used Martha Stewarts Recipe with a few tweaks as usual. I substituted 1/4 cup of almond meal for 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder to make the macarons chocolate. A few weeks ago I was able to visit a restaurant in Los Angeles, Bottega Louie, which has the most amazing salted caramel macarons. I tried to recreate them myself and made homemade salted butter caramel. It was my very first time making homemade caramel and I used a dry method of making caramel and it was SO easy!