Macaroons are very sweet meringue-like cookies with a crispy outside, and softer middle. They evolved from traditional Italian amaretti biscuits, and used to be made by monks in Italian monasteries as far back as the 9th century. Macaroons later became popular with Jews because they contain no flour and can be enjoyed during passover. Essentially, a macaroon is baked almond paste and would make a nice treat for afternoon tea. Based on the brands I used, each biscuit is about 110 calories.