Local bakeries whip up cookies for a cause

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Friday is Macaron Day and bakeries across the country and in the Triangle are using the cookies to help people in need and the organizations that serve them.

So far, the cookies are flying off local shelves.

Violet mascarpone, chestnut vanilla, and raspberry rose are just some of the macaron flavors sold Friday at Lucette Grace in Downtown Raleigh.

Around the corner, Morning Times could barely keep its bourbon chocolate bacon and s'mores macarons stocked. And they were specifically made for Macaron Day.

Macaron's are light, airy sandwich cookies typically made with egg whites, sugar, and almond flour.

"They're generally held together with a cream, or a ganache, jam, something to hold the two pieces together," said Daniel Benjamin of Lucette Grace.

First started in France, Macaron Day is now celebrated around the world to coincide with the start of spring.

"A lot of people make very bright colored ones," said Benjamin. "It's been a long gray winter and I think we're ready for spring."

Benjamin organized Macaron Day here in the Triangle. Twenty-five percent of all macaron sales at these participating bakeries will go to our local Meals on Wheels.

"I had a very good relationship with my grandparents when I was young and I think sometimes our senior citizen community gets forgotten about and I just want to make sure we don't forget about them," Benjamin said.

Many of the participating bakeries in Raleigh and Durham will stay open Friday night.

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