The tricks to a good macaron seem to be:
- Dont worry about over folding the mixture.
- trace SMALL circles on parchment and stay in those lines!
- Let the batter dry no more than an hour, stagger bake times.
Thanks to The Great British Bake Off for the basic recipe: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/macaroons_16105
Update: My daughter begged me for days to make macarons until I finally gave it. I ground up some pecans because I was out of almond meal and my piping was pitiful but they still tasted great! These were mauve-looking chocolate anise and blue honeyed goat cheese (Daughter chose the colors.)