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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Macarons & Cookies From Ron Ben-Israel Treats

Ron Ben-Israel is one of America’s most acclaimed designer of wedding and other special occasion cakes (see them at

His superb cake art is sought after for the most elaborate events. He also makes small cakes for birthdays, anniversaries, and for fans who can’t go too long without having one of his cakes.

But what’s a master of cakes to do when weddings are postponed in a pandemic?

You go from something tall and layered to something small and bite-size.

Thus, Ron Ben-Israel and pastry chef Tom Smallwood created a new product line: classic cookies and macarons.

The cookies are baked to order and sold in boxes of five: single flavors or an assortment.

Macarons are gluten-free, and there’s a gluten-free cookie collection in addition to the regular Ultimate Cookie Collection.

Each box of five is excellent for gifting (put them on your holiday list), but they’re also a well-deserved treat for yourself. Right now. You know you deserve it.

Before we take a further look at these gourmet goodies, here’s a time-sensitive opportunity:

For those celebrating the Jewish Holidays, there is a limited edition of gourmet honey cakes, with layers of flavor from a fragrant spice blend, and infused with Rishi’s ruby oolong tea.

They’re available through the end of September (photo #4).

We are in love with these macarons (photo #2). They’re better than any we’ve ever had, including those from the four most famous Parisian pâtissiers chocolatiers.

The cookie portion of a macaron is universal—confectioner’ sugar, ground almonds and egg whites†. What makes these so special are the fillings.

Most macaron fillings are pleasant, but don’t make a statement. These fillings are so flavorful, we could eat vats of them.

They have spoiled us for all other macarons!

The flavors include:

  • Chocolate Praline Feuilletine
  • Mocha Cappuccino
  • Passion Fruit Salted Caramel
  • Pistachio Matcha
  • Strawberry Basil

    These cookie flavors represent classic and new American flavors with one international touch (photo #3).

  • City Harvest Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate
  • Double Chocolate Toasted Coconut
  • Earl Grey Blackberry & Lemon Sugar
  • Sesame Tahini Cardamom
  • Triple Valrhona Chocolate Chunk

    These gluten-free cookie flavors are the same as the Ultimate Cookie Collection, with one exception. The oatmeal cookie is switched out for Spiced Peanut With Valrhona Milk Chocolate.‡

  • Double Chocolate Toasted Coconut
  • Earl Grey Blueberry & Lemon Sugar
  • Sesame Tahini Cardamom
  • Spiced Peanut With Valrhona Milk Chocolate
  • Triple Valrhona Chocolate Chunk

    >Head to Ron Ben Israel Treats.



    [1] Order these for the best afternoon tea (photo by Jessica Taylor for Ron Ben Israel Treats).

    [2] Three of the five macaron flavors (photos #2 and #3 by Darcy Miller for Ron Ben Israel Treats).

    [3] Have these cookies with a glass of milk—or a glass of Banyuls.

    [4] Special for September: the best honey cake, with layers of flavor.

    *To be precise, two of the four are primarily chocolatiers, and one is from Belgium, with a Paris location.

    †Some of the meringue cookies are more delicate, some are harder, depending on: technique (overmixing, e.g.), air circulation in the oven, cooking time, how humid the environment is, and more.

    ‡Pure oats are gluten-free and safe for most people with gluten intolerance. However, oats may be processed processed in a facility that also processes gluten-containing grains, such as wheat, rye and barley.

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