Now i'm not gonna make out like I'm the expert here, because after all, I am the packet mix queen. I picked up a make your own macaroon kit from Sainsburys for around £2... TWO WHOLE POUNDS... give or take a few pennies, I can't remember exactly. It makes around 12 macaroons which is great considering how much you pay elsewhere. They're not exactly like macarrons, more biscuity, but they're yummy enough to satisfy a macaroon craving and that's the main thing.
All you have to do is add two egg whites and whisk for 3 minutes, add the mix and then plop them on to some grease proof paper on a baking tray. Pop 'em in a cold oven and then turn the oven to 50 degrees for 15 minutes and then 180 for 20 minutes. In the mean time, add your butter and a wee bit of to the icing mix and give it a good stir.
When your macaroons are done in the oven and cooled, pop them together with a generous dolop of icing in the middle, pile on a place and get ready to dig in! Alternatively, make them on Christmas eve, pop them in a pretty box with a ribbon and keep in the fridge until it's time to put the presents under your tree! A yummy, thoughtful, home made present - perfect for when you're short on a few pennies!