Easy French Macarons

Macarons are a popular French dessert and can be found in most local bakeries specializing in French pastries. They’re cute, chewy little cookies sandwiched together with yummy fillings, and come in the prettiest of colors. Try out this easy recipe below to make your own macarons at home!

 

*Adapted from the Food Network*

  • Total: 1 hour and 10 mins
  • Active: 15 mins
  • Yield: 10 to12 cookies
  • Level: Intermediate

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cups almond flour
  • 3 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Jam, chocolate, buttercream etc. for fillings (get creative!)

 

1. Sift the powdered sugar and almond flour together.

2. Using a hand mixer, whip the egg whites on low speed until frothy. Gradually add the sugar, and then whip on high speed until stiff peaks form – the egg whites should be glossy and thick.

3. Fold half of the almond flour and sugar mixture into the egg whites and then add the rest. Fold the mixture 15 to 20 times – the batter will be thick and fall slowly when dripped from the spatula.

4. Pipe 1-inch circles onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Let rest about 15 to 30 minutes, until the tops of the macarons form and are no longer sticky.

5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through the baking time. If you are baking two sheets at a time, the bottom and top sheets should be rotated to prevent over browning on the bottom. If only baking one sheet at a time, bake on the bottom rack first for 5 minutes with an empty sheet on top. After 5 minutes, rotate the sheet and move the bottom sheet to the top and the top sheet to the bottom.

7. The macarons will be done when the top of them have set – they must be set before you take them out of the oven. If the macaron tops slide, put them back in the oven on the middle rack for another 2 minutes.

8. Let them cool completely on the baking sheet before removing them. Add a thin layer of your choice of filling before sandwiching them together – try out the fun fillings below!

 

Almond-Raspberry: Add neon pink gel food coloring to the batter; flavor with almond extract. Filling: seedless raspberry jam.

Blueberry Cheesecake: Add royal blue gel food coloring to the batter; flavor with vanilla extract. Filling: mix 4 ounces softened cream cheese with 3 tablespoons blueberry jam.

Mint White Chocolate: Add mint green gel food coloring to the batter; flavor with mint extract. Filling: microwave 3 ounces chopped white chocolate, 2 tablespoons heavy cream and 1 tablespoon butter in 30-second intervals, stirring, until smooth. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon mint extract and 1 drop mint green gel food coloring.

 

Enjoy!

– M.K.Y

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