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"Macaron is the French word for macaroon, but are never the coconut-based cookie. Macarons are one of the most amazing pastries, with hundreds of flavors and fillings. Macarons are made from almond flour and meringue, with even the pros claiming to failure on a regular basis. After going through dozens of recipes and trials, this is the most reliable macaron recipe I could come up with. You could get lighter using the Italian meringue method, but it's less dependable."
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9 h servings 71
Original recipe yields 15 servings (30 cookies)


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  1. Place egg whites into a metal mixing bowl and refrigerate overnight. The next day, bring egg whites to room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 280 degrees F (138 degrees C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Whisk confectioners' sugar and almond flour in a bowl. Beat the egg whites with salt in metal bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until foamy, about 1 minute; increase speed to high and gradually beat in superfine sugar, about 1 tablespoon at a time, until the egg whites are glossy and hold stiff peaks, 3 to 5 more minutes.
  4. Gently fold almond flour mixture into whipped egg whites until thoroughly incorporated; spoon meringue into a pastry big fitted with a 3/8-inch tip.
  5. Pipe 1-inch disks of meringue onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 inches of space between cookies. The batter will spread. Lift the baking sheets a few inches above the work surface and hit them lightly on the work surface several times to remove any air bubbles from the cookies. Let the cookies stand at room temperature until the shiny surfaces become dull and a thin skin forms, about 15 minutes.
  6. Place the baking sheets in the preheated oven and bake with the oven door open slightly until the macarons' surfaces are completely dry, about 15 minutes. Let cookies cool completely on a baking sheet before peeling parchment paper from the cookies.
  7. Spread half the cookies with any desired filling, top with remaining cookies to make sandwiches, and refrigerate at least 2 hours to overnight to let the cookies soften.


  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 71 calories; 0 17.3 1 0 34 Full nutrition

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With macarons, is always better to go by weight rather than by volume. So, the recipe made me a bit nervous. It still worked out very well but that doesn't mean it will work the same way for eve...

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They never turned out right.

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With macarons, is always better to go by weight rather than by volume. So, the recipe made me a bit nervous. It still worked out very well but that doesn't mean it will work the same way for eve...

Thanks for this recipe! It turned out great for me, I followed the metric measurements and weighed out my ingredients. I would suggest combining the almond and the confectioners sugar in the foo...

Mine didnt turn out as pretty as the picture, but they were so delicious!

The first time I made it, it didn't go too well. The cakes are too small and it didn't cook well at 15 mins. The cake itself was "grainy" due to the almond flour. So I did a 2nd batch, modified ...

I agree that weighing ingredients is much more precise and reliable, but I also know most people will not so i gave measurements. I have definitely ground my almond floor to make it finer with ...

what filling is used in the photo? What are other good fillings?

They never turned out right.

Macarons take a practice. It's worth it because the taste of home made macarons puts those fancy looking store bought pastries to shame! Over beating OR underbeating the meringue or dough leads ...

well it worked for me! You have to follow the recipe EXACTLY by the instructions or they won't turn out right! Thanks for the recipe, now I can make my own Macarons