French Macarons

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These French macarons are a labor of love and we did a lot of research to perfect this recipe for you, after our own failures. Please follow as written and you will have a delicious and well-presented cookie. You may wish to experiment with different fillings. Enjoy!

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Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
18 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 33 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 macarons

Ingredients

Macarons:

  • 3 extra-large egg whites

  • cup white sugar

  • 1 ⅔ cups confectioners' sugar

  • 1 cup almond flour

  • 1 pinch salt

Buttercream Filling:

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • cup confectioners' sugar

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Beat egg whites in a glass, metal, or ceramic bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until foamy, about 30 seconds. Add white sugar and continue to beat until peaks are stiff enough and stay in place when the bowl is turned upside down, about 5 minutes.

  3. Sift 1 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar, almond flour, and salt together twice. Fold into egg whites until batter is creamy and falls slowly off the lifted spatula, about 50 turns with a spatula. Transfer batter to a piping bag fitted with a round tip.

  4. Pipe batter onto the parchment paper, using a circular motion to make macarons 1 inch in diameter. Tap the baking sheet against the counter about 10 times to release any air bubbles.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 9 minutes. Rotate the baking sheet and continue baking until macarons are shiny and rise slightly to form feet (ruffles around the edge), about 9 minutes more. Peel off parchment paper and allow to cool completely, about 30 minutes.

  6. Beat butter, 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar, and vanilla extract with an electric mixer until creamy and thick, about 10 minutes. Transfer filling to a piping bag fitted with a round tip.

  7. Pipe a small amount of filling in the center on the flat side of 1 macaron; top with another macaron and press gently to sandwich together.

Cook's Notes:

To ensure macarons are the same size, you can trace 1-inch circles with a pencil on parchment paper, then flip the paper and use the circles as a guide when piping.

If you want to dye the macaron batter, add food coloring to egg whites in step 2; make mixture a few shades darker than desired as baking will lighten the color. Use colors in powders or gel form — liquid food coloring may add too much moisture to egg mixture and change the consistency.

Make sure you bake only 1 baking sheet at a time.

If you want to dye the buttercream filling, add to butter mixture in step 6.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

125 Calories
6g Fat
16g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 125
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 41mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 2g
Calcium 2mg 0%
Potassium 8mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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