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photo of buttercream and chocolate macarons by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth
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How To Make Macarons Recipe

A foolproof step by step recipe to guide you on how to make macarons! You'll never be intimidated in the kitchen again!
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Macarons
Keyword: cookies, french desserts, french macarons, gluten free, meringue, mini desserts, sugar and cloth
Servings: 40
Calories: 104kcal

Equipment

  • Baking sheets
  • Parchment paper or silicone mats
  • Kitchen scale (optional but highly recommended)
  • Piping bag
  • Sieve or strainer
  • Mixing bowls
  • Hand or stand electric mixer
  • Rubber spatula

Ingredients

  • 4 large egg whites  120 grams
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 100 grams
  • 1/4 tsp Cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cup powdered sugar 240 grams
  • 1 1/2 cup fine almond flour 168 grams
  • 1 large pinch fine salt
  • Gel food coloring optional

Buttercream Filling:

  • 1/2 cup butter softened, 1 stick or 114 grams
  • 2 cup powdered sugar 240 grams
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1-2 tbsp heavy cream 1-2 tablespoons

Instructions

  • Begin by lining two clean baking sheets with parchment paper cut to fit them or silicone mats. Trim off the end of a new piping bag and fit it with a clean piping coupler.
  • Separate the 4 egg whites from the yolks, weight them out to 120 grams, then set them aside in a clean mixing bowl to come to room temperature.
  • Weigh and measure out the rest of your ingredients to have them ready, then sift the almond flour and powdered sugar through a mesh sieve to remove any lumps and combine them well. You can also pulse them together in a food processor until thoroughly mixed. Add in the salt and stir well.
  • When the egg whites are at room temperature, begin to beat them with an electric hand or stand mixer using the beater attachment. Once they have become frothy, add in the cream of tartar and slowly pour in the granulated sugar while beating.
  • Continue to beat the egg whites until they are at the stiff peak stage, meaning that the meringue stays in straight peaks when you lift a beater out of it. Mix in the vanilla extract and any gel food coloring you wish.
  • Stir one third of the almond flour and powdered sugar mixture into the egg whites with a rubber spatula. Once it’s mixed in, add the rest of the dry ingredients and gently fold it into the egg whites. Continue doing this until the batter comes off of the spatula in thick ribbons--you should be able to draw a figure eight with it when it’s the correct consistency.
  • Once your batter is ready, fold down the edges of the prepared piping bag and fill with the batter. Then, fold up the edges, twist the bag shut, and place the twist in the joint of your thumb. You will have to repeat this more than once as all of the batter won’t fit in a piping bag. Holding the bag straight over the parchment paper, squeeze gently to a count of three, then stop squeezing, pull the bag away, and repeat. Leave 1-1 ½” between each of the cookies.
  • Preheat the oven to 300° and set the macarons aside to allow the tops to dry for about 30 minutes. Bake them for 15-16 minutes, turning the baking sheet halfway through the baking time. Once the tops look crisp and the lower edges look dry and set, remove them from the oven and cool completely.
  • While the macarons are cooling and baking, make your filling and put it in a clean piping bag fitted with a coupler and round or star piping tip. Pipe a layer of filling onto the bottoms of half of the cookies, then place a second cookie on top and gently press them together. 

To Make The Buttercream:

  • Beat together the butter and powdered sugar, then add the vanilla extract and 1 Tbsp. heavy cream. If the consistency is thick, add a bit more cream until it’s a pipable consistency. 

To Make Chocolate Buttercream:

  • Replace ½ cup (60 g) of the powdered sugar with dark cocoa powder. Adjust the amount of cream to make the correct consistency.

Notes

Makes 40-45 macarons (80-90 individual cookies)
Prep time: 30-45 minutes (including drying time)
Baking time: 45-60 minutes, depending on how many fit on your baking sheet

Nutrition

Serving: 45g | Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 76IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg