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How To Make Macarons

easy macaronsLight. Airy. Addicting.

My present to my readers this year is this post.

This is especially written, photographed and made with love by my friend and owner of Sweet Endings in Chicago, Shazia.

The next time I’m in Chicago (my hometown), I plan to visit Shazia and see if she can teach me a few things, or just eat whatever she makes. You know, whichever is easier.

Thank you for reading, supporting and chatting with me this past year. It’s been an honor and delight.

Enjoy my present to you..a macaron tutorial from Sweet Endings. A very happy, sweet start to 2013!

Hello! My name is Shazia, and I am the owner of a home dessert business called Sweet Endings. I have always had a love of baking that started as a young girl and now I get to make and share those delicious creations with others. I especially love providing treats and sweets for others to help celebrate their big moments in life. I believe that every occasion should have a sweet ending.

I first came across Macrons browsing some food blogs I like to follow….I became so fascinated by the adorable looking sandwich cookie and all the bright fun colors, I decided to try to make them at home. I was also curious how they tasted…they have a delicate, sweet, almond flavor accented by the filling. They are definitely worth a taste so I hope you all try to make them at home!
easy macaron recipe

Start with measuring out all the ingredients; using a food scale is the best way to ensure the success of your macarons. Sift the dry ingredients (almond flour and powdered sugar).

 

how make macarons
In a separate bowl ( I use a KitchenAid stand mixer w/whisk attachment) whisk your egg whites on medium until they are frothy then add the granulated sugar. Continue whisking until there are firm peaks (don’t over beat).

 

macaron recipe
Add the dry ingredients slowly in 3 batches to the egg whites (meringue) folding carefully. Make sure the dry ingredients have completely incorporated into the meringue and that you have a ribbon texture batter.

 

how to make macarons

Pour the batter into the piping bag…you will most likely have to pipe in two batches. Pipe the the macarons onto the baking sheet, making small circles….I like to make mine smaller 1 1/2 inch. Pipe all the batter into both baking sheets. Now let the piped batter rest on your counter for 30 min or until the outside of the macaron is dry to the touch. Preheat your oven to 280 degrees. Once the macarons are dry to the touch bake them at 280 for 17 min.

 

how to make macarons
Let cool completely before taking them off the baking sheets.

 

macaron recipe

Some ideas for fillings are chocolate ganache, nutella, raspberry preserves or buttercream.

Basic Macaron Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (100 g) almond flour
  • 1 1/2 (175 g) cups of powdered sugar
  • 3 (100 g) large egg whites
  • 2T (30 g) granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Prepare 2 baking sheets lined with silpats or Parchment paper.
  2. Prepare a piping bag with a round tip.
  3. Sift the almond flour and powdered sugar.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk egg whites on medium until they are frothy then add the granulated sugar. Continue whisking until they are firm peaks Don't over beat.
  5. Add the dry ingredients slowly in 3 batches to the egg whites, meringue, folding carefully. Make sure the dry ingredients have completely incorporated into the meringue and that you have a ribbon texture batter.
  6. Pour the batter into the piping bag, you will most likely have to pipe in two batches.
  7. Pipe the the macarons onto the baking sheet, making small circles, no bigger then 1 1/2 inches Pipe all the batter into both baking sheets.
  8. Let the piped batter rest on your counter for 30 min or until the outside of the macaron is dry to the touch. Preheat your oven to 280 degrees.Once the macarons are dry to the touch bake them at 280 for 17 min.
  9. Let cool completely before taking them off the baking sheets.Take two macarons and fill with filling of your choice.
  10. Some ideas for fillings is chocolate ganache, nutella (yum), raspberry preserves or buttercream.
http://www.thefrugalette.com/2013/01/how-to-make-macarons/

TIPS 

  • The shells will flatten a bit after they’ve been piped so don’t make them too big.
  • Pipe your filling of choice on a shell and sandwich it together with another shell.
  • The shells can be flavored with anything you like: i.e. cinnamon, ground zest, ground pistachio.
  • Store filled macarons in an air tight container and keep refrigerated for up to 5 days. (if they’re not eaten before then!)

Have you ever made macarons before? At the very least find some place to eat them!


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Comments

  1. These look yummy. Thank you for the recipe. My mom wants to make some.

  2. These look amazing! The first time I made macarons I didn’t let them sit on the baking sheet for 30 minutes before baking, so they weren’t flat across the top.

    • Yes, letting them sit is key! I’ve read some people had to leave them up to an hour, it depends how big you made them. :)

  3. i love macarons! thank you for the recipe!

  4. The only time I ever ate macaroons was during Passover…I remember not liking them not because they didnt taste good, but more because I didn’t understand why I couldn’t eat what I wanted to. I don’t think it was explained to me very well the meaning behind foods that were kosher and unleavened. I wanted chocolate..like m&ms, not a can of coconut macaroons..these seem simple enough to make.

    • Oh those are different! These are macarons, what you ate were coconut macaroons…very different. :) I know they sound so close.

  5. i love how macarons can be different colors. cute!

  6. Oh yum!

  7. I never knew it was this easy. I always thought it was complicated and for people who are really good with desserts

  8. Huh! I think I need a stand mixer now!

  9. I’ve tried to make Macaroons before,but had no luck.These look YUMMY and easy!!

  10. I can’t get over how perfect these look! Amazing!!!

  11. I remember my Mother making this and loving how light they were. These look easy enough for me to do… I never did get her recipe for them she had most in her head and didnt write them down!

  12. Love this and am going to try it out =)

  13. These look so great and mouth watering. My wife and I will have to try out this recipe very soon. Thank you very much for the post.

  14. These look yummy, I have never thought about making macroons from scratch before.

  15. Yum! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us! Looks delicious!

    Maureen
    maureen.tenney@gmail.com

  16. Thank you for taking the time to give this recipe out, I’ll be making them for dessert tonight!

  17. The macarons looks so yummy!

  18. Thank you so much for sharing this!! The step by step directions along with pictures make these practically foolproof… I have been looking for a macaron recipe for awhile now, because mine always turn out to be small, dense and chewy..I see what I have been doing wrong!

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