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French Macarons have been around for a long time, but it wasn't until recently that they began to pop up in the United States. For the longest time, they remained a Parisian delicacy. But Americans have finally figured out why they are so popular in France (because they are awesome) and how to make them for themselves. Now, there are Macaron shops popping up all over the place. But for some reason, people still seem them as a "difficult" cookie to make at home. Yes, they can me a little bit finicky at times, but if you follow the instructions carefully and make them a few times - you will get the hang of it. They are not THAT hard.
I know this because during my time in NYC, I worked in a wonderful bakery called Macaron Parlour. The head baker and owner, Christina Ha, spent months perfecting the art of the macaron and even took classes in France to make sure she was creating the best cookie possible. She is a wonderful baker, boss, cat mama and person and she taught me everything I know about macarons. And for that, I will be forever grateful - because I really love making (and eating) macarons. Ok, mostly eating - but you have to make them before you eat them!
So today, I am going to tell you the top 5 things I learned about making macarons.
So there you go. There are a ton of tips and tricks out there for making the "perfect macaron", but I think this is a pretty good starting point.
The other thing you should know is that there are two methods to making macarons - some use a French Meringue and others use and Italian Meringue. This recipe uses the French Meringue. Both methods work just fine, this is just the method I prefer.
for the shells:
*Makes about 25 macarons
for the buttercream:
1. Peel macarons off parchment paper and pair them according to size.
2. Using a piping bag with a round tip (wilton tip #6 or #7 should work) pipe a spiral on one half of a pair of cookies.
3. Sandwich the cookie pair together.
Storage - Macarons have a very good shelf life. They can be wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month. Just make sure they are brought back to room temperature before serving.
*Makes 25 Macarons
So this is my 3rd time trying and every time I add the sugar to the egg white my mixtures turns into soup. Am I not mixing it long enough afterwards? It was soft peaks before adding the sugar a little at a time.
Hi Hannah! I'm so sorry you are having problems with these! What kind of sugar are you using?
Hi! I love this recipe - it's worked so well for me and i've been able to play with different flavors by swapping out the buttercream for other fillings. I was wondering what alterations you'd make to do a pistachio flavored macaron, though? What almond flour to pistachio flour ratio would you go with and how would you make the buttercream?
Hi Christina! For a pistachio macaron, I always stuck with the same shell, and just flavored the filling with a pistachio ganache (1/2 cup heavy cream, 6 oz white chocolate and 1-2 tablespoon pistachio paste). Just heat up the heavy cream, whisk in the white chocolate and then add the paste. Let me know if you have any further questions!
I made two batches of macarons today (chocolate with mint chocolate ganache, and vanilla with lemon buttercream) before finding this recipe. . They all cracked so badly on the top, but were still incredibly tasty and perfect texture. I am looking forward to trying this recipe next! Maybe tomorrow...;) Here's hoping they don't crack!
Hi Andrea! If you got around to making these macarons, I hope they turned out well!
325 degree was too hot for my batch. They melted all over. This is from the batter cooking too quickly and exploding beneath the nice little cap of the shell. I've had much better success with 300 degrees for 18 minutes. (9 minutes then rotate the baking sheet, then 9 min more)
Hi Megan! I am so sorry you had this problem! Sometimes ovens can run a little hotter than what they are set at. But I'm glad to hear 300 degrees worked out!
So i have a question. What if we dont want to make 25 servings. What if we wanted to make less then that. What would be the correct measurements?
How many cookies are you trying to make? It would be kind of hard to cut this recipe in half, (especially the egg whites if you do not have a scale) but you can try it if you want to. Also, the macarons are not that big, so my other suggestion would be to make the macarons a little bit bigger so you end up with 16-18 servings.
Thank you so much!!! I was finally able to make perfect macarons!! Thank you! Thank you!
This makes me SO happy! You are so welcome!
This recipe is really great, and has turned out every time :)
Such good news!
Hi! I was wondering if using regular all purpose flour instead of using almond flour will affect the macarons.
Unfortunately for macaroons you have to use almond flour.
Hi Lindsay! I was wondering if the baking would still turn out good if I used a silicon baking mat. Any thoughts?
Hi! They should be totally fine baking on a silicon mat!
Hi!!! These look beautiful. What purple did you use? Color name and brand?
Hi Diana! Americolor is the brand and Regal Purple is the color!
Thinking about trying this recipe, but how would I know if I over worked the batter?
Sorry I am just answering this! I have been traveling. I hope you are still planning on trying these. Overworked batter is very runny. Run your spatula through the batter to create a line. If the line stays, the batter is underworked, and if it disappears immediately, it's overworked. You want it to slowly form back together. I hope that helps!
can i use almond milk instead of regular milk for the vanilla buttercream?
I'm going to try this recipe but I'm curious to know-I can't get the entire batch in my oven at once. How long can I leave the batter out to make a second batch? And will it effect them?
I just made the recipe and have them in the oven now. However, it seems to have taken forever for the egg whites to whip (they weren't room tempature) and my piped "dough" was grainy. Any idea what was happening?
Hi Stacey! Sorry for the delay on getting back to you. I would pipe one batch and leave the other batch the in bowl covered with plastic wrap until you are ready to use it!
Is that 325 degrees Celsius or Farenhite? What Oven setting should I use?
Hi Grace! I set my oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit on the normal "bake" setting. on my oven.
Instead of a mixer can u whisk it by hand?
It's very difficult (and takes a long time) to whip the egg whites by hand, but it can be done.
Can you use regular flour instead of almond flour?
Unfortunately you have to use almond flour for macarons!
Can I use imitation vanilla extract instead of vanilla extract?
Yes you can!
Can I use unsalted butter instead??
Yes you can! But if you use unsalted butter, be sure to add a pinch of salt to bring out the taste.
This was the first time that I made macaroons!! and with your help it was a success!! Thank you so much for the recipe!! Everyone in my class loved them. :)
This makes me so happy! I am so glad they worked out and that everyone loved them!
Why doesnt it stay with its shape? It started spreading. Where have I gone wrong, i have no idea.
When macarons spread, it usually means the oven is too hot. Try lowering the temperature by 25 degrees and see if that works.!
Too much powdered sugar in relation to the butter for the filling, but the cookie part turned out fine.
Second time trying this, first time with your recipe, and it was a success! I opted for an ube (taro) flavoring instead of vanilla. Thank you for sharing! :)
That sounds amazing! I will have to try to a taro flavor sometime soon!
I have never made macarons, but I decided to try this recipe and they turned out excellent! Thank you for sharing!
I'm keeping this recipe :) I just made some and they came out great!!
That makes me so happy!
How many macarons does this recipe make?
About 20-25 - depending on how big you make them.
These look amazing. I tried macarons for the first time a few weeks ago and was terribly unsuccessful. You've inspired me to try again :)
I'm so glad to hear that! They can be a little tricky at first, but once you get the hang of them, they are easy!
These are almost too pretty to eat! (almost heheh) love the colours! <3
Thank you! I love the colors too!