Hey y’all!! I hope you are enjoying all the Spring recipes I’ve been sharing this month! I thought Spring was right around the corner with our temps reaching 74 tomorrow, but….. it is dropping to 38 that night. So these springy macarons are brighten up a chilly day.
I love the colors of robin’s eggs and they just scream spring to me. I knew it would be a fabulous look for macarons.
Macarons can be intimidating, they are a fussy cookie to make, however they are actually a very easy cookie to make, it uses few ingredients and few steps. The challenge is in the folding, a few strokes to much or too little and your macarons won’t come out perfectly. This is my second time making macarons and while I did have a few casualties I was happy with the way they came out. I think I could have whipped my egg whites a minute or two longer and I think I might have let them set before baking just a touch too long resulting in a few being lopsided. These flaws did not make them any less delicious lol!
I know you can look for macaron recipes on the internet and you are going to see a whole lot of rules and tips and it might get overwhelming. I have found a no fail recipe from Entertaining With Beth that includes a YouTube video and it will have you making macarons in no time!
The only tip I can share personally is to go ahead an invest in a silpat macaron sheet, they are like 12 bucks on Amazon, they have an outline for each, without this silpat I cannot pipe even circles for the life of me lol
The recipe is simple, just follow the tips in the video and you’ll be fine. My other tip is to not give up after the first or second or third try. These are a delicious cookie and with practice you can make them perfect too.
- 3 Egg Whites
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 2 cups confectioners sugar
- 1 cup almond flour
- pinch of salt
- ¼ tsp cream of tartar
- Preheat oven to 300.
- Sift almond flour, and powdered sugar. What remains will be the larger lumps of almond pieces. You want a really fine powder mixture to create a smooth and pretty top to your macaron.
- Beat egg whites until foamy, then add salt, cream of tartar and white sugar for 8-10 mins. TIP: #1 eggwhites should be room temp. (If you didn't let them sit out prior to starting, just submerge the whole eggs in warm water for 5 minutes.) Whip until they form a peak that stands upright.
- Fold your flour/sugar mixture into the egg white mixture. This part is really critical. Under mix and your macaroons will be lumpy and cracked when they bake with no feet, over mix and your macarons will be flat and won't have feet. You want the batter to move like lava when you're done. Watch the video and it'll show you visually what this consistency looks like.
- Transfer batter to a pastry bag, or a ziplock bag. Cut a little bit of the bag's corner off (about a ¼ inch bit), and pipe out 1 inch rounds on a baking sheet topped with your silpat or parchment paper.
- Once you've filled your cookie sheet, rap the pan on the countertop hard at least 2-3 times to release the air bubbles. This will prevent the tops of your macaroons from cracking. Let them sit out for 20 mins, or up to an hour if you want. This will allow them time to dry out a bit before hitting the hot oven. They should be "tacky" to the touch, but not stick to your fingertips.
- Only put one tray of macarons in the oven at a time. This will ensure that each tray gets in the ideal spot of the oven. Bake for 20 mins.
- While you're baking all your macarons, you can make the filling! I made some whipped chocolate ganache or you can use a simple chocolate buttercream, it is up to you, both will be delicious.
I whip these up and fill them with a whipped chocolate ganache. I add just a bit of light blue food coloring to give them a robin’s egg color and then before baking I sprinkle them with a little cocoa powder for that speckled look.
They are gorgeous and perfect for your Easter table. You can resist this light cookies with chocolate filling?
So don’t be scared, take your time and you too will have amazing macarons that will wow!
Head on over to Dana’s and check out her Fluffy Bunny Tails, yum!!
Want more Spring Desserts? Check out my other Springy Recipes!