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The Best Macarons Recipe

A macaron is a sweet meringue-based confection made with egg white, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond meal, and food coloring. Today We Are Sharing The Recipe for What I think is the Best Macaron Ever.

macaron recipe

Macarons. Not only are they one of the prettiest desserts ever, but they are also probably one of the hardest. Fortunately, I was able to partner with the amazing Chef Monique Chan and guess what? They came out perfectly. So today I am sharing Monique’s recipe which I think is the Best Macaron Recipe.

There will be a video released this weekend of how we made these macarons.

Today I have also paired up with some wonderful bloggers whos are sharing their favorite recipes. 

purple macarons

I had so much fun with Monique and I was so excited that we made macarons. I have heard of so many stories of how difficult these are to make! In fact, a friend of mine made macarons nine times before she got them right! Fortunately, Monique has a recipe that is very straight forward and easy to follow.

Here is where you can buy the adorable pink cake stand!

Leslie and Chef Monique

I would like to introduce Chef Monique Chan. Since graduating as valedictorian of her pastry school in Paris, Monique has ceaselessly pursued excellence, working in renowned bakeries (Dominique Ansel Bakery), five-star hotels (Le Bristol Paris) and multiple Michelin starred restaurants (Epicure, The French Laundry). These achievements culminated in her role as Executive Pastry Chef of gastronomic restaurant Écriture in Hong Kong, which received two Michelin stars in a record-breaking seven months after opening.

To find Monique’s Instagram click here and to find her blog The Real Chez Momo click here.

The complete recipe is listed below but I am sharing some progress photos with you first. One thing that you need to know, is you really should invest in a food scale. The ingredients are in grams and they don’t translate well. Also, this recipe is the Italian version. For whatever reason, it seems that the French version is really difficult and hard to make. 

We made the. Macarons first and they are not hard to make! The main ingredients are almond flour, sugar, and eggs.

Flour for Macarons

We decided to add a bit of food coloring. And for Easter, we decided to go with a gorgeous purple/lavender color.

Macaron Batter

When it comes to piping out a batter, you will want to use a circle guide. I went on Pinterest and found a gazillion patterns that you can print out for Macarons. Just place the pattern under some parchment paper and pipe out the batter.

Purple Macaron Piping Lavender Macarons

When you are baking the macarons, you want to see the little shelf that is formed at the bottom of the macarons. 

Macarons Baking in the Oven

Monique tested the macarons many times and this is exactly what you want the macarons to look like.

Testing Macarons for Doneness

Don’t these look awesome? Monique swirled the batter in the piping bag to get this look. I love it.

Baked Macarons

The Swiss Meringue Buttercream is very easy to make. And you can flavor the cream with almost anything! The main ingredients are eggs, sugar, buttercream, and vanilla. The cream is cooked to ensure that the eggs are pasteurized and safe to eat.

Macaron Filling  

Monique piped the buttercream on each macaroon. I love that she used the fancy edge for piping.

Swiss Meringue Buttercream

These are so adorable.

Adding Swiss Meringe to Macarons

Macarons

And so much fun to photograph.

Lavendar Piped Macarons

And just so you know, the macarons only lasted a few hours in our home. They were that good! (Which means they taste as good as they look!)

Plate of Macarons with Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Here is the recipe. Before you make these, please see the chart Chef Monique made. It shows which things are REALLY important to follow when making these Macarons.

IMPORTANT VS. NOT IMPORTANT

 

Yield: 25 Macarons

The Best Macarons Recipe

The Best Macarons Recipe

Macarons are so much fun to make. I love how perfectly these look and am thrilled they taste amazing!

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • MACARONS
  • Yield: 50 shells, 25 sandwich cookies
  • 125 g almond flour
  • 125 g powdered sugar
  • 45 g egg whites
  • Food coloring
  • 125 g granulated sugar
  • 30 g water
  • 45 g egg whites
  • S W I S S | M E R I N G U E | B U T T E R C R E A M
  • yield: 2 cups
  • 2 egg whites
  • 131 g (2/3 cup) sugar
  • 150 g (2/3 cup) butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt

Instructions

Macarons

Blend almond flour and powdered sugar in the food processor, until well mixed. Do not
overmix or overheat, which will bring out the oils in the almond flour. This is
now your “tant pour tant” (TPT). Tip your TPT into a large mixing bowl, and add
the first measure of egg whites. Mix with a spatula until well combined. If
using food coloring, add at this stage.

Then, place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on low to medium
speed. Measure the granulated sugar and water into a small pot. Make sure sugar
is completely moistened before bringing the syrup to 244 F. (As soon as it
reaches 242 F, remove from the stove, and allow the carryover heat to bring it
to 244 F.) As soon as the whipping whites are at soft peak, pour the syrup down
the side of the bowl. Whip until the meringue has cooled to room temperature.
This is known as an “Italian” meringue.

In thirds, fold the meringue into your TPT mixture. Keep folding until the batter
flows off the spatula, but keeps its shape. See the video for details. Pipe in
desired shape/ size, and allow to sit at room temperature, until a skin forms
on the shell and the batter is no longer tacky to the touch. Preheat the oven
to 280 F.

Bake at 280 F until the shells don’t move when you touch them, and they can lift
from the parchment. Remove from the oven as soon as they reach this step
because they can quickly overbake. This will take 20-35 minutes, depending on
the oven, and the size of the macs.

S WI S S | M E R I N G U E | B U T T E R C R E A M

Put a pot of water on the stove to heat, while you whisk
together the egg whites and sugar in a glass or metal bowl. Over the simmering
water, heat the egg and sugar mixture to 150 F, whisking constantly. (Eggs
pasteurize at 140 F, making them safe to eat.) At this point, the sugar
granules should have dissolved, and the mix will no longer feel grainy to the
touch.

Use an electric mixer to whip for ~ 15 minutes, until the
meringue is cooled and has formed stiff peaks. Alternatively, if you are using
a stand mixer, do the initial steps in the bowl of the mixer, and whip for ~ 10
minutes.

Slowly incorporate the softened butter, and continue to whip.
Add vanilla extract and salt. Mix for another few minutes, scraping down the
sides as necessary, until buttercream is fluffy and homogenous.

Place in a pastry bag and add the cream to the macarons.









I absolutely love this photo!

Meringue Up Macarons

Here is a ton of spring Easter desserts that are shared by some of my favorite bloggers. Be sure and follow the links for some really great recipes.

Gluten/Dairy Free Floral Sugar Cookies – Zevy Joy // Mini Layer Cakes – Jennifer Maune // Perfect Coconut Cupcakes – Sincerely, Marie Designs // Macaron Angel Food Cake – Life Is Better At Home 

Quick and Easy Spring Dessert – Happy Happy Nester // Bunny Cupcake Toppers – Finding Lovely // Painted Buttercream Spring Carrot Cake – Craftberry Bush // No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake Trifle – The DIY Mommy // Easter Dessert Board – My Sweet Savannah

The Best Macarons – My 100 Year Old Home // Easter Bark – Modern Glam // Easter Bunny Chow – She Gave It A Go // Bird’s Nest Cookie Cups – Tatertots & Jello

Keto Friendly Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry Drizzle – The Happy Housie // Healthier No-Bake Bird Nest Cookies – Cassie Bustamante // Simple Strawberry Pie – A Blue Nest // Best Sugar Cookie Recipe – The Handmade Home // Mini Pavlova Easter Dessert – Twelve On Main

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How to Make Macarons

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17 Responses

  1. I’m trying to figure out where the video is that is stated in the recipe. I actually bought a macaron mat years ago and have never ever used it. Once I saw the price of almond flour, that kinda put the kibosh on that. I may need to revisit and try this recipe.

  2. Hi, Leslie! I took a Macarons class at Sur La Table last month and I have been making Macarons, too! They aren’t as difficult as I thought they would be, but I was in the kitchen for a long time! They are such a special confection. I absolutely love them. Yours turned out so pretty!

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