1. Make sure your eggs are room temperature (TIP: if not, you can submerge them in warm water for 5 mins.)
2. Sift the almond flour and powdered sugar (Throw away the extra lumps for a smooth batter)
3. Mix the two together with a whisk or use a food processor
4. Beat your egg whites for 3 minutes on #2 speed for KitchenAid or on low-medium speed (Don't forget to use your steel mixer for this part!)
5. Progressively add your granulated sugar into the mixer for another 3 minutes on #7 speed or on medium-high speed.
(You can use a dash of cream of tartar/lemon juice and a pinch of salt to help your soon-to-be meringue form)
6. Add your food coloring for another 3 minutes on #8 speed or on high speed. The meringue should form a stiff peak.
(TIP: If you hold the bowl upside down, it should stay intact and not budge)
7. Gradually pour the flour/sugar mixture into your meringue while you fold.
This process, called the macaronage, is the most important part of making your macarons!
-it's better to under mix than over mix
-try to make around 50-60 turns
-the result should look like molten lava and not be runny)
8. Transfer the batter to your pastry bag
(Use a long cup and fold your bag over the cup an inch for an easier transfer)
9. Pipe circles on your parchment paper as best as you can
10. Tap your double-layered baking sheets 2-3 times on each side to remove air bubbles
(Why do you need two baking sheets? Because it will prevent your shells from cracking + will create "feet" on your macarons)
11. Let your macarons rest for 30-40 minutes or even an hour
(They should form a skin that shouldn't leave batter on your fingers after touching them)
12. Preheat your oven to
Congratulations! You just made some delicious and beautifully Parisian treats not to mention they're the most difficult cookie to make!
So what now?
Make your own buttercream, jam, or even lemon curd to make your filling for the macarons! Want to know something interesting? Macarons aren't flavored by their shells you just made, it's the filling! Macaron shells almost all taste the same. So get creative!
Once you're done filling your macarons and matching equally shaped shells together for your perfectly delicate little bites, store them in an airtight container and refrigerate for 24 hours to achieve that chewy yet crunchy bite!
Here are some troubleshooting tips! Trust me when I tell you not to be fooled by these dainty and instagram-perfect confections. Let's just say I went through 3 incredibly enormous batches of Tiffany Blue batter (cue the tears) and even managed to almost burn down my kitchen... But it definitely made my final creations of the Robin egg blue & ballet pink macarons incredibly worthwhile. Burned pancake-esque macarons and all. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :)
P.S. Link me to your macarons! I'd love to see them!
What are your favorite Macaron flavors?