Macarons

Macarons
Servings: 36 Prep 8 mins Stand 20 mins Bake 350°F 30 mins

Ingredients

Cookies
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
  • 3/4 cup sifted almond flour (such as Bobs Red Mill)
  • 3 egg whites
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 drops orange gel food coloring
Ganache
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
Filling
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Orange gel food coloring

Make It

Cookies

1. Combine confectioners sugar and almond flour in a food processor. Pulse until blended and finely ground. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Heat oven to 350 degrees .

2. Whip egg whites and salt in a stand mixer on medium-high speed until frothy. Gradually beat in granulated sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes.

3. Fold one-third of the confectioners sugar mixture into beaten whites. Fold in remaining confectioners sugar mixture and the food coloring. Transfer to a large piping bag (use half the batter so bag is not overfilled) and snip off a 1/2-inch opening.

4. Pipe batter in 11/4-inch circles onto parchment paper. Let stand at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes.

5. Bake cookies, 1 sheet at a time, at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Cool completely on paper on wire racks.

Ganache

6. Place chopped chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, heat cream just until steaming. Pour over chocolate and stir until smooth. Refrigerate until good spreading consistency.

Filling

7. Beat butter until smooth. Add confectioners sugar and salt; beat on low speed until blended. Add heavy cream and beat until good spreading consistency. Divide in half; tint half orange with gel food coloring.

8. Carefully remove cookies from parchment. Spread ganache or white or orange filling onto flat side of a cookie. Sandwich with a second cookie. Repeat with all cookies.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 36; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 117, Fat, total (g): 7, chol. (mg): 13, sat. fat (g): 3, carb. (g): 15, fiber (g): , pro. (g): 1, sodium (mg): 8, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.