Be surprised at these easy to make macarons. I always thought French macarons were difficult to bake but they are actually surprisingly simple. Impress friends and family with these easy to make macarons!
Easy to Make Macarons
A Surprisingly Simple French Cookie Recipe
Oh….macarons….how I love these little French cookies! They’re so light and airy with just the perfect amount of sweetness! With their hefty price tag at bistros and bakeries I always assumed these little gems were extremely difficult to make….boy was I wrong!!
Macarons do take a little more TLC than your typical chocolate chip cookie but they’re not so difficult that you become frustrated with disaster after disaster. In fact, the first time I made this easy to make macarons recipe my macarons turned out perfect the first time!!
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 large room temperature egg whites
- 1 pinch cream of tartar
- 1/2 cup Sifted White Sugar
- Optional: gel food coloring for bold colors
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- Optional: flavor extracts
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees
- Sift almond flour and powdered sugar together-- repeat 3 times. Set aside.
- Whisk egg whites until foamy.
- Add cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form.
- Reduce speed and gradually add white sugar.
- Once all of the sugar has been added, increase the speed and beat until stiff peaks form.
- Sift flour mixture over whites. Discard any lumps or coarse bits that remain.
- Fold mixture together-until just combined . The batter will be very stiff.
- Add in food coloring to create desired cookie color....gently fold in coloring.
- Transfer mixture to a piping bag and fill macaron cups.
- Let macarons stand uncovered for 15 minutes to form a crust.
- Bake the macarons 18-20 minutes.
- Buttercream Filling:
- Beat together butter and powdered sugar until fluffy.
- Add in flavoring.
- Transfer frosting to piping bag.
- Once cookies are cool, pipe buttercream frosting onto cookie and create a sandwich.
The key to perfect macarons is having the right baking supplies. I love this silicone macaron cookie sheet because it takes all of the guesswork out of baking macarons. I know exactly how to space them, how far to fill them, and when they’re done they easily pop out of the silicone molds. Macarons are very fragile so I think a silicone baking sheet is a must have!
See…easy peasy!! Now that I know I can easily whip these macarons up at home I’m going to be making them for holiday gifts! Simply grab a pastry box add a bow and you have an elegant gift for teachers, friends, and family.