Macarons are time consuming but not difficult; definitely cheaper to make your own!
There are endless flavor and design possibilities for these cookies…here is the basic recipe:
1 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup almond flour pinch of salt
3 large egg whites, room temperature 1/4 cup superfine sugar
2-3 drops gel food coloring (optional) 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (or any flavor)
Seedless Black Raspberry jelly (or your choice of filling)
- I like to have all my ingredients out and measured, my pastry bag fitted with a 1/4 inch round tip and standing in a tall glass, and my silicone mats (or parchment paper) on my 3 pans before I begin 🙂
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
- Whisk confectioners’ sugar and almond flour together in bowl. Sift this through a fine-mesh sieve with a rubber spatula into a large bowl (toss any larger pieces of almond that are left)
- Using electric mixer, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt on medium speed until frothy. gradually add the superfine sugar while beating on medium-high. Beat until stiff and shiny (about 5 min.)
- Use the spatula to move the egg whites to the bowl of almond mixture. You want to draw the spatula gently around the side of bowl and then down through the center, turning bowl a quarter turn each fold. Fold until the mixture is just incorporated.
- Add the food coloring and extract (if using). Continue folding and turning until the batter is smooth and falls off the spatula in a thin, flat ribbon. (2-3 min.)
- Transfer the batter to a pastry bag. Hold the bag vertical to the baking sheet. Pipe 1 1/4 circles. Important! Firmly rap the baking sheets twice against the counter to release air bubbles (if you don’t, the cookies may crack)
- Let the cookies sit at room temperature until the tops are no longer sticky when you lightly touch them. (15-60 minutes)
- Slide another baking sheet under the first pan and bake for about 15-20 minutes. The cookies are done when they are shiny and rise 1/8 inch to form a “foot”.
- Cool completely on rack. Gently peel cookies off mat and fill (my favorite is seedless black raspberry jelly but you can use anything.
- Enjoy! They make great gifts, too.