When it comes to making macarons, there are two absolutes: First and foremost is patience. Patience is a MUST when it comes to making macarons– take your time. Second is a kitchen scale. This recipe isn’t measured in cups, it’s measured in grams. You should be able to find kitchen scales relatively inexpensively. I think I found mine at a dollar store.
The recipe isn’t difficult to follow but it does take some technique, which I’m getting better at. I was a bit hasty with this last batch and they didn’t come out as good as my first, but they were still yummy and in the end that’s what matters! This weekend, put your baking skills to the test and make this delectable treat for your honey… or for yourself 😛
200g Confectioners Sugar
1/4 tsp. Vanilla Extract
Combine almond flour and confectioners sugar in food processor and pulse until mixed. Sift this dry mixture into a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites using a mixer, or a whisk if you want a good arm workout, until stiff peaks form. You’ll know when you have stiff peaks when you can lift a beater or whisk and the peaks stand straight up. Kind of like the ‘There’s Something About Mary’ hair scene… remember that?? Add the vanilla extract and granulated sugar to the egg whites and beat until it turns glossy.
Gently fold the almond flour and powdered sugar mixture into the egg whites mixture until incorporated and mixed, however do not overmix. The batter should be light and airy. Put mixture into pastry bag with a large round tip. then pipe 1/2″-1″ rounds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet. Tip: Do yourself a favor and get a silicone baking sheet– these are amazing! Be sure to leave space between each round and let the sheet sit out for about an hour so they can develop a shell. Trust me, let them sit out. If you put them in the oven immediately, the shells will crack.
Preheat oven to 300* and bake for 12 minutes. After removing from the oven, let the macarons cool completely and then remove from the baking sheet. When you are ready to fill, match up with halves close in size.