Macarons, the iconic French quilted dessert, are now enjoyed around the world. Despite the fact that the French take credit for this gift, it actually originated in Italy. During the Renaissance, the Italian chef of Queen Catherine de Medici brought the dessert to France. It soon exploded in popularity and pastry chefs across the country began making them.
The light and airy macaron had a humble beginning, being produced in Venetian monasteries since the 8th century. Back then, people called them ‘priest’s navels’ because of the shape of the dough. They also had simple ingredients in the Renaissance era, made only with almonds, egg white, and sugar.
However, the modern macaron we know today emerged much later in the 19th century. The recipe calling for a creamy filling sandwiched between two meringue cookies originated in the French capital. Today, it is the most popular dessert in the country, with eclair in second place.
In fact, we celebrate National Macaroon Day every year on May 31, and there are many festivities throughout the United States. Check the local news to find a celebration near you. They also serve free macarons at select New York City locations on March 20 each spring.
Today you can find macaroni in many parts of the world, with exciting new flavors and variations. Some chefs have even started making tasty macarons like basil and mint and Thai curry! However, in this macaron recipe, we’ll keep it pretty simple for beginners. Surprisingly, the macarons are not too difficult to make; Everyone from the seasoned baker to the novice can follow! We hope you love them!
Delight your loved ones (or just yourself) with these delicious homemade macarons
Try making these delicious treats.
What you will need:
- Two large mixing bowls
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Electric mixer
- Small spatula
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Cooling rack
- Rounded tip pastry bag
- 1 cup of almond flour
- 4 3/4 cup caster sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 egg whites
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Gel food coloring (whatever color you want – we used red for this recipe)
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
How to make this delicious delicacy:
- First, take one of the mixing bowls and your sieve. Pour the almond flour into the sieve and sift into the bowl.
- Repeat this with 1 3/4 cup of powdered sugar and again with 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
- Use a whisk to mix the ingredients well. Set aside.
- Now, take another large bowl and pour in the egg whites and cream of tartar. Use an electric mixer to mix the ingredients until it becomes foamy. Then add the 1/4 cup granulated sugar gradually, beat until the mixture is thick and creamy.
- Next, add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Use the whisk until completely mixed. The mixture should be thick enough that you can turn the bowl over and it won’t spill.
- Now pour 1/3 of the flour mixture from the other bowl into the egg white bowl. Use a small baking spatula to combine.
- Add a small spoonful of the gel food coloring of your choice and mix well with the spatula.
- Then add another 1/3 of the flour mixture from the other bowl. Combine with the egg white mixture completely, and then top with the last bit of flour.
- Grab your parchment paper lined baking sheet. Scoop some of the macaroni mixture into the piping bag and place a rounded tip on the end.
- Squeeze the bag to form circles with the mixture. Repeat to do as many macarons as desired or until you have covered the baking sheet.
- Tap the baking sheet on the table to get the bubbles out of the macarons. You want them to be as smooth and flat as possible.
- Let them sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour (until stiff to the touch).
- Once they have hardened, bake them at 300 degrees F for about 17 minutes. Check them frequently to make sure they don’t burn.
- Now, in a large bowl, mix one cup of the softened butter with an electric mixer. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Add the remaining three cups of powdered sugar and a tablespoon of vanilla. Mix well.
- Finally, add 1/4 of the heavy cream to the mixture gradually, continuing to beat.
- Once the buttercream mixture is complete, add it to the piping bag.
- Now, place your macarons on a cooling rack or other baking sheet.
- Once cooled, place the buttercream filling in the middle of the macarons.
- Put the other half on top to make sandwiches and enjoy.
There you have it – a delicious, easy-to-follow macaroni recipe for everyone to enjoy. Note that you can substitute any filling or flavor you want. We just decided to go with red sandwiches and buttercream filling to make it easier. Other popular flavors include chocolate, vanilla, salted caramel, lemon, strawberry, and almond.
You can even make several different fillings to give yourself a few options or appeal to multiple palates. Whether served with tea or as a light dessert, these macarons make the perfect gift. You can find this popular dessert in most bakeries today, but sometimes, it’s more fun to make yourself. It requires a bit of mixing and shaking, but we assure you it’s worth all the effort!
Final Thoughts: Make Homemade French Macarons (Even If You’re a Beginner)
You don’t have to go to a fancy baking school to make your own macarons. You need this simple recipe and a few baking items to create this beautiful and delicious delicacy! Macarons come in a wide variety of flavors, so feel free to do whatever you want.
If you have extras, they keep well in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container. Macarons can keep for up to a month in the freezer and two to four days in the fridge.