How To Make French Macarons

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Ah, the French macaron. There’s nothing more delicate and feminine and perfect in the entire pastry kingdom. But as most good things in this world, this one takes a little bit of work and a bit of trial and error. If you’re one of the lucky ones who gets your macarons perfect every time, we are very jealous. But with a little bit of knowledge, a little practice and lot of love, these beautiful baked goods can be made by your very own hands. Make them for a bake sale, a party, wedding, baby shower, family gathering, birthday or tea party. Macarons are one of those pastry treats that can be enjoyed by all (even gluten-free people!) and that everyone loves. Fill yours with a Swiss buttercream, jam, jelly, mousse or whatever your heart desires.

Grab your gear and follow along with our pastry expert as she shows you how to make French macarons in this online baking class. Once you know the recipe, there’s no stopping all the delicious creations you can create!


5 oz. powdered almonds
8 oz. confectioners’ sugar
4 oz. egg whites
1.6 oz. granulated sugar
Food coloring and filling as desired

1. Blend the almonds and confectioners’ sugar in a food processor for 5 minutes and sift.
2. Whip the egg whites and ½ the sugar until soft peaks form and then add the rest of the sugar and whip to a firm peak, add color if desired at this time.
3. Fold the egg whites into the sugar mixture. Pipe using a plain tip about 1 ½ inch in diameter on parchment or a silicone mat. Let stand for 10-15 minutes before baking.
4. Bake at 320 degrees for 15-25 minutes. Test by touching the top and if the macaroon barely moves from side to side remove from the oven.
5. Sandwich together with desired fillings.

Chocolate Macarons

5.2 oz. powdered almonds
8.4 oz. confectioners’ sugar
0.67 oz. cocoa
1.6 oz. granulated sugar

1. Prepare the formula the same processing the cocoa with the powdered almonds and confectioners’ sugar.
2. Sandwich the baked macarons together with ganache or chocolate filling.

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