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Basic French Macarons

Just a few months ago, these pretty little cookies popped on the screens everywhere I went. So dainty, colorful and tempting! Everyone was all ohs and ahs about how wonderful these treats are.

I’m curious person by nature. And since I could not find anything like this where I live (I live in the middle nowhere!), I googled the recipe for these beautiful treats. Found ton of recipes, read countless tips and tricks (apparently they are quite finicky!), drooled over many, many gorgeous photos, and I finally made them!

Basic French Macarons -perfect for beginners.

Oh, sweet little macarons, where have you been all my life? They were so absolutely delicious.

To make up for all the lost time without these gems, I was on the roll making them day and night. Ok, maybe a little exaggeration, but you got the idea, I was obsessed!

Basic French Macarons -perfect for beginners.

I can’t say I’ve perfected these delicate little cookies yet. But as you can see they’re not that bad.

Basic French Macarons -perfect for beginners.

My very first attempt at macarons… They’re perfect on the outside, but were hollow inside. 🙁 

Now, that I had made these gems more than handful of times and I’m pretty confident with the technique, and I thought I would share my process.

This is the simple macarons recipe though, no flavorings or anything. Down the road, I’ll be experimenting with more flavors!! But for now, this is perfect for us, beginners.

Here is step-by-step photo directions:

French Macarons- step by step photo directions

Here a few tips and tricks I learned along the way:
  • Bring the egg whites to room temperature, they beat easier.
  • Make sure your bowl for egg whites is super clean and free of any streaks of grease. Glass or stainless steel bowls are best, because plastic bowl tend to absorb oil. Even the tiniest trace of oil, or egg yolk will prevent the egg whites from whipping into fluffy meringue.
  • Use thick baking sheets to bake evenly and prevent browning from the bottom of the macarons.
  • If you over-mix the batter, the macarons will spread too much, won’t form feet and/or they will be hollow.
  • If you under-mix the batter, your macarons will end up with uneven surface and without feet.
  • To prevent browning the macarons from the top, place an empty baking sheet on a top rack. This way the heat from roof of the oven is blocked, preventing the macarons brown too much.

Basic French Macarons -perfect for beginners.

I’ve baked the macarons on both silicone mat, and parchment paper. In my experience, macarons, baked on silicone mat, tend to have bulging feet, as shown above. Not the end of the world, but I prefer to bake my macarons on parchment paper for this very reason.

Basic French Macarons -perfect for beginners.

Experimenting with fun colors and designs.

Basic French Macarons -perfect for beginners.

For more flavored macarons, check out my other macaron recipes.

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Basic French Macarons

Basic French Macarons -perfect for beginners.


Yield: 25-30

Ingredients:

For macaron shells:



  • 1 cup (100gr) almond flour

  • 3/4 cup (100gr) powdered sugar

  • 2 large egg whites (about 70gr), at room temperature

  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

  • ¼ cup (50gr) sugar

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • Gel food coloring, if desired


For Buttercream Filling:



  • 2 large egg yolks

  • ¼ cup (50gr) sugar

  • 3 ½ tablespoons milk

  • 1/2 cup (115gr) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Directions:


  1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Sift together almond flour and powdered sugar twice. Set aside.

  3. In a clean medium bowl, beat the egg whites on low speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar and increase the speed to medium. Slowly add sugar one tablespoon at a time. Continue to beat the egg whites on high speed until hard peaks form. Stir in vanilla extract and gel food coloring, if desired.

  4. Sift almond flour mixture over whipped egg whites, and gently fold it with a spatula until batter is just combined. TIPS: Making french macarons is all about the technique. This is the most crucial step of all. Let me try to describe the folding motion as best as I can. Run the spatula clockwise from the bottom, up around the sides and cut the batter in half. I suggest to count every fold, I do about 50 folds, and then I start testing the batter on a small plate after every couple folds. To test, drop a small amount of batter on a plate. If the small peaks dissolve into the batter on its own in about 10 seconds, the batter is ready. If not, fold couple more times and test again. Be careful not to over-fold.

  5. Transfer the batter into a pastry bag with a round tip. Pipe about 1.5-inch rounds about an inch apart on prepared baking sheets.

  6. Tap the baking sheets firmly on the counter a few times to get rid of any air bubbles.

  7. Let the macarons sit out on the counter for at least 15-30 minutes, maybe up to couple hours, depending on humidity. When you lightly touch the macarons, and the batter does not stick to your finger, then it’s ready to go into the oven. While waiting, preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C).

  8. Bake the macarons one sheet at a time for about 18-20 minutes. It'll take longer for larger macarons. The macarons are ready when they come off the sheet easily.

  9. Cool the macarons on the sheet for 10-15 minutes, and then transfer the macarons to a wire rack to cool completely.

  10. To make the buttercream filling, in a medium bowl, beat the egg yolks slightly with a whisk and add sugar . Continue to whisk until the mixture is pale and sugar is mostly dissolved. Stir in the milk. Transfer the egg yolk mixture into a small saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring frequently. Continue to cook until it’s thick like pudding, about 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture back to the bowl and bring it to room temperature. Stir in the butter in three batches. Add vanilla extract and continue to mix until smooth.

  11. To assemble, transfer the buttercream filling into a pastry bag and fill the macarons.


For step-by-step photos and additional tips, read the post above.
You can find step-by-step photo recipe for buttercream filling here.


Store the filled macarons in airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze the filled macarons in airtight container for up to 5 months.


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31 comments

  1. You have the best blog and my mission is to finally accomplish baking a perfect batch of French Macarons. Your posts are inspiring me and I’m on a macaron high now to “get them right” ha! …
    I made fruity cereal french macarons this weekend … Any tips on transferring the batter into a piping bag… silly question it may be, but I struggled with my batter and ended up making it thin after the 10+ min. it took me to transfer it. 🙁 It made my macarons spread together on the parchment and not bake upright – they were more like flat cookies, such a disappointment. 

    They were also extremeeely chewy and made my jaws hurt from chewing them … I let them sit for 15/25 minutes to get “skin” and then baked them at 325º for 15/20 minutes. 

    Thanks!!!

  2. Yes exactly. Thought I used parchment paper not silpat.

  3. Dear,

    To prevent browning of macarons you mentioned to place an empty baking sheet on a top rack. What do you mean by that? I place the baking sheet with macarons on a bottom rack in an oven, and at the same time an empty baking sheet on a top rack of the oven?

    • Hi, Hiba! My oven has two racks. I usually place one in the middle of the oven and the other one on a very top. I put the baking sheet with macarons on the middle rack, and if they start browning, I just an empty baking sheet on the very top rack. Hope it make sense.

      • Ohhh now I get it! Thanks for the tip. Sometimes when I bake plain macarons (without any dye) they dont remain white after, but turn slightly yellowish. Does the top tray tip help with keeping the macarons white?

        • It’s been a while since I baked just plain white macarons, but I don’t think they ever been true white because I usually add some vanilla extract. They are a little on off-white side. But if your macarons are becoming brown due to overheating, I think the top tray tip should definitely help.

        • Ok thanks. Just one more question. Sometimes the macarons form feat and then while baking bubbles come out of the feat. Im not sure if that is normal or I am doing something wrong. I appreciate you taking time to reply to my inquiries 🙂

        • Not exactly sure what do you mean by bubbles come out of the feet? You do want those feet to form, and they kinda look like bobbles. Do you mean they expand and bulge like I’ve shown in my pictures above?

  4. Sain bnuu… Ene almond flouriig haanaas olj avah ve??? Tgd bas vanilla extract gedeg ni vanilla zucker mun uu?? Bayarlalaa 🙂

    • Sain, sain bn uu? Almond flour Mgl-d haanaas olohiig helj medehgui ni. (Bi Mgl-d bdaggui yumaa.) Vanilla extract gej vanilinii ohi. Vanilla zucker/sahar hiij bolno, bur hiihgui ch bj bolno.

  5. Sain bna uu?
    Neg yum asuuh gesen yuma dund tald ni yu hiideg ve hariuu pls
    Bayarlalaa

  6. Hi bi ih olon udaa french macaron hiih gej uzej bna. Eroosoo neg tiim hovsgor tegeed gadna heseg ni mash jijighen jijighen nuhtei ch yum shig , holgui, bas dundaa hondii bolood bnaa. Bi 55 orchim hutgasan. Chinii bichseneer heterhii baga hutgaad bna u? Zuurmagni otgon shingen ni her baih estoi yum?

    Bayarlalaa

    • Zolboo, ta minii zaavariig neg burchlen dagasan uu? Esvel uur joroor hiisen uu? Jijig jijig nuhnii uchir bol listen deeree shahaj tavichaad listee 3-4 udaa shireendeere sain tsohij hiig ni gargaj uguhgui bolohoor tegdeg. Hulgui bolohiin uchir ni jigneheesee umnu sain hataagaagui bol tegne. Hundii boloh ni olon yanziin shaltgaantai bdag. Bi 50 udaa hutgachaad zuurmagnaasaa jijig tavgand dusaaj uzej bgaad urgeljluulen hutgadag. Dusaasan zuurmag chini 10-15 sekundiin dotor jigderch bval bolson gesen ug. Amjilt!

      • Za bayarlalaa, oldson buh joroor l hiij bna barag 10 garui udaa. Surahgui bol sanaa amrahgui bna. Chinii zaavraar hiisen, listee hed hed gazar tsohison. Hataah geed barag 3-4 tsag orhison tegeed hataagui gart jaahan naaldaj bhaar ni huleej yadaad hiisen. Video oruulahgui yum uu?
        Za bayarlalaa

        • Neg joroo bariad hed heden udaa hiigeed uzeerei. Tegj bj yun deer aldaj bgaagaa olohod amar bdag yum. Hataaj bgaad jignehgui bol hul garahgui shuu. Chiigtei gazar bdag uu? Tiim bol macaron-iig chiigtei gazar, esvel chiigtei borootoi udur hiigeed demii bdag. Odoogoor video hiih zav bdaggui ee. Gehdee daraa hiihdee bichleg hiihiig bodoj l bn 🙂

  7. Shinee, merci beaucoup for all your French delights. I am now following you on Bloglovin. Hope to see you again soon. Cheers

  8. macaron daa ymar filling uud hiideg ve? bi macarondaa buttercream guzeelzgenii variantai holiod hiisen estoi nyaluun boldogiin bna lee. jornoosoo huvaaltsaach?

  9. Hi Shinee, ene ungunuudee yaj gargaj avsan be?

  10. I see, bayarlaa. Bas neg yum.
    Convertoroor 3/4 cup 177ml bolood ard ni bichsen 2,5 oz ni 70 ml bolood bhin. Ali ni zuv be? Sain medku bolhoor iim yum hurtel asuuhnee.

    • Aan, huurai, shingen, za tegeed hemjij bgaa yumnaasaa shaltgaalaad yumnuud uur uur hemjigdene. Almond powderiin huvid 3/4 cup bol oiroltsoogoor 95gr boldog yum.

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