9 Essential Tools to Make Perfect Macarons
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My detailed guide to essential macaron tools, complete with my honest review of each tool, product recommendations, and why you need them.
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In my 10+ years of making macarons, I’ve developed quite an opinion about different tools to make perfect French macarons.
I’ve tried many different brands and variations of the tools listed below.
If you’re serious about learning to make macarons at home, you want to read my detailed guide on these essential macaron tools!
French macarons require precision!! And it’s crucial to weigh all the ingredients, including the egg whites! Eggs come in different sizes, plus you can use carton egg whites that need to be weighed!
Too many egg whites add excess moisture to the batter, which leads to many macaron problems. And not enough egg whites causes a thick batter issue! (As little as 3-5 grams of egg whites throws off the ingredient ratio!!)
That’s why getting a scale is essential if you’re serious about learning to make macarons, or any baking for that matter.
Sifting the dry ingredients is another important step, for 3 reasons.
- Removes big bits of almonds for flawlessly smooth macarons.
- Thoroughly mixes the dry ingredients.
- Aerates the dry ingredients mixture for a fluffy, full macaron texture.
A good sifter isn’t just for making macarons, it’s also useful in baking an extra-fluffy cake.
Not all sifters are made the same though! I don’t recommend a battery-operated sifter (it’s so slow, you’ll get tired of holding it!), squeeze sifter, or Norpro hand crank sifter with a removable mesh.
3. Stand Mixer
Well-whipped meringue is the foundation of perfect macarons. And it takes a long time (about 25 minutes) to whip a good stable French meringue in my KitchenAid stand mixer. That’s why I use my stand mixer, but an electric hand mixer works just fine!!
PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION: I don’t have any brand preference regarding the mixer. But I love my KitchenAid Artisan 5qt stand mixer, and it works perfectly for my basic macaron recipe that uses a small amount of egg whites. This KitchenAid hand mixer is a great option too!
Macaronage, aka folding technique, is a skill you’ll need to master to make perfect macarons. And having a comfortable and flexible (but not too flexible!) silicone spatula makes the job so much easier.
Again, these spatulas are must-haves for any kitchen. I can’t imagine cooking and baking without them!
PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION: This large Thermoworks silicone spatula is my absolute favorite. It’s all one piece with no creases and grooves, high temperature resistant, and doesn’t discolor!
5. Piping Bag
A good quality piping bag is essential for piping perfectly round macarons. 16-inch piping bags are a perfect size for my basic macaron recipe.
12-inch bags work great for macaron fillings!
These piping bag ties are handy little things to secure the filled piping bag for easy handling!
6. Piping Tip
If you want perfectly round macarons (or any shape), a round piping tip is a must-have! I find a smaller piping tip helps to achieve full and fluffy shells.
By the way, here’s my video tutorial on how to properly pipe your macarons for full shells!
Aluminum baking sheets are heavy-duty and sturdy and help bake macarons evenly!
I’ve been using these baking sheets for years (not just for macarons!). They won’t warp and stay in great shape for years!
PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION: Nordic Ware aluminum baking sheets and the Sam’s Club baker’s half aluminum baking sheets are of great quality.
8. Parchment Paper vs Silicone vs Teflon
Which one is the best? This is a hotly debated topic in the macaron bakers’ world!
- Parchment paper tends to wrinkle, causing misshapen macaron shells. However, better-quality parchments tend to wrinkle less and doesn’t affect the shape of macarons as much.
- Silicone mats are a hit or miss! I don’t like thicker silicone mats because they don’t transfer heat well and cause underbaked macarons on the bottom and browned on top.
- Teflon sheets are the ideal surface for macarons. They’re thin, smooth, and reusable!
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PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION: These parchment paper sheets are my favorite! I often use them for baking macarons and don’t have any issues with misshaped shells. I also use this Teflon sheet. They come square, and I cut them to fit my baking sheet perfectly. These silicone mats are thin and work better than any other silicone mats.
DO NOT buy those terrible brown silicone mats with macaron molds!!
Did you know that ovens often lie about their internal temperature? The temperature could vary 25-50°F up and down. What? Yes, it’s true!
And the only way to check the accurate temperature of the oven is to get an oven thermometer. This inexpensive little tool might save you a whole lot of headaches!
PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION: I’ve been using this oven thermometer for the last 4+ years and can vouch for its reliability!