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New and Improved Chocolate Macarons Recipe

Ultimate chocolate macarons filled with silky smooth chocolate ganache. Simply the best!

Ultimate chocolate macarons filled with silky smooth chocolate ganache. Simply the best!

For some odd reason, chocolate macarons have been the biggest challenge for me. It took me numerous trials to create a recipe that worked for me beautifully at the time. I even re-tested like 4 times just to be sure.

My first trial ended with these beauties, followed by another 5 batches. My freezer was bursting with frozen macarons, not all of them in their prime shape, but they all taste delicious.

Then you guys were having issues.

Oh, joys of baking macarons!

Ultimate chocolate macarons filled with silky smooth chocolate ganache. Simply the best!

I went back to my starting point. Yet again.

And I’ve learned a few things in the process.

There are many reasons why the macarons crack and don’t form feet. For starters, it can be due to under-mixing or over-mixing the batter. Talk about confusing, I know!

Let’s break it down a little. When you under-mix the batter, it will still contain too much air, which will burst during baking, creating cracked shells. Over-mixing will result in runny batter; therefore the cookies will spread too much and won’t form feet. To check the consistency of the batter, bring the spatula up and see how the batter falls back. If it forms a ribbon, and spreads slowly into the rest of the batter within 10 seconds, then it’s ready. You can watch a very short video about this process here.

The most important thing I learned is the amount of egg whites. I used to just say 2 large egg whites in my previous macaron recipes, which is fine if you’re using store-bought large eggs, because there is an industry standard on how much the egg should weigh in order to be classified as small, medium, or large. But now since my mother-in-law provides me with farm fresh eggs, they are all different sizes and I have no idea whether they’d fall into large or extra large. So, I decided to weigh my egg whites and I realized that I’ve been using too much egg whites for the amount of almond flour/powdered sugar mixture. This is the main reason why I was getting cracked macarons, because my batter had too much moisture than it needed to. So that was a great lesson to learn.

Another crucial step!

You’ll need to dry the macaron shells before baking to create a thin skin, for 15-30 minutes or even longer. It all depends on how humid it is where you are. That thin layer of skin helps to develop beautiful ruffled feet on the bottom.


Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to enjoy my solo tea time…

Ultimate chocolate macarons filled with silky smooth chocolate ganache. Simply the best!

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Chocolate Macarons

Ultimate chocolate macarons filled with silky smooth chocolate ganache. Simply the best!

Yield: 21-24 filled macarons


For macarons shells:

  • 1 cup (100gr) almond flour
  • 3/4 cup (100gr) powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (10gr) natural cocoa powder
  • 2 large egg whites (75gr), at room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¼ cup (50gr) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt, optional
For chocolate ganache filling:
  • 1/3 cup (60gr) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons Nutella
  • 1 tablespoon Kahlua, optional


  1. In a medium bowl, sift together almond flour, powdered sugar and cocoa powder twice. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl with whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar and continue to beat. Slowly add sugar one tablespoon at a time. Increase the speed to medium high and beat until hard peaks form.
  3. Sift the almond flour mixture over the whipped egg whites. Gently fold the mixture running the spatula clockwise from the bottom, up around the sides and cut the batter in half. The batter will look very thick at first, but it will get thinner as you fold. Be careful not to over mix it though. Every so often test the batter to see if it reached the right consistency. To test the batter, drop a small amount of the batter and count to ten. If the edges of the ribbon are dissolved within ten seconds, then the batter is ready. I repeat, do NOT mix again. If you still see edges, fold the batter couple more times and test again. This step is so crucial, so please make sure to test often to ensure not to over mix the batter.
  4. Transfer the batter into a pastry bag with a round tip. (I used Wilton A1 tip)
  5. Pipe out 1.5-inch rounds about an inch apart on two baking sheets lined with parchment paper. You should get about 42 shells. Tap the baking sheets firmly on the counter a few times to get rid of any air bubbles. If you don’t release the air bubbles, they will expand during baking and crack the beautiful macarons shells.
  6. Let the macarons rest and dry for 15-30 minutes. On a humid day, it might take an hour or so. To see if it’s ready to be baked, lightly touch it. If the batter doesn’t stick to your finger, then it’s ready. Sprinkle a little bit of sea salt on each macaron right before baking. Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C).
  7. Bake the macarons for 18-20 minutes. To check the doneness, remove one macaron. If the bottom does not stick, they are done.
  8. Transfer to wire rack to cool for 15 minutes, and then remove from the baking sheets.
  9. While macarons are cooling, prepare the ganache filling. Heat the heavy cream in the microwave for a minute. In a medium bowl, put the chocolate chips and pour hot cream over the chocolate. Let it stand for a minute or two and then stir until smooth. Stir in Nutella and Kahlua for flavor. Cool the ganache in the fridge to thicken.
  10. Transfer the ganache filling into a pastry bag and fill the macarons.
  11. 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.

For step-by-step photos and additional notes, read the post above.

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This recipe was originally published on November 21st, 2014.

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  1. Your other recipes have 70g of egg whites. Is the 75g in this recipe because of the extra T of cocoa, or do you now use 75g in all of your recipes?

  2. I am not close to making 42 shells.  Made this couple times and only about 18 1.5” rounds each time.  They all turned out great but curious why i only have so few shells.  Any idea?  Thanks!

    • Hi, Lyn. Thank you for writing in. I’m surprised you’re not getting as many as I have. Are your baked shells 1.5-inch rounds, or are you piping 1.5-inch circles? I’m asking this because there’s a little difference. When you pipe 1.5-inch rounds, they usually spread and become bigger as they rest and bake. Let me know.

    • I only got 28 shells from this recipe! 

  3. i liked the recipe. i think it was great for party’s and snacks sweets i had the same problem though. i had to whip up another egg in order to make the macarons the right consistency. 

    Rating: 5
  4. i did this recipe last night and i must have messed something up because the batter did not do what it was supposed to do. it was way to thick and i ended up having to add another egg white to the mix before it would thin out. so i think 3 egg whites instead of 2 would be best for this recipe. but other than that it worked great.

    Rating: 2
  5. Thanks so much for the recipe.  What a life changing from moving to a rural area from LÀ to be a rancher’s wife!  I have 3 grown daughters and can’t tell how would I feel if one of my daughters get married and moved away.  However, I love living in the countryside. It’s so peaceful!  I am now retired and baking  is one of my hobbies.  May I ask if you have to age your egg whites before making macarons?Thank you and best wishes to you and your young family.Maria

    Rating: 5
    • Hi, Maria! Thank you so much for your comment and good wishes. It’s been a crazy (awesome) ride, that’s for sure! 🙂 I personally don’t age my egg whites. I think the purpose of aging egg whites is to evaporate as much moisture out of them. (This’s my theory only though.) So if you live in a humid climate, you may benefit from aging the egg whites. Hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any questions.

  6. Hi – I made these again this weekend, meticulously measured everything and used parchment paper- much better! Got decent feet- not as pretty as yours, but still pretty good! Parchment definitely makes a difference- thanks for the tip!

  7. Hi- made the recipe today- first time trying Macarons. I do tend to bake a lot so I thought I’d be pretty decent at this but they turned out to crispy disks with no feet. I used super fine almond flour, weighed my egg whites, and I believe they were in firm peaks when I mixed in the flour mixture. I’m thinking maybe I didn’t pipe enough batter on each- I ended up with about 53 cookies- would that be the issue? I used silpats that already have the Macarons outline on them. They still taste great! Just definitely not the result I was expecting. 

    Rating: 3
    • Hi, Deirdre! I appreciate all the details you’ve provided, it’s helpful to troubleshoot the issue.
      So a few things…
      1. I don’t believe your problem is in piping. I usually get about 45-50 shells, so yours aren’t that far off.
      2. Do you have an oven thermometer? One of the most common issues for “no feet” issue is too low oven temperature. It’s very common for ovens to run up to 50 degrees up and down, and that’s why I highly recommend an oven thermometer. So if your oven runs cooler, then it’s very possible macarons simply didn’t get enough heat to rise during baking.
      3. If your silicone mat is the thick brown macaron mat, then it may be the cause too. I had tried that mat a while back, and didn’t have luck with it. It was just too thick and wasn’t transferring heat well. I personally prefer baking macarons on parchment paper.
      I hope these are helpful, and please let me know if you try again.

      • Hi Shinee- thanks for your response! I do have an oven thermometer and it usually run low so I pump it up a bit- it was up to the correct temp when I put them in. I’m thinking it may be the mat then- not a brown one but I guess fairly thick- I will try again with parchment!
        Thank you!

  8. My daughter and I have tried several recipes and this is actually the only one we haven’t had success with.  We’ve tried twice and they end up kind of chunky for some reason.  We can’t get a smooth top with them like the others we’ve tried.  Tasty though.

    Rating: 3
    • Hi, Jenn. Thank you for your feedback. Sorry to hear my recipe didn’t come as perfectly as others. Would you mind elaborating a little on the issue? Do you mean the shells came out chunky after baking? Were other recipes french-meringue based, or Italian-meringue based? Thanks again!!

  9. The batter completely turned into concrete and tasted gross. Probably won’t try this recipe again. 

    Rating: 1
    • Hi, Audrey! I’m sorry to hear yours didn’t turn out well. I actually saw your message when I was touring a french bakery production kitchen, and talked to the French chef about. He said that this issue is a lot to do with quality of almond flour. If the almond flour is low quality, too dry, etc, it can absorb all the moisture from the meringue and not reach the proper consistency.

  10. They turned out quite great and tasted amazing, my only problem was that they lost their “feet” while baking as I saw from the time lapse I made and sticked to the bottom a little bit. Do you know what I did wrong?

    Rating: 4
  11. turned out okay :/ were very cracked and only made 20 shells. 

    Rating: 3
    • Hi, Athena. Thank you for trying my recipe and for your feedback. Cracks could be caused by number of things. I suggest to review my visual troubleshooting guide to identify the culprit. Let me know if you have any questions. And as for the number of shells, it depends how big macarons you had piped. Mine are small macarons, about 1.5-inch rounds.

  12. I absolutey loved it! Me and my Best Friend spent 6 hours making the chocolate, red velvet, funfetti, and strawberry macarons for our first time and they came out amazing! We divided the goods and all our friends and family loved them! Thank you So much for your recipes!

    Rating: 5
  13. These turned out great!! NIce little feet, crispy on the outside and chewy inside. Thank you for the recipe!

    Rating: 5
  14. Can you do this with 1 cup of powdered sugar and 3/4 almond flower instead 

  15. I am 10 and I made these with my grandma and they turned out perfect. My whole family loves them.❤️❤️❤️

    • Yay, so happy for you, Valerie! Thank you for sharing your macaron success!!

      • They turned out quite great and tasted amazing, my only problem was that they lost their “feet” while baking as I saw from the time lapse I made and sticked to the bottom a little bit. Do you know what I did wrong?

        Rating: 4
  16. My macarons are resting right now ready to go in the oven! I’m fairly new to making macarons and decided to try chocolate after trying (and kind of failing at other flavors). my macarons usually turn out really crunchy, but after resting in the fridge for 24 hours, they are too soft and have little to no crunch, and they always come out super chewy and sticky. Is this a problem that happens often. Could it be my oven temperature? 

  17. I’ve made a lot of macs and never had one turn out this bad 🙁 I think every possible problem went wrong 

    Rating: 1
  18. Thanks for this recipe. Mine turned out great, with feet, no cracked shells…soo good!

  19. They came out beautifully!!

    Rating: 5
  20. Out of all the macaron recipes, this one is definitely the best! After about four tries, my macarons have turned out perfect and my entire family loves them – the macarons disappear in five minutes! 😊 I just had a bit of a problem concerning the filling. I accidentally put the filling in the fridge for too long, and it was so thick that I couldn’t even pipe it out of the piping bag. Then I tried freezing it for about ten minutes and it all flooded out. How many minutes would you recommend? Thanks!

    Rating: 5
  21. I always have trouble with chocolate macarons, either they’re wrinkled or cracked. I tried your chocolate macarons recipe and they came out great. So full and fluffy. Thank you for sharing. Your hazelnut macarons were great too.

  22. So much fun. Thank u so much. turned out perfect in my opinion for a first-timer

  23. This is amazing. Btw i am 12

  24. Can I just leave out the Nutella? My family doesn’t like it. Do I need to substitute something else? Also wondering if you can double the recipe without it being a problem.

  25. I dont know what I’m doing wrong. My batter is thick and gritty.

    • Hi, Samantha. Since I wasn’t there with you, I don’t know the reason for your issue. 😉 Would you please give me more details? How did you measure your ingredients, dry ingredients as well as egg whites? Also what kind of cocoa powder did you use? I’ll try my best to troubleshoot the issue, if you give me as much details as you can.

  26. First ever attempt at a macaron and WOW! Mine turned out awesome! If only the recipe made more! I will definitely be making these again very soon! I need to fold just a tiny bit less next time, but I am so impressed with myself. Thank you for all your tips, and this recipe! 

    Rating: 5
  27. Mine ended up being pretty burnt on the bottoms I cooked for 18 minutes at 300

    Rating: 4
    • Hi, Daric. Thank you for your feedback. It sounds like your oven may be running hotter. I recommend to double check it with an oven thermometer and adjust the baking temp accordingly.

  28. i’m 12 and need a really good and easy recipe

  29. is this the best recipes you’ve tried

    • This is the only recipe I have tried and I found her tips extremely helpful and mine turned out great for a first try! Wish I could share a pic. 

      Rating: 5
  30. Yes, it must’ve been the moisture, I literally did 3 different recipes and all failed, I guess I’ll have to look out for dry days in the future lol; on the other hand, the recipe was still very delicious even though my macarons were mishapen.

  31. Yes, it must’ve been the moisture, I literally did 3 different recipes and all failed, I guess I’ll have to look out for dry days in the future lol

    Rating: 5
  32. Wow, these came out perfect. I have made many batches of macarons and all have been hollow, or soft, but these had the perfect feet, and are not hollow! I measured according to grams, and I followed the directions to the T. I will use this recipe again.

    Rating: 5
  33. I tried this recipe and followed the instructions to a t, but when I baked them the tops turned out all cracked, and they kind of looked like crinkle cookies. Does it have anything to do with where I live? I’m in Texas right now and it’s 64 degrees outside. Thanks! (:

    Rating: 5
  34. I just made these for Christmas home bakes instead of gifts. I didn’t weigh the eggs, just put 2 and it ended up being too little of a meringue and the batter was too thick. I made a little extra meringue after trying to fold the batter into submission with little luck. Adding the extra egg whites helped and the cookies came out tasty but did not have feet which makes me believe i still didn’t add enough egg white or I didn’t mix well enough. Still using them though because they are delicious regardless of not looking like a macaron. This isn’t my first go round on macarons but is my first time doing a chocolate version, lessons were learned today. Thank you for the recipe, I will use in the future but keep in mind to MEASURE the egg whites and not just go by eye on this one. 

    Rating: 4
  35. This recipe is amazing! I’m 13 and learning how to bake, and this recipe worked out really well. I was assigned to bring in macarons for the class, because we were all bringing in food, and everyone really enjoyed them! It was pretty easy to make. The only that was hard to do was find the almond flour, which I ended up making myself. Turns out no store in my town sells any almond flour for some reason. When I made the shells of the macarons I was thinking I may be doing the recipe wrong but based on the way they turned out, I did it great!

    Rating: 5
  36. This tastes SOOOOOO good


    Rating: 5
  38. These sucked and based on half of the reviews I won’t be doing this again. 

    Rating: 1
  39. WOW! I love baking, and I’m pretty young (14) so I am always up for a baking challenge. Macarons have been something I have really wanted to make, so I thought best to start with chocolate macarons. Having never made them, I feel very proud. There was no cracking in the oven, and i had the best feet! Amazing recipe!

    Rating: 5
    • Awesome!!! I’m so impressed with your baking skills, Lindsey. Chocolate macarons are actually harder than basic macarons, and yours turned out well at first try. Way to go!! Thank you for sharing your feedback!!

  40. I don’t know what I did wrong! The batter ended up more like a cookie dough, and was extremely dense. I did use erythritol (sugar substitute) in place of regular sugar, and thought that had effected the outcome. Usually, though, this turns out fine in other baking and after reading other comments I can see that others’ batters came out too thick as well. I’m 100% sure I didn’t over mix it either. 

    • Hi, Jenna. Can you tell me how you measured the ingredients, including the egg whites? Over-mixing won’t cause thick batter. In my testing, I was able to reproduce this thick batter issue, when the ratio of wet and dry ingredients was off (insufficient egg whites or excess dry ingredients).

  41. I made this macaron recipe 5 times unsuccessfully. The batter was too thick every time, kind of like brownie batter. I have made tons and tons of different types of macarons before, and this recipe has never worked for me. I’ve done every single thing in the instructions, but I can’t figure out what i’m doing wrong!

    Rating: 2
  42. Hi!I made this recipe a couple days ago and the macarons were delicious except that they did not form feet and were cracked on the top (after pipping them, I waited over an hour for them for form shells but they never did so I just baked them anyway). I realized that my eggs weren’t in room temperature and the macaron mixture was stickier than the ones I’ve made before, so maybe that could be the problem? Thank you for the delicious recipe!

    Rating: 4
    • Hey Mandy! Sorry for delay in my response. So the temperature of egg whites shouldn’t affect the batter. Room temperature egg whites whip better and faster, that’s about it, in my opinion. How was the weather that day when you baked the macarons. Humidity affects how fast the macarons dry on the counter. So if it was rainy or humid day, that might have caused it.

  43. I’m just waiting for my oven to preheat, this is my first time and I was super nervous because i’ll be making 3 or 4 dozen. I got everything in a piping bag and called my boyfriend in to see how good they looked, when he pointed out I must have forgotten to mix in a quarter of my dry :'( They’ve been sitting out for around an hour and a half, I dcided they probably wont get to the correct dryness, so i’ll call these ones a fail. I’m going to do some dishes, have some Gin, and start again 😀

    Rating: 5
  44. My first time making macarons and my batter seemed too thick. I measured all the ingredients by weight and even triple sifted everything. When i added the dry mixture to the egg whites it never formed a ribbon but fell as clumps from my spatula. Maybe i didnt mix enough or maybe my scale was off and i ended up with too much dry mixture? I used 2 large store bought egg whites. when i piped the matter on my baking sheet i was left with ridges and peaks that i tried to flatten but was too sticky. Any ideas? Thanks! Ill post back after they are baked!

    Rating: 5
    • Hi, Lmf! Thank you for providing lots of details. It really helps with troubleshooting. I highly recommend weighing the egg whites as well. I find they all tend to be different and 2 large eggs could yield less than 75gr, which will cause that thick batter issue.

  45. I have never made macarons before and these tasted (and looked) amazing! They were devoured in minutes, with no crumbs left behind. I am looking forward to making another batch, thank you so much for this recipe. I have a question about when they are ready to come of the tray, should the bottoms be perfectly smooth, or is it o.k if a bit of the bottom skin does not come? Thanks! 

    Rating: 5
    • Hi, Madelin! So happy to hear you enjoyed those macarons!! Usually you want the bottom to be smooth, but I’ve had macarons when they’re a bit stuck to the parchment paper too. No big deal, in my opinion.

  46. This is the very first time I’ve ever attempted macarons (or meringue!) and I am blown away by how GREAT they came out!! Thank you so much for such a thoroghly explained recipe, both here, in the comments, and on your extra tips article — it definitely paid off to read all of them thoroughly!! They’re not perfect, but they’re smoothe and crisp on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside, and the ganache is very tasty!! Would love to try out a different, thicker ganache in the future, but I’m super excited to keep trying all of your macaron flavors and perfecting the macaron myself! Thank you!

    Rating: 5
    • Julie, thank you soooo much for sending the photo of your macarons. They look fabulous!!! And I’m so happy you had such success on your first try! You can reduce the amount of heavy cream in your ganache next time for thicker consistency. Thanks again for your feedback!

  47. Shinee, does it work to use pasteurized egg whites? You know, the stuff in the little cartons? The things I’ve read on the internet say that they are completely interchangeable, but since macarons are not as straightforward as other baked foods, I don’t want to try it if you already know it won’t work.

    • Hi, Carol! Sorry for delayed response. I’ve always been curious about this too, and I’ve been meaning to test it myself, but always forget to pick up carton of egg whites. So yeah, I’m not really sure on this.

    • I’ve tried using the carton egg whites, and they do not work at all! Even after 10 minutes of whisking at the highest speed, no peaks formed at all.

  48. So It may just be me but when I made these they turned out almost perfect. Except for the fact that my macarons were lumpy on top and had barely any feet! Now I don’t mind the lumpyness because I am making these for my brothers birthday (He is turning 6) and they are going to be Chewbacca! But I don’t know if I over beat the egg whites or what because they had the smallest feet ever.

    Rating: 4
    • Hi, Natalie. So fun you’re making macaron Chewbacca!!! 🙂 I bet your brother loved it! As for the low feet, there could be number of reasons, like over-mixed batter (deflated too much air out of the batter), not enough rest before baking, or low oven temperature, etc. Hope next time they’ll come out perfect!

  49. I don’t know if it was just me but I followed everything the recipe told me to do but all of my cookies were cracked and didn’t have any feet so I need some suggestions on how to fix this problem. (also i did reach to ribbon stage and tapped the bubbles out).

    Rating: 3
    • Hi, Lily. First, thanks for trying my recipe and for your comment. There could have been number of things that cause cracked shells. Since I don’t see your macarons, I can’t exactly tell what may have caused the issue. I suggest checking this Visual Troubleshooting Guide, and see which one is the most similar to yours. Also, if you’ve got a picture, you can also e-mail it to me, and we can try to figure out what’s the issue.

  50. Very excited! This is my third try and my first somewhat success. During my first attempt, I tried to save a trip to the store by using wax paper instead of parchment paper (LOL). The second attempt I messed up the egg whites, but Shinee’s blog on this is very helpful. I finally got it right this time. Thanks, Shinee! 

    Rating: 5
    • Hi, Joyce! I bet the wax paper thing didn’t go well, huh? Hehe I’m SO happy to hear you’ve got your successful batch. Thanks for you feedback!!

  51. I just made these and they turned out great. After making your lemon macarons, I had to try the chocolate. I doubled the recipe, so I could use my big mixer instead of the hand mixer, and it was perfect. Thank you!!  Now I need to try a strawberry one. 

    Rating: 5
  52. oh and also how many macarons does the recipe make? and if it is a small amount is it possible if i could double the recipe or would that wreck the mixture

    • Cassie, I get about 20-25 filled macarons (about 40-50 shells). They’re about 1.5-inch rounds, so they’re small cookies. I’ve never tried doubling the batch, so I can’t say for sure if it’ll be the same or not.

  53. hi shinee 
                    so i have another Question. when you said sift together almond flour, powdered sugar and cocoa powder twice. what do you mean by doing ti twice. like do what twice

  54. Oh. my. god.I have never made macarons in my life, and I tried this recipe for the first time making it and they came out SO AMAZING. They came out perfectly and I am absolutely blown away. The only thing I have to say about this is that it does not make 21-24 macarons. It made about 10 and two of them I made smaller ones. I am definitely bookmarking this bc I will be making this again soon!

    Rating: 5
    • Hi, Serena!! So happy for you!!! Thank you for your feedback. As for the count, how big macarons did you get? Mine are like 1.5-inch baked macarons, so they’re pretty small.

  55. I would not recommend this recipe. I do not like it. I made it 3 times for an event, and every time the macarons cracked, did not gain feet, or spread out. The batter was very thick when I made it, and I followed the recipe accurately. I’ve made macarons many times before and have never had this happen. I am a talented baker and very unsatisfied with the result of this recipe. I’m assuming the poor results were an improper ratio of wet to dry, but I’m not sure. I will say that these did taste very good, but had a chewy texture, which is not normal for macarons, or at least any macarons I’ve ever made or purchased to eat.

    • Hi, Mallory. Thank you for your feedback. I’m sorry to hear your macarons didn’t turn out. But as you know macarons are quite finicky. Despite your great experience as a baker, macarons can fail for one reason or another. Once I had terrible results time after time (like 3-4 times) with the same recipe I always had results, and later I found out my almond flour was the culprit. I’m sharing this not to blame your ingredients, but simply to share that you never know what could be the culprit. I know my recipe has way less sugar compared to many macaron recipes, but I can assure you that this ratio works great not only for me, but many other readers as well. That being said, chocolate macarons are especially finicky, and cocoa powder usually gives a lot of trouble. Would you mind sharing if you used natural cocoa powder, or dutch processed cocoa powder?

      As for texture of my macarons, I’m actually pretty proud of my chewy, almond-y macarons, pretty similar to the ones I had tried in Paris. I also tried making recipes from others with a lot more sugar, and I was kind of disappointed with too sweet, too meringue-like texture of macarons. But to each their own. 🙂

  56. This recipe is Awesome! i loved it! mines that i over baked the shell other than that it was really really good! Came out amazing!

    Rating: 5
  57. I was happier with this recipe than other chocolate macaron recipes I have tried. These had beautiful ruffled feet, soft and not hallow interior, with shiny tops. Only reason I didn’t give it a 5 Star was that they are slightly grainy and I had to pat down the tail with a damp finger after piping the shells. I sifted my extra fine grind almond flour and other dry ingredients 3 times prior to sifting it over the beaten egg whites. I also made them around 1.25” round. My template is  1”, so I piped them slightly larger than template. I got 76 shells! I did also add 1 teaspoon of espresso powder to intensify the chocolate flavor, it worked wonderfully. Not sure why tops were slightly grainy. I had 2 large egg whites. I don’t have a scale. Can you tell me what the weight is in cups? I might be able to measure it in cups and discard the rest if I use 3 eggs!

    Rating: 4
    • I found a liquid converter. Your 75 grams of egg whites is approximately 1/3 cup. When I measured my 2 large egg whites I got just over 1/4 cup. Looks like I would need either extra large egg whites, 2, or 3 large egg whites, discarding any amount over 1/3 cup! That would probably explain the thick grainy batter. Still made nice macarons, just shell was grainy instead of smooth! Do you agree or is there something else that could cause the grainy textured shells?

      • Hi, Lesa! Thank you for your feedback. You got 76 shells? Woo-hoo! I have a follow up question on your grainy top. Is it just the tip that was pointy? Or bits of almond looked grainy? If you’ve got a picture, I think it’ll be helpful.
        And as for egg white amount in cups, I’ll have to measure it and let you know later this week when I make macarons.

        • It’s the whole top shell has little bits (very fine bits) of almond flour. My almond flour is Honeywell super fine grind and I sifted it 4 times. In fact, I sifted all dry ingredients 4 times including the super fine granulated white sugar that you incorporate into the egg whites! The description might be better said to be gritty instead of grainy. I will try to get a close up if a completed macaron. How do I post a photo here?

        • Lesa, thanks for sending the photo. I got it! To me it looked like the batter might have been a tad bit undermixed, because I could see the tip of batter still peaked. But I know what you mean by the overall grittiness, and I’m not quite sure what could cause it. And I totally forgot to measure the egg whites in a cup today when I made macarons. But I’ll measure it on Sunday. So sorry, but I’ll get back to you!

  58. This recipe, made exactly by gram weight, it was horrible. It made maybe 6 cookies.

    Rating: 1
  59. Even the ganache is wrong. The measurements make no sense.

    • I don’t know what to say, Ted. It doesn’t look like you trust my recipes, so I won’t force you to try it. 🙂 You’re welcome to search the internet for other recipes that makes sense to you.

  60. I too had an incredibly terrible, thick, grainy batter that never thinned out. All ingredients were weighed out appropriately, The eggs were not over beaten. Even if I over beat them, it would not explain how I managed to get 18 shells, so only 9 potential macarons. The recipe claims you can make 42 shells. There’s no way you can produce that from two eggs worth.

    Rating: 1
    • I’ve made several types of macarons based on her basic shell recipe, and while I don’t get 42 shells, I get 34 of them. Three batches thus far, and 17 macarons per batch on all three. I also compared it to a couple other recipes I found online, and so far, hers gives me the best results. I get cracked shells with two other chocolate macaron recipes. Chocolate is the most difficult for me to make. The cocoa powder throws everything off. Agree on the filling, though. It needs to be firmer.

      • Ginger, thank you for your input! I’m so glad to hear that you get successful batches with my base recipe. And I agree, cocoa powder throws everything off.

        • I’m thinking about making these for Mother’s Day and want them to turn out perfectly the first time. Any tips?

    • Hi, Ted. Thank you for your feedback! Sorry to hear you had an issue with thick batter. I was able to reproduce the thick batter issue (finally) couple weeks ago. I used 2 smaller eggs, which yielded 63gr of egg whites. My batter stayed thick and never thinned out. So to confirm my suspicion, will you let me know how many grams of egg whites did you use? Thank you!

      P.S. As for the number of shells, I’ve been using my base macaron recipe for over 5 years now and I consistently produce at least 20 assembled macarons. There’s absolutely no reason for me to lie about it. And for the record, I’ve never tried doubling my recipe.

  61. The thick batter mystery: my 3rd grader was dying to learn to make macarons so I had to learn in order to help her. We’ve encountered lots of problems in our trial and error learning, but finally got consistent results. Then one day no matter how long I folded the batter it remained thick and grainy and never got to the stage of flowing in thick ribbons and we had to toss it out. We are not 100% sure, but the only conclusion that we could find is that WE OVERBEAT THE EGG WHITES. Since then we’ve both been vigilant about not doing that and haven’t had a repeat of that problem.

    • Hi, Jamie!! Your theory and findings make perfect sense. Overmixing the meringue results in drying out the egg whites, so if the egg whites are overbeaten too much, it may definitely result in thick batter. Thank you so much for sharing this tip. I’ll test this out and see what I find out. And kudos to you and your kiddo for patiently testing it out!

  62. These are fantastic! I’ve never made macrons but wanted to try them after a macron episode marathon on the food network. I wasn’t sure what to expect in mixing, baking and taste. I used extra finely ground King Aurther almond flour. When mixing the final ingrediants I knew the batter was mixed but still looked gritty, I figured it was the consistancy of the flour. My grandfather and mother have celiac and often make desserts with rice and almond flour. Peanut butter cookies are a staple, but arent for everyone because the flour gives them a grittiness. Since I knew this and read the warning about over mixing the batter I moved on. I piped them onto parchment paper, let them dry and popped them in the oven for about 19 minutes, using a small spatula I scraped one up to make sure it wasnt sticking to my paper meaning the rest were also done. My ganache was kinda runny like pudding, it also never set completely. But I think I didnt use enough cream, or the right cream. Regardless, still delish and put it on my cookies. I am a novice cook and baker, I was very fortunate to recieve a kitchebaid mixer for Christmas and am putting it to use. The macrons are amazing. They are light but have the consistancy of a corner brownie with the crispy outer shell but also have that fudgy density if that makes sense. There isn’t any gritty texture in these like in many gluten free desserts and its kind of blowing my mind. Im sorry so many had issues with this recipe but I will definitly be making more and for my family members with celiac whos limited in yummy goodies.

    Rating: 5
    • For the peanut butter cookies try smitten kitchen’s. smittenkitchen.com/2015/10/salted-peanut-butter-cookies/ They have no flour, not even nut flour, and are really easy.

  63. We struggled with a super thick batter as did others.   I wonder if it has to do with the grittiness of the almond flour.  I think we’ll reduce the almond flour a bit next time around.  The flavor was delicious but they weren’t very pretty.  However, I’ll take tasty over pretty with these.  I give them a 4-star rating and hope our next bake is more successful.  Thanks for the delicious recipe.

    Rating: 4
  64. My first time making macarons and I am super pleased. I have very minor problems with them. I read your instructions and information on how to make them and I think my only problem was that I didn’t make them the same size and I put two way to close together lol so they didn’t look pretty but…. They look almost perfect for a (I am not kidding) first batch first time.

    Rating: 5
  65. Hi, I realized why everyone is complaining about a thick batter. The recipe calls for 1 cup almond flour and 3/4 cup powdered sugar when, according to the amount in grams, its supposed to be the other way around. Hopefully that makes sense!

  66. These macaroons are AMAZING! The grenache filling is what makes them so special. Nice recipe, thank you! I also thank you for your tips with these picky little cookies. After scrapping many batches over time, I’m always looking for more tips on how to get the perfect cookie. You helped me achieve that. Am appreciative!

  67. My batter was a bit thick haven’t baked them yet so not sure how they will turn out. But I measured out how big they should be and I only got 12 shells from this batter

    Rating: 2
    • I’m sorry to hear that, Lilly! So I was thinking maybe I should hop on a skype call or something with those who are having problem, so I can virtually guide you and we can troubleshoot together. So if you’re up for it, let me know.

  68. I am a skilled baker, made these by weight, followed everything, and they never got thin – “batter” was crumbly and worthless. I have pressed it into a sheet pan to bake and will try to salvage something of it.Not enough liquid for the amount of dry ingredients, I think. Adding cocoa powder dries things out even more.Super disappointed with this recipe. Took a lot of time to prep things and if nothing comes of it it’s a total waste of ingredients. I don’t normally rate recipes or leave such negative feedback, but it was a total and complete failure, and I am not a novice.

    Rating: 1
    • Hi, Suzannah! Thank so much for your feedback, and I’m sorry yours didn’t turn out. I personally can’t recreate this thick batter issue, and sadly you’re not the only one who has this issue. One of my readers, Chen, actually found out what was causing her thick batter issue. It was the type of almond flour she was using. Here’s her comment, if you’d like to read her findings. If you can help us out and let us know what type of almond flour you used, I’d really appreciate it!

      • I read that comment, but I used Bob’s Red Mill, the finely ground almond flour. I am not really sure what happened. I may try again the next time I have egg whites.

        Thanks for the reply!

    • Don’t make these!
      I also had same problem!  I made them a month ago without a scale.  Had chunky batter.  Needs more egg white.
      Bought a scale…aged mt egg whites…for several days in fridge…then let set n counter several hours.   
      Making them now. Thick and chunky again!
      They are in mixer now with paddle on folding speed.   I wanted to be sure I posted before delete from my Pinterest.  

      • Well…not sure if I salvaged.  I beat up another egg white and after chiseling the chocolate mixture from my bowl I once again used paddle on mixer to blend up.  It helped. They are setting now before baking.   Anxious to see results!

        • Hey, Rosanne. Sorry you’re having trouble with macaron batter. Did you weigh the egg whites too? By the way, I don’t recommend aging the eggs, unless you’re in a very humid climate. Aging the egg whites evaporates the moisture out it. Anyway, I got your other message with the photo, my fingers are crossed for you. Keep me posted.

    • I too had an incredibly terrible, thick, grainy batter that never thinned out. All ingredients were weighed out appropriately, The eggs were not over beaten. Even if I over beat them, it would not explain how I managed to get 18 shells, so only 9 potential macarons. The recipe claims you can make 42 shells. There’s no way you can produce that from two eggs worth.

      • Hi, Ted. Sorry to hear you had an issue with thick batter. I was able to reproduce the thick batter issue (finally) couple weeks ago. I used 2 smaller eggs, which yielded 63gr of egg whites. My batter stayed thick and never thinned out. So to confirm my suspicion, will you let me know how many grams of egg whites did you use? Thank you!

        P.S. As for the number of shells, I’ve been using my base macaron recipe for over 5 years now and I consistently produce at least 20 assembled macarons. There’s absolutely no reason for me to lie about it. And for the record, I’ve never tried doubling my recipe.

  69. These macarons unfortunately were super thick even after mixing for 20 minutes, but I still decided to bake them. They came out cracked and had no feet. I probably would not recommend this recipe.

  70. Hi, First of all these taste AMAZING! But they always are cracked and they barely have any feet. Could you please tell me how to fix the two problems?

    • Actually they do have feet but could you still tell me what I am doing wrong to make them cracked.

      • Hi, Shannon. Yeah, even imperfect macarons taste wonderful. As for your cracked macarons, there could be number of reasons, from over-mixed batter to overbeaten meringue. Take a look at my visual troubleshooting guide and see which one is more similar to yours. Hope this helps, if not, please send me a photo of your macs and I’ll try to help.

        • Thank you for the link to the troubleshooting guide. In a couple days I am going to try to make them again and I think they will turn out better now that I have looked at the guide. Thanks I’ll tell you what happens!

        • Awesome. Glad you found that post helpful. Keep me posted, Shannon. And good luck! 🙂

  71. Hi, thanks for your recipes, please can I have some help to troubleshoot my thick batter issue.

    I’ve tried this chocolate macaron recipe twice and both times the batter remained thick (when I hold up the spatula it just stays on without dropping). I’ve made macarons before without coco powder and they’ve turn out great, but with coco powder, after folding it 35-45 times, they look like they are getting to the right batter consistancy, another 10 folds and they should be perfect for piping but instead they just stop and never get any thinner no matter how much longer I fold them.

    Any ideas? 

    • Hi, Chen. Well, unfortunately, this thick batter issue is unsolved mystery around here. I can’t recreate the issue to save my life, and I heard this problem from a few readers now. And I just don’t know what might be the issue. Some say the batter gets thicker as you fold, which seems weird. Anyway, one thing I wondering if it’s somehow connected to humidity in the area. Is it pretty dry where you are? Hoping we’ll get this figure out soon.

      • Hi again, 

        I have solved the thick batter mystery! It was due to the ALMOND FLOUR I bought. I live in the UK, we call it ground almonds here, but a few blogs wrote almond flour is just the American name for the same thing, but now I’m not sure. I’m going to stick with ground almonds from now on.

        The almond flour that caused me all these trouble is a fine ground organic almond flour from Amazon (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00CSUNF4S/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) I thought organic would mean good quality and although it claims to be 100% almonds, I’m not convinced. 

        I’ve gone back to using small packets of supermarket own brand ground almonds, the cost is a little high compared to buying in bulk, but at least this way I get good macarons with a strong almond flavour.

        Hopefully your other reviewers haven’t given up on making macarons and sees this post, maybe the almond flour is the cause for their batter dilemma too.


        • Wow, Chen, this is super helpful!!! I just read about the almond flour you had used, it looks like it has added protein, de-oiled, and it also says great for thickening! Now, I don’t know anything about what all those descriptions mean, but it looks to me that it’s not pure ground almond. If at all helps, I’ve used the following brands of almond flour and happy with them all: Bob’s Red Mill, Honeyville and Nature’s Eats. I can’t thank you enough for your valuable feedback, Chen!!

  72. This recipe worked out really well for me! I used a food processor for the egg whites and sugar, and it wasn’t stiff but somehow it worked! Lucky me, I guess. I found another recipe for buttercream online and used that because I was sort of tired from waiting for the macarons to dry. They tasted amazing, but I would add some cocoa powder to make it more decadent. Thanks for this recipe!!

    • Yay, so happy this recipe worked for you! Be cautious with adding more cocoa powder, trying adding a little at a time. And thank you for your feedback, Yashvi!

  73. Hey I was making this recipe and am having trouble getting it to a thin state. Am I doing something wrong? I have been folding for almost 30 minutes and nothing.

    • Hmm, interesting. Tiffany, how firm are your folding the batter? Could you try folding it a bit firmer maybe? It shouldn’t take that long to get to the right consistency. Hope it works out and let me know.

      • Holding very firm….I had my hubny even step in to help.

        • How did you measure dry ingredients? I’m guessing if you measured by cups, it’s possible you’ve got a bit too much dry ingredients. But at this point one thing you could try is whip 1 egg white till hard peaks and add a little at a time to thin out the macaron batter. Let me know if that helps.

        • I redid measuring everything with a scale. A little better with consistency but still very grainy

        • Hey Tiffany, glad to hear the consistency improved as you re-measured the ingredients with a scale. As for grainy issue, it depends on type of almond flour you use. I’ve been using this almond flour, which has super fine texture. Everything gets sifted through and my macarons turn out smooth.

    • And the batter is also very grainy

  74. Hi! Your macarons look great!! I’ve tried making chocolate macarons batch after batch after batch but all come out hollow. I’ve tried fixing the meringue just until still peaks, and doing the proper macaronage til a ribbon consistency. Are there any tips you can give me? 🙂 I don’t want to give up just yet. 🙂

    • Just stiff** peaks, I mean. 🙂

    • Hi Jam! So glad your macarons are looking great! If you think your meringue is beaten just right, then try baking your macarons a bit longer. It’s also possible that under-baked macarons collapse when they’re out of the oven. Hope this helps. Keep me posted.

      • My macarons do come off clean when I peel them from the baking sheet, but do look a little wet when I slice them in half. I’ll try this out and hope it works. Thanks so much!

  75. I finaaaaaaaally found a recipe that works extremely well for me! Thank you so much!

    All the recipes I’ve followed called for more powdered sugar over almond flour and my macarons from those recipes ended up with more spread out feet and they tend to be more hallow. It’s also super weird how everyone’s ovens operate differently because the macarons that I made with this recipe came out perfectly, but I ended up baking for 36-38 minutes at 280 degrees Fahrenheit and they weren’t overcooked at all! Though the shells were really delicate so some of the tops ended up cracking as I was trying to peel them off of my macaron silicon mat, but that just means I have to let them sit out for longer so the ‘skin’ is thicker.

    I get really nervous whenever I make macarons but I’m so glad I finally found a recipe and system that works perfectly for me.

    I will definitely be using this recipe again!

    • Hi, Juliet! Yay, so glad you found the perfect recipe for you! You’re so right, every oven works differently, and I’m glad you found perfect temp and time to bake your macs. Thank you so much for your feedback.

  76. This recipe is terrible, we tried 4 times and every time it turned out super hard. We used exact per portions. Is this fake!? We looked at you pictures after mixing the dry and wet ingredients together it looked way different then ours. Take this off the internet!

    • Hi Olivia and Brooklyn. I’m sorry to hear you had trouble with this recipe. But first, can we be cordial despite the frustration you’re having? I’m all about helping you to troubleshoot, but I don’t tolerate rudeness on my site. The recipe is not fake, and as you can see I’ve taken step by step photos along the way.
      To help you to figure out what may have gone wrong, I have a few questions. Have you made french macarons before? What kind of flour did you use? Did you weigh the ingredients on a scale, or did you measure by cup? The measurements have to be precise, and the batter usually gets runnier as you mix it. From the photo you’ve sent me, your macarons don’t look anything like french macarons. Although you say you followed the recipe, there must have been some mis-interpretation.

  77. Oh my gosh, these are awesome! I made the lemon macarons and those were very, very delicious, and also adorable, so I decided to make these. So, so good! I added some ganache and chocolate chips on top to add some decoration, and it was very cute. If you like chocolate, make these macarons! These are great, Shinee! Thanks so much! I will be making many more of your macaron recipes in the future!

  78. Congratulations Shine, very good your macarrons recipe. Thanks.

  79. These look delicious and really pretty. This is going to be my first time making macaroons, I’m so excited. In the recipe you say to use natural unsweetened cocoa, could I use dutch processed cocoa instead of the natural cocoa? Thanks.

    • Hi, Denise! So excited for your first macaron baking! Actually for this recipe you can use either one, Dutch processed cocoa powder is fine. You’ll get nice dark macarons, but the flavor may be slightly mellower. Good luck, and let me know how it goes.

  80. So sorry for another comment right after writing one, but can I ask you if you’ve ever used Bob’s Red Mill almond flour? I’ve been using it since day 1 and I’m not sure about it. When I rub the almond flour between my fingers, it feels sort of moist. Do you have any experience with it? Or if not, what should a suffiently dry almond flour feel like (I know that’s hard to describe? Do you think if I put it all in my food processor and dried it out in the oven a little I might get a fluffier interior? I worry there is too much moisture in my macaron shells and the steam hits the icing sugar (my other recipes call for almost twice icing sugar to almond flour) and makes a dense, crispy layer at the base of my macaron and leaves a hollow area above it. Any recommendations, suggestions or tips? Thank you so much and your macarons are a he best I’ve ever seen. Can’t wait to use your recipe!! 🙂

    • No apologies needed. I love talking about macarons… Bring all the questions!! 🙂 I’ve used Bob’s Red Mill almond flour a lot in the beginning. And I had no issues. But because I was going through their little bags so quickly, I needed something that I could order online in bulk. 🙂 My latest one is this one, which I absolutely love! It’s so super fine and I LOVE it!
      Anyway, you brought up a great point here. I’ve never noticed that moist texture though. Could it be oily?
      As for hollow macarons, pay close attention to your meringue, making sure not to over-beat it. Hollow macarons are also caused by overbeaten meringue. We often focus on perfect macaronage, and overlook the meringue texture. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.

      • Thank you so much for your super quick replies!!! I really appreciate that as I am beyond ready to make fluffy macarons already!! Lol. 

        When I rub Bob’s Red Mill almond flour between my fingers, it doesn’t feel oily, it feels more moist, like humidity and it doesn’t feel floury, it feel quite grainy. It leaves no dusty, floury residue on my fingers, just a more coarse texture. Even my unopened bags fee like this. I think I am better off to change brands so thank you so much for your link. I’ll see if I can find it here in Canada or maybe just go ahead and order online. 
        I will keep you posted. I plan to make some this afternoon. I still only have Bob’s almond flour but I’m going to processnit dor a couple minutes and then spreadnit over a big baking sheet and put it in the oven on low heat for a bit. I am also pretty sure I have been overmixing the batter. I was mixing to ribbon stage, but to an actual ribbon stage. I think i need to stop just as it starts to nicely flow off and not running off my spatula like a perfect ribbon. My meringue looks very glossy and voluminous so I’m not sure I know where to stop there because I definitely don’t beat them to a dry stage. I whip the eggwhites until they just hold a peak but no more than that. I huess tonight we’ll see. I think your recipe is much better than the ones I’ve been using so I have a lot more confidence in my next batch for sure 🙂 Happy New Years!!!

      • Sad to sad I have hollows again. The inside looks like ancolapsed massnof undercooked, sticky batter. I baked it for the time suggested but no-go. I think they deflate as soon as they get out of the oven. They look very opaque, full, puffy and well-risen in the oven, with beautiful feet, but when I take them out of the oven, I can see the shell losing it’s denseness and the top of the shell looks more translucent. What does this mean? Do I need to keep them in the oven longer to set? I have done that before, but I just end up with the same thing happening ultimately, just crispier. Ugh, I’m in a macaron funk. So disappointed. May need to take a break for a while 🙁

  81. Wow!! I just wanted to say that your macaron’s feet are the best I’ve ever seen with the French meringue technique. Most of us who try baking these little gems are so excited to see these huge, ruffled, blown-out feet because we see a lot of that in our reaearxh for the perfect macaron. But macaron feet should be no wider than the shell and should be mostly just air holes. This is definitely harder with French meringue than Italian meringue but you’ve nailed it. I’m tossing all my other recipes and only ising youe’s from now on. I also like that you use the “tant pour tant” ratio. A LOT of recipes have almost twice the icing sugar to almond flour and I find it’s way too sweet and I also partially blame this 2:1 ration of icning sugar to almond flour for my macaron centres collapsing into a hard, dense centre with a gap and then an eggshell delicate top to the shell. I am so excited to find your blog!! I really think I can fix my past problems now. Thank you so much!!! 

    • Hi, Dani! So happy you’ve come across my recipe, and hope you give it a try. And I totally agree on bulging feet, not good! I get that when I use silicone mat, that’s why I only bake macarons on parchment paper. Yeah, I get a few comments that my macaron recipe calls for less sugar compared to others, but I have to say my macarons are plenty sweet! 😛 Let me know which one you’re going to try, I have a few variations here on the blog.

      • Hi Shinee, I used your basic recipe and added some bright pink food colouring. I made a chocolate ganache with a tiny bit of Amarula liqueur in it. Really yummy. Unfortunately, my macarons came out hollow again. They were much more beautiful though. Gorgeous feet, lovely rise, just gorgeous, until I took rhem out of the oven and I could literally see the insides collapsing into a dense layer that looks like a wet blob of cotton candy (does that make sense?). So you think I may need to bake them longer? They came off the parchment paper, but they don’t stay fluffy or set for me. Would it be unwise to turn off the heat when they can come off the paper but continue to leave them in the oven with the door cracked? I do think I have gotten closer than ever before and I have to say, in the oven, they were the most perfect looking macarons. It’s something to do with removing from the heat. I’m stuck and though I mentioned elsewhere on your blog that I maybe need a break, no way, I don’t quit. I just need a litte help and I know I’m close. What do you think about them deflating only when they come out of the oven? Thank you so muh Shinee, you are sooo helpful!!!

        • Hey, Dani. Oh, I’m sorry yours are still turning out hollow and collapsing. Do you have an oven thermometer? It sounds like you’re baking at a bit of high temperature and underbaking them. Oven temps could fluctuate up to 50°F up and down, which is quite a big deal. And even if you have a oven temp and it says 300°F (150°C), try baking your next batch at 285°F (140C) for at least 18 minutes. Most of the time I bake mine for 18 minutes at 300°F (150°C)

      • Thanks so much for your reply!! You are so quick back with a response…it’s really reassuring to those of us with a bit if a struggle here and there 🙂
        Yes, I think you’re right on the money with the probability of underbaking. I have checked my oven with a thermometer before and it did say (I actually used two different ones at the same time) that my oven set at 300°F was actually heating at that temperature, but still, I do believe they are underdone, but just slighty. I have tried to keep a batch made with a recipe before I found your’s in the oven longer but it was the same, fallen insides but really crispy instead. But like I said, that was a recipe I used hefore I found your’s. i have to say, even though the colouring I used looked hideous in the mixing bowl, they were the most beautiful macarons I have ever made. I mean, these babies looked like patisserie macarons inbthe oven. Gorgeous feet, not blown-out, not too high, a beautiful rise, perfect shine. I should have taken a picture to somehow share with you but I’d probably be too embarrassed by the inside of my oven I’d likely not post!! Lol. It was only afyer taking them out did they deflate so I believe you are exactly right. Not baked long enough to set and prevent the collapse of underbaked insides. I think next time I will initially bake at 300°F for rhe first 4 or 5 minutes to ensure a good rise and good feet and then reduce the temp down to your suggested 285°F for 20-21 minutes. This last batch I baked for only 16 minutes because they seemed so perfect and I didn’t want to burn so I probably shot myself in the foot and ended up ruining them (well, not really, I still went ahead and filled them with the Amarula ganache, left them in the fridge for about 18 hours, sit out for an hour and they were amazing, best flavour mac shells yet!!)
        Do you think my new baking plan is Ok or should I just stick it out at 300°F for longer? Also, I double panned my macarons, could this be causing a need for a longer bake time just due to that?
        I’m so sorry to be such a pain, but you are SO helpful!! And your recipe is THE best, bar-none. 
        Thank you so much,

        PS, read a food bit (still have a bit more to read this evening) about your pregnancy and your little Grant and you are such a sweet family. It’s comforting to read about women who suddenly think about an epidural and honestly discuss the pain and the challenges of birth. Here are way too many superhero stories out there about births that seem no more uncomfortable than a bit of constipation and it’s tiring and I think for the most part, untrue. Thank you for telling it like it is and letting other moms know who also wondered “where is that darn epidural??!!??!!” that we are all just human and we do our best. Also, Grant is beautiful and I love the story about choosing a name with the help of some rice!! I love tradition too!! 🙂

        • Dani, yes, I think preheating the oven to 300°F and then reducing to 285°F is a great idea. If your macarons start browning on top, you could place an empty rack on top shelf in the oven and slide an empty baking sheet so it shields the macarons from overheating from the top. Did you double pan regular thin cookie sheets? I usually use this heavy duty, thick aluminum baking sheet, and I don’t need to double it.
          P.S. Thank you so much for your kind words about my little munchkin. And labor pains were no joke! 🙂

        • Hi Shinee!! Starting another batch right now and will use the new baking temp and times. I bought a beautiful insulated cookie sheet. It is fairly thick so I hope rhat helps too. I will definitely watch for browning on the top and have another pan at the ready. Thank you so much!!!

        • Yay, fingers crossed for you! Can’t wait to hear the result, Dani. Keep me updated.

  82. Hi Shinee, 
    I made the chocolate sea salt macaroons today. Unfortunately the first batch didn’t turn out well, although they tasted nice. They looked similar to the ones on your you tube video. I tried making the basic French macaron recipe of yours and adding 10 g of cocoa to it, as well as vanilla extract as was suggested by one of your readers. This turned out better. Just wondering if 130 g of icing sugar is too much. The basic French macaron recipe called for 100g of icing sugar. Maybe the addition of an extra 30 g of icing sugar and the 10g of cocoa was too much dry ingredient ??? . Thank you very much for your easy to follow instructions, loving experimenting with macarons. Cheers????????????

    • Hey, Nichola, thanks for your feedback! So helpful, as I love experimenting too! Though powdered sugar is a bit higher in this recipe, the granulated sugar amount for the meringue is decreased. I’ll have to play with this chocolate version a bit more so it’s somewhat fool-proof.

  83. I made these today and the shells turned out super hard. I don’t know what I did wrong. I followed the recipe completely and only baked them about 20 minutes. I have made your pistachio macaron in the past and they turned out amazing. I don’t know what went wrong with this one.

     Ps I weighed the egg whites so I had exactly 70g. 

    • Hi, Gillian. My first guess is that they maybe over-baked. I’d suggest baking them a little less time, like start checking at after 15 minutes.

  84. This was my first time making macarons.  I would never have attempted them without your amazing directions and video.  I also referenced your excellent troubleshooting post.  

    I’m afraid mine did not look nearly as pretty as yours- they cracked on top.  I suppose I over mixed them, though I counted my strokes carefully and did the ribbon test.  I also learned that next time I need to rotate my pans once during baking because one batch lifted off the parchment easily while the other stuck a bit.  No matter, the cookies tasted great, and my husband has encouraged me to keep the recipe!

    Thank you for all the time and effort you have put into perfecting your macaroons so that you can share your wisdom with the rest of us.

    • Hi, Jocelyn! So happy to hear you tried my recipe. You know, macarons are finicky. You might think you’ve done everything right, and still get some issues. With more practice, you’ll get hang of it. Keep baking them and you’ll get the perfect ones. And thank you for leaving such a sweet comment!

  85. Thanks for looking into it! I did try again yesterday, but I simply added 10g of cocoa powder to your Basic French Macaron recipe (I kept the vanilla, too!), and it turned out great. They went over quite well at work today.

    • Hey Justin, just wanted to let you know that I was able to re-test the recipe yesterday and shared on Snapchat. I didn’t have that issue you’ve described. I did get quite weird result though. 1st tray came out cracked, and 2nd tray was perfect. But the recipe and measurements are correct. If you’d like, you can watch the video here.

  86. I’m also having issues with overly thick batter. I’ve tried this recipe twice (I was so disappointed in the first batch that I had to try again), and the batter is simply far too dry. Comparing with your Lemon Macaron recipe (which is consistently the best macaron recipe I’ve encountered) there seems to be about 10-20g more dry ingredients, but less (by 1-2 tsp) wet ingredients. I see some of the granulated sugar is now replaced by confectioner’s sugar, but not nearly enough to compensate for the additional chocolate powder. Another note is that 1c of powdered sugar is 125g, not 130, which could be contributing.
    Anyway, just a note, since I love your other recipes.

    • Hey, Justin! Thanks for your feedback. You guys convinced me that there is a problem. I’m going to re-test this recipe again and see if I can recreate the issue. Unfortunately, I can’t find my hand-written recipe notes from testing, so I can’t double check for error. Anyway, I’ll report back as soon as I retest the recipe. Btw, I’m happy to hear you’re loving my lemon macarons though!
      And as for powdered sugar, I usually weigh my ingredients myself, so it’s possible I put a bit more powdered sugar in 1 cup, but it’s what goes into my batter. And again thank you for your comment! 🙂

  87. This was my fourth time making macarons, and I can honestly say I’ve never had this much trouble making them. I followed the recipe exactly, and the batter was VERY thick. I spent at least a good 15 minutes trying to fold the ingredients together, yet was ultimately left with a batter that refused thin out. Let’s just say my end result was definitely leaning more towards weird, chewy brownies than macarons. What happened? As I said, I’ve made macarons multiple times before with success, but this batter just would not cooperate with me.

    • Hi, Miss M! I’m sorry to hear your macarons didn’t turn out. That’s very odd issue you had there. I’ve made several batches of these chocolate macarons in my testing and never had that issue. Did you weigh your egg whites by chance? Also did you weigh your dry ingredients, or did you use a cup for measuring? My only guess is that somehow the proportions between dry and wet ingredients were off.

  88. Thank you for sharing your recipes and your “Do” and “Don’t” from all your experience with the Macarons..

    I tried yours today and it was a success.

  89. Hi there! I recently found your website and have made your pumpkin spice and pistachio macarons and my chocolate ones are in the oven now. They have all turned out beautifully and are super delicious. The only problem I’m having is for some reason I’m only getting about 20-24 shells per batch. I’m piping 1 1/2 in circles and of course following the recipe to a “T”. Is there a reason this could be happening? Also, do you think the recipe would do ok if I doubled it?
    Thank you for your time and for sharing such delicious recipes!!

    • Hi, Crystal! First, so glad you’re loving my macaron recipes! Aren’t those pistachio ones are the bomb? Hehe
      As for the size, it’s so weird. You’re basically getting half of what I get. When you pipe the batter into rounds, do they spread beyond 1.5-inches? You might want to pipe about 1-inch rounds and let them spread into 1.5-inch circles. Hope this helps. If you feel comfortable with the folding technique now, you probably can double the recipe. But I’d suggest to half the batter when you transfer into piping bags, as the squeezing it can make the batter runnier. Does that make sense? 🙂

  90. Hi I made these macarons last night, they look good but they are hallow in the inside is this right? Did i do something wrong?

    • Hi, Bianca! Thanks for trying out my recipe. There are a few reason why your macarons get hollow inside: 1. The macaron batter is overmixed. 2. The egg whites were beaten for too long. 3. The oven temperature was too high. I’m currently working on a comprehensive French Macaron 101 post, where I’ll be discussing all this scenarios in details. Stay tuned.

  91. Hi Shinee, so glad to find your site. Your recipes are awesome and easy to follow with your tips and instructions. Can you give me a tip on how to beat the 2 eggwhites successfully in a Kitchenaid mixer, I mean, I’m having a difficult time making it rise to the stiff stage with just that little amount. Thanks.

    • Ela, thank you and welcome! I’m glad you like my recipes. I beat 2 egg whites in my KitchenAid mixer all the time without any problem, so I don’t think it’s due to the amount of egg whites. To beat the egg whites, follow these rules:
      1. Make sure the egg whites are completely free of egg yolk.
      2. The mixing bowl and the whisk need to be squeaky clean and absolutely free of fat.
      3. Egg whites at room temperature whip much faster and easier.

      Also, start the mixer on low speed first, then gradually increase the speed as the volume of egg whites increases.

      I had discussed these in detail in this post.

      Hope this helps. 🙂

  92. Hi! I have made macarons a few times, the last time they turned out awful. I want to try your recipe but I don’t have cream of tartar and I can’t seem to find it anywhere. Will they turn out ok? Also, it seems my problem is when folding the dry ingredients, I think I overmix the batter. 

    • Hi, Andrea! You can omit cream of tartar, if you don’t have it. It helps to stabilize the egg whites, but it’s not essential. If you think that you’re over mixing the batter, start counting each fold. You need to be careful after about 50 folds. 🙂 Also, check out my video about my folding technique I shared on my lemon french macarons. I hope it’ll help you to know what the right consistency should look like. Good luck!

  93. I followed your recipe exactly, but my batter is CRAZY thick….not sure what went wrong?

    • Leslie, that’s totally normal. As you see on the step-by-step collage photo above, the rows 2 and 3 show how the batter gets from thick to thin as you continue to fold. The trick is to not under-mix and not to over mix.So if the batter is very thick, just keep folding, and it will thin out. Thanks for reaching out.

  94. Sounds amazing! I need to try macaroons sometime soon!

  95. Hi and thank you for sharing!! One question…almond four, do we grind almonds together or just simply use almond flour from a bag?? Can’t wait to try making them!!!! 

  96. These are the prettiest macarons that I’ve ever seen!!  I don’t think I have the nerve to try them, so I’ll just admire how gorgeous they are! 

  97. You have inspired me to give it a try!!! ❤️

  98. I have not made macarons in SO long, but now I;m dying to get into the kitchen

  99. would this recipe still work if i halved everything? also, if there are still some air bubbles after tapping the pan about 3 times is that ok?

    • I wouldn’t recommend halving the recipe, as macarons can be quite finicky and the ingredients has to be exactly as specified for the best result. If you still see air bubbles on the surface, you can tap a few more times, or simple pop it with a toothpick.

  100. I can’t wait to try this recipe!!
    I have a little question BC I am a little confused. Since we sift together almond flour and sugar, what is the sugar in step 2 that we add?
    Thank you 🙂

    • Hi, Lenny! I’m so excited for you! So we’re using 2 types of sugar here. 1 cup of powdered sugar that we mix with almond flour, and also 2 tablespoons of regular sugar that we add into the egg whites. Hope this helps. Let me know how they turn out.

  101. I love your recipe and would like to make it however I have made them in the past and used super fine sugar and not powdered sugar – do you mean confectionary sugar or super fine sugar?
    Can’t wait to try this flavor. Thanks!

    • Hi, Alana! I’m excited you’re going to try my recipe. I use confectioner’s (or powdered) sugar to mix with almond flour. Let me know how they turn out. 🙂

  102. Boom! Thank you from the UK for putting measurements in grams too.

  103. You can never go wrong with a classic chocolate macaron – these look SO delicious and I am loving the addition of salt!