Over the past year or three, these adorable French sandwich cookies have been gaining in popularity and mutating into the most deliciously interesting forms! Naturally gluten free and dairy free (depending on your filling) these lovely little cookies are made with almond flour, powdered sugar and egg whites - perfection!
For anyone else who has struggled with these so-easy-yet-so-bloody-difficult cookies the way I have (four failed batches were delicious, but fell apart/didn't have feet/tried to eat me), then you'll really want to read Stella at BraveTart's essay/debunking of Macaron Myths - everything from aging egg whites to drying your almond flour, cornstarch-laced powdered sugar -- the whole nine yards -- she covers it all from start to finish!
Stella's Amazing Macaron Recipe
Makes about 40 macarons
If you would like to see step-by-step photos of this recipe, click here. Mardi from Eat. Live. Travel. Write. has blogged about my macaron method and took fabulous photos of everything along the way. If this is your first time, her photos will be especially helpful for you to make sure you’re doing it right.
4 ounces (115g) blanched almonds or almond flour, or whatever nut you like
8 ounces (230g) powdered sugar*
5 ounces egg whites (144g), temperature and age not important!
2 1/2 ounce (72g) sugar
the scrapings of 1 vanilla bean or 2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp (1g) salt
Approximately 10 ounces (290g) Swiss buttercream, specific quantities and suggestions below.
For the full recipe, and variations like Champagne-Rose, Bourbon Pecan and Chestnut Chocolate, visit Stella at BraveTart.
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