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How to Make French Macarons

A step by step recipe on how to make French macarons! This 'plain' recipe template can be used as the base for all your french macaron flavors.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: how to
Servings: 18 macarons
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Calories: 88kcal
Author: cambreabakes

Ingredients

  • 124 grams powdered sugar about 1 ¼ cup
  • 140 grams almond meal about 1 ⅔ cup
  • 110 grams sugar about ½ cup
  • 107 grams egg whites, room temperature about 3 large eggs
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, scale the 140g almond meal and 124g powdered sugar. Sift both of them into a larger bowl and discard any large pieces. Set aside.
  • In a stand mixing bowl, add the 107g room temperature egg whites and begin whisking on medium speed (speed 3-4) for 1-2 minutes. When the whites get foamy, add the cream of tartar.
  • Very slowly, begin adding the 110g sugar by the spoonful, sprinkling it into the whites as they whip. When all of the sugar is added increase the speed to medium high (speed 5-6). Whip for about 6-7 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
  • Add the whipped egg whites to a large bowl.
  • Add ⅓ of the almond meal/sugar mixture to the whites. Fold very gently with a spatula until combined. The add the next ⅓ and fold to combine. Continue until all of the dry ingredients are incorporated.
  • Using your rubber spatula, scrape the batter against the side of the bowl. Every few scrapes, pick up the batter and let it fall into the bowl. The batter should flow slowly in ribbons. Try to make a figure 8 with the batter. If it falls without breaking, its ready!
  • Line an upside down pan with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and fill a piping bag and round tip with the batter. Pipe directly over the top of the parchment. When the pan is full, rap and drop the pan on the counter to release any air bubbles. You can use a tooth pick to pop any bubbles that come to the surface.
  • Preheat your oven to 300. (If your oven in on the hotter side, lower temperature might be better ie: 275-285)
  • Allow the macarons to sit out to dry and form a skin. This can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour depending on the level of humidity in your house. They are ready to bake when the shell can be touched without it sticking to your finger or leaving an impression.
  • Bake each tray for about 13-14 minutes. The macarons are done baking when you gently touch the top of the shell, it should just barely budge from the foot. Allow to cool completely before filling!
Nutrition Facts
How to Make French Macarons
Amount Per Serving (2 shells)
Calories 88 Calories from Fat 32
% Daily Value*
Fat 3.5g5%
Saturated Fat 0.3g2%
Sodium 6mg0%
Carbohydrates 13.2g4%
Fiber 0.9g4%
Sugar 11.9g13%
Protein 2.1g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.