My baking experiment #129 – macarons

So… it’s time for something a little more advanced: macarons. I’m not sure what the fascination with macarons is about. I mean, i like macarons but they’re not my favorite dessert. I’ll eat them if they’re in front of me (haha… i’ll eat any dessert in front of me) but i don’t go seeking them. They’re just alright. Not much flavor, not much texture, just eh. I’d much rather eat oreo cookies.

But since there’s much hoopla surrounding these little French cookies, i thought i might as well go ahead and tackle them. There are so many recipes for macarons on the internet. I poured over dozens of recipes and combined a couple that i liked.


Ingredients: (7-8 macarons)

  • 5 Tbsp almond flour
  • 10 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • filling (buttercream, Nutella, fruit preserves)


  1. In medium bowl, sift together almond flour and powdered sugar.
  2. In large bowl with electric mixer, beat egg white, sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks (3-5 mins).
  3. Pour flour mixture over meringue. Fold with spatula until batter is glossy and has consistency of honey.
  4. Transfer batter into pastry bag with round tip. Pipe out 1-inch rounds an inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheet.
  5. Tap baking sheet firmly on counter a few times to get rid of air bubbles. Let batter rest and dry 30-60 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 300°F. Bake for 20 minutes, rotating halfway.
  7. Transfer to wire rack to cool for 10 minutes, and then remove from baking sheet.
  8. To assemble macarons, smear a layer of filling on one shell and top with another.

Macarons are renowned to be difficult to bake, requiring several tries to make a successful batch. After two unsuccessful (but still delicious) attempts, third time’s the charm! I finally made my first batch of French macarons.

The first two times i overmixed my batter and the macarons came out flat with no feet. The third time i just lightly mixed the batter and they turned out perfect! The shells puffed up in the oven and the mythical “feet” appeared out of nowhere! I was so happy i actually jumped for joy! And they taste great! I’m overjoyed!

I hope this was skill and not just luck. I’ll have to make these a few more times to make sure. But now i’m filled with an amazing sense of accomplishment! 🙂


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