Valentine’s Day Macarons

 Macarons are a very popular delicacy in France but loved by foodies world wide for their delicate texture and gorgeous colours and these Valentines Day Macarons are no exception!.

Macarons are a very popular delicacy in France but loved by foodies world wide for their delicate texture and gorgeous colours.  Do not confuse these treats with the North American coconut Macaroons you grew up with.  Macarons are two flavoured meringues sandwiched around a filling.  They can be customized for any flavour and filling you would live.  Macarons are fussy and are very technical to make so if they don’t work out the first time just keep at it.  Practice is the key and they are so worth it!

This recipe follows the Italian method for making the Macarons rather than the French method.  This method results in more consistent results as it creates a thicker meringue that is easier to work with and less temperamental.

 

Valentine’s Day Macarons
Adapted From: Annie’s Eats

Ingredients:
212 grams almond meal
212 grams confectioners’ sugar
82 and 90 grams egg whites, divided
236 grams granulated sugar, plus a pinch
158 grams water
Buttercream icing (use this recipe, or get a jar of store-bought icing)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Take a sheet of parchment paper and trace a small cup or shot glass with a pencil to make guides for piping the macarons. Turn the parchment paper over (so the pencil marks are on the back) and use it to line a cookie sheet.

Valentine Macarons Process-1

Using a scale, weigh out the almond meal and confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl. Whisk together until smooth. Make a well in the center of the mixture and pour in the 82 grams of egg whites. Mix together until well blended. The mixture will be sticky and paste-like — set it aside.

Valentine Macarons Process-7

In a small saucepan, stir together the water and sugar. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pan and heat on medium-high until mixture reaches 200 degrees F. While it’s reaching that temp, go ahead and put the 92 grams of egg whites and a pinch of sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Once the syrup reaches 200 degrees F, turn the mixer on medium speed and beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. If this happens before the syrup is through, turn down the mixer to low speed.

Valentine Macarons Process-8

Continue to heat the syrup until it reaches 248 degrees F. By this time, the egg whites should have reached soft peaks. Turn the mixer on medium-high and slowly pour the syrup down the side of the stand mixer bowl. Once it’s been incorporated, increase the speed to high and whip the mixture until glossy stiff peaks form.

Valentine Macarons Process-9

Fold about 1/3 of the meringue into the almond paste. Add a little bit of meringue at a time to adjust the consistency of the macaron batter. It should be smooth and run in thick ribbons off the end of a spoon. You will likely have a bit of meringue left over. You don’t want it to be too thin, or it will spread too far when piped. If it’s too thick, flaws in the tops of the cookies will not work themselves out.

Add the batter to a piping bag fitted with a #12 tip and pipe it onto the parchment paper, using the template as a guide. Don’t fill the circles completely with batter — it will spread a bit as it settles.

Allow the piped batter to sit for 5-10 minutes to settle before baking. Bake for 9-12 minutes, until the cookies have formed “feet” at the bottom and the tops have set. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the parchment paper, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once cool, spread icing on the bottom of one cookie and use another to make a sandwich. I used some of the left-over meringue to attach small red heart sprinkles to the top of the finished macarons.

 Macarons are a very popular delicacy in France but loved by foodies world wide for their delicate texture and gorgeous colours and these Valentines Day Macarons are no exception!.

Valentine's Day Macarons
Ingredients
  • 212 grams almond meal
  • 212 grams confectioners' sugar
  • 82 and 90 grams egg whites divided
  • 236 grams granulated sugar plus a pinch
  • 158 grams water
  • Buttercream icing use this recipe, or get a jar of store-bought icing
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Take a sheet of parchment paper and trace a small cup or shot glass with a pencil to make guides for piping the macarons. Turn the parchment paper over (so the pencil marks are on the back) and use it to line a cookie sheet.
  2. Using a scale, weigh out the almond meal and confectioners' sugar in a large bowl. Whisk together until smooth. Make a well in the center of the mixture and pour in the 82 grams of egg whites. Mix together until well blended. The mixture will be sticky and paste-like -- set it aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, stir together the water and sugar. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pan and heat on medium-high until mixture reaches 200 degrees F. While it's reaching that temp, go ahead and put the 92 grams of egg whites and a pinch of sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Once the syrup reaches 200 degrees F, turn the mixer on medium speed and beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. If this happens before the syrup is through, turn down the mixer to low speed.
  4. Continue to heat the syrup until it reaches 248 degrees F. By this time, the egg whites should have reached soft peaks. Turn the mixer on medium-high and slowly pour the syrup down the side of the stand mixer bowl. Once it's been incorporated, increase the speed to high and whip the mixture until glossy stiff peaks form.
  5. Fold about 1/3 of the meringue into the almond paste. Add a little bit of meringue at a time to adjust the consistency of the macaron batter. It should be smooth and run in thick ribbons off the end of a spoon. You will likely have a bit of meringue left over. You don't want it to be too thin, or it will spread too far when piped. If it's too thick, flaws in the tops of the cookies will not work themselves out.
  6. Add the batter to a piping bag fitted with a #12 tip and pipe it onto the parchment paper, using the template as a guide. Don't fill the circles completely with batter -- it will spread a bit as it settles.
  7. Allow the piped batter to sit for 5-10 minutes to settle before baking. Bake for 9-12 minutes, until the cookies have formed "feet" at the bottom and the tops have set. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the parchment paper, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Once cool, spread icing on the bottom of one cookie and use another to make a sandwich. I used some of the left-over meringue to attach small red heart sprinkles to the top of the finished macarons.

 Macarons are a very popular delicacy in France but loved by foodies world wide for their delicate texture and gorgeous colours and these Valentines Day Macarons are no exception!.

Looking for more treats perfect for you and your sweetie this Valentines Day?  Check out this Old Fashioned Strawberry Milkshake and these Sugar & Spice Muffins!  Don’t forget to check out my Valentine’s Day section for more ideas!

Arena is the wife of a Nerd and mom of a toddler who loves his Star Wars blankie a little too much. She shares parenting adventures, yummy recipes, and great photography on The Nerd’s Wife.

 

Macarons are a very popular delicacy loved by foodies for their delicate texture and gorgeous colours and these Valentines Day Macarons are no exception!.

 

18 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Macarons

  1. These are so cute!! My macarons never turn out this pretty, and I always feel like I should have just bought them rather than try to make them myself.

  2. I think these Valentine’s Day Macaroons would be very suitable for a wedding shower as well as Valentine’s day or even for a girl’s birthday. They look so attractive and the recipe is not very complicated. Thank you for the recipe.

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