How to make French Macarons in 5 Simple Steps
You don’t have to be a pastry chef to know how to make French macarons. These colorful, almond-soft-airy French cookies are so tasty, popular and has become an American’s new found obsession. It can be intimidating to attempt to bake them but seriously, you don’t have to be a pastry chef. Since we are such macaron fanatics, we decided to make some in our test kitchen. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make Chocolate French Macarons with Chocolate Mocha Ganache Filling. Get Recipe here.
Step 1: Measure Your Ingredients
This is a very crucial step. Make sure to measure your ingredients exactly as stated in the recipe. Even adding an extra tablespoon of cocoa powder can mess things up!
Step 2: Grind Ingredients
It’s important to use a food processor to grind together powdered sugar, cocoa powder and almonds till very fine.
Step 3: Beat Egg Whites
In a mixer, add egg whites and salt. Beat on high speed till very stiff.
Step 4: Combine Dry Ingredients with Egg Whites
Once egg white is stiff, add the dry ingredients (from step 2). Use a rubber spatula to fold the ingredients manually and gently. Make sure there are no more white streaks from the egg whites. Then add mixed batter to a pastry bag or ziploc bag.
Step 5: Pipe The Batter
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Snip off the tip of pastry bag or ziploc bag. Pipe batter onto lined baking sheet. Each circle should be 1-inch in diameter and 1 inch apart. Once all batter is piped, slam the baking sheet gently on a flat surface to get rid of any bubbles. Let it sit for about 20 minutes before baking.