Classic French macarons are beautiful, delicate cookies that are perfect for any occasion. You can't go wrong with vanilla and this Vanilla Macaron recipe is no exception.
- 170 g almond flour
- 300 g powdered sugar
- 180 g egg whites, at room temperature
- 160 g sugar
- 4 g pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 batch swiss meringue buttercream
For the macaron shells
- Adjust the oven rack to the center position and preheat oven to 300°F/150°C. Using a 1.5″ (3.5 cm) round cookie cutter, draw circles for your macarons on a piece of parchment paper allowing for 1″ (2.5 cm) between each circle. Flip the parchment paper traced side down and line baking pan. Set aside.
- Sift together the almond flour and powdered sugar into a medium bowl.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Slowly add the sugar and increase the mixer speed to high. Add the vanilla when you achieve soft peaks. Whip the meringue until stiff peaks form.
- Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold half of the almond mixture into the meringue until combined (do not stir). It’s ok to deflate some of the meringue at this stage but not all of it.
- Add the remaining almond mixture to the meringue and carefully fold together. Deflate some more air in the batter by using the spatula to scrape the batter against the bowl in a circular motion. Turn the bowl as you do this to ensure you spread the batter around the entire bowl.
- Test the mixture for consistency often. The batter should flow like honey when you lift the spatula from the bowl. You should be able to slowly trace a figure 8 with the batter without it breaking.
- Fit a pastry bag with a round tip. Holding the piping bag at a 90˚ angle to your baking sheet pan, pipe batter on each traced circle. Squeeze the piping bag to fill each circle and then stop squeezing and give a little flick of the wrist to help prevent the batter from forming a point.
- Carefully bang the baking sheet pan on your counter a few times to eliminate any air bubbles and any points on top. This will help your macarons spread out a bit.
- Allow the macarons to sit at room temperature for about 20-40 minutes, or until a skin forms on the outside (you should be able to gently touch the macarons without your finger sticking).
- Bake for 15-20 minutes. Each macaron should have a foot that should bake without browning. To check for doneness, test the feets as they should not budge when you push on them (they should be stable).
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the hot sheet pan for 10 minutes. Peel each macaron off the parchment paper and allow to cool to room temperature on a wire rack.
- Fill a pastry bag with the prepared swiss meringue buttercream. Cut the tip off the pastry bag and pipe a dime-size amount of buttercream onto half the macarons. Top with the remaining macaron shells and gently press together to evenly spread the filling. Enjoy.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes