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How to Make French Macarons: A Step-by-Step Recipe with Video

French Macarons are a delicacy I am completely crazy about. Since I can’t always be in Paris close to my favorite pastry-chef, Pierre Hermé, I have decided to make my own. It’s not an easy task, and it needs a lot of patience. I learned how to make them in Paris, but when I came back I searched around the internet for some recipes providing the perfect ratios. I learned the hard way that French macarons are capricious little wonders: add a bit of this or that, and your delicate balance tips over; I’ve seen my share of overbaked, flat, cracked or overinflated numbers coming out of my oven. No recipe is universal, and the most important thing is to go slow. Try cautiously with your own instruments, ingredients and oven. You will need to make more than once before achieving perfection. If they were so easy to do, wouldn’t everyone make them?

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When I was looking around for recipes, I found plenty but few had illustrated steps to guide you through what’s okay or not in terms of texture, color, and result. Since you can’t always have an experienced teacher showing you the first time, I figured I would allow you to benefit from my apprentissage and help you get to a happy result more quickly.

No single source can be given as a base for my recipe. I have gathered dozens left and right, tested and tasted and ended with my own proportions. Now I (almost) always make them successfully, so this is a good base to start with. I will guide you through the rest.


Are You Having Trouble Making Macarons?

Since first publishing this post, struggling macaron-makers have asked me every question under the sun. After over two years (and hundred of comments!), I’ve decided to close the comments on my macaron posts, but I’m not leaving you an excellent resource: I’ve gathered the most frequently asked questions I’ve been asked about French macarons in one single post: A Macaron Troubleshooting Guide: Useful Tips and Advice to Master the French Delicacy. If you’re having any trouble making French macarons, chances are you’ll find answers in that post. You can also read through the comments left below, I did my best to reply to all of them and many (if not all!) macaron issues are covered in there as well.

If I missed something, send me a note and I promise I will keep on editing the troubleshooting post once in a while!


Learn How to Make French Macarons on Video

If you want to SEE someone make macarons before you take on the project of making your own, my Skillshare video class is for you:

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I designed my Skillshare class both for novice bakers who want to learn new skills, and for experienced bakers who are seeking to master a new and impressive dessert. The class is divided into 15 short videos that will show you the essential equipment you need, the important steps to follow, the techniques to master, and the potential pitfalls to avoid. You can watch the videos on your own time, start practicing, share with other budding macaron makers, and ask me questions if you encounter difficulties along the way.

I’m confident that this video class will enable you to create perfect French macarons. Enroll Now and get unlimited access for 3 months for only $0.99!

See also my “All About Macarons” page for more resources and links.


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French Macarons: The Basic Recipe

These ingredients will make the shells. This is the base and what’s hardest to master. You should try to successfully bake a couple recipes of basic French macarons before trying to mix in other flavors.

Makes about 60 small (1.35-inch [35 mm] diameter) cookies, or 30 assembled macarons.

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3 egg whites (from large eggs), separated at least 24 hours in advance and kept in the refrigerator
210 g powdered sugar
125 g almond meal
30 g regular granulated sugar

What you need – equipment:
It’s best to gather all the equipment you need before starting. Yes, I did have to buy some of these tools before making my first French macarons. The good thing is that none of the following tools are specific to making macarons so your new gadgets will help you make many other great desserts. Please, do take this excuse and go shopping. :)

Kitchen scale (yes, you do need to measure in grams, it’s more precise and in fact, crucial to macaron success)
Food processor (really nice to have but not mandatory)
Hand or stand mixer with whisk accessory (mandatory unless you’re very courageous and/or strong)
Sifter or fine sieve
Big stainless steel bowl (cul-de-poule)
Another big mixing bowl
Spatula
Pastry bag and round tip (1/2 to 3/4 inch opening)
Large baking sheets, preferably 2 to 4 of them
Parchment paper

Various food color (liquid, gel or powder are all good)

A couple of days before you plan to make macarons: Prepare the eggs: Separate them, putting the whites in a clean airtight container and reserving the yolks for another use. Now, the egg whites must “age”: they need to spend at least 24h (up to 5 days) in the refrigerator before you use them.

The morning of the day you plan to make macarons: Take the egg whites out of the refrigerator and leave them to temper at room temperature for several hours.

Making the cookies:

Measure the powdered sugar and almond meal and put them in the bowl of your food processor. Finely grind the two together for a minute or two. Stop the processor, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, and process again for a minute.

Yes, you need to do this even though both ingredients are already powdered. This step blends the sugar and nuts perfectly together and gets rid of bigger bits that often remain in packaged almond meal.
You can grind your own almonds, just make sure they are peeled. Also, make sure you very finely grind them (add the powdered sugar to the almonds when they are coarsely ground to make sure you don’t end up with a paste).
If you don’t have a food processor, you can still make macarons, but make sure to really thoroughly blend the almonds and sugar together. The consequence is that the texture of your macarons won’t be as soft and smooth.

After processing the powdered sugar and almond meal, you have to sieve the mixture. This is really important (especially if you don’t have a food processor) as it will get rid of the remaining bigger bits and ensure a smooth batter. You will see some of the almond refuses to pass though your sieve (see picture below). Don’t try to force it through; it’s ok to throw it away. The quantity shouldn’t be significant enough to unbalance your recipe.

Set this bowl aside and take the bigger stainless steel bowl out. This kind of bowl is called a cul-de-poule in French and they are so useful in a kitchen that, if you don’t have one already, you simply really should invest in a couple of them (different sizes). Stainless steel bowls helps egg whites get fluffy and firm.

Make sure your bowl is cold. Stainless steel usually remains cold by itself, but if it’s not, rinse it under cold water (or stick it in the freezer for a couple of minutes) and dry it before continuing. A cold bowl also makes egg whites happy.

Make sure the granulated sugar is measured and close to your working area. Put the egg whites in the bowl. Start beating them at medium/high speed with your mixer. Once they start to get bubbly and white and you see the whisk is lightly leaving marks, add a tablespoon of the granulated sugar.

Continue beating and add the remaining sugar slowly over the next minute or two. The eggs will now be white and fluff but not stiff enough. Continue beating at high speed until peaks form and remain up when you take out the whisk (stop the mixer before trying this!). When the egg whites are ready, you’ll notice that they seem dense and creamy and not as bubbly anymore. Here’s what they look like:

Egg whites beaten stiff to make macarons // FoodNouveau.com

Now is the time to put your electric appliances aside. Your egg whites are delicate and you must treat them gently. If you wish to add color, now is the time to do so. If using, gently fold in the color using a spatula: slide your spatula on the side of the bowl under the egg whites and bring the bottom up to the top. Repeat this until the color is evenly blended. DO NOT whisk at any cost as it will deflate your egg whites and your batter will be ruined. At this point, the color of your batter (if you added food coloring) should be at least as intense as you want the final macaron to be. It will fade a bit when you add the almonds/sugar mixture.

The batter is now matte, light and fluffy:

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Continuing the folding motion, start mixing in the dry ingredients a little at a time (you should add the whole thing in 4 or 5 additions). Carefully blend everything together, always sliding the spatula to the bottom of the bowl and back up to make sure no pockets of dry ingredients remain.

When the batter is evenly blended, it will look shiny and creamy:

Shiny and creamy vanilla bean macaron batter // FoodNouveau.com

Prepare the baking sheets. Double the baking sheets (helps macarons rise and cook more evenly) then cover each with a well-measured sheet of parchment paper. I have tried silicon mats before and I like them to make macarons. Their rubbery texture seems to cling to the delicate and somewhat sticky cookies so that you more often than not end up with empty shells (the tender insides remaining stuck to the silicon).

Now is the time to fit the pastry bag with its tip. I like to use disposable pastry bags that I wash 3-4 times before getting rid of them. I find that plastic pastry bags are more flexible and easier to work with than textile bags. They are also really easy to clean just by letting hot water run through them and they don’t stain.

To make the transfer from bowl to pastry bag easy, I stand the pastry bag in a measuring cup, folding or twisting the tip to make sure the batter doesn’t come out too quickly. If the pastry bag you are using is long, fold down the top part of the bag (like a cuff) to make it easier to push the batter to the bottom of the bag.

Take the pastry bag out of the cup, keeping the tip folded or twisted so that the batter doesn’t come out. Unfold the larger end of the bag and twist it shut close to the batter to push it down. As you pipe the macarons on the lined cooking sheets, you will continue this motion (twisting the larger end of the bag with one hand) to put constant pressure on the batter and ease its way out on the sheet.

Now is the time to learn a neat little trick: you need to hold the tip of the pastry bag with one hand to guide it, and hold the larger end with your other hand to push the batter down. Place the tip very close to the parchment paper, holding the bag upright, and twist the end of the bag so as to push the batter down and out to form 1 to 1.5” disks. You can set your macarons pretty close together as they won’t expand while cooking. When enough batter is out, stop twisting the end of the bag and swiftly lift the tip up to stop the batter from coming out. This is tricky: you will need practice. Mastering this technique will ensure your macarons are uniform in size and round.

How to pipe macarons // FoodNouveau.com

Now, don’t panic. Your macarons may have a pointy tip that makes them look like lazy Hershey’s Kisses. Not to worry: as they rest before cooking, they will smooth out. You can also help the process: firmly bang each baking sheet on the countertop a few of times. This will even out the caps and take the air bubbles out of them.

If you’re a perfectionist like I am, you can even edit your macarons to make sure they will be perfectly round. I use a small silicon spatula to round uneven caps or smooth down tips that won’t come down. This step is absolutely not mandatory; imperfection can be very charming.

The next step will once again test your patience: you need to let the piped, unbaked macarons rest at room temperature for at least 20 minutes (some say a couple hours is best but I’m not that patient). You just have to. This step will “dry” the caps and help them rise later when they cook.

Vanilla bean macarons, piped and ready to be baked // FoodNouveau.com

Halfway through the wait, preheat the oven between 275° and 300°F (135-150°C). Every oven behaves differently. I have a gas oven and 300°F (150°C) is generally good for me. In some ovens, this temperature can be too hot, especially for light-colored macarons (you don’t want them to brown). I prefer to play it safe, cook them at a lower temperature and leave them longer in the oven. To find out which temperature works best in your own oven, you will need to do a few tests and watch the macarons closely as they bake.

I baked these vanilla bean macarons at 300°F (150°C) for 14 minutes. The average cooking time is between 13 and 18 minutes. From 12 minutes on, watch closely, and avoid opening the oven door before that. The macarons are ready when they look dry and matte and seem firm on their crown when you lightly tap on them. Overcooking the macarons will make them too crunchy and feel like meringue. Undercooking them will make them separate when you try to lift them off the sheets. I know, it’s tricky! After a while, you will know your oven and get better at figuring when your macarons are done. In any case, please play it safe when setting your oven temperature. Excessive heat is the macaron’s worst enemy: they will cook too quickly, cracking like meringue and browning, losing their beautiful color.

When they are done, take the sheets out of the oven and let them cool on a rack. If you need to reuse your baking sheets for the next batch, let them cool 5-10 minutes in the baking sheet and then lift the parchment paper out of the sheet to set it directly on the cooling rack (this is why it’s good to have more than 2 sheets).

Once cooled to room temperature, the macarons are ready to be assembled.

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When they are perfectly cooked, they should lift easily from the parchment paper, have a flat bottom and a beautiful puffy crown. If they stick a bit, help them up with a thin stainless steel spatula so that they don’t separate or break. If they’re a bit overcooked, they will be hollow under the cap. You can still use them, you’ll just have to put more cream to assemble them (yum!).

Match the cap sizes that fit best together. For the filling, the possibilities are as great as your imagination is. For vanilla macarons, you can fill them up with a vanilla buttercream as I did, or twist things up and use a fruit-flavored filling. If you made pink cookies, fill them up with good-quality raspberry preserves or, if you feel decadent, with a mixture of mascarpone cheese and preserves. The only thing that’s important is to make sure the filling is firm enough to not drip out from the macarons. A well-executed French macaron should not lose its filling if you stand it on its side.

Using an icing spatula (or just a regular butter knife) spread some filling on one cookie. Place the second cookie on the icing and press gently to stick them together.

Once all of the macarons are assembled, you should put them in an airtight container, store them in the refrigerator, and let them rest for another 24 hours. Yes, you need patience once again. They won’t be bad if you eat them right away. But letting French macarons rest with their icing in is what reveals their appealing texture. The humidity of the icing gets into the crispy caps and that’s what makes them crisp on the outside and so tender on the inside. Try to be patient, trust me, it’s really worth the wait. The good thing is that it’s a great dessert to make in advance and it will for sure impress your guests. They will be at their best if you eat them within the next 2 to 3 days.

Yes, these French cookies are a really fancy delicacy. No, they’re not easy to make. Yes, they require time, patience, and practice to master. But it’s really worth it, and making them at home is way less expensive than a plane ticket to Paris.

How to Make French Macarons, a Detailed, Step-by-Step Recipe with Video // FoodNouveau.com

How to Make French Macarons, a Detailed, Step-by-Step Recipe with Video // FoodNouveau.com

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347 Responses to How to Make French Macarons: A Step-by-Step Recipe with Video

  1. Thanks for the recipe and the great directions.  My macarons turned out really well on the first try.  I had a problem with the food colouring.  I wanted a pale baby blue so added a little blue food colouring and it turned almost turquiose, similar to a robins egge blue.  Very pretty but no what I wanted.  I wouls appreciate any help you could give me.
    Thanks Teresa

  2. Hey Maria,
                    I use a microwave oven which can accomadate only very few macaroons at a time so will the rest of the mix be damaged if kept ouside ,is it better to keep the mix as such or pipe it and let it rest while the other ones are in the oven?

    • You can leave the macaron batter at room temperature for about an hour while you’re baking the shells, one batch at a time. If it’s especially warm or humid though, I would place the remaining batter (the portion that hasn’t been piped out yet) in the fridge in between each piping session.

  3. Hey, can I reduce the amount of sugar used in making these macaroons? As my parents could'nt eat something that are too sweet. Will there be too sweet if follow with the exactly amount of sugar? Will try this recipe soon..thanks for sharing and reply. =) 

    • You can’t reduce the amount of sugar used in the macaron recipe. The ratio is essential to make the meringue necessary to achieve a great macaron. Check out this troubleshooting entry for more info about the use of sugar in macarons.

  4. my first batch didn't turn out. I'm not sure why some of them cracked at the top and when I took them out because the crown was hard they were undercooked and won't come off the paper at all. I left them to "dry out" longer than 20 minutes. Does that change the texture? my oven was at 250 because it can get quite hot and I tried following the recommendation of cooking it longer at a lower temp. my rack was in the middle – should I move it up? What did i do wrong-what happened? Otherwise I think your blog is awesome! Thanks!

  5. Hi i made a similar recipe but made a white choc and mixed berry ganache. yum yum. I seem to have problems with my shells cracking half will be ok the other half gone. plus dont seem to get the "feet" properley. any suggestions?
    I used the same technique as the one described above

  6. I am thinking of making these for my wedding favours. I will need to make 220 as we have roughly 110 guests and I want to put 2 in each. How long do you think this will take? I only have a couple of days to put aside to make them. I will have a back up just in case they dont work but I wanted to put a bit of a personal touch on our wedding favours.
    I will be making them a week before the wedding so they will go in the freezer but they will need to be taken to the venue the day before the wedding and put in the fridge. Until they are ready to put them out in the afternoon before the guests arrive at the reception. Will the make them go bad at all? Do you have any other tips for this.
    I wanted to make coral/salmond coloured macaroons (as our wedding is mainly balck and ivory with the girls dresses and a few flowers being coral/salmon colour) with a white chocolate filling.
    Do you think this is over reaching.. trying to make this many in a couple of days.. I will have help from my mum putting them together etc..
    Thanks
     

  7. This is a great recipe!  My first batch came out okay, but I think I just let them over dry, but my second batch was pure perfection thanks to you!  BTW I did use cold egg whites and it didn't make a difference since they were still aged.  Thanks!

  8. Any recommendations for baking in a convection oven – there is not the option of no fan – but I tried with the fan on low and they tasted great, but the "feet" appeared to spread out – my thought was that it was due to the fan. 

    • Try to lower the temperature to a minimum – convection speeds up the heating process, so a cooler oven should work better.

  9. Hi there
    Thank you for this great guide! love how detailed it is..and the video is very helpful too.
    I just have a question regarding the tip for the pastry bag. I can't find Ateco tips here so I bought a Wilton 2A. Can you please tell me if that size is okay? Thanks a lot!
     
    Sharon

  10. Hi! Thanks so much for these instructions. I have only made two batches and I have a few problems. First time I made them too big and likely did not cook them long enough but they were edible. This last time I used powder colorant and it was difficult to mix in gently. The shells rose a bit and had little "feet" but they were sticky underneath and hard to get off the parchment paper. Again, edible but not perfect macarons.
    I cooked them at 148 C but I think my oven cooks a bit lower than the stated temp. They were still a little big but I think my batter might be a bit thin. I only let them sit for about 20 minutes before cooking and they did not rise very much. My first batch I let sit for an hour (per Tartlette) and they rose well and had nice feet but again I think I did not cook them long enough.
    Any tips on getting a great final result?
    Thanks!

  11. hi, i would like to ask how many servings can your recipe made? in a medium size of macaron? thanks :)

  12. Prior to attempting to make these beauties, I have spent the last week scouring the internet and familiarizing myself with the techniques that will "hopefully"  lead to me making beautiful, and wonderfully tasting, macarons. Your tutorial – and your response to every comment left on your blog – has led me to take many side notes before setting out to make these for the first time! Thank you so much for sharing your recipes and techniques with all of us! I'm excited to get going!
    My question are… 1.) Can this recipe be halfed? If so, I'm just wondering what the measurements would be as one batch calls for 3 egg whites. And can this recipe be doubled? 2.) You say that if you want to add color {for the shells} to do so prior to mixing in the dry ingredients. After you have beaten your egg whites and are ready to color them, does the entire batch have to be colored the same color, or can you take out half of the egg mixture and use half of the dry mixture to create one color of a batch…and then retain the other half of the egg whites, add the remaining half of the dry mixture to that, and make another color. Or must this be a process in which ALL of the egg whites/one color/and ALL of the dry ingredients must be combined together, and not divided, since the ingredients are weighed? 

    • I would not halve the recipe because it may be hard to halve the egg whites quantity (although you can weigh the egg whites, knowing one large egg white weighs 30 to 33 g). You can double the recipe, but unless you have access to more than one residential oven, I would make single recipes twice (go through the process once, then do it again), just so your batter doesn’t wait around for too long after being folded together.
      You can try to halve the batter after it’s folded together to add different food coloring to each portion, but be careful not to overbeat the batter.

  13. Hi there, thanks for the great recipe. It was the fourth consecutive attempt to get my macarons right, and it took me closest to success. Just one question: in other recipes, I always managed overwhip my meringue (dry and crumbly) and overmix the batter (runny). Now the situation was the other way around: I couldn't get the batter to be runny enough! No matter how much I turned it in the bowl, it just stayed at the "not ready yet" stage. It seemed that there was too little meringue in comparison with the sugar/almond meal. think that I had too little egg whites; I'm always hesitant with recipes that don't give the amount off egg whites in grams.  Do you think it might make a difference if I added maybe another half egg white? Or maybe the egg whites should be even warmer, now they were in room temperature only for about 2 hours. What would you suggest? :)

  14. Dear Marie,
    Thank you so much for publishing this post and guiding me on my first attempt at macarons! All in all I consider it a success, smooth domed tops with frilly little feet. However I tried baking the first batch at 140°C for 14min which was good although not that puffed. The second batch I made at 125°C for 15min which stood a little taller.
    Both batches became slightly brown with the second batch even browner than the first! However, constantly checking the first batch tells me when it wasn't slightly brown, the shell wasn't quite firm to tap on although it was still steady on its feet.
    Some questions I have:
    1) The second batch had a lower temperature (although that may not be exact as i didnt' use an oven themometer) but the shells rose up more. Could that have been the longer resting time ~40min?
    2) Should I have let the shell harden up outside of the oven rather than leaving it in there for awhile longer to prevent macaron browning? Is the shell supposed to feel hard and make sounds when scratched inside the oven?
    The colour difference for this batch isn't a HUGE deal, as pink just turned into a sort of orangey colour but I'm sure it would matter for other flavours :)
     
    Thanks again!

    • Have you ever tested your oven temperature with a stand-alone thermometer? Although you think the second batch was baked at a lower temperature, you oven may have been warmer because it had been on for a long time. You should test your internal oven temperature (the oven dial or digital displays are not always accurate!).

  15. My batter keeps on becoming too runny, what do i do to fix it? This is the second time i try it out, and i fixed my egg mixtture problem, so what am i doing wronge?

  16. Hi there Marie!!!!
    THank you for the troubleyou have taken to explain and demonstrate macaron making. Mine arefianlly turning out decent. Quick question, Can I reduce the almonds to 100g and if I do so what ingredient increases and how much?

    • It’s best to keep the original recipe as is – unless you feel adventurous (you’ll need lots of trial and error to get your new recipe right if you change it!).

  17. I love your blog and troubleshooting guide.  Your pictures are very helpful and all of your work, attention to detail and care really shows.  I am about to start my third attempted batch. My first batch failed because I used two stacked cookie sheets to bake–except my cookie sheets are very heavy. As a result, the bottoms did not bake–but the tops did–so they oozed from the bottom. By the time I figured it out and removed the bottom cookie sheet, it was too late to save them.
    For my second batch I made them too big and too tall.  They were yummy–but they took forever to bake.
    I finally downloaded the link you gave for the macaron piping templates. When I saw how small they are I realized I had been making my macarons too big–and that was also why they were not baking in the time you recommended.  I am now going to use the template and see how they come out.
    Just a suggestion, at least one of your photos should show a scale or ruler to compare the size of your macarons to something–like a coin or a finger–that would have helped me–even though I thought I was making them 1.5" wide–they were actually a little wider and too tall.
    I'm also going to use Bob's Red Mill almond flour instead of my own ground almonds.  That may help, too!  Thanks for all the inspiration!

  18. Hi,

    I just finished making my macarons and the end result was very bad :( the egg white became to liquidy at the end so the macaron on the paper spread out too much. What did I do wrong.

    Thanks for the help!

    Great recipe!

  19. Hi there, after many failed attempts at making macarons, i finally came across your blog…..i read and re-read all the information you have provided. I am happy to say, i made the perfect batch of macarons! Thank you very much! love your blog! 

  20. :) hi – first of all, thank you for sharing this. I had a question when we sift only half of what is process, does that mean we only use half of the almond and sugar mix? 

  21. Hi. I just baked and it turned out bad . Is it because I used red colouring that meant for icing ? Thanks !

  22. Hi, love all this info, I read it so often to see what more I can learn. I've made several batches, some are perfect and some are a failure. What's been happening is my oven is at 325, electric oven, the first 5 mn they rise beautifully with feet, then after they keep on rising and all over a sudden the feet are too large and the whole thind defleats. I let them rest for 30mn before they go iun oven. Also my colored ones are coming out with spots an loosing their nice bright colors. PLEASE HELP!!!! Thx

  23. I made macarons using your recipe, which by the way was so easy to follow along, and they turned out so so so amazing!  They added a special touch to my aunts baby shower and I plan to feature them at my birthday in a few days in leu of birthday cake.  Thank you for the great instructions, pictures, and video.  You rock! :)
    By the way, I often take pictures of the food I make with my ipod touch but I'm in need of a better camera.  What kind of camera do you use to take your food pictures?
     

  24. I have tried everything! every single recipe in the internet, dozens of batches, but my macarons end perfect from the inside, chewy and moist, but from the otside they are feetless, cracked and mostly flat .
    My beaten egg whites are stiff, not soft and not too hard, my batter ends up perfect, the peak disappears in the first 10 seconds (lava like), I have tried many different temperatures I have underbeat, over beat, over cooked and under cooked, I have tried so many macaronage techniques, and my macarons still go wrong.

  25. I have a question about the templates.  If I pipe on them, do you recommend sliding them out from underneath the parchment before baking?  Or can you bake with the template underneath (since technically, the paper would not burn in an oven only set at 300*F?
    BTW, I really appreciate this tutorial.  You are definitely going in my permanent bookmark page. :)

  26. My daughter-in-law requested that I make these for her baby shower.  I tried another recipe first and the macarons were a total failure.  My son told me it was OK, I could make something else, but his wife really wanted macaron.  Your recipe was successful and I'm extremely appreciative.
    Do you have any recommendations for flavoring the cookies?  How would you make coffee or chocolate cookies?   I am very comfortable with buttercream and don't need help with that.
    Thanks! 

  27. I love the recipe, I would like to make these for my wedding, I did read tha it can be made ahead of time, but how far in advance? when freezing do they need to be covered ot just in a container? How about the butter cream? I am hoping to fill them with a white chocolate, passion fruit butter cream. Can that be frozen too?
     
    Thank you

    • Hello Nathaly, while chocolate & passion fruit sounds delicious and very appropriate for your wedding! Your macarons can be frozen, assembled with the buttercream filling, store in an airtight container (if using a deeper container, separate macaron layer with wax or parchment paper to make sure they won’t break rubbing against each other). They keep surprisingly well in the freezer, I have kept them up to a month without problem. I have read that they can keep for up to 3 months, but I wouldn’t go that far – you don’t want frost bites on your macs, especially if you don’t have a chest freezer to store them in. Aim for preparing them 1.5 to 1 month in advance and you’ll be just fine. Take them out of the freezer last minute – they need just 20-30 minutes at room temperature to defrost! The closer to serving them you defrost them, the fresher they will taste.
      Good luck with the planning of your wedding!

  28. First of all, thank you so much for this wonderful guilde. I Followed your instructions and made a couple batches of perfect (at least to me) macarons.
    On my last attempt however, my macs rested normally and upon baking started forming feet after 8 mins. But shortly after, the feet started to spread out like they were too liquid and the macs turned out hollow inside. 
    I baked them at 140c like I always do. I was baking pineapple tarts earlier at a higher temperature but I allowed the oven to cool before baking these. I didn't change a thing except adding some liquid coloring so I'm quite perplexed as to why this happened. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. 

  29. Hello Marie,
    I tried leaving a comment on your "troubleshooting" page and it didn't seem to work.  I've been struggling with the hollow shell and I'm wondering if you have any tips.
    This is what I've been doing:
    – aged egg whites for 24+ hrs in room temp
    – beaten egg whites till stiff peak (6-8 mins), also tried beating only till medium stiff peak(5 mins)
    – sifted almond/icing sugar mixture twice
    – folded batter no more than 50 strokes until it flowed like ribbon
    – rested macarons for 30-45mins
    – tried baking them at various temperatures from 280F-320F in the middle/top/bottom of the oven.  With and without door ajar
    – used oven thermometer
    I'm not sure what I did wrong.  I made 8 batches and every batch turned out completely hollow, and the texture is chewy, not moist and cakey.  The tops and bottoms are nice and I got feet everytime.  Do you have any tips?
    Thanks for all these detailed posts on macarons, they're very helpful!

    • Hello Helen, reading your post, it sounds like you’ve done everything right. But macarons can be very finicky… sometimes, a technique that works for you once can even turn on you the next!
      If the shell is hollow and the texture is chewy, it may be because they’re overbaked. Have you tried filling the macarons and letting them rest for at least 24 hours before sampling them? The resting period can do wonders to the macaron texture. Try it, perhaps all you need is a little patience!

  30. I am determined to master the macaron and your video has given me some insight into what I might be doing wrong.  I've been making at least a batch a day for the past couple weeks with very inconsistant results. The two main problems are undercooked sticky centers, and a small, insignificant foot.  I let them rest for 30 min and bake at 300 for approx 20 min,  I've also started leaving them in the oven with the door ajar to cool.  Out of a dozen batches I've had 5 that didn't end in the trash.  How do I get that big beautiful foot?  

  31. Where did you get your pastry bag tip from? I love the clear tip on the clear pastry bag look. Very chic look when taking pictures of colorful batters!

  32. I don't normally comment on people's food/recipe blogs but after following your detailed macaron recipe i had no choice.  In one word: AMAZING! 
    I had failed on numerous occassions and had almost given up on these delicacies but then I came across your blog and amazingly, I have my first batch of successful macarons! 
    Thank you so much! 

  33. This looks quite good for an macaroon recipe, i was thinking of opening a restaurant and i could perhaps use this recipe.

    • Good idea, I hope you’re successful in making macarons for your restaurant. If you are, you’ll certainly become very popular!

  34. Hello.  My macarons looks perfect from the outside.  However, the interior pools at the bottom and the shell is hollow.  I am using a convection oven and baking at 300 degrees for 12 minutes.  Any trouble shooting ideas?

  35. Help :[
    First off, thank you for the amazing step by step tutorial! (if only it was working for me)
    So far the issue I'm having with my macarons is their appearance. I let my egg whites "age", i let the piped macarons rest and form their skin. When I set them to bake the first 5-8mins are perfect they look smooth and rise perfectly. But then suddenly they deflate and wrinkle and never go back to their smooth top.  Am I doing something wrong? Is it the oven temperature, the batter? Thank you for any help you can give me.
     
     

    • I would not recommend it (it’s hard to divide the egg whites quantity), but you can certainly try.

  36. Hi, Im planning on making my first batch but I want to know if its okay to freeze them with a buttercream filling for a week? until I use them then let them defrost a day early before eating them ..thanks 

    • Yes it’s ok to freeze the macarons with the filling in. In fact, it’s the best way to do it. You don’t need to defrost them a day in advance, just take out the quantity you need out of the freezer, let them defrost at room temperature 30 minutes to an hour before eating and they’ll be just perfect.

  37. My problem is that the macarons I made rised up beautifully in the oven with feet and all but once I took them out of the oven, the top crumpled like a piece of paper.. HELP!!

    • This is most probably because you took them out too early and they weren’t cooked through. Always check for the shells’ doneness by tapping on them while they are still in the oven.

  38. made my first batch of macaroons last week  and it turn out to be a disaster!  I agree it is not easy to make macaroon but this will not deter me. After reading this post i guess i know what went wrong, my macaroon was too crispy more like a meringue and i did not leave it aside for sometime……i guess i was too impatient to see the outcome. And perhaps I should change using powdered coloring instead of liquid. I Plan  to make them again this week after reading the comments, thank you .

  39. this post has been very helpful and i am about to make my first batch of macarons tomorrow…. I am from India and havent tasted a macaroon before…what should i be looking for ??texture wise etc… and how much filling is enough???

    • As your shells come out of the oven, they will be crunchy, but the filling (and 24h resting in an airtight container in the fridge) will work its magic and soften the shells. The outer shell of the macaron should be crunchy and shiny, while the insides should remain tender and moist. As for the filling quantity, it’s a matter of taste. Pierre Hermé, Paris’ famous macaron master, likes to fill them very generously, as others prefer a more modest quantity. One thing’s for sure, the flavor of a macaron mostly resides in the filling, so there should be enough to allow you to clearly identify the flavor of a macaron in one bite. Experiment a bit and you’ll decide how you like them best! Good luck!

  40. Reading your step by step, description and watching the video has my mouth watering. I haven't attempted these delectable bite size treats yet – I am trying to learn the techniques and possible difficulties before I do – but I am so looking forward to them!

  41. Hi Marie!
    It's me again…so far all batches have come out great except for the chocolate macarons!  I'll make enough for 2 sheet trays and less than half of them will come out perfect.  The other half will have lopsided feet :  
    I hear the chocolate ones are the hardest.
    Any suggestions?  Also, when adding food coloring, can you just add it to the fluffy egg whites in the mixer before adding the dry ingredients?
     

  42. I went out and got some more eggs…1 large egg white = 33g ;)
    Also, just wanted to say that batch #1 is in the oven – almost done and looks PERFECT!  Not too high / puffy….perfect feet!!!
    Also, just wanted to let you all know that some people out there will tell you not to make macarons on a rainy day….well, it's raining here & mine are coming out just fine :)

    • Great, thank you for the feedback! I had 30g for one large egg white – we’re in the same ballpark :) I’m happy your macarons look great! I’m sure they’ll be delicious.
      I’ve had no problem with rainy days, but I did with hot & humid. It’s the humidity that usually causes trouble, hence the fact that people blame rainy days.

  43. Hi there!  Love your site & the detailed instructions.  I'm going off another recipe but really appreciate the macaronage steps.
     I have had 50/50 success so far so I want to go with your recipe next for the standard macaron however, I have a big bowl of egg whites already separated and was wondering what the measurement is for egg whites in grams/ounces.  Thanks!

  44. Great tutorial – thank you so much for the video! I tried once to make macs, and the batter was much runnier than yours (i tried not to over mix, but the dry was resistant to incorporate) they never got feet, had completely hollow domes, and they all cracked. I've been dying to retry and I can't wait to try using your instructions. Thank you!

  45. Thanks for the recipe.
    But before i make ,I would like to know if i could use food colouring in liquid form. Will it affect a lot ? 
    As for the chocolate ganache, how long should i place inside the fridge and how long will it last for

    • Liquid food coloring can affect the consistency of the batter, making it too liquid and preventing you from being successful. Please check this troubleshooting entry for more info.

      The ganache should cool in the fridge for about an hour, or until it’s not liquid anymore, but spreadable. It will last, stored in the fridge in an airtight container, for about a week.

  46. Great tutorial, Thanks! I made these tonight, and they were good. I’m not sure they look like yours did. Mine seemed to rise higher. By chance can you tell me the dimensions of your macaroons after baking? Mine were about a ½” tall. Is that right? Thanks

  47. Hi Marie….thanks to your blog….. I followed every single step but mine failed without the feet….=(….I just wonder which step have I gone wrong…As I was closely watching it bake in the oven waiting for it to rise and to see if there’s any feet developing….but it turned out macaWrongs for me….is there any trick on how to get those feet?

    Thanks!

  48. Hi Marie, Can I use the regular plastic made mixing bowls instead and still get the right egg white merengue?

    Thanks so much!

    • Yes you can, but a stainless steel bowl helps make the meringue stiffer. Make sure your bowl is squeaky clean and you should be successfull.

  49. Great recipe and tutorial!!! I threw 4 batches of failed macarons away before I run into this and score! THEY GOT FEET!!!
    I took the liberty of not aging the whites and it work great anyway.

    Thanks!

  50. heyy marie,,
    im a beginner so i’ve make only a couple batch of macarons.
    which didn’t turn out ok
    maybe i should try often but theres something i need to ask,
    when do we put flavours to the macarons?
    like lychee or coffee?
    thanks anyway,,your recipe is complete..i like it:-)

  51. Made this today, and it was amazing!! Mine weren’t perfect as yours but it tasted amazing! (mine was flatter) thanks for this recipe! my mom was so thrilled when I made her Macarons using this recipe, She had no idea I baked! haha! “amazing for a 16 year old”, she says. She has no idea I learned it all from you! thanks Miss. Marie!
    :)

    By the way,
    this is how mine turned out,
    http://sinking-alone.blogspot.com/2011/10/nutella-macarons-attempt-2.html

    • Congrats for being successfull Miguela! I’m happy for you, and I’m sure your family is too :)

  52. I tried it and all good up to the stage adding 15 drops of coloring – I added two teaspoons – becomes a little soggy – so took a long time to “dry” before I can bake it. After baking – no puffy crown.

    also what would be an alternative for natural coloring eg. yellow or pink, without using the “coloring” bottle?

  53. Hi Marie, I made the macaroons yesterday and they didn’t turn out very well, they were burnt and flat…but I’m determined to try making them again soon! :D I was also wondering if i could use two sheets of baking paper instead of parchment paper? Thankyou! :)

  54. Marie, I have posted my successful macarons on my blog and linked back to your amazing tutorial. Can’t wait to see the video you are preparing!
    Once again, thanks a lot!

  55. Hi there, I’m planning on giving your recipe a whirl as my wife loves macarons and recently converted me. I have two questions though; first, can I swap almond meal for almond powder? Almond meal itself is incredibly difficult to come by where we live (Taiwan), but almond powder is every where. Second, can I make these using a convection oven?

    • I’ll admit that over here in the US and Canada, almond powder and almond meal are one and the same. Perhaps one is finer than the other; in any case, what you want is the finest ground almonds, so my guess is that almond powder will be fine.

  56. Marie, I can’t thank you enough for this amazing tutorial. I read it at least a dozen times before trying my 4th batch of macarons (the 3 first unsuccessful). Finally, they got feet!
    I will be posting about it on my blog very soon and I will link back to your post. Thanks for sharing all your experience and taking your time to make it so clear for beginners (in making macarons) like me.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • Renata, I’m really happy my tutorial helped you succeed in making macarons! It’s so satisfying to make these intricate cookies at home, isn’t it? I’m working on an update for this “how to” post which will include video – hoping it’ll help even more novice macaron makers!
      P.S. Thanks in advance for the link back, can’t wait to see your post!

  57. If my macarons cracked before they were done cooking does that mean I cooked them at too high heat? Thanks for all the info, by the way! I loved feeling confident about making my own macarons armed with this very detailed play by play!

  58. Hello,

    Thanks a lot for those important information and your way in explaining is perfeto ;)

    I just wanna to ask you, When you put the macarons in the oven do you fire the upper fire and the down one or ?

    Sorry for my english :$

    • The oven should be at the “bake” setting (oven pre-heated with the lower burner on).

  59. Hi, my macaron shells have the feet bursting outwards instead of rising up. I’ve dried the shells outside for an hour or more before baking. My oven temp is 150-160 degrees. May I know why is it happening?

    Thanks

  60. Hi trying these for the 2nd time , how do you know when they are ready to take out of the oven, what am i looking for , this batch have risen, but center is very soft and sticky , but the top is a nice crisp shell

    • The centers should remain soft. If the shells are easy to take off the baking sheets, they’re baked right. If the shells stick to the baking sheets (or parchment paper), they may be undercooked. Cook the shells for 1-2 minutes longer. Also, to help with taking the baked macarons off the paper, make sure they’re thoroughly cooled. Also, you can pop the macaron shells (still on the parchment paper, in the baking pan) in the freezer for 15 minutes to an hour. This will strengthen the shells and make them easier to peel off.

  61. Thank you so much for the detailed information. I did a 2 day course in England. Great fun. and the macarons were super. Now at home I can’t get then right. I am sure its my oven. I need to buy a new one, but not sure which one. Any suggestions? I now have an electric oven, I have tryed static heat (what I would use for meringe making, and also circular heat. They come out with cracked tops.
    Please please give some advice. Thanks.

    • I’m sorry I’m not familiar enough with kitchen appliances to provide guidance in buying a new oven! When shopping, you should tell your vendor that you’ll looking for an oven that provides an even temperature. All ovens differ and you have to learn and adapt to your own!

  62. Do you have any cross section pictures of your shells? Maybe several? It’s so rare to see people post pictures of their shells after being bitten into with each batch. My macarons always look great, perfect pieds, nice finish and color but they’re always half hollow. Help!

    • Hi Tabitha! Yes, I’ve had those hollow shells a couple of times! According to my experience, this may be due to overcooking. If you overcook the shells, the insides become dry and the meringue deflates. The outside still looks great because it had time to rise but the insides dries up. Try baking your macarons a little less next time to see if it helps. It’s a fine line between undercooking (and sticky macarons), and overcooking (and hollow macarons!) Good luck!

  63. Thank you for the recipe! When I baked it, the feet bursted out unevenly, meaning only one side of the macarons have feet and the other side doesn’t. Are bursting of the feet and uneven feet both due to high baking temperature?

    • No or uneven feet can be due to a too-short drying time (once the macarons are piped on the baking sheets), or to a too high oven temperature, which hardens the meringue without giving it time to rise.

  64. hi i was traying to do this recipe today but my macarrons were totally crack it was so frustrated for me andi dont know what was happened.

  65. Hey ,,
    Thanks a lot !! I’ll Ed what you posted .. You’re awesome ..
    I tried to do these awesome macaroons , but I donno why I didn’t have the crown that shape the macaroons shape mmm .. I donna how to solve it…

    Thanks again and I’m really sorry for bothering you :)

  66. My third batch of macarons once again turned out very soggy, even at 140 for 17 mins. Is your over set at fan assisted temp or just standard? Thanks, maxine.

  67. Thank you so much for your post. I referred to your step-by-step instructions to make raspberry macarons with raspberry preserve filling this morning and they came out perfect with dome and feet. This was my first attempt too! I was patient and rested my macarons on the baking sheet at room temperature for over 1 hour before baking. Used parchment paper and didn’t have any trouble lifting the macaron shells off.

    • Congratulations! I’m so happy you were successful. I’m sure they were delicious too!

  68. Hi! Im going to try and make them but is there a way to use this recipe to make chocolate ones. If not then i thought of using red or pink food coloring to make rasberry macarons( using rasberry preserves as filling).
    I hope it turns out great.
    And thanks for the recipe :)

  69. Hello,
    I’m on my third batch, 1st a different recipe, dreadful in everyway, 2nd from your description of the process, cooked for 12 mins @ 135 c, looked like macarons but undercooked, sticky and cracked on top. The latest batch cooling now, also cracking on top… (cooked at 140 c for 17 mins.
    Is your cooking temp/oven setting normal bake or fan assisted?
    Many thanks, I will get there!!!

  70. Marie,

    Thank you for this! I am going to try my first macaroons this week.

    What tips do you recommend for the pastry bag? Can you possibly send me a link?

    Cheers,
    Heather

  71. hi there! tonight was my first try at baking macaroons, why did i think they would be easy??? was wondering if you (or anyone!) could help me!

    my macaroons came out sticky on the bottom and there were holes at the top of the crusts,, whyyy? help :(

    – frustrated -_-*

    • i am not an expert as well in making macarons. but i guess your macarons turned-out sticky because it might have been undercooked. i also experienced having holes in the crust, my friend said who is more experienced in baking macarons that i might have not properly measured the ingredients or i’d overbeat the batter.

      Goodluck to our macaron challenge! =D

    • I would not recommend it, because of the very delicate texture of the shells, it often helps to be able to lift off the parchment paper (or silicon pad) to peel it off the shells. Also, I think butter would affect the taste of the macarons! Parchment paper is cheap, a roll lasts for a while and it’s very useful in the kitchen, it’s worth buying!

  72. is it possible to not use any baking sheets or parchment paper? and just use butter instead?

  73. Hi, this is a really helpful post!
    But I’m having issues. I’m attempting to make these delicious things, and they just won’t work! They won’t rise high enough and I’m not sure why. I’ve followed recipes perfectly and they don’t turn out right. Also my egg whites aren’t as voluminous as yours, why is that too?

    Thanks :)

  74. Thank you so much for this informative recipe! I tried making hazelnut macarons as a beginner but it turned out more watery than it should be. I figured I didn’t make the egg whites properly, but how should the egg whites turn out before you add the sugar? And are air bubbles a good or bad thing?

    But please let us know of your macaron troubleshooting post, it would be very helpful!

    • Do you mean that you tried swapping almond meal for finely ground hazelnuts? If so, maybe that’s the reason why your macarons didn’t turn out well. Macarons are very finicky and the smallest change in a recipe needs thorough testing. I know that all ground nuts don’t turn out the same results – and most often, only part of the ground almonds is swapped for another ground nut to flavor the cookies (such as in my pistachio or pecan & maple recipes). I’ve never made macarons without almond meal and I’ve read many recounts of bad experiences. If you want to venture that way, I recommend you find a recipe that was created by a macaron expert!

      If you used almond meal and used hazelnuts only to flavor the cream of your macarons, then maybe the trouble was with your egg whites. I usually add granutaled sugar to the egg whites as soon they are slightly fluffy, not liquid anymore but still somewhat translucent and without much body yet, after beating for 1 or 2 minutes. Once you add the sugar, the egg whites should become very white, thick and shiny and you should keep on beating until stiff peaks form.

      A thin macaron batter can be due to many different factors… sometimes, it can be as simple as the day’s weather (if it’s hot and/or humid, it’s harder to make great macarons). Keep on trying!

      Air bubbles: I’m assuming you’re talking about air bubbles in the cookies. Once you’ve piped the macarons, air bubbles will show on top of the cookies. Tap your baking sheet many times against your table (making sure your baking sheet remains perfectly horizontal so your cookies don’t lose their shape (they will spread out a bit). Because I like to make my macarons as perfect as possible, I use a toothpick to burst any remaining bubble. Bubbles will not hinder your macarons’ taste but it may affect the texture.

      I’m still working on the macaron troubleshooting post – it will be published in the next couple of weeks!

      • Hi Marie,
        I followed your recipe this time as closely as I could using almond meal instead and they turned out much better! I was very excited to see them grow those “feet.” Thank you so much! One thing I still question is how to make them more puffy, like the ones sold in Paris. Mine came out a bit flatter than the ones you pictured in the end and the shell was less round. Any ideas how to make them more puffed up and round?

        • The shape of the dome has to do with the “macaronage”, or your folding technique. Over-mixing makes the batter too thin (which makes flat macarons). Next time, fold less.

  75. Hi there Marie. I’ve always wanted to try to make macaroons as many of my friends make them. But im not too sure on how to do choclate ones. Could you help me?

  76. Marie, your recipe out of all the ones I found online is the one that I use. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I practiced and practiced, and now I make beautiful macarons, thanks to your page! Your recipe/page on macarons is the best! ^o^

    • Hi Annie, thank you for taking a minute to tell me my post helped you master macarons!! I’m so happy it did. I’m preparing a “macaron troubleshooting” post, if you have questions or comments to contribute, I would be happy to read more about your experience! Don’t hesitate to share.

  77. Have been trying to do macarons for weeks now and mine end up too thin and they spread on the sheet before I bake them. I have followed every tip going and usually I succeed at my cooking. My kitchen is aways too warm…is this a problem?

    I also have an Aga and I can’t find any recipe for this?
    Do you give tutorials?

    Also should we go by egg size or egg weight, pleas ehelp I really want to get thes righht.

    Many thanks

    Joanna

    • Hello Joanna, Yes a warm (and/or humid) kitchen can definitely prevent you from making macarons successfully. Please checkout my macaron troubleshooting post for further help about the issues you’re having. I am not giving macaron-making classes but nowadays, most cities have culinary centers offering such classes. Check out your local city activities guide, or make a search online to find classes near you.

  78. So glad i found this guide! tried making these so many times before and im practically tearing my hair out thanks to batch after batch of failed cakes. Definitely going to try this tomorrow! Yours look so Delicious, i just wish i could make mine like yours!

  79. Thanks so much for this recipe, I found your pictures to be extremely helpful! I’ve made your pistachio ones a few times, but for some odd reason the last time that I made them, they turned out flat and the feet spread wide. What do you think I did wrong? Thank you!

  80. Hi

    I love your recipe, I tried making them for the first time ever today and they are very flat……..Im wondering if I didnt beat the eggs enough?

    What are your thoughts

    Cheers

  81. Hi Marie, compliments for your tutorial, we love it! We tried the recipe and followed it step by step and used a smaller baking tray on the oven trays.
    First batch tasted excellent, but the macarons didn’t came of the parchment that easily, so I tried moving the temperature up. Now the macarons come out being fluffy, flat foot (sometimes with the crown), but the top is crackled, inside is good, so it doesn’t seem overcooked. I bake at 160 celsius for 15 minutes. It seems that baking at a low temperature makes it stick and higher makes it crackled. Have you got any ideas how to improve on the results?

    • If the top is cracked, the macarons baked at a temperature that was too high for their delicate nature. It’s better to bake them for longer, at a lower temperature. To help with taking the baked macarons off the parchment paper, make sure they’re thoroughly cooled. Also, you can pop the macaron shells (still on the parchment paper, in the baking pan) in the freezer for 15 minutes. This will strengthen the shells and make them easier to peel off.

  82. So this is a fantastic recipe tutorial. I made them yesterday and everything went perfectly….until i tried to take them off of the WAX paper. Is it really that different than parchment paper?? They were perfect texture, taste, look, everything. I now have beautiful macarons with pieces of wax paper coating the bottom. :(

  83. hi my macaroons arent rising they just expand outwards when i bake them, what can i do to make them rise?

  84. hi i made my first lot of macaroons the other day im just having trouble telling when they are done in the oven when i tap on the tops they often crack but if i leave them in much longer they start to brown can you help me.

    • You have to keep on practicing to find that perfect timing when it’s time to take the shells out of the oven – once they’re cooked but not browned. It takes a lot of practice and it changes with every oven you work with. Even 30 seconds can change everything. Don’t lose hope!

  85. Ah, Marie!

    It took 4 failed attempts until I found your recipe, and finally I got some perfect macaroons. The other recipe’s I tried had more egg-white and less sugar, and somehow the caps never hardened (not even after 8 hours!). As a result I never got feet, and the macaroons would become super brittle after an overnight stay in the fridge.

    Thank you so much. I will keep this recipe forever.

  86. Hi there,

    I tried making macarons for the first time today and they surpisingly turned out fine! The only problem was the colour – I made them a lovely pink but in the oven they lost their colour and came out a peachy-brown colour. Presumably because of the heat. Am I right in thinking I have to reduce the oven’s temperature and increase the cooking time?

    Thank you!

    • Yes, if the macarons brown instead of keeping their pretty bright color, it’s most certainly because the oven’s heat was too high. Reducing the oven’s temperature and increasing the cooking time should help.

  87. Hi Marie, I would like to make macaroons for my wedding favours (I am getting married in June). I have been practicing with your guide which is really helpful. The first 2 batches came out ok but the since then they have come out with cooked shells but with the inside very soft and separate from the shell. I cooked them for 14 minutes on 140 degrees. Any tips?
    Thanks v much xxx

    • It sounds like your shells didn’t cook long enough. Bake them for a little longer. Also, if you need help taking the baked macarons off the parchment paper (or silicon pads), make sure they’re thoroughly cooled. Alternatively, you can pop the macaron shells (still on the parchment paper, in the baking pan) in the freezer for 15 minutes. This will strengthen the shells and make them easier to peel off.

  88. Hi,

    I tried to make this macarons. It taste great, but I have a problem taking it off the parchment paper.

    Can I spray ‘pancoating’ before piping the macarons?

    During the baking process, I used top and bottom heat. Is this correct? Or should I use just bottom heat?

    • Hello Norraine, Yes top and bottom heat is correct. There’s no need to coat parchment paper with anything before piping the macaron batter. To help with taking the baked macarons off the paper, make sure they’re thoroughly cooled. Also, you can pop the macaron shells (still on the parchment paper, in the baking pan) in the freezer for 15 minutes. This will strengthen the shells and make them easier to peel off.

  89. Hi there, after a few weeks study through your recipe at last i’ve made it today after aged my eggs for 3 days. :) It turned out eatable and delicious indeed but it has no feet/cap…:(( I don’t know what i did wrong but definitely will try again soon… Thanks for so detailed recipe with the illustrations..it really helps a lot..:)) Any tips pls do let me know..thanks!

  90. hi marie,
    just wandering if you could please give me a recipie for the buttercream or a filling. i am an aspiring chef and i would like to make macaroons, but have never made a butter cream before or macaroons either. also what would you recommend using to get a caramel flavour.

    thankyou

  91. yesterday i made macroon for the first time in my life and they were a disaster but i think im gonna try your way and see how they will tern out

    the pics are good for learning but the only problem with them is the lighting is some how poor

    • It’s not easy to successfully make macarons the very first time around. Keep on practicing and you’ll get it!
      The pictures, you’re right they aren’t perfect. They’re been taken a long time ago and taking new, brighter pictures is on my to-do list!

  92. I used these tips and made my first batch of macarons last night. They aren’t perfect, but they’re delicious and now I can’t wait to make more. Thank you for publishing this tutorial!

    Also, can you tell me which pastry bag tip you used and/or is optimal?

    • As you make more and more macaron batches, you’ll get better and more confident!
      I use a large round tip that has a 0.5-inch opening and I find it works very well.

  93. Wow thank you so much for this fabulous recipe! The ones you’ve made look gorgeous! Can’t wait to try this one. :)

  94. Hello! I just tried this tonight and it is in the oven baking now. I noticed that during the 20 minute wait time before put them in the oven, the macarons on the baking pen became watery and the shape spreaded to be bigger and thinner. Would you know what might have caused this to happen? Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful receipe and I hope I will succeed one day! Tiff

    • Hello Tiffany! How did the macarons turn out? I’ve never seen the meringue separate and become watery during the waiting period. Did you use liquid food coloring? Maybe this thinned your meringue too much. Or, did you use Eggbeaters instead of separating your own egg whites? I’ve experienced unconvincing results with this product, if you did use it, maybe it didn’t help. Tell me more and I’ll try to help you further!

  95. Hi, this recipe looks awesome! Can I know how many macaroons can I make following your ingredient measurement?

    • It depends on the size of the shells you pipe out, but this recipe will yield between 24 and 32 finished macarons (48 to 64 individual shells).

  96. Hi Marie, thank you for posting this recipe. I’ve tried them out and they are just AMAZING!!!!! <3 Even better than Laduree.. Anyway,if I wanted to make chocolate macarons out of these macarons (also chocolate filling), what should I use?

    • Happy that you loved the macarons! As for a chocolate version, because macarons are so special, I encourage you to choose only the best ingredients. For the shells, you’ll need cocoa powder, I recommend best quality such as Valrhona. For the ganache, you’ll need 70% chocolate, use your favorite brand. I published a tried and true chocolate macaron recipe here: Macarons, 3 ways: chocolate, pistachio, pecan & maple. Good luck, I’m sure you’ll love them!

  97. Hi! I followed your recipe and my batter turned out great! But when it was out of the oven, the top was cracked and the inside isn’t cook! Pls assist me.

  98. Thank you so much for this excellent guide. It really is the best I’ve found and I really appreciate you taking time to put it together. My dear friend had requested macaroons to celebrate her 30th birthday, but with the page open on my laptop, I’m no longer quite so apprehensive!!

    • You’re very welcome Charlotte, I’m so happy this guide helps people like you. I find making your own macarons nothing short of magical! Once you make our own, you have to come back and tell me how the experience was!

  99. I did this step by step, and from the first time the came out perfect, last weekend made the chocolate with an almond butter cream and every body is asking when is the next baking. I think the key is aging the egg whites and the oven thing. THANK YOU!

  100. hai, thx for sharing the recipe n tips..
    i notice that u didnt use cream of tartar..what is use for creame of tartar, coz i hv other recipe that use creame of tartar.tq =)

    • Cream of tartar is used when whipping egg whites to help gain more volume. I’ve never found it necessary to add it to my aged egg whites, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to do so!

  101. Hi, i tried making pistachio flavoured macarons the only problem is they taste EXACTLY the same they just didnt get feet..what did i do wrong? i did tap the tray 3 times and left them for an hour any ideas? thank you

    • Hi Emmy! There are several reasons why macarons don’t rise: maybe you didn’t age your egg whites long enough, or perhaps you mixed the egg whites and almond meal a little too vigorously. Also, whether you use silicon mats or parchment paper can influence the results as well as doubling your baking sheet or not. Sometimes, you’ll do a second recipe exactly the same as you did the first and the second one will rise! Don’t give up, I’m sure your next batch will turn out perfect.

  102. Hi, everytime i make macaroons/macarons it always gets stuck to the baking paper. Is baking paper the same thing as parchment paper? Should I leave it for longer than 5 minutes? I also have trouble with making a buttercream as I use a hand mixer and the butter never ‘creams’ with the sugar. Also, is powdered sugar necessary?

    Please reply, Michelle

  103. Hi, I rly need your help here :) I’ve made macarons several times alr (following from a recipe book) but all of them failed. In my recent attempt, it finally looked like a macaron when i piped onto the parchment paper. However, the cap refuses to dry after waiting for hours. what could be some of the possible reasons that made it like that? Thank you :)

  104. I tried this recipe last weekend and the taste was absolutely amazing! All 30 of my macarons were gone within one day. However, the top of my cookies was really thin and cracked when I was assembling them. Any ideas on why that might have been? I followed the recipe to the smallest details but I’m sure I must have done something wrong.

    I love your blog! Thanks for sharing our wonderful recipes!

    Thanks!

    Ana

    • Of course you can! I’m sure orange-flavored macarons would be gorgeous. Another idea would be to add orange zest into the cookies and filling the macarons with a chocolate ganache. Orange and chocolate go so well together, these would be dreamy!

      • thanks for the tip. Question, do you have a recipe for Madeleines? if yes, can you share? thanks

        • I actually love Madeleines and I’ve made them a couple of times before! This is a great suggestion and I’m putting it on my future posts list!

  105. Hi. What colouring powder would you use? I saw a chef use something that looked like powdered paint, and haven’t been able to find it on the internet or in shops. I think it was a French brand.

    • Hello Dave, I use gel food coloring made by Wilton. You can find it on Amazon: http://amzn.to/fK2uiV. Ateco also makes good quality gel food coloring: http://amzn.to/gZV3ml Pastry chefs like to use powdered food coloring because the color is much more intense (you need to add less to get to the same color), and because it doesn’t add liquid to your batter. The powdered kind is much harder to find, it’s sold in professional kitchen stores or specialty baking stores (I can see powdered food coloring on Amazon but I’m not convinced of its quality). I find gel a good compromise because the color is good and you don’t need a lot – it’s way better than liquid!

  106. Ive made this recipe day after day after day for weeks and all mine are cracked on the top and no frilly edges, what am i doing wrong, i follow your recipe word for word
    Regards
    Jayne

    • Hello Jayne, I’m sorry to hear you have a hard time with your macarons! If your shells crack, it’s most likely because your oven is too hot. Did you try to decrease your oven’s temperature? Every oven is different and you have to adapt the recipe according to yours. You may need to lower the temperature and bake your macarons longer. Cracking shells can also mean that you didn’t beat your egg whites stiff enough. Try these two tips and tell me if you succeed!

        • Good luck indeed – if you’re patient and follow all the steps, you should be fine! If your first batch doesn’t turn out great, don’t get discouraged and try again. Let me know how it goes.

          • So I made them! Next sunday will be making more, so I put the egg white to age, maybe I’ll do the lemon ones. Thank you very much for the instructions and for this site, I’ll be borrowing a lot from here!

          • I’m really happy to learn that everything went well! It’s true that consistent success is hard to reach when making macarons, I’m sure the experimented pastry chefs at Pierre Hermé in Paris still spoil some batches sometimes! The good thing is that it gets better with practice. Isn’t the result worth your efforts?

  107. Thank you so much for such a great post! They look so pretty! I was also wondering if we could use the egg whites sold at the grocery store… I don’t know what to do with so many egg yolks!! Any ideas?

    • Hi Arissa! I’ve had the same dilemma – what to do with all those egg yolks? As I said to another commenter, I tried liquid eggs, or egg whites cartons sold at the grocery store (like “Simply Egg Whites”) with very inconsistent results. I know other bakers who have tried to use it as well without success. I’m not sure why they didn’t work for me – but you can try them to see whether you can pull it off.
      There are many things you can do with the yolks though, if you want to be on the safe side and separate your own eggs. Fresh pasta is one of my favorites, but you can also make homemade mayo (really easy), hollandaise sauce, creamy desserts like crème brûlée and zabaglione, and many other great recipes. I found a page that I find useful because it lists recipes according to the number of egg yolks you need to make them: http://bit.ly/gujlGD. Maybe it’ll inspire you as well!

    • I have tried liquid eggs, or egg whites cartons sold at the grocery store (like “Simply Egg Whites”, with very inconsistent results. The first time I tried to work with it, my macarons turned out good, but I never managed to pull it off again. I know other bakers who have tried to use it as well without success. I’m not sure why they didn’t work for me – but you can try them to see whether you can pull it off. I would recommend to open a brand new carton to make your macarons, just to ensure it’s as fresh as possible.

  108. I’ve always been afraid to make these and I think I have spent more time searching for clearly written recipes, than actually trying out the recipes i’ve found! I know it takes time to write recipes step-by-step and THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for taking the time to do so.

    I’ll be back to let you know how they turned out and maybe some questions if they don’t turn out so well…
    thank you, again!

    • Hi Kristine! I hope you’ve tried making macarons by now. Did they turn out great? If not, please share your experience, maybe I can help out! I am preparing a “troubleshooting” follow-up post to my macaron step-by-step. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

      • unfortunately, i’m still so afraid of trying!!! i’ve bought all of the ingredients and tools already, they’re just waiting now :( since it’s spring break for me, i’ll be sure to try one day this week. and i’ll be sure to update you. thanks so much!

  109. Me again.thankyou for your advice. I did not know why people raved about macarons until I made my own.I bought some from Laduree when I was in London .they were artificial ccompared to mine . Has any body else found them artificial?Sorry for my English I am French.Nicole.

    • I respect Ladurée’s macarons because they’re one of the institutions in the macaron world… but they are not my favorites. They make the classics but I love when inventive flavors are incorporated to the mix, something that is easy to make at home. If you ever get the chance to go to Paris, try Pierre Hermé’s, I’m convinced you’ll like them. Ce sont mes favoris et je n’ai pas encore réussi à en faire des meilleurs que les siens! Merci pour votre visite :)

  110. […] no close ups shots of the cupcakes Anyway, there is an illustrated step by step tutorial over at French Nouveau that is a great reference for those beginners, me included. Who knows, if I can master the art of […]

  111. I have made macaron very succesfuly for a long time.the only problem they stick to the paper.I have try every trick in the book.the double sheet. Waiting until they are cold. Not so cold.a wet cloth under the paper.the only time they do not stick if I cook them longer but they do not taste so good.

    • You do have to cook them long enough so that they feel very firm to the touch when you tap on the shell. Even so, because the heat in my oven doesn’t seem to distribute equally, every time I take a batch out of the oven, some will get off the parchment paper in a snap, others will stick. To remove those how are stuck without breaking the shell, I use a thin icing spatula dipped in warm water to slide under the shell. It’ll usually allow me to recover most of the stuck shells.

      Sometimes, the shells will feel too firm, crunchy and overcooked the day you’ve baked them. This is why you must ice the macarons, put them in an airtight container in the fridge and let them “age” overnight. The moisture from the icing will penetrate the shells and bring them to the perfect crunchy-on-the-outside-but-soft-on-the-inside texture. I have often thought I had overbaked a batch, only to ice them and discover they were delicious the day after.

      One last tip for you would be to try another brand of parchment paper. It may sound surprising but I find the texture of parchment paper varies quite a lot from a brand to the other. Maybe trying another kind could help you.

  112. thanks so much for this tutorial!!!

    One day I might make it the right way, but for now, I just pipe it out w/a whipped cream pastry bag, do not make filling. :)

    The tips are very useful!!!! I baked only 6 and a half minutes at 170C in my oven here in Japan. It really varies…baking time, recipe, etc!

    • I also often save time on icing and use what I have on hand – prepared jam, lemon curd, flavored whipped cream, etc. With the amount of work needed to make the shells, I sometimes feel like I deserve a break!

      It’s true that macarons are very tricky and you must adapt the advice and cooking times according to your equipment. Every time I try them in a new oven, I have to adjust!

  113. Hi, I had some problems with my macarons. While they were in the oven cooking, I realised that these cuties puffed right up, reached a sort of maximum height, and then let off some steam within them and deflated (and never got back up), all within 5 minutes or less.

    Is this normal? And does it mean that I should remove them from the oven as soon as they reach their peak?

    • Kristyn, if you take your macarons out of the oven as soon as they’re puffed up, they most certainly won’t be cooked through. The insides will still be gooey and you won’t be able to assemble your macarons properly. I have never experienced a “deflating” problem while the macarons are still in the oven… The first reasons that comes to mind is perhaps your oven was too hot. When the oven temperature is too high, macarons tend to rise too quickly. It’s better to bake at a low temperature for longer than the reverse. Also, it may be because your eggwhites were not beaten firm enough. This is more of a long shot but the texture of the finished batter must have the right texture for your macarons to work and it mainly depends on how the egg whites are beaten.
      I hope you’ll try making macarons again and tell me how it goes!

  114. This is the most detailed and thorough instruction on how
    to make macaron I’ve ever seen and read. Thank you!

  115. Thank you for your recipe, it worked like a charm! I'm happy that I managed to finally make my own macarons.

    • Not it's not! Stainless bowls help beating egg whites faster, but you can do it in any kind of bowl. If you don't use stainless, my advice would be to chill your bowl (plastic, ceramic, etc) before using them. It'll work better!

  116. What fantastic instructions! I really appreciate the extra tips that I haven't found in other writings!
    My boyfriend & I fell in love w/macarons after enjoying several of Alain Ducasse macarons from Adour… Ah-mazing.
    I just finished my first batch. They look great, except I didn't form the "foot". I think I made them a little large & wonder if I didn't bake them long enough? I let them sit for 45 mins before placing the first batch & the second batch sat an additional 20 minutes… (they're still cooling so I haven't tasted them yet, I just noticed I didn't get that pretty crust at the bottom)
    I was just wondering if I might have done some thing wrong with the actual mixture, or if it was a baking time/temp error.
    Thanks again for your wonderful piece; it's so well written! You helped me make my first batch of macarons & I'm determined to make mine come out well soon! :)

    Warmest Wishes,
    ~Alexis

    • Hum, it's hard for me to say what went wrong! It can be so many different things: did you double your baking pans? It can help. Did you let your egg whites age once separated (leave them in the fridge for 2 days minimum)? I've had some batches that seem to not rise because of the food coloring I put in the batter (gel or powder food coloring is best).

      Your macarons will probably taste just as good! And I'm sure the next time you attempt to make them, they'll be perfect. Keep on trying!

  117. Thx for your recipe and it came out with beautiful legs and moist on the inside.

    I find it too sweet. What if I reduced the icing sugar by 35% – what would happened?. Pls advise

    • The macaron recipe is a delicate balance! You need the sugar to create the soft meringue-like texture. Reducing the sugar would turn your cookies into something else than macarons!

  118. Hey! Thanks a lot for the lovely recipe. My mother and I just attempted to make some. However, our batter became all runny. Hope they turn out fine though! :)

    • If your batter is runnier than it should be, it can be due to the size of the egg whites you're using. Large egg whites should weight about 30g each. I usually buy free-run eggs and they tend to be a little bit larger so I always weight them when I make macarons! How did your macarons turn out? I hope you were happy with the results.

  119. After trying multiple times a recipe from a recipe book with pretty much very little success each time, I decided that maybe I needed a more reliable recipe… and came across your very detailed and easy to follow one. First time with your recipe and it was a success! I was so excited when the macarons started to get their 'feet'. I made a white chocolate lemon ganache for the filling. They're now in the fridge and I can't wait to taste them tomorrow :) Thanks so much for sharing your recipe and from now on, I will only be using your recipe for perfect macarons!

    • I'm so happy that my walkthrough helped you succeed! That's why I made this post, I found that the success of macarons is all in the details, which are not often pictured in books and other recipes online. Once you've managed to make them right, you know what to do and to avoid, but for that first time, you need help!

  120. Hi! Thank you for the step by step instructions, I've always wanted to attempt macarons and I was hoping to make them for Christmas and your website is very informative. :) It's been raining where I live a lot though, so should I even give it a try or will that guarantee that they won't have feet? Thank you again!

    • The only weather that completely ruined my macarons was at the height of summer when it was very hot AND humid. If it's rainy but cool where you live, I think you're going to be ok. I've made macarons throughout the spring and fall without any problems. Good luck!

  121. ohhh these look absolutely divine! Thank you for supplying me with the best recipe online! ( I plan on making these as gifts for inlaws for christmas once I master the recipe ) Just one quick quick question…

    how many tasty treats does this recipe make?? :) ( I have 8 different groups to cook for… and didn't see a count on the recipe)

    • I like my macarons on the petite side (about 1 1/2-inch across), and with one recipe I make between 60 and 70 cookies (30 to 35 assembled macarons). It all depends on all big you want/make your own! Good luck in making your own, I hope my how-to helps you get through it flawlessly!

  122. can i add cream of tartar in the mix? and do you have to add almonds? i still haven't tried making it im going to be doing it soon

    • Cream of tartar isn't necessary to get stiff peaks when beating your egg whites, providing you let them age for a couple of days in the refrigerator and let them temper to room temperature before beating. And ground almonds are absolutely mandatory to make macarons, there's no getting around it! Good luck.

  123. I've love to try out your recipe but I have one question to ask :) You said there shouldn't be any cornstarch in powdered sugar, but isn't that typically part of powdered sugar? Sorry I just haven't seen any that don't have cornstarch in them :p
    Thanks!!

    • You're right, there always is cornstarch in North American powdered sugar. Some sugar brands blend in less than the usual 3%, and you can make your own powdered sugar by putting granulated sugar in your food processor. Some experts say that the less cornstarch, the better. Honestly, I've always made my macarons with store-bought powdered sugar without any problems! Try it as well, you may very well succeed without having to go through further troubleshooting such as trying different kinds of sugar. Good luck!

  124. hello :) I really like ur macarons recipe and Id like to try it .. But can I use nuts instead of almonds?? Plz tell me
    Thank u so much dear :)

    • Using finely ground almonds is mandatory in the macaron recipe. You can sometimes substitude a small portion of the almond meal for another kind of nut for a different flavor (like pistachios or pecans) but using another kind of nut altogether wouldn't work.

  125. Great information about macaroons and I am going to attempt to make it next week. I love the step by step instructions. I do have one question, have you ever used quick egg whites to make macaroons?

  126. Can I just use any icing recipe? I used the buttercream recipe in 'I Heart Macarons' and it didn't turn out, so my sister and I are going to try just making a simple buttercream. Can I use any icing recipe?

    Thanks for the informative post!

    • Unfortunately, I've had problems with every recipe I tried from the "I Heart Macarons" book. It's a beautiful book but unreliable. I think the accuracy of the recipes may have gotten lost in translation!

      I have often made buttercream to fill my macarons. It's delicious, simple to make and easy to flavor and/or color to your liking! Just make sure it'll be thick enough to not drip out of your macarons.

  127. This is a great tutorial, and the step-by-step pictures really help! I've tried making macarons twice, and both times, the tops get done and the feet are there, but the bottoms are mushy and won't lift off the parchment. Any suggestions? I'm using an Air-bake cookie sheet, so I'm wondering if that is keeping the bottoms from getting done. I'm determined to get these things right! Thanks for your helpful website!

  128. hi there
    I was dying looking for a simple recipe to make macarons And finally found a great one. everything went great with me from the white egg until the baking sheets; it seems like I can make the right size. also I can't figure the good time to bake them It got sticky and halo although it's tasty and yummy

  129. I've made macarons three times now and the first time they turned out perfectly but now I can't seem to be able to make the shells anymore. The shells become chewy and instead of rising, the batter goes all bubbly around the shell after baking. Is there a reason for this? Is it because there's too much moisture in the almond meal or something else? Does using already packaged almond meal differ from grinding your own almonds?

  130. My macaroons look perfect, however I am having problems with them being too chewy and sticking to the wax paper. The first batch I used non-silicone baking pads and some of them stuck, so I switched to wax paper for the second try and ALL of them stuck and I couldn't get any of them off. :( Any tips on how to combat these problems?

  131. Hi there,
    when i make my macarons the batter is too thick because when i pipe them out they are to thick and will not spread. is the something i can add to make it abit more spreadable?

    • Nothing can be added to your batter to make it lighter! If you add anything, it'll break the balance and result in unsuccessful macarons anyways. Was your batter so thick that it wouldn't come out of a pastry bag? It's supposed to be pretty thick, drip out (and not pour out) of the pastry bag really slowly if you hold it down. Macarons do not spread a lot once they are piped out on the baking sheet, they should only "relax", take not more than a few millimeters in diameter and become smooth on the surface.
      One reason that could explain why your batter is too thick is the amount of egg whites you used: you must use large eggs. Perhaps you didn't have enough to counterbalance the amount of almond meal and sugar you used.

  132. Ive been trying this recipe but I can't seem to get the macaroons to rise or get feet. I think I over beat the egg whites. Is that possible? Would that make the macaroons refuse to rise? I love this recipe it's so much better than other ones out there! Just need these macaroons to rise!! Thank you!

    • Many reasons can explain why your macarons didn't rise up on their feet!

      1) Did you separate your egg whites a couple of days in advance and store them in a container in your fridge to let them "age" before using them?
      1) Did you let your macarons rest at least 20 minutes before putting them into the oven?
      2) Did you double your baking sheet?

      If the room you are baking in is excessively humid (think summer humidity), it can also prevent your macarons to rise.
      As for the beating of your egg whites, you can't really miss them unless you beat until they broke (overbeating egg whites excessively causes them to become granular and separate). If you beat your egg whites until stiff peaks formed, you did good.

      I hope these tips will help you troubleshoot what went wrong! Please write again if you can't fix the problem.

  133. hi! your recipe is great and very helpful. So, I managed to have the caps rise, and I left them for 14 minutes at 140 C, but then when I tried to lift them they got seperate. So, I decided to cook them a bit more at a higher temperature and then they got crunchy. I am not at all disappointed, because at my first attept I didn't get the caps to rise at all (this is second attempt). Except from the temperature is there anything else that could have gone wrong and they were seperated when I lifted them?
    xxx Maria

    • Did you let them cool completely before trying to lift them? I usually let them cool and dry for at least 1 hour before attempting to separate them from the parchment paper. Also, if they don't seem fully cooked after 14 mins, don't raise the temp. of your oven, let them cook longer instead. Macarons are ready when they remain firm on their feet if you lightly tap on their shell. If their feet still seems soft, let them cook a little longer.

  134. Thank you for the advice. I just have one question: When you use a stainless steal bowl to mix the egg whites with the electric beaters, won't the base of the bowl scratch?

    • Stainless steel bowls (also called "cul-de-poule") are very resistant and hygienic. Although it's true that with use they will show a slight patina, they won't scratch per se, meaning nothing can really penetrate stainless deeply. Stainless steel bowls are amongst my favorite kitchen tools, don't be afraid to overuse them, they can take it!

  135. I'm so glad I stumbled across this! Have been dying to try these for a long time but I didn't feel like I had the guts to try as they have a reputation for being so difficult. Going to try this weekend, thanks so much!

    • I wish you the best of luck for your first macaron batch! If it doesn't turn out perfect the first time, don't be too discouraged and try again. You'll be really proud to you enjoy your own macarons and they'll be better than most you can buy on this side of the ocean.

  136. I tried these gorgeous delicacies at a baby shower and knew i had to master them. thanks to your flawless instructions the first time around was a perfect success!!!! (feet and all) you have a gift- thank you for sharing!!

    • So glad that you succeeded in making perfect macarons the very first time you tried! It's quite an accomplishment, I'm sure you were very proud. Aren't they just perfect for occasions like a baby shower?

  137. Marie, I'm going to try this recipe tonight, but I just have a question about coloring. I've seen several recipes before with brown coloring, using chocolate ganache for the filling. Is the best way to accomplish this color to use brown food coloring, or adding a chocolate ingredient to the batter? The same thing applies for the white macarons; how is it possible to achieve that color?

    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Chris, you usually add a bit of cocoa powder into the macaron meringue, but to get a beautiful chocolate brown color, you also have to add food coloring. I used to mix my own brownish color using red, green and blue, but fortunately I managed to find real chocolate brown coloring (it's easy to find in food coloring kits sold, for example, on Amazon: http://amzn.to/9ME97Z). As for the white color, I haven't tried it yet, but Pierre Hermé in his book says he uses titanium dioxyde. You can find this ingredient in specialty pastry shops or certainly online. If you try it, you have to tell me if you were happy with the results! I haven't been game enough yet to turn my kitchen into a science lab…

  138. What wonderful instruction ! Thank you !

    I most def want to play with this before I visit France and Spain this fall….

    A bakery in my city does do the macaron proud…but what fun seeing if a humble home cook can also recreate it :)

    Are there any secrets for dispensing consistent amounts of meringue so that they are uniform?

    thanx again

    • AltaPeng: Thank you for your great comment! Macarons are definitely trendy right now and more and more bakeries are trying to make their own nowadays. I have to admit they're not all successful at it! I love making them, it's a lot of work but it's worth it and it's a great gift to give to people around you.
      The secret to a consistent macaron size is to use a pastry bag (of course), but you can also use a template by drawing circles using a shot glass on paper you slide under your parchment paper. You fill in these circles and your macarons should pretty much be born equal :) (Don't forget to slide the paper template off your baking sheet before putting it in the oven!)

  139. I tried 20 batches so far, failed every time to get the puffy crown. Is there a trick to this?

    • Uyen, there are so many things that come into play when you're making macarons. Make sure you use egg whites that have "aged" for a couple of days (at least) in the fridge (don't use egg beaters), bring them to room temperature before whipping them, let your macarons dry for at least 20 minutes before cooking them and make sure you double your cookie sheet (put one cookie sheet into another identical sheet) – it'll distribute the heat more evenly and help your macarons get on their feet. Don't be too disheartened, I've had my share of failures before making them right (and I still fail them sometimes when I change my recipes just a bit!). Be patient and you'll make it.

  140. I just put my macaroons in the oven and within a few minutes they have cracked. However I see some macaroons have tiny feet. I'm kind of mortified, but I figured this was expected as this is my first time. I baked them at 285 degrees farenheight. I could really use your help as you are an expert. Thank you!

    • Macarons can crack for a variety of reasons! The main reasons can be: if your oven is too hot (it doesn't seem to be your case), if you bake your macarons without letting them dry beforehand (at least 20 minutes, the more the better), or if you didn't double your baking pans – meaning: putting the pan with the macarons into another identical pan before baking. Doubling your pan prevents the bottom of your macarons from overheating, which sometimes leads to a cracked dome. I usually don't double my pans and it works just fine, but it all depends of your oven – maybe you should try it! Good luck – it'll probably take you a couple of tries before you make them right, I know I did need some practice. But when you get them right, you'll be the happiest (and proudest) one on the block!

  141. Thanks Marie! I'm sure you are right. I based this off of the amount of calories for two from the box of macarons from trader joes. I have followed your instructions and made the macarons, but oddly my batter has come out very liquidy. I have a feeling that I may have not beated the meringue enough. Any advice for the next time?

    Thanks!

  142. Hi,

    I am in the process of following your recipe for making macarons right now. This is my first time. The amount of powdered sugar is awfully a lot. I have read that macarons are low in calories. Is there supposed to be a lot of powdered sugar? Thanks

    Shef

    • Shef, I'm sorry to tell you that I don't think you can call a macaron a low-calorie dessert. The powdered sugar is necessary to the macaron's texture – and considering most macarons are assembled with buttercreams or fruit jams, I think it's a treat you should indulge in with moderation. I read from various sources that one average macaron (1 1/4 inch size, including 2 cookies and the filling) contains around 200 calories.

  143. thank you so much :D
    my first attempt i followed another recipe and somehow my macarons turned out brown and chewy :S
    this time i'm going to follow every step of this recipe.
    but is it okay if I minus the nuts? I'm allergic to it :P

    • Alycia: I hope I'll work for you as well as i does for me! Macarons are a tricky thing to do… Unfortunately if you're allergic to almonds, I'm afraid you won't be able to enjoy them. Powdered almonds is the main ingredient to make the cookies, without it they would be simple meringues with a lot less texture!

  144. […] One of my endless quests is making macarons that taste as good as Pierre Hermé’s (I know, good luck with that), but more recently, I stumbled on a recipe that surprised me and made me put it in my “When you want to impress” folder. It started very humbly: a few months ago, my local grocery store has started giving freebies when you checkout a certain amount. I don’t read the weekly flyer so it’s always a surprise, sometimes happy (broccoli! environmentally-friendly window cleaner!), sometimes less so (processed cheese??). […]

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