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Raspberry (or Strawberry) Chocolate Macarons

Raspberry-Chocolate Macarons

Macarons, with their crisp shells and soft fillings, are the current darlings of the pastry scene. Admittedly tricky to make, their finicky nature has resulted in countless, wildly different recipes to produce ‘proper’ macarons, with thin, crisp, un-cracked shells and bubbly ‘feet’ at the base. This recipe uses an Italian meringue as its base, producing a stiffer, more stable egg white foam, giving you a little more ‘working time’ when folding the almond meal into the batter.

For the best flavor and texture, store macarons in the refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours before eating, so that the moisture from the filling can slightly soften the cookies and the flavors meld. They are best if eaten within 6 days. Bring to room temperature before eating.

— 30-40 macarons

*Items marked in green are available from The Gourmet Corner.



  • 165 g (1 1/4 cup, packed) almond flour (poudre d’ amandes)
  • 165 g (3/4 cup, packed) powdered sugar
  • Large pinch of salt
  • 150 g (3/4 cup) granulated sugar
  • 115 g (1/2 cup) fresh egg whites (~3 large eggs)
  • 2 g egg white powder (available in larger supermarkets)
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • (Optional) 3-6 drops red food coloring


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tb (1 ozs) Échiré unsalted butter
  • 10 oz Cacao Noel 62% calets
  • 1/2 -3/4 cup Agrimontana raspberry or strawberry jam


  • Digital kitchen scales capable of measuring in grams (most kitchen stores carry them, or they are available online)
  • Instant-read thermometer or candy thermometer
  • Hand-held or stand mixer
  • Rubber/silicone spatula
  • 2 baking sheets lined with silicone baking mats (e.g., Silpat) or parchment paper
  • Pastry bag and 1/3 to 1/2-inch wide plain tip (e.g., Ateco #805 or 806)


Combine the almond flour, powdered sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Using a wire whisk, mix together until thoroughly blended and even the smallest lumps are broken up. Sift the powder to remove any large chunks that remain.

Weigh out the granulated sugar and combine with 1/4 cup water in a small, heavy pan.

Place the fresh egg whites, egg white powder, and cream of tartar in the mixer bowl. Gently stir with a rubber spatula until the egg white powder is all dissolved. Mix on medium speed until the egg whites begin to form soft peaks. Reduce the speed to low until the syrup is ready.

While the egg whites are whipping, stir sugar and water over medium-high heat. Cook until the sugar syrup reaches 235°F (113°C, soft-ball stage). As soon as sugar reaches 235°F, quickly and steadily pour it down the side of the mixer bowl while the mixer is running at medium speed, then add in the food coloring. Whip until stiff peaks form and meringue is glossy, about 4 minutes. The meringue should resemble shaving cream, hold stiff peaks, and stay in place if you turn the bowl upside-down. It is very important not to overbeat the meringue or it will be too dry, and will deflate rapidly when you add the dry ingredients — if you swoop a spatula through it and the mound of meringue looks ‘clumpy’ rather than smooth and creamy, it’s overbeaten (it will still make delicious macarons, but they will be flat and chewy).

Scrape the meringue into a large bowl (most stand mixer bowls are too tall and narrow for effective folding). Sprinkle all of the nut mixture over the meringue and use a rubber spatula to fold together, gently scraping the bottom of the bowl to ensure no clumps of dry ingredients are left behind. After all dry ingredients have been incorporated, slowly continue folding the batter until it looks somewhat glossy and flows from the spatula in a thick ribbon. The whole process should not take more than 50 strokes. Test the batter by spooning a tablespoon of it onto a plate: if the top of the mound flattens by itself within ~20 seconds, it’s ready. If a small peak remains after 20 seconds, give the batter 2 to 3 more folds and test again (if the batter is too stiff, the macarons will be more crunchy and dome-shaped than they should be). If the peak disappears immediately, the batter is overmixed (it will still make tasty macarons, but they will spread out and be flatter and chewier than usual).

Fit the tip into the pastry bag, then fill with half of the batter (if the bag is too full, the weight of the batter makes it rush out too fast, making it harder to control the size and shape of the macarons.) Pipe tiny blobs of batter onto the 4 corners and center of 2 baking sheets, then line baking sheets with parchment paper OR line with silicone mats.

Pipe 1- 1.25″ wide rounds about 1 inch apart on the lined baking sheets. To ensure smooth ‘hamburger bun’ shapes, pipe by holding the tip 1/4 inch from the surface of the pan, then gently squeezing out the mound of batter without raising the tip. As you ease up on the pressure to stop piping out batter, simultaneously lift the tip to clear the top of the mound and give it a tiny swirling motion to prevent a peak from forming. After all the macarons are piped, pick up each sheet with both hands and slam it firmly straight downward on the counter 2 to 3 times. This will to force any large air bubbles to the surface. Immediately pop any bubbles with a toothpick. Do not pop bubbles after the macarons have been sitting for more than a few minutes, because you’ll interfere with the shell that’s forming on the surface.

Let the macarons sit at room temperature for 1-2 hours to harden their shells (to prevent tops from cracking during baking). Check if they’re ready by lightly touching the top and side of one shell. It should feel dry and not stick to your finger at all. Pre-heat the oven to 275F. Bake one pan at a time for 15 to 25 minutes, depending on the size of the macarons. After the first 10 minutes of baking, rotate the pan and place a large piece of foil loosely over the macarons to prevent browning. The macarons should be very, very lightly golden on the bottoms, but you’ll have to waste one by prying it off the baking sheet to check. Let macarons cool completely before trying to remove from the parchment/silicone mat.

Once cool, remove the shells from the silicone mat or parchment. If you have trouble removing them from parchment paper, freeze the macarons for about 10 minutes, then quickly peel them off before they have a chance to warm up and get sticky again. Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the freezer if they will not be filled immediately.

Chocolate Ganache

Melt together the chocolate and cream in a small heat-proof bowl over simmering water, or microwave on low power until the liquid is just warm enough to melt the chocolate. Stir until smooth, and set aside until cool enough to spread.


Pipe or spoon a generous layer of ganache on the bottom of half the shells. Set them aside, balancing them on their tops (a wire cooling rack is excellent for this, particularly the kind with a cross-grid of wires). Spread the remaining shells with a layer of raspberry or strawberry jam, sandwiching it with a similarly-sized buttercream-coated top shell and pressing gently together.

Refrigerate for at least a day to allow the flavors to blend.

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