Chocolate Macarons


A recipe for the classic chocolate macarons you’ll find in Parisian pâtisseries, adapted from the excellent demo found at Cuisiner en ligne (in French). Fun to make, though they require a bit of practice in order to get them “just right.”

The recipe used in the video demo is for a very large quantity of macarons (300). It has been scaled down below to produce a more manageable batch.

Chocolate Macaron Recipe

Preparation time: 15 minutes (for the shells)
Baking time: 12-14 minutes per tray
Yield: approx. 30 assembled macarons

Ingredients

  • 90 grams (3 ounces) of egg whites (equal to whites of 3 large eggs), at room temperature
  • 125 grams (4 ½ ounces) of ground almonds or almond flour
  • 125 grams (4 ½ ounces) of icing sugar
  • 25 grams (1 ounce) unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)
  • 125 grams (4 ½ ounces) of caster sugar (superfine sugar) divided into two equal portions
  • 125 grams (4.5 ounces) bittersweet chocolate
  • 100 ml (3.4 fluid ounces) heavy cream
  • 25 grams (1 ounce) unsalted butter


Directions

    1. Pulse the almond powder, icing sugar and cocoa powder in a food processor just until a fine powder is obtained. Then sift the mixture into a large bowl. If using almond flour, you may simply sift the almond flour and icing sugar together.
    2. Place the egg whites in a bowl and add half of the caster sugar. Begin beating the whites and sugar at low-medium speed. After 2 minutes, when the mixture starts to rise and holds its shape, increase the mixer speed. Continue beating at medium speed until firm peaks are obtained. Add the rest of the caster sugar and beat until all the sugar is dissolved.
    3. Transfer the beaten egg whites to a larger bowl (if necesssary) and add all of the almond powder mixture. Using a spatula, gently fold the mixture until the dry ingredients are completely incorporated, taking care not to overmix. The batter should be smooth and glossy and have a lava-like consistency. It should form a ribbon when dripped from the spatula.
    4. Line two baking trays with parchment paper. Fill a large pastry bag half full with batter and, using a 2-cm (1/2 inch) tip, vertically pipe the mixture into small mounds about the size of walnuts. The batter should be fluid enough that the macarons slowly flatten themselves out. Tap the trays against a hard surface a couple of times to remove any air bubbles.
    5. Allow to the macarons to sit for 20 to 30 minutes until a “skin” forms and they are no longer wet when lightly touched.
    6. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C (325 degrees F) and bake for 12 to 14 minutes. Shells should be smooth and shiny, with the characteristic “foot” or ridge underneath. You can tell when they’re done by very lightly tapping the side with a knife or fork. The macaron top should not slide but remain firmly on its foot.
    7. Remove macarons from the oven. Cool for a few moments and remove with a lifter. They should come off easily.

    tray of uncooked macarons

     

    For the filling

    1. Place finely chopped chocolate in a heat-resistant bowl.
    2. Bring the cream to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat and pour over the chocolate. Stir until melted and smooth. Add the butter and stir well. Allow to cool until thickened.
    3. Using your thumb, carefully make a small opening on the flat side of one macaron shell. Place about a teaspoon of filling over the opening. Cover with another shell and twist until filling is evenly spread.

    Refrigerate macarons overnight before serving. Allow them to sit at room temperature for an hour or two before serving. They can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

    To ensure your macarons turn out perfectly, have a look at these important macaron-making tips.

    Having trouble with your macarons? They’re notoriously finicky! Check out our troubleshooting guide: ChocoParis macaron troubleshooting tips

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    Variations on this recipe

    Chocolate and raspberry macarons

    Coffee macarons (French Method)

    Coffee macarons (Italian method), using Pierre Hermé’s recipe

    Chocolate and candied ginger macarons

    Chocolate Cheetah macarons

    Lemon macarons

    Macarons with chocolate kirsch filling

    More macaron adventures and an idea for packaging

    Macarons with praliné filling

    Recommended resources

     

    More macaron recipes and resources

    Chef Nini (in French)

    Cuisiner en Ligne (in French)

    La Cuisine de Mercotte (in French)

    Les Foodies (in French)

    MacTweets

    Made in Wonderland

    Paper Blog (French)

    Syrup and Tang (part 1)

    Syrup and Tang (part 2)

     

32 comments for “Chocolate Macarons

  1. March 19, 2010 at 07:42

    Gorgeous. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I would love to try this one some day… soon! Will include your recipe in the round-up.
    Thank you for baking for MacTweets with Jamie and me!

  2. Candace
    April 15, 2010 at 13:16

    Hi, thanks for sharing all of the info with us. My macarons always turned out with a hollow shells and wet bottoms, can you please tell me why is this happened and how can I correct the problems? Thank you so much in advance.

    • April 15, 2010 at 13:40

      I read somewhere that hollow shells can result from overbeating the egg whites. One way to minimise hollow shells is to gently make a small dent or opening on the underside of each shell using your thumb. When you place some filling over the dent and then cover with the other shell, the filling will be absorbed into hollow part. By the time you’ve refrigerated the macarons and brought them out the next day, no one will ever know they were hollow.

  3. Anne-Marie
    September 21, 2010 at 13:25

    After so much trial and error and frustration, I finally succeeded at making macarons using this recipe. The video link was very helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  4. simone
    December 29, 2010 at 18:27

    there appears to be too much ganache.. have the quantities been scaled down?

    • December 29, 2010 at 18:50

      Hi Simone,
      Yes, you’re right! That’s a lot of ganache! I’ve adjusted the quantities in the recipe now so there should be just the right amount. Thanks for pointing this out.

  5. xeno
    March 19, 2011 at 20:36

    I just made the basic choco recipe and OMG i loved them. Using the measurments above i got about 12 macarons (2 of them got a bit burned :P )
    next time i am trying them with jam!
    thank you so much

  6. Ken
    May 21, 2011 at 19:08

    Hi
    Thanks for sharing. Does your ganache remain semi solid at room temperature?Mine tends to ‘melt’ after a while. Guess it is the humidity and heat in sunny Singapore. I should increase the amount of chocolate to firm ganache up? Your views?

  7. June 2, 2011 at 06:55

    Hi Ken,
    After making the ganache you can let it firm up in the refrigerator for a few minutes before filling the macarons. Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t get too firm or it will become hard to spread. After filling the macarons they should be stored in the refrigerator, so even if it’s hot where you are, the ganache should not have a chance to melt. Bring the macarons out at least 15 minutes before serving.

  8. Leah
    October 8, 2011 at 16:42

    I tried this earlier today, my mixture was very thick and it turned out quite a disaster, is there a way to fix thick batters?

    • October 8, 2011 at 16:59

      With macarons, practice makes perfect. If your batter is too thick, you clearly haven’t mixed it enough. It should form a ribbon when dropped from a spoon yet have a lava-like consistency.

    • sammy
      October 17, 2014 at 21:28

      keep folding it

  9. Asha
    December 11, 2011 at 20:35

    I didn’t like this recipe. I made two batches, one with almonds I ground myself and the second with store-bought almond flour. Both times, the batter turned gritty before I even added 2/3 of the dry ingredients. I’m not sure why this recipe didn’t work for me like it did for others.

    • December 11, 2011 at 20:50

      Hello Asha,
      If you ground the almonds yourself, it’s not surprising that the batter turned out gritty. Only use fine quality store-bought almond powder when making macarons.
      As to why you got the same results with the store-bought almond powder, either it was too coarse / oily or else you undermixed the batter (most likely). Have a look at these tips and my macaron troubleshooting guide.

  10. Asha
    December 31, 2011 at 16:56

    A friend suggested that I grind the dry ingredients in a food processor until smooth, right before it turns into paste. Would this work?

  11. Ruby
    April 4, 2012 at 19:25

    Hello,

    Is the cocoa powder natural or dutch processed?

    Do you have an easy “print” button for this recipe?

    Thank you!

    • April 4, 2012 at 20:14

      Hello Ruby,
      I use Dutch processed cocoa powder for this recipe.
      Sorry, there is no “print” button on the site at this time. Will look into adding one.

  12. June 10, 2012 at 23:38

    Hi Françoise – I just made the chocolate macarons and they came out well, but my baked shells were not shiny, they were dull and matte. I see other pictures on the Internet where they are dark and shiny as well. I followed all the steps, the meringue was not over and under beaten and I didn’t over or under fold the almond mixture. Do you know why this may have happened? Also, my ganache seized :(

    Thanks for any feedback you can provide.

    • June 11, 2012 at 17:41

      Hello Ruby,
      Generally, the “shininess” of the shells has to do with the “macaronage”, or mixing of the batter. Less mixing = duller shells, more mixing = shinier shells. But it’s a very delicate balancing act, because if you over-mix, the shells will crack. That said, the Italian method, while a little more complicated, is said to be more reliable than the French method when it comes to producing shinier shells. Regarding the colour, don’t be fooled by photographs of dark and shiny chocolate macaron shells. Food colouring and photoshop are commonly used tricks!

  13. Trinity
    October 7, 2012 at 02:21

    Hi,
    If I want to substitute some of the almond meal for pistachio meal to make pistachio macarons, how much almond meal should I use?
    Thank you!

    • October 7, 2012 at 03:16

      Hello Trinity,
      I’ve never made pistachio macarons, so can only suggest trial and error. (I would start with a small amount of pistachio meal.)
      Good luck!

  14. Trinity
    October 8, 2012 at 05:32

    Hi,
    Thanks for the suggestion anyway! Also, if I want to add a fruit puree or reduction to dark chocolate ganache, at what stage do you recommend to add it?
    Any help would be appreciated!
    Thank you!

    • October 8, 2012 at 21:13

      There are different ways of doing this, depending on the recipe. You can stir it in with the hot cream (and reduce the amount of cream accordingly). You might want to warm it up a little first.

  15. ditesouistiti
    April 6, 2013 at 15:13

    I have been researching french macaroons for months on the internet trying different recipes and this one worked for me. thanks so much for posting. I am making mine for my brother-n-law’s wedding as guest favors. Beautiful pictures by the way! I could look at those macaroons all day.

  16. 802Chef
    July 14, 2013 at 05:49

    Can you translat the larger quantity batch. I figured out part of it, but can’t seem to get the rest. Thanks

    • Cherrie G
      August 29, 2013 at 14:19

      Well,you can just times (x2) or depending on the recipe if you want a larger quantity of the macaron batches. For me, i reduced the recipe by half and it works well!

  17. Katherine
    November 22, 2013 at 04:49

    I just made these tonight with a salted caramel filling and they’re delicious. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  18. Christina
    May 25, 2014 at 10:09

    Hi,
    Your recipe has a 1-to-1 ratio between the almond flour and the icing sugar for the dry ingredients. But I noticed a lot of online recipes has way more icing sugar in the dry ingredients (almost 2 times more than almond flour!), but way less sugar added in the egg whites. Is this a big deal? Will the macarons turn out the same? Which way is better? I’ve read in a book that it should actually be 1-to-1, “tant-pour-tant”. Thank you for your help!

    • May 27, 2014 at 17:26

      Hello Christina,
      “Tant pour tant” means equal parts of icing sugar and almond flour, which is what the classic French macaron recipe calls for. I can’t comment about other recipes I haven’t tried. Please post back and let us know about your results! :)

  19. esther
    May 27, 2014 at 17:06

    do you have a video about you made the macaroons ? if I doesn’t have a mixer so how many times should I use while I use the wire whisk ? it no need to heat the oven before we baked too ? *can you reply me fast please sorry*

    • May 27, 2014 at 17:19

      Hello Esther, Yes, you should preheat the oven. I have updated the instructions. There is a link to a video at the beginning of the post.

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