making macaroons

Move over cupcakes, it would seem another colourful, sugary delight is coming back into food fashion and is becoming the sought after treat, perfect with tea or boxed and ribboned making a wonderful gift.
You cannot mention macaroons without being transported to Paris. Ladurée, the home of luxury cakes and pastries, made these little treats infamous, colouring them with the most endearing pastel shades and flavouring them with delicate scents such as rosewater and lavender.
You will pay an arm and a leg for a beautifully-packaged assortment of macaroons, so I thought I would don my apron and give them a whirl myself. Making macaroons, in essence, is very simple, comprising of only four basic ingredients. The key for perfect macaroons is precision, patience and practice…

175g icing sugar
125g ground almonds
3 free-range egg whites
75g caster sugar
(will make 16-18 macaroons)

Preheat your oven to 60°C/fan140°C/gas 3

1. Whisk the egg whites, with a pinch of salt, until they have formed soft peaks. Gradually add the caster sugar, making the mixture thick and glossy.
2. If you wish to create colourful macaroons, add your food colouring at this stage and whisk until you have achieved your desired shade.

3. In a food processor, whizz together the ground almonds and the icing sugar into a fine powder.
4. Add half the almond/icing sugar mix into the meringue mixture and fold in gently with a spatula. Once completely combined, fold in the remaining half. The mixture should be glossy and fall off the spatula with a ribbon-like consistency.

5. Line two trays with baking paper.
6. Fill a piping bag with the mixture and  pipe small rounds, about 3cm across.
7. Leave the macaroons to stand for 10-15 at room temperature until they form a slight skin.
8. Place in the oven for 15 minutes but keep your eye on them. My ones only took 8 minutes so it can vary and you don’t want the tops to burn or discolour. You want your macaroons to have a lovely glossy domed top and a beautifully bubbly base. Leave to cool before removing gently.

For the filling, the sky is your limit and you can be as adventurous as you like. The typical filling is a standard buttercream (1 part butter, 2 part icing sugar) but you could try a luxurious chocolate ganache, lemon curd or jam. Or simply colour or flavour your buttercream to add a bit of je ne sais quoi! Decorate with chopped nuts, rose petals or desiccated coconut. Macaroons are the perfect chance to let your creative juices flow.

Before you add your sandwich filling, pair up your macaroon halves so both are a similar shape and size. The perfect macaroon should be crispy on the outside and delectably soft and sweet on the inside.
For the pink and yellow macaroons, I filled them with buttercream. For the white macaroons, I added spoonfuls of Nutella to the buttercream mix to create a chocolatey contrast.

Eat your heart out Ladurée! πŸ˜‰

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  1. 23rd May 2011 / 8:57 pm

    i've been wanting to make some of these for ages, but i don't actually like them! i think they're so lovely though, but it seems a bit silly to make them and not eat them πŸ™
    lovely post, i love baking and you did really well! xo.

  2. 23rd May 2011 / 8:58 pm

    These look fantastic thanks for sharing I will have to try this out I have never thought about baking macaroons before πŸ™‚ xx

  3. 23rd May 2011 / 9:00 pm

    Oh yum! these look fantastic and the recipe is surprisingly easy..didn't think it would be!

  4. 23rd May 2011 / 9:01 pm

    Oh these are precious! They are so beautiful so look at πŸ™‚ The recipe looks like something even I would be able to master too! x

  5. 23rd May 2011 / 9:01 pm

    wow these look amazing! might have to give this recipe a try, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ xxx

  6. 23rd May 2011 / 9:02 pm

    These look sooo delicious! Definitely trying them out tomorrow πŸ™‚ thank you for the recipe! xo

  7. 23rd May 2011 / 9:02 pm

    They look delicious, and the recipe seems so simple, for some reason I thought it would be something complicated, I might try and make them, I doubt they will look as nice as yours I'm bound to mess up somewhere along the way.

  8. 23rd May 2011 / 9:03 pm

    Ahh these look amazing Milly, will have to give them a go – although I very much doubt mine will look as good as yours! xx

  9. 23rd May 2011 / 9:04 pm

    Aaaaah Milly I'm in absolute awe! You did so well with these, they look perfect πŸ™‚ I have tried twice and not got on so well. I think I need an electric whisk, doing it by hand is just an absolute nightmare. Thank you for sharing this, next time I try I am going to follow this post step by step πŸ™‚ xx

  10. 23rd May 2011 / 9:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing that receipe!

  11. 23rd May 2011 / 9:10 pm

    They all look so good – I had such fun making raspberry jam ones with my Mum!

  12. 23rd May 2011 / 9:13 pm

    Having tried to make macaroons once before and failing miserably I had given up on making them ever again. However you make it look so easy and they look soo yummy I shall try once more. Hopefully they look and taste as delicious as yours! x

  13. 23rd May 2011 / 9:13 pm

    Mon Dieu! I always thought macaroons would be really hard to make! Yours look so professional and DELICIOUS! I'll definitely be trying this out! I can't imagine they'll look like yours but it;s worth a try!

    Burn the Blonde XXXXXXXXXXXXX
    (P.S *Je ne sais quoi)

  14. 23rd May 2011 / 9:13 pm

    oh my god! I'm so jealous! they look absolutely perfect! I tried making some shortly after returning from Paris last year and they were a disaster! Tried twice and then gave up but they look fantastic! x

  15. 23rd May 2011 / 9:15 pm

    I can't stop looking at your photos, you've definitely perfected the art of macaroon bakery if they tasted as good as they look (:

  16. 23rd May 2011 / 9:16 pm

    wow these look brilliant Milly! I've never even had a macaroon but must try one xx
    Ella @ Belle Vintage

  17. 23rd May 2011 / 9:18 pm

    Oh these look so yummy, definitely going to try the recipe out with my sister! x

  18. 23rd May 2011 / 9:23 pm

    They look amazing! Me and my Mum have been thinking about trying to make them sometime soon. x

  19. 23rd May 2011 / 9:23 pm

    i am definitely making these on my day off! brilliant recipe xx

  20. 23rd May 2011 / 9:25 pm

    Love this post! Makes me want to make some myself πŸ™‚ xx

  21. 23rd May 2011 / 9:25 pm

    mmm these look gorgeous. Really want to try making these, going to attempt your recipe tomorrow. Love the white and chocolate ones! A lovely post x x

  22. 23rd May 2011 / 9:25 pm

    wow so yummy ! definitely gonna try making these. x

  23. 23rd May 2011 / 9:29 pm

    Can't wait to try them out with the cousin. They look really tasty.

  24. 23rd May 2011 / 9:31 pm

    These look perfect! When people make macaroon's, it's either a hit or a miss, but you're so lucky yours turned out. I want to try making these soon.


  25. 23rd May 2011 / 9:32 pm

    Yowzas they look gorgeous! Have you read the Goddess Guide and the Goddess Experiance? I think it would be right up your street. It's just a pretty book dedicated to beauty, home, travel, everything and is just a treat to look at. Hmm I sound like a book ad now but I'm just telling you because she loves parisian macaroons too!
    Love Lou and Baby Glitter

  26. 23rd May 2011 / 9:35 pm

    Well that sure is some impressive, you made them look so neat and perfect. very jealous xx

  27. 23rd May 2011 / 9:58 pm

    These look perfect and supper yummy! πŸ™‚ xx

  28. 23rd May 2011 / 10:28 pm

    Those macaroons look good enough to eat πŸ™‚ Can't wait to give them a try!

  29. 23rd May 2011 / 10:30 pm

    I love your baking posts. I've really got into baking cakes recently, I just have to learn not to eat so many of them! xx

  30. 23rd May 2011 / 10:43 pm

    WOAH! They look really proffesional! I really want a Macaroon now. Were they yummy?! xx

  31. 23rd May 2011 / 10:55 pm

    WOW, they look so yummy and so professional!! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Milly πŸ˜€ xx

  32. 23rd May 2011 / 11:07 pm

    They look so yummy! My mouth got watery just reading your posts and looking at your beautiful photos! πŸ™‚

  33. 23rd May 2011 / 11:11 pm

    They turned out amazing, best attempt I've seen in whole of blog land, go you! I really don't like them, well I tried the Laduree ones from Harrods, and wasn't fond. I just don't really have a sweet tooth I guess xxx

  34. 23rd May 2011 / 11:26 pm

    Wow, they look surprisingly easy to make! Yours turned out GREAT. I think I may have to try this!

  35. 23rd May 2011 / 11:32 pm

    Yum, they look soo good!! I love macarons- sadly my city seems to lack them and I have been too lazy to make them so I have been without, although I put a request in for them at a cafΓ© last week aha! I am most certainly going on a serious hunt for rose syrup and crushed pistachios next week , ready to make a bunch of macarons to munch on. πŸ˜‰ x

  36. 24th May 2011 / 1:39 am

    are you seriously?? woww. when i first saw these pictures, I was like woahh where did you buy them. but HOME-MADE?! simply amazing!

  37. 24th May 2011 / 4:07 am

    wow, thanks a lot for the recipe πŸ™‚ i've been considering doing these my own, and now i have a good recipe πŸ˜‰

  38. 24th May 2011 / 5:54 am

    Oh wow they look amazing!(L)

  39. 24th May 2011 / 7:02 am

    These look amazing, definitely worthy of being on sale in a Paris patisserie! x

  40. 24th May 2011 / 7:54 am

    These are so pretty – for some reason I thought they had coconut in them so I've always avoided them.

    They look easyish to make too, thanks for the step by step!

  41. 24th May 2011 / 8:23 am

    they look perfect bravo! xoxo

  42. 24th May 2011 / 8:36 am

    mm these look gorgeous! i might have a go at these tomorrow!!

  43. 24th May 2011 / 8:37 am

    These look fantastic – and it's such a simple recipe compared to some of the others I've seen – definitely need to give them a go! x

  44. 24th May 2011 / 9:13 am

    these are amazing. as i knew they would be! πŸ˜€ I cannot wait to give this a go πŸ™‚

    Thank you Milly πŸ™‚ xxx

  45. 24th May 2011 / 9:32 am

    well done milly πŸ™‚

  46. 24th May 2011 / 9:51 am

    They really look amazing! Thank you for sharing!



  47. 24th May 2011 / 10:14 am

    They look amazing! I'm attmepting macroons this weekend as I so want them at my wedding in 11 days time!


  48. 24th May 2011 / 11:39 am

    wow they look yummy, but you've seriously got to stop cooking…gonna make me fat because i'm cooking what you cook!!! LOL!

  49. 24th May 2011 / 12:47 pm

    These look delicious!

    I have always wanted to make these! Thanks for the post…will have to give this a go myself πŸ™‚


  50. 24th May 2011 / 4:22 pm

    Ooooh this looks amazingg! πŸ˜€
    I'm gonna try it out now!

  51. 24th May 2011 / 5:45 pm

    Oooo! Scrumptious delights! You know how much I adore these little treats (especially whilist sipping Tea and ideally in Paris…) but hey, this is the next best thing πŸ˜‰
    Well done Martha πŸ˜‰


  52. 24th May 2011 / 8:59 pm

    One word: WOW. I really want some now. They look delightfully Nom Nom Nom. πŸ˜€ x

  53. 24th May 2011 / 9:14 pm

    thank you ALL for your lovely comments, so pleased you liked this post and hope I may have inspired some of you to give them a whirl.

    @forever the ugly duckling – unfortunately, I think the eggs are quite key to make the meringue mix. Have tried to investigate substitutes but with no avail! x

  54. 25th May 2011 / 11:24 am

    I need to try making these, they look amazing!xx

  55. 25th May 2011 / 6:37 pm

    Oh man – please make me some! I daren't even ATTEMPT to try some, they look like they'll end up how my eclairs did – AWFUL! πŸ˜› They look scrummy x

  56. 27th May 2011 / 8:13 pm

    Thank you so much for this post. πŸ™‚
    I must try it.

  57. 28th May 2011 / 6:55 pm

    These look amazing!

  58. 28th May 2011 / 9:51 pm

    omg i so want to do this!! but i doubt i can make it as good as you!! so jealous-i wish i could have some to munch on <3

  59. 29th May 2011 / 12:38 pm

    Hi, just attempting these now! Did you mean 160 for the temp? Thanks for sharing xx

  60. 30th May 2011 / 10:51 am

    they look amazing!! I want some:)

  61. 31st May 2011 / 12:18 pm

    Love this they look amazing!! Gurl you have serious talent in baking mehnn. I must give them ago. Love the pics.

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  62. 1st June 2011 / 12:11 pm

    AMAZING!! Love these hun, it's my little girls birthday party on Saturday and I will defo give these a go. Thanks for a great post x

  63. 2nd June 2011 / 9:53 am

    You're a clever girlie, they turned out perfectly didn't they? πŸ™‚

  64. 2nd June 2011 / 9:29 pm

    I just tried to do these and failed miserably πŸ™ you make them look so easy! Not sure where I went wrong along the way but they stuck to the paper. I used grease proof. And then on the other batch I added butter to grease them up further but they still stuck. Hmm. I won't be defeated! xxx

  65. 20th November 2011 / 9:22 pm

    they look incredibly yummy! i need to try your recipe as soon as possible, im really craving some macaroons now πŸ™‚ xx

  66. 8th July 2012 / 12:27 pm

    They are the most perfect home-made macarons I have ever seen! xxx