A rich, chocolatey macaron filled with a dollop of hot fudge and a swirl of creamy vanilla buttercream. Topped off with a dark chocolate drizzle and crushed peanuts. I mean…these macarons have it ALL and then some. Recipe comes with all then tips and tricks you need to make perfect macarons every single time!
- 100 grams finely ground almond flour
- 100 grams confectioner’s sugar
- 10 grams (2 TBSP) Dutch process unsweetened cocoa powder
- 100 grams egg whites, room temperature (from about 3 large eggs)
- 105 grams granulated sugar
- brown gel food coloring if desired (will make the macarons darker)
For Vanilla Buttercream
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 1/4 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
- pinch of salt
- 1–3 TBSP heavy cream or whole milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
You will also need:
- Hot fudge, slightly chilled
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
- chopped peanuts
- Line two baking sheets with non stick silpat mats with macaron templates. Alternatively, line with parchment paper traced with 1 1/2 inch circles spaced 2 inches apart. Set aside.
- Into a large bowl, sift together the almond flour, confectioner’s sugar, and cocoa powder through a fine mesh sieve four times. Discard any large pieces of almond that do not sift through the sieve.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the egg whites on medium high speed until light an foamy, about 1 minute. Slowly add the granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, while continuing to whisk on medium high. Wait 10-15 seconds between each addition to be sure sugar is incorporated.
- After all of the sugar has been added, continue to beat the eggs whites on medium high speed until stiff peaks form. If adding gel food coloring, do so just before mixing is complete so as not to over mix the egg whites. The egg whites should be thick and fluffy and hold their shape when the whisk is turned upright. Continue mixing if the peaks fall over. Be careful not to over mix.
- Once the meringue is ready, add 1/2 of the sifted almond flour and sugar mixture to the egg whites and use a spatula to fold together. Do not “stir” the mixture but rather “fold” the ingredients together using broad, sweeping motions. Scrape from the bottom of the bowl and up and over the top of the mixture. Before incorporating fully, add the other 1/2 of the dry ingredients and continue the folding motion. Pause to press the batter firmly against the sides of the bowl every now and then to smooth the batter. Continue folding until the batter begins to flow like lava and you can lift the spatula making a figure 8 without the mixture breaking off. If it falls off, continue mixing for three or four folds at a time. Test again. The mixture is ready when the ribbon of batter melts back into itself in about 10 seconds. Do not over mix as your batter will become runny and the macarons will not bake properly.
- Scoop the batter into a pasty bag fitted with a 1/2 inch plain piping tip. Or use a thick ziploc bag fitted with the tip. Pipe the macaron batter onto the prepared templates. Circles should measure about 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 inches. When piping, hold the tip perpendicular to the silpat mat and apply pressure to the top of the piping bag to keep a continuous flow of batter through the tip. Release the pressure and use a small flick of the hand to end the flow of batter and leave a smooth top on the macaron.
- Repeat with remaining macarons. Tap each cookie sheet firmly on the countertop three times to release air bubbles.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Allow the macarons to rest at room temperature for 30-60 minutes or until the tops of the cookies are dry to the touch. Depending on the weather, this can take over an hour. Do not skip this step or the macarons will not bake properly.
- Once dry, place a single sheet of macarons in the lower center rack of the preheated oven and bake for 13-15 minutes. Bake one sheet at a time and rotate half way through the baking time. The macarons are done when the tops are firm and remain attached to the “feet” when touched.
- Cool completely on the silicon mats for 6-8 minutes before carefully removing the macarons.
- Set aside while you assemble the filling.
For Vanilla Buttercream
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium high speed until light and fluffy. Add the confectioner’s sugar slowly, continuing to mix on low speed at first until the sugar is incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix for one minute.
- Add the salt, vanilla and 1 tablespoon of the heavy cream or milk. Mix on medium speed until combined and then increase to high speed. Mix for 2 minutes.
- If buttercream is too thick, add more heavy cream one tablespoon at a time. If too thin, add more confectioners sugar. The buttercream should be on the thick side so that it holds its form when piped onto the macarons.
- Transfer the buttercream to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip. To assemble the macarons, pipe the buttercream in a circle onto the flat side of a macaron, leaving a small hole in the center for the dollop of hot fudge. Using another piping bag fitted with a small 1/4 inch piping tip or a small spoon, place dollops of hot fudge in the center of the buttercream. Top with a second macaron and gently press together just slightly to join the cookies to the buttercream.
- Drizzle tops with melted chocolate and sprinkle with crushed peanuts.
- For best results, store assembled macarons in the refrigerator.