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Making Macarons

My daughter is obsessed with France. She loves French culture, food and especially desserts. While she asked for a trip to Paris for her birthday, she happily settled for a visit to Laduree in Beverly Hills. This adorable French bakery is known for its authentic patisseries and macarons. The original Laduree in Paris was created in 1862 and is one of the world’s best-known sellers of premium macarons.

After a deliciously decadent brunch with the richest hot chocolate we’d ever tasted, it was time for the main attraction: macarons!

So. Many. Choices!
Yes, only in LA!

After selecting a variety of flavors to bring back home, we burned off our brunch with some shopping along Rodeo Drive.

The Recipe Redux  theme for February is The Academy Awards: food to serve at an Oscar viewing party. Since the Oscars are held in LA, our sweet trip to celebrity-filled Bevery Hills came to mind and thought it would be fun to recreate those delicious macarons.

Thank you, Sur La Table, for creating this adorable kit to make our job much easier!

Macarons are a meringue-based dessert made with egg white, sugar, almond meal and food coloring. While all of the ingredients are necessary to create the perfect classic macaron texture of a smooth, crisp shell and chewy, sweet center- we were able to improve upon the typical macaron recipe by substituting artificial colors and flavors for natural versions. This is a much healthier option, especially for children. While our color was not as deep, the flavor was exceptional.

5 from 1 vote

Lavender Macarons

These decadent sweet treats are a fancy cookie to set out for parties, with all-natural ingredients for a slightly more wholesome version of the classic french dessert. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Keyword macaron
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 35 cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c powdered sugar
  • 1/2 c almond meal
  • 4 egg whites room temp
  • 1/3 c granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp pure lavender extract
  • 1/2 tsp lavender food coloring, all-natural optional
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter softenened
  • 4 tbsp strawberry puree
  • 2 c powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Line baking sheet with silicone mat. 

  2. In a food processor, pulse the powdered sugar with almond meal until a fine powder is formed. Sift mixture 3 times, set aside. 

  3. To make the meringue: In a stand mixer, fitted with whisk attachment, whisk egg whites on medium until foamy. Then, gradually add in granulated sugar. 

  4. Once sugar is incorporated and mixture is thick, add the cream of tartar, lavender extract and coloring. 

  5. Increase mixing speed to high, whisking until stiff, glossy peaks form. 

  6. Carefully sift the almond flour mixture 1/3 at a time over the egg white mixture and fold using a large spatula. Once the two mixtures are evenly incorporated, check that the consistency of the batter is slightly firm and should slowly drip from the spatula. 

  7. Transfer batter to pastry bag fitted with large round tip and pipe 3/4-inch rounds into each heart shaped cavity (or just pipe into round shapes on a regular silicone mat, spaced 2-3 inches apart from each other)

  8. Gently tap bottom of sheet pan to release trapped air. Let stand at room temp for 15-30 minutes

  9. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until macarons are crisp and firm. Transfer to wire rack to cool for 3-5 minutes

  10. For strawberry filling: beat the butter and strawberry puree with an electric mixer fitted with a whisk on medium until butter is fluffy. Slowly add in the powdered sugar and mix until a thick, fluffy filling forms. 

  11. Once cookies are cooled spread filling between 2 cookies with a small round piping tip and press together gently until filling reaches the edge of each cookie

  12. Store in an air-tight container at room temp for to to 1 week or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. 

Recipe Notes

Our lavender color faded upon baking, so experimenting with other colors/amounts to get your desired hue is recommended. However, they still were full of flavor!

This was such a fun dessert to make with kids and would make the perfect addition to your party table. Not to mention, making our own was much for affordable than the $3-Plus dollar per macaron price in the store. Bon appetit!

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7 Comments

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    Laura
    February 21, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Oh my gosh, I love macarons! I’ve tried making them myself and have had varied success (living at high altitude may be a factor). I will def try again with your recipe. Really fun pictures, thanks for sharing your adventure!

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    patrick@looneyforfood.com
    February 22, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    These are beautiful. Great post

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    Kim
    February 22, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try making macarons! These sound delish and seem totally doable.

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    kelly jones
    February 22, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    these are absolutely gorgeous! I keep saying I’m going to make them but never take the time. This was motivating – maybe this weekend!

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    Lizzie
    February 22, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Oh my gosh yum! I’ve never made macarons before and this sounds like such a good recipe.

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    Kaley
    February 22, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    What an adorable post. Can’t wait to make these with my daughter.

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    Mia
    February 22, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Happened to have all ingredients on hand so made last night…turned out perfect!!

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