I decided to go with a Martha Stewart recipe. Mostly because it wasn't measured in grams.
1 1/4 cup + 1 teaspoon confectioners' sugar
3/4 cup ground almonds
6 Tablespoons fresh egg whites
Pinch of Salt
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
Sift the ground almonds and confectioners' sugar...
...and then whisk the two together to combine.
Add a pinch of salt:
Whip the eggs on medium until eggs are foamy:
Slowly add the granulated sugar and beat on high until it forms a glossy peak.
I watched them like a hawk and removed the green baking sheet after another 6 minutes. I didn't want them to burn as many of the reviews remarked. They probably could have used another minute, so I added a minute to the second sheet. The pink baking sheet set up for 45 minutes and then baked 8 minutes, turn, 7 minutes. The feet (the base of the macaron) really formed within the last few minutes of baking, so don't freak out if you don't see them form right away. I was thrilled when I picked up one of the macaron halves, split it in half, and it was perfect- not hallow as I was afraid. Yes!
For the filling, I found a Nutella Buttercream recipe that I can't seem to find now, but it is:3/4 cup of butter
1/2 cup of Nutella
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup of confectioners' sugar
Cream the butter, Nutella and pinch of salt until smooth:
Sift the confectioners' sugar into the bowl:
Mix on high until light and fluffy:
Match up sizes/shapes of macarons. The macarons should easily peel away from the parchment after cooled. Fill a decorator bag with the filling and pipe a circle of filling- leaving a space around the edges so when you press the two halves together, the filling has room to spread.
Press the two halves together and stop when the filling comes to the edge.
Just like that!
The recipe I used yielded 14 complete cookies.
There are so many different recipes out there and the fillings seem to be of endless variety. I love that you can make them any pretty color your little heart desires.
Find something that intimidates you and do it. Whether it is handstands in yoga or a new recipe, you'll never know if you can do it until you try it.
Next is figuring out the requested pistachio filling and where to buy or how to make the pistachio paste. For more Easter treat ideas, click here.