How to Make Macarons

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How to Make Macarons: A Step-by-Step Guide to Homemade Delights!

How to Make Macarons, macarons are delicate and indulgent French pastries known for their crisp shells, chewy interiors, and endless flavor possibilities. While they may seem intimidating to make at home, with the right techniques and attention to detail, you can achieve bakery-quality macarons in your own kitchen. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the process of making macarons from scratch, offering step-by-step instructions and expert tips for success.


  • 120g almond flour
  • 200g powdered sugar
  • 100g granulated sugar
  • 100g egg whites (aged, preferably at room temperature)
  • Gel food coloring (optional)
  • Flavorings (such as vanilla extract, almond extract, or citrus zest)


  1. Prepare Ingredients and Equipment:

    • Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
    • Sift together almond flour and powdered sugar to remove any lumps and achieve a fine texture.
    • Prepare a piping bag fitted with a round tip.
  2. Whip Egg Whites:

    • In a clean, dry bowl, whip the aged egg whites until foamy.
    • Gradually add granulated sugar while continuing to whip, until stiff peaks form and the meringue is glossy.
  3. Macaronage:

    • Gently fold the almond flour mixture into the whipped egg whites in two or three additions.
    • Use a spatula to fold and press the mixture against the sides of the bowl until it reaches the “lava” or “molten” consistency, where it flows off the spatula in a thick ribbon and gradually incorporates back into the mixture.
  4. Piping:

    • Transfer the macaron batter to the prepared piping bag.
    • Pipe small, uniform rounds onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving space between each macaron to allow for spreading.
  5. Resting and Drying:

    • Tap the baking sheets firmly on the counter to release any air bubbles and smooth out the surface of the macarons.
    • Allow the piped macarons to rest at room temperature for 30-60 minutes, or until a thin, dry film forms on the surface. This helps develop the characteristic “feet” of the macarons during baking.
  6. Baking:

    • Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C).
    • Bake the macarons in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through baking, until the macarons are set and easily lift off the parchment paper.
  7. Cooling and Filling:

    • Allow the baked macarons to cool completely on the baking sheets before carefully removing them.
    • Match up similar-sized macaron shells and sandwich them together with your desired filling, such as ganache, buttercream, jam, or curd.
  8. Storage:

    • Store filled macarons in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days to allow the flavors to meld and the texture to soften slightly.

Expert Tips:

  • Use aged egg whites for a more stable meringue.
  • Be cautious not to overmix the batter during macaronage to avoid flat macarons.
  • Experiment with flavorings and colors to create your own unique macaron creations.

With patience, practice, and attention to detail, you can create beautifully delicate and delicious macarons right in your own kitchen. Enjoy the process of making these delightful treats and share them with friends and family for a truly special homemade treat.

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