Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons

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Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons

Have you ever had the stressful but delicious pleasure of making macarons?

Not to be confused with their American, less diva-like cousin, the macaroon.

A few weeks ago I was naively was like, I want to make a macaron that tastes like mint chocolate chip ice cream. I didn’t think they’d be that stressful. OMG was I wrong.

I knew they were gonna be fickle, I just didn’t know how fickle they’d actually be.

Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons

Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons

Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons

Here are some tips I learned along the way:

1. Buy almond meal. It saves a big step and just makes the whole process go so much faster and easier by being able to skip the step of making almond flour.

2. Collect all of the ingredients beforehand. I always say this but with these, I actually really mean it.

3. If you’re oven is fickle, i.e, an old oven or an electric oven, these might be more stressful than usual. You should still make them! But they’ll make you realize that your oven might have more hot spots that you thought you had.

4. Weigh everything. This recipe is in grams because precision matters A LOT with these.

5. If you fail. Like, they crack or don’t develop a foot for whatever reason, they’ll still taste like mint chocolate chip ice cream. Still eat them. Just don’t instagram them. :/

P.S. I realize that my dollops of frosting look a bit like this. :/

Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons
Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons

The filling is a swiss chocolate buttercream and it’s thick and delicious and I really really want to put it on a cake. But another day.

If you have any macaron secrets and/or war stories, PLEASE SHARE!

Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons

Mint Chocolate Chip Macarons

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 24 macarons

Ingredients

    Macarons:
  • 130 grams almond flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 234 grams powdered sugar
  • *10 grams chocolate cookie crumbs (see note below)
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 106 grams white granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 6 drops of green food coloring
  • 4 drops of blue food coloring
  • Swiss Meringue Buttercream:
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 133 grams sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 150 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2.5 ounces semi-sweet or dark chocolate, melted
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a few baking sheets with parchment paper. Place a 1/2-inch round tip into a piping bag and set it inside a pint glass.
  2. Place a sieve atop a medium bowl. Sift in the almond flour, powdered sugar and cookie crumbs. Work all of them through the sieve. You’ll end up with little bits in the sieve; discard those! Set the bowl aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand-up mixer with a whisk attachment, add the egg whites, sugar and pinch of salt. Beat until stiff peaks form, about 4 minutes. Add the food coloring and beat once more until combined.
  4. Remove from the bowl from the stand-up mixer and in one batch, add the almond flour/powdered sugar mixture. Fold the mixture with a spatula. Repeat just until the batter resembles the texture of lava. It took me about 30 folds to reach this consistency.
  5. Transfer the macaron batter to the piping bag. Pipe the batter into 3/4-inch rounds, swirling the tip off to one side. You have to do this with a bit of flick of the wrist. Repeat until you’ve formed about 15 to 18 macarons per baking sheet. Smack the baking sheets onto your kitchen counter a few times. This will help even out the batter and eliminate any air bubbles in the macarons.
  6. Transfer to the oven to bake for about 6 minutes. Immediately turn the oven down to 300 degrees F and bake for an additional 6 minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  7. To make the Swiss buttercream: In the bowl of a stand-up mixer set atop a medium saucepan filled with a few inches of water, add the egg white, sugar and salt. Turn the heat to medium and whisk until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Dip your finger in and if it’s still gritty, continue mixing until it completely dissolves.
  8. Transfer the bowl to the stand-up mixer with the whisk attachment and beat until stiff peaks form and the meringue appears very glossy, about 5 minutes. While the mixer is running, add cubes of butter, one at a time. Next, pour in the melted chocolate and vanilla extract and beat until completely combined. Sift in the cocoa powder and mix until combined. Transfer the buttercream to a piping bag (no need to add a tip). Snip off the edge of the piping tip with a pair of scissors.
  9. To assemble the macarons: flip over half of the macarons. Pipe the buttercream onto the macarons and then add the top. Repeat with the remaining macarons.

Notes

*I made these several times using different types of chocolate cookies. I made them with Famous Amos chocolate wafer cookies and the chocolate part of an Oreo.

I suggest buying the small packet of Oreos and using the chocolate cookie part.

http://www.acozykitchen.com/mint-chocolate-chip-macarons/

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48 Comments

  • Reply heather (delicious not gorgeous) May 18, 2016 at 12:23 am

    macarons are a pain up my butt. the first 3-4 times i made them, i didn’t realize i was underbaking them and i had to scrape them off the pan, into a big sticky mess. another time i made them, i decided to bake them until they were golden (i think i ended up baking them for 30ish minutes) to make sure that they came off okay- it worked! no sticky gloop to deal with, but the macarons were a bit.. crunchy. sigh.

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme May 18, 2016 at 9:13 am

      ooof. yes. this is the story of macaron-making. ugh!

  • Reply Rebecca May 18, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! stress doesn’t even begin to describe macarons. I actually tried Mint Chocolate Chip macarons last weekend, and they were awful. As in all cracked, and hollow in the centers so that they collapsed under the filling, and ended up mostly being shoved in my mouth straight off of the cookie sheet. But I shall have to try again with your recipe, and what’s the worst thing that happens? I have to eat them all again? Life can be rough sometimes. 😉

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme May 18, 2016 at 9:13 am

      omg that’s amazing. what’s insane is that from the same batch of batter, some baking sheets of them were cracked and others were perfect. it’s like, so high-maintenance!

  • Reply Ellie | Hungry by Nature May 18, 2016 at 7:48 am

    I have always wanted to make macarons but am SO intimidated. Thanks for the tips!

  • Reply Wendy WB May 18, 2016 at 7:49 am

    If you have hot spots in your oven, double sheet (put one cookie pan into a jelly roll pan) and then put in the center of your oven. The double layer will help to even out the temperature in the oven. This also works if your cookies tend to brown to quickly.

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme May 18, 2016 at 9:14 am

      ohhhh interesting! that’s a great tip. thank you!

    • Reply Liora (Allthingsloveli) May 18, 2016 at 10:51 am

      I’ve never heard this! Do you put the macaroons onto the double sheet or is that one in the oven in addition to the sheets with the macaroons?

  • Reply Michelle @ Hummingbird High May 18, 2016 at 7:56 am

    dude. i have never successfully made a macaron. it’s one of my biggest secret shames.

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme May 18, 2016 at 9:14 am

      umm…not that shameful. they’re effing hard! and they make NO SENSE!

    • Reply steph May 18, 2016 at 10:45 am

      michelle, i feel your secret shame. i have tried so. many. times. fuck macaron making, let’s just go over to adrianna’s and eat hers? 😉

      ps – a, you my hero for cracking da mac code 😀

      • Adrianna Adarme
        Reply Adrianna Adarme May 18, 2016 at 2:28 pm

        oh i don’t think i cracked the code, i think i just got lucky haha

  • Reply Veronica May 18, 2016 at 10:01 am

    I’ve only made macarons once using this method:

    http://bravetart.com/recipes/Macarons

    and it came out quite well! I adding letting them sit for at least 15 minutes to form a skin, and I probably should have raised the over temp by at least 10 degrees. Coco Cake Land also has some great tips here:

    http://cococakeland.com/tutorials/how-to-make-macarons/

  • Reply Liora (Allthingsloveli) May 18, 2016 at 10:49 am

    I’ve never had macaroons and there’s a Macaroons Cafe that I walk by every day to and from work! On my list of things I definitely want to bake, yours are absolutely beautiful.

  • Reply Alice May 18, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Yeah, I’m afraid of them. :/ Buy them regularly and eat with pleasure, but I have never ever made macarons. Maybe 2016 is the year.

    Yours look wonderful!

  • Reply Belinda May 18, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    I’ve tried a few times with very little success. My husband, who can burn water, tried making them once and they were perfect. Almost divorced him on the spot :p He left his in the oven with the door cracked open to cool similar to what you do with meringues.

    We have a very well known pastry chef here in Australia called Adriano Zumbo and he makes the most divine macarons. Any time hubby goes to Sydney for work, he brings me home a box and cradles it the whole flight home like the precious cargo it is.

  • Reply Candice May 18, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Beautiful work! I too was intimidated by making these delicate cookies. I’ve found mixing to the perfect consistency makes a difference. It should run off your spatula like lava. Also, some coloring agents can alter their outcomes when they cook. Overall, proper sifting of ingredients, correct amount of mixing and testing your oven temp helps a lot! Hope those tips are useful 🙂

  • Reply Mary Frances May 19, 2016 at 9:50 am

    I have never tried making macarons. Yummy!! These look so good! 🙂

  • Reply Janice May 19, 2016 at 10:09 am

    I was following your progress on Snapchat and know how much trouble you went though to make these hahah. They look AH-MAZING!!

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme May 19, 2016 at 10:13 am

      hahah, right?! i feel like i made them like 20 times, no joke. grrrr. haha

  • Reply Angela - Patisserie Makes Perfect May 20, 2016 at 3:41 am

    I make macarons all the time – I love making them and eating them (http://www.patisseriemakesperfect.co.uk/salted-caramel-praline-macarons/).

    I always use the Italian meringue method when making macarons, it makes a much more stable meringue and I think the texture is smoother when piping.

    Another step that can help with even cooking is to blitz the ground almonds and icing sugar together. Then sift them into a big bowl. Don’t blitz them separately or you’ll make almond butter.

    When you use the Italian meringue method you don’t need to rest the macarons before cooking, but if you do leave them on the tray 30 mins before baking, they develop a skin which helps with the forming of a foot.

    These look great and I was following the process on snapchat as you made these. Well done for persevering with them and as you say the cook’s share just don’t need to make it any further than your tummy let alone instagram.

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  • Reply todd wagner May 20, 2016 at 9:59 am

    I don’t have any macaron secrets, but thank you so much for sharing yours. I simply can’t get these perrrdy little things off my mind. Stunning, Adrianna!!

  • Reply Cassie May 20, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Macarons are some of the cutest treats I’ve ever, ever seen! They’re delicious too! I think these macarons look perfect for a tea party! 😀

  • Reply Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land May 21, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Hehe! oh I’ve had my own share of hell from macaron-making. I have a post about it here:

    http://cococakeland.com/tutorials/how-to-make-macarons/

    my “secret” is to make sure the macarons can smell your fear every step of the way. like basically sweat into the macaronage. cry a little (and only bake one pan at a time in the middle rack). oh and yes, don’t instagram the shitty ones!!

    these look INSANELY CUTE though and i love the flavour combo!!! XO

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme May 22, 2016 at 8:06 am

      Ohhh I’m gonna have to read your hell hahah. Thanks for sharing, lady! xo

  • Reply DessertForTwo May 21, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    So much work, but so worth it! I actually use a pastry chef’s recipe that calls for egg whites and meringue powder. It’s supposed to make them more stable. I really believe it does, because even when I scale down the recipe to only make 1 dozen, it still worked!

    These are beautiful 🙂

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme May 22, 2016 at 8:05 am

      Ohhhh interesting. I’ll have to try the meringue powder.

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    I love macarons! I have made two(!) successful batches using http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2015/08/12/step-by-step-guide-to-french-macarons/

    I always let my egg whites sit out for at least four hours and have noticed that my macarons that sit out on the baking sheet for an hour before baking have the best feet.

    I can’t wait to try this recipe this weekend!

  • Reply Adrienne May 27, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    How do I store these? I made them and want to give them to friends… fridge? Will that make them stale?

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    looks delicious . i must try this

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