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Bake Delicious French Macaroons on Silicone Mats with This Recipe

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If you've never had a macaroon before, you definitely have to cook up this delicious recipe and enjoy the flavors that can only come from homemade treats like this. Macaroons are a small circular cake that look similar to that of a cookie. They're like miniature, handheld cakes that are to die for, and they can be made out of so many scrumptious ingredients with some of the most popular ones being almonds, coconut, nuts and even potato. You can always add in some additional flavorings, food coloring, cherries, jam and even a coating of your favorite icing. However, to ensure the final product of whatever kind of macaroon you make, and to enhance your cooking experience, make sure to use silicone mats as they will decrease the browning that can often occur on the bottom of baked goods, while also decreasing the chances of your macaroons burning.

Time and Servings

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To cook French macaroons to pure perfection, you do a bit more time than you would if you were to cook some cookies that come in a package. After all, this unique and mind-blowing flavor can only be achieved with a recipe that makes macaroons from scratch. With that said, you will need approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes for the preparation of the French macaroons, and 20 minutes for the baking process. With a bit of patience, instructions and two silicone mats, you will have 36 flavorful, mouthwatering French macaroons to snack on.

French Macaroon Ingredients and Cookware

Since you are making these French macaroons from scratch, forget about purchasing any prepackaged varieties. Instead, you will need the true ingredients that can be found right here. You will also need some cooking equipment but nothing too out of the ordinary. Just 4 baking sheets, 3 silicon baking mats, a pastry bag with a round tip and a fine-mesh sieve.

3 large egg whites

1 cup almond flour

1 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/4 cup superfine sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 to 3 drops gel food colouring

Assorted fillings of your choice, with some recommendations found below.

Salt, to taste

Let's Start Baking

To get started, preheat your oven to 300 degrees F.

Line 3 baking sheets with silicone mats that can be purchased at Planet Products.

Add the confectioners' sugar and almond flour into a bowl and whisk to combine.

Then, sift the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. This process may take a little while and it is best to use small amounts at a time and a spatula to push the mixture through.

Beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt together until frothy.

Gradually add in the superfine sugar and beat until stiff.

Add the beaten egg whites into the bowl with the almond flour mixture.

Using a spatula, fold the mixture until well combined.

Add the food coloring of your choice. The recommendations can be found below.

Continue to fold and combine the batter until smooth and thin.

Place the batter in a pastry bag that has a 1/4-inch round tip.

Add 1 1/4-inch circles onto the baking sheet lined with silicon baking mats; 24 per sheet.

Tap the baking sheets against the counter to allow any air bubbles to release.

Allow the cookies to sit at room temperature until they are no longer sticky to touch.

Bake until cookies are shiny. This takes approximately 20 minutes.

Allow to cool.

Remove the cookies from the silicon mats and sandwich between a layer of filling.

Filling

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You can have whatever filling and flavor that you want for your French macaroons. Some popular choices include mint and chocolate, which uses 3 ounces of chopped white chocolate, 2 tablespoons heavy cream and 1 tablespoon butter. Stir until smooth and then stir in 1/4 teaspoon mint extract. Add in 1 drop mint green gel food coloring to achieve the classic look. Almond-Raspberry is another popular choice for filling that uses 3/4 cup raspberry jam and 2 drops of neon pink gel food coloring. Blueberry Cheesecake is another option that using a mixture of 4 ounces softened cream cheese and 3 tablespoons blueberry jam. Add in some blue food coloring drops to get that flawless appearance. There are plenty of other alternatives so be sure to find one that speaks to your taste buds.

It is highly encouraged to use silicone baking sheets for this recipe to achieve the flawless appearance and flavor that is often hard to achieve with this traditional dessert. Store the cookies in silicone containers to ensure their freshness whenever you're craving a scrumptious treat.