How to Make the Perfect Macaron

The best macaron I’ve ever had was from a sweet little bakery in Paris, during my travels throughout Europe. The name of the bakery escapes me, but to my surprise, these gorgeous little French sandwhiches were easily accessibly, just around any street corner.

What is a macaron?

A macaron, not to be confused with a macaroon (which is coconut based), is a meringue-based, delicate French cookie shaped like a sandwhich. Similar to an Oreo cookie, but with a lighter, fluffier and chewier texture. I appreciate both kinds of cookies, but one is clearly the more elite cookie. I will let you be the judge as to which one I’m talking about.

What is a macaron made of?

Macarons are made entirely of almond meal, sugar and egg whites. A meringue (confectioners sugar and egg whites) is then folded into almond flour to form a batter, which is then piped and baked to form the individual macaron shells. The shells are then filled with the perfect consistency of ganache or jam and come in a variety of colors and flavors.

The perfect macaron has a light, airy texture beneath the crust, which is a perfect combination between chewy and soft. A macaron should be soft, but not mushy, and chewy without being crispy. The major difference between an Oreo and a macaron is the distinguishably different textures.

Tips for making perfect macarons:

  • Achieving the correct volume in the egg whites is also important when it comes to creating the perfect macaron texture. If you have trouble getting volume when beating the egg whites, try adding a pinch of cream of tartar to each egg white, before adding the sugar.
  • When folding the batter, make sure to tap the pan. Refrain from overmixing or the batter won’t rise as well, and you will end up with a collapsed crust. Fold the batter enough so that the ingredients are mixed together, about 20-30 folds.
  • Using a silicone mat helps tremendously in correctly spacing the batter. Cleanup is super easy and there is no need for cooking sprays or parchment paper since nothing sticks to the mat. I like to use this silicone mat.

Buttercream filling recipe:

Macarons come in a variety of flavorful fillings, including different jams and ganaches. A popular choice is buttercream filling that is generally used to frost cakes. It’s delicious and the consistency is the perfect thickness for a macaroon. Try out this recipe and let us know what you think!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream

Directions:

Beat the butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy, then sift in the powdered sugar. Combine vanilla, then cream in small amounts and beat to combine. Transfer the buttercream to a piping bag and place a dollop onto a macaroon shell. Top it with another macaron shell to create a sandwich and enjoy your fancy cookie!

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10 Saint Patrick’s Day Dessert Recipes

If there is one thing I love about Saint Patrick’s Day recipes, it’s the abundance of mint in everything! From creamy, cool mint parfaits, to mint-flavored cookies, this recipe roundup will get your tastebuds ready to party.

St. Patty’s Day Parfaits

At the top of my list is my absolute favorite treat by Sincerely Jean. These St. Patty’s Day parfaits are equally delicious as they are pretty! Layers of fudge brownies, mint pudding, cool whip and my favorite, crushed Andes mints, are the perfect concoction of St. Patty’s Day goodness.

Lucky Charm Pancakes

These St. Patrick’s Day lucky charm pancakes from I Heart Naptime are the perfect way to start the day and the kids love them! In our family, breakfast is basically dessert, anyway!

Leprechaun Popcorn

The Mom Foodie takes basic, boring popcorn to another level with this fun St. Patrick’s Day popcorn recipe, dubbed “Leprechaun Popcorn”.

Shamrock Bark

Another super simple recipe with only three ingredients that also makes the perfect teacher gift! Get the recipe here.

St. Patrick’s Day Wafers

Laura, from Southern Made Simple sure knows how to tug at my heartstings. I love how she turned these simple wafer recipes into a St. Patrick’s Day dessert with a few ingredients.

Pot O’ Gold Oreos

How fun are these?! Jill from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons loves crafting up recipes and shows how a simple oreo can be transformed into a Saint Patrick’s Day favorite. Yum!

Saint Patrick’s Day Oreos

Michelle from Crafty Morning dips Oreos in green and white chocolate to make yet, another delicious Saint Patrick’s Day dessert out of Oreos.

St. Patrick’s Day Rice Krispies

I’m a sucker for Lucky Charms used in Saint Patrick’s Day recipes and this one is no exception! Mallory from Classy Clutter turns good old fashioned Rice Krispies treats into a holiday favorite that the kids will love!

Saint Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

Excuse the drool, but these cupcakes look AH-MAZ-ING, don’t they? What’s not to love about a cupcake that includes crushed Andes mints, and mint-filled Oreos? Get the recipe here.

St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Hat Treats

These Leprechaun hats are so fun and delicious too! Get the recipe here.

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Creamy Oreo Milkshake Recipe

It’s national Oreo day and what better way to celebrate than with a quick and delicious recipe made with America’s most beloved cookie?! This Oreo milkshake is the perfect mixture of creamy goodness and has just three ingredients: milk, ice cream, and you guessed it, Oreos!

The secret to making the perfect milkshake is in the thickness. It’s really chalked up to personal preference but I prefer my milkshakes nice and thick. If you make it too thin, well then you’ve got yourself a smoothie.

The first step to getting the right thickness is the ice cream. Let it sit out for a few minutes so it softens and is easy to scoop. If it’s too hard then you’ll add too much milk, thinning it out. I personally prefer to use frozen yogurt as it’s already soft and in my opinion, creamier.

What you need:

  • 2 cups of vanilla icecream
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 package of Oreos
  • Whipped cream

Oreo Milkshake Recipe

  1. Add vanilla ice cream and milk to a blender.
  2. Add a handful of cookies; somewhere between 5-10 depending on personal preference.
  3. Pulse until smooth and serve with whipped cream!
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