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My Favorite Macarons (Chocolate)

My Favorite Macarons (Chocolate)

These are cocoa-flavored macarons sandwiched with cocoa buttercream. They have a bittersweet flavor that adults will like.

Ingredients: Makes 15 3.5 cm macarons

Egg white
30 g (1 large egg white)
Granulated sugar
30 g
A) Powdered sugar
30 g
A) Almond powder
30 g
A) Cocoa powder
3 g
B) Unsweetened butter
30 g (at room temperature)
B) Cocoa powder
3 g
B) Powdered sugar
5 g

Steps

1. Beat egg whites and gradually add granulated sugar.
2. Beat until stiff peaks form and you have French meringue.
3. Add sifted A ingredients in 2 batches and fold in gently. Mix lightly so the meringue doesn't break. The batter will be fluffy.
4. Now start the"macaronnage" mixing process. Mix by pressing the batter down toward the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
5. Continue the "macaronnage" -- mixing until the batter is creamy, smooth and firm, and drips slowly from the spatula when you lift it up. The finished batter will be shiny and smooth.
6. Pipe the batter into any size you desire. Remove any air bubbles and let the macarons dry out until the batter does not stick to your finger when you touch them.
7. Put the macarons into an oven preheated to 320F/160C and turn the temperature down to 265F/130C. Bake for about 15 minutes.
8. After they cool, spread the cream filling on the macarons and sandwich together.
9. For this recipe, I made cocoa buttercream for the filling. Just mix all the B ingredients together to make it.
10. Done. The macaron batter is rather sweet, so I usually fill the macarons with slightly sweet buttercream filling.

Story Behind this Recipe

This is the 4th version of my macaron recipe. These cute macarons are bittersweet petit fours. Chocolate macarons are often filled with ganache, but I fill them with buttercream. Ganache filling is delicious too, but it's a little too sweet for me, so I make them this way.