Easy to Make Strawberry Macarons

Feeling inspired by yesterday’s “The Easy Way to Make Macarons” blog post and recipe? Good! Here’s a second one!

If you haven’t read that entry yet, please read it before making this recipe. It goes over some good macaron making theory and ideology that you’ll want to absorb before making these. This is another recipe for “rustic” French Macarons!

Like yesterday’s Pistachio Macarons recipe, this recipe will produce extremely rich and flavorful macarons. They will pretty much punch you in the face with strawberry flavor, thanks to the use of powdered strawberries – which is my new favorite baking ingredient!

The strawberry flavor on these French Macarons is amazing! So sunny and fruity – the strawberry powder is an incredibly potent ingredient to add to your arsenal. Love it!

Double Strawberry French Macarons
(Makes 20-24 cookies)

1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup finely ground almonds *
3 Tbsp strawberry powder**
3 large egg whites
4 tbsp white sugar
red or pink gel food coloring, if desired

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.

Mix together powdered sugar, ground almond meal, and strawberry powder. Set aside.

Mix egg whites and sugar in a *very clean* metal mixer bowl. It is very important that not only is the bowl and whisk attachment VERY clean, but that no specks of egg yolk are included with the egg white. The presence of any egg yolk or grease on your bowl or whisk will prevent the egg whites from properly whipping up. This is the only “rule” you really need to be concerned about!

Affix your bowl to the mixer, and whip eggs on high until stiff peaks form. The whites will be pillowy, thick, and marshmallowy. When you remove the whisk from the meringue, it should leave a very definite “peak” – if the tip flips over a little, that’s ok. Add a small amount food coloring, if desired, whisk in.

Dump bowl of dry ingredients into the meringue. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to gently stir the mixture until everything is well incorporated and very thick.

Once mixture is fairly uniform, beat it until it’s still thick, but oozes a bit. You don’t want to beat it till it’s fully RUNNY, but you’d like it to settle back into place if you remove some and drop it back into the mix. It’s better to under-beat it than to over-beat it.

Spoon macaron batter into a pastry / frosting bag with a 1/4″ or so opening – whether a metal tip, or just the end cut off the bag.

Pipe ~ 1.25″ – 1.5″ rounds onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. If the batter isn’t running all, there’s no real worry about placing them close together – I’ll leave an inch or so between the rounds.

Pick up the sheet of piped cookies, and rap it against the counter a couple of times to dislodge any air bubbles.

Bake cookies for 13-16 minutes, or until they lift easily from the parchment. (Undercooked macarons will stick). Remove from oven, cool to room temperature, and prepare the filling.

White Chocolate Strawberry Macaron Filling

1/3 cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp strawberry powder
5 oz white chocolate chips (1/2 bag)

In a small saucepan, combine heavy whipping cream and strawberry powder, stirring with a fork or small whisk until strawberry powder is fully dissolved into the cream. Heat mixture over medium, stirring until it comes to a boil.

Remove saucepan from heat, add white chocolate chips. Stir mixture until chocolate chips are melted and completely incorporated into the mix, which should be smooth. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes, or until thick enough to fill cookies with.

To assemble Macarons

Spoon or pipe about a Tablespoon worth of filling onto the flat underside of one cookie. Top with the underside of another cookie. (Rounded sides facing out).

If any cookies collapsed or get smashed in the course of handling them, spoon the filling into the smashed cavity, leaving the flat side on the outside. Again… it’s a cookie.

Done. Snarf em happily!

* Finely ground almonds may be referred to as “almond meal” or “almond flour”, depending on where you find them. It’s a specialty item, so it can be difficult to find in stores. I love Nuts Online for ingredients like this, and it’s where I order my almond powder from. Click here to go directly to the product listing.

** I buy my strawberry powder at Nuts Online as well. It’s a fine powder made from freeze dried strawberries – and it packs HUGE flavor. Tons of fun to work with! Click here to go directly to the product listing.

Although I’ve been a happy repeat customer for years, I am required by FTC law to disclose: Nuts Online actually gifted me a bag of strawberry powder for the development of this recipe. I would never in a million years recommend a company that I wasn’t thrilled with.

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