What says Valentine's Day like a few lovely, pink macaroons? I've never in my life had a macaroon, but I know they are stinking adorable and I've always wanted to try one. Since I can never find them around here I decided to attempt making my own. And what better occasion than V-day? Ambitious right? Now I know these don't look perfect, but it was my first attempt so I gave myself some grace. I will admit, they weren't easy to make. There is obviously a real art to making them, but they did taste sweet and fluffy with a slight crunch. Like a sweet little pillow in my mouth! Plus I made the butter-cream center from scratch and basically devoured the entire bowl so that was a plus. Now maybe if I just work on my technique in the texture I could have a near perfect macaroon one day?
2 egg whites
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour (you should use almond flour, I used wheat flour. While I think they tasted delicious, it may have taken away from the texture).
1 cup powdered sugar
• Preheat oven to 350F. Whisk your flour and powdered sugar together.
• In a seperate bowl mix your egg whites and sugar on medium-high for about 8 or 9 minutes. You • can add your food coloring here if you so choose.
• Next turn the mixer to high for 5 minutes.
• Dump in the flour/sugar mixture and use a spatula to fold and combine this mixture. It will take a couple of minutes to completely combine the mixtures, but your end product should be somewhat dry and slide slowly off your spatula.
• Now lay a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet and use the base of a 1" cup to draw out circles on your paper with a marker. I used the base of a condiment cup. This will help you make even sized portions.
• Fill a pastry bag (or ziploc bag with the corner cut off) with your batter and gently pipe out 16 cookies in a circular motion.
• Bang the cookie sheet on the counter twice to settle your cookies and get the air bubbles out.
• Bake them for 15 minutes watching them closely. Remove them when finished and let them sit for 30 second to a minute before moving to a cooling rack.
• Once they are completely cooled you can spread your buttercream, jam, frosting, etc and make them look pretty!
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp milk
• Mix your powdered sugar and butter on low for a minute.
• Add your vanilla and gradually add your milk (not all at once) watching for your consistency. It should be just smooth enough to spread. not too thick, not too runny.