I don’t typically have desserts around since I just want to eat them, but sometimes, it’s nice to have some desserts. I had some coconut macaroons recently, and they were delicious, but I wanted something a little lighter, so I went with these macarons.
These are classic French meringue-based cookies that are just delightful little things. They are light and just a little sweet, but not overpowering. You can serve them with frosting in the middle, which is traditionally how they’re served. Or, you can serve them with some frozen yogurt, pudding or some lemon curd instead. These cookies are naturally gluten-free and are really quite easy to make. I dyed my several colors (just separate the batter to do that), so I had a little more variety without making tons of cookies. Be careful not to over handle the batter though, or they might end up falling.
Also, make sure that you beat the egg whites in a glass or metal bowl. Plastic bowls tend to hold on to grease residue, and that will prevent the egg whites from becoming a meringue. But with those two tips, it’s easy and simple to make these delicious little cookies.
Classic French Macarons
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 2 large egg whites room temperature
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 5 Tbsp extra fine sugar
- Gel Food Coloring optional
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Draw circles, about 1 inch in diameter, on the back of 2 sheets of parchment paper. Line 2 baking sheets with the parchment paper.
- Whisk the egg whites until they are light and foamy.
- Add the extra fine sugar and cream of tartar.
- Continue to beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
- Sift the flour and confectioners sugar into the egg whites.
- Fold the egg whites and flour mixture together until combined.
- If desired, add gel food coloring.
- Place the batter in a piping bag, or use a Ziploc bag with one tiny corner snipped off.
- Pipe out circles onto the prepared baking sheets.
- Let the macarons stand before baking for about 15 minutes.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes.
- Remove the macarons from the sheet and fill with desired frosting or filling.
Entire recipe makes 10 servings
Serving size is about 4 cookies
Each serving = 6 Smart Points/3 Points
PER SERVING: 123 calories; 4g fat; 0g saturated fat; 20g carbohydrates; 18g sugar; 3g protein; 1g fiber