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Pink French macarons with strawberry buttercream filling
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Strawberry French Macarons

Homemade French macarons in a lovely shade of rose pink with a luscious strawberry buttercream filling.
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Keyword how to make macarons, strawberry macarons
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 16 minutes
Servings 20 macarons
Calories 150kcal
Author Lise Ode

Ingredients

Macaron shells

  • 1 cup almond flour Scant cup or 105g - I used Blue Diamond Almond Flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar Scant cup or 105g
  • 3 large egg whites, room temperature 100g - weigh your egg whites and add a little extra from a carton of store bought egg whites, if needed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar Scant 1/2 cup or 100g
  • 2 drops rose pink food coloring gel

Strawberry buttercream

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (113g
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar 38g
  • 1/4 cup freeze-dried strawberries 6g
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream or 1 tablespoon coconut milk from the can
  • 1/8 teaspoon strawberry oil - food grade or 1/2 teaspoon strawberry extract

For the decoration

  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips melted
  • 2 tablespoons sprinkles

Instructions

For the macaron shells

  • Line two half sheet pans with silicone mats (I like the ones that have the circle pre-marked on the mat - found on Amazon, see blog post for link). You could also use parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour and powdered sugar (make sure you get out any lumps). Weigh out the ingredients for best results. Set aside.
  • Place egg whites in a heat proof bowl. I like to weigh the 3 egg whites. If they are less than 100g, then add enough liquid egg whites (from the carton) to reach the 100g mark. Add the granulated sugar. Place bowl over a pan of boiling water, whisking constantly for 90 seconds. This will dissolve the sugar. Remove the bowl from the heat and immediately start beating with an electric mixer with the whisk attachment on medium high for 1 minute, then turn up to high and beat 2 minutes or until stiff peaks form. (Do not overbeat or they will be too dry.)
  • Fold half of the almond flour mixture into the beaten egg whites until combined, then fold in the remaining half of the almond flour mixture. Keep folding until completely combined. Add the food coloring. Continue to fold and stir until you have a smooth batter that runs off the spatula easily and fairly quickly. You should be able to drizzle a figure eight pattern. This took me 6 minutes. Note: You will need to use some "elbow grease" towards the end, meaning to put some muscle into it. You will be delicate with it at first, when you're folding, then you don't have to be so delicate towards the end.
  • Pour batter into a large pastry bag fitted with a 1/2" round pastry tip. Start piping the batter, holding the bag at a 90° angle. Squeeze bag until you've piped a round of macaron batter that almost reaches the edges of the macaron template or about 1 3/8-inch wide. You should have enough to pipe about 40 shells. Tap pan on counter to release the air bubbles. Use a toothpick to pop any bubbles that appear. Let the shells dry for 40-60 minutes. You can preheat the oven at this point to 325°F. Bake the shells for 16-18 minutes. Let them cool completely. Use a metal spatula to slide underneath the macaron shell and lift from the pan. Don't use your hands, the shells might break. Note: Ovens may vary. If you want to TEST bake one cookie first, you could do that. If they aren't baked long enough, they will be too soft, but baked too much and they will be too hard.

For the strawberry buttercream

  • Place powdered sugar and freeze dried strawberries in a food processor and pulse a few times or until strawberries are powdered. Set aside.
  • Beat softened butter on medium speed with an electric or stand mixer. Beat for 3 minutes until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar mixture, cream, and strawberry flavoring with the mixer running on low. Increase to high speed and beat for 3 minutes.
  • Transfer the buttercream to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2 inch round pastry tip. Squeeze a half dollar-sized dollop of buttercream in the middle of a macaron shell. Gently place another shell on top. Repeat with remaing shells. Drizzle with melted chocolate and add sprinkles, if desired. I the melted chocolate into a disposable piping bag and cut a tiny corner to drizzle the chocolate onto the macarons. Then added sprinkles immediately. For best results, store in airtight container in the refrigerator and wait 24-hours to serve. They will be softer and more flavorful the next day but you can eat them immediately, if desired. Storing suggestions: If stored in an airtight container, they will be good for 24 hours at room temperature OR 2-3 days in the refrigerator OR up to 3 months in the freezer.

Nutrition

Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 164IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg