Macarons may seem hard, but really they just require patience. These Chocolate Mint Macarons are so good – and they’d be a perfect addition to any holiday platter!
No, not Macaroon. Macaron. You know, the new en vogue cookie? Florian, the dude from Cupcake Wars? You know what I’m talking about right?
Macaroons (two o’s) are a coconut cookie traditionally served in Spring. Macarons (one o) are little sandwich cookies that have no coconut whatsoever. They’re an airy-yet-chewy kind a a meringue but not really, made with almond flour cookie.
And they’re amazing!
My first experience with macarons was a few years ago at the Foodbuzz Blogging Conference. They served all these different flavors in all these pretty colors. Since then, I’ve seen them across blogland and in pretty much every dainty bake shop. I’ve heard all the horror stories about how hard they are to make, about how fickle they can be. But, even with all that, I’ve been dying to make them. They’ve been #1 on my baking bucket list for some time now.
And I can finally say I’ve conquered the macaron! And you know what? It wasn’t that hard. A long process? Yes. Did I need patience? Yes. But hard? No. I think anyone can make these – really.
I mean, how could you not make them?
These macarons are chocolate, with a mint chocolate ganache filling. The best part about macarons are how versatile they are. It’s like making whoopee pies: just change the flavor profile with a new filling. I used ganache I had leftover from this cheesecake. I knew that mint ganache would go so good with a chocolate macaron.
Now, like I said before, making macarons requires lots of patience. There are lots of steps. There’s lots of sifting involved. You need a kitchen scale and you need to age egg whites. After my pie crust tutorial the other day, I was not in the mood to do another step-by-step photo post and luckily, I don’t have to. Mindy has done it all for you in her new cookbook!
Mindy Cone, the writer behind the blog Creative Juice, published the Gourmet French Macarons just a few months ago. In the book she details step-by-step, with photos, how to create the perfect macaron. She broke it down so good that I was able to do it easily! And now I want to make more, because I’m not scared of them anymore!
Then, not only did she fill the book with fun flavors of macarons and a bunch a delicious filling ideas (from chocolate ganache to white chocolate and caramel macadamia nut to butterscotch and pink lemonade!), but she turned the basic macaron into tons of cute shapes! The book, with over 75 designs, was written and photographed by Mindy. It really is a piece of artwork. And her macarons are so yummy! The book even comes with a template CD so you can print the shapes you need.
I was so proud of myself when these turned out. I cannot wait to make more flavors! The outside is crunchy and the inside is chewy – these really are the perfect cookie. Don’t let them scare you – anyone can make them!
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