If you love coffee, you are going to love these coffee macarons. The shells are chocolate and the filling is a ganache infused with coffee extract and finely ground coffee beans for an added kick in flavor and with just the slightest crunch.
These might be the simplest looking macarons I’ve ever made. But simple is good sometimes and sometimes it’s necessary when life gets chaotic.
This week has been crazy as we gear up for back to school. And tomorrow is the first day of second grade for the little guy who couldn’t be more excited. With that I’m keeping this post short, since today is the last of our carefree summer days.
To get started, make sure you read through the whole recipe if you are making macarons for the first time. Pay close attention to the visual cues for readiness while preparing the batter. I’ve also added weight and volume measurements – for these cookies, I find it easiest to go by weight, but I know not everyone has a scale so the volume measurement were provided as well.
Most of all, don’t worry if you don’t have perfect little feet on your macarons—imperfect macarons are still great tasting macarons.
Yield: Makes approximately 24-30, 1 inch cookies
- 135g (1/2 cup) egg whites (about 4 eggs)
- 45g (1/4 cup) granulated sugar
- 215g (2 cups plus 1/3 cup) powdered sugar
- 115g (2 cups plus 1/4 cup) almond meal
- 25g (1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon) cocoa powder
- 2 oz finely chopped chocolate (68% cacao)
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon McCormicks Coffee Extract
- 1 tablespoon finely ground coffee bean
- pinch of salt
To make the coffee ganache: Place chopped chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a pot with 1-inch of simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Cook and stir occasionally, until mixture is melted and smooth. Stir in the cream, coffee extract, salt and coffee grounds and then remove from the heat. Set aside until cooled and thickened, stirring occasionally, 30 to 45 minutes.
To make chocolate macarons: Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line bakesheet with parchment paper.
Preparation: Heat oven to 330 degrees. Line bake sheet with parchment.
To make macarons:
- Trace out 1 inch circles on parchment and set this aside as a “master copy”. Reserve two extra sheets of parchment and set aside.
- Place egg whites and sugar in a stand mixer bowl and fit mixer with a whisk attachment. Beat on medium low speed until egg whites start to form loose translucent bubbles. Increase mixer speed to medium and beat until meringue turns foamy and white and starts to resemble well lathered shampoo, about 2 minutes. Increase mixer to high and beat until meringue holds glossy stiff peaks, about another 2-3 minutes. Turn off mixer.
- Process almond meal, powdered sugar and cocoa powder in a food processor and then sift.
- Add dry ingredients to meringue. Using a sturdy spatula fold and smash dry mixture into meringue against the bowl for about 20-25 folds. Don’t worry about being gentle the idea is to knock the air out of it. The batter should hold its shape when spooned on itself and start to slowly flatten out after about 15-20 seconds. Start checking the batter after 20 folds for readiness. Transfer batter to pastry bag and let rest for 20 minutes before piping.
- Place master copy of drawn circles on a bake sheet and then place a sheet of parchment on top. Pipe until batter reaches edge of circle. Remove master copy from underneath piped layer and place on second bake sheet and pipe remaining batter (remove master copy and save for future use).Take hold of each pan and give it quick hard tap against the counter, turn the pan 90 degrees and give it another quick hard tap. This will deflate any bubbles and prevent cracked shells.
- Bake for about 15-17 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Leave shells to cool completely on pan. Shells will cleanly peel away from parchment when ready.
- Pipe filling on one shell. Place a second shell on top.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by McCormick as part of an ongoing ambassadorship. However, all opinions are my own.