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French Macarons

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Have you ever had a macaron? No, not the coconut cookies. Those are macaroons. A macaron is a light sandwich cookie made with almond flour. They're popping up in little bakeries around the country, but guess what? You can make them yourself! They're easier than you'd expect and incredibly delicious!

¾ cup Almond Flour

1 cup Confectioner's Sugar

2 Large Egg Whites

½ tsp. Salt

¼ tsp. Cream of Tartar

3 Tbsp. Sugar

Food coloring (I love using a drop or two of red to get a nice pink hue)

For the Ganache:

4 oz. Semisweet Chocolate Chips

1/3 cup of Heavy Cream

1 tsp. Unsalted Butter, softened at room temperature

1/8 tsp. Salt

Instructions:

Line your baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, sift together the confectioner's sugar and almond flour to avoid any lumps in your mixture. Mix them together and set aside.

In another large bowl, beat the egg whites, salt and cream of tartar with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form.

Slowly add the sugar and continue to beat until stiff, glossy peaks form.

Using a spatula, incorporate the almond flour and confectioner's sugar mixture into the egg whites mixture and gently fold them in until well mixed.

Add your desired food coloring.

Transfer the batter into a piping bag or in a Zip Lock bag. Snip off one of the bottom corner of plastic bag about a ¼ inch opening.

Pipe little mounds a little larger than the size of a chocolate kiss on the parchment lined baking sheets, about 1 ½ inches apart, as they will spread out as they bake.

Bang the trays just to release all the excess air. Then let the cookies rest uncovered for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350°F.

Bake the cookies for 20 to 25 minutes or until crisp and the edges are slightly darker. Make sure to rotate the baking sheets half way through the baking time so they will cook evenly.

To make the Ganache:

In a small pan, heat the cream over medium heat until just below boiling point.

Pour cream over chocolate chips and let sit for 1 minute. Add the softened butter and whisk the whole thing together until the chocolate has fully melted and let it sit for a few minutes.

To assemble the macarons, sandwich each cookie together with chocolate ganache between the flat sides of the each cookies.

Once all are done dust them with powdered sugar.

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