Macaron Mania

Macarons are naturally gluten-free and very light compared to most other cookies. But that’s not why I love them. When you get them right, they are a ton of fun to make (and eat!), and that’s why I went a little nuts with the macarons last weekend.

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My macaron mania started when I volunteered to test this chocolate green tea macaron recipe and this candied peanut butter one to help determine whether they should be “Editor’s Picks” over at food52.

I love food52 (and this week I got some big love back!), so I was very nervous about testing these recipes. Macarons aren’t easy to make and I didn’t want to screw up. I’ve attempted them before, but I would not exactly categorize that venture as a complete success (you can see what I ended up with here, when I made “macs” for the Daring Bakers).

So I studied the recipes. I read up on macaron-making techniques. I bought a digital scale. I was ready.

First up? The chocolate macarons with matcha cream.

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This one is a little unusual as far as macaron recipes go, but it works. It works well, and I loved these. Kitchen Butterfly: you done good.

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Next, I made the candied peanut butter macarons. These were not the only recipe Dolcetto Confections entered into the best macaron contest; her Meyer lemon macarons actually took top honors. So I just had a feeling this recipe would be great.

It was: the candied peanut-topped macarons were perfect, with gorgeous “feet”…I was so proud…

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I filled them with lots (and lots) of smooth organic peanut butter.

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If you are a peanut butter fan, you will absolutely love them.

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Now, I could have stopped there. But I didn’t. Buoyed by my success with the plain macaron recipe, I made some more…

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…and filled them with leftover Meyer lemon cream I defrosted from when I made this tart. Outrageous is the word that comes to mind to describe these. Simply outrageous.

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And last, but not least, I made a quick filling out of ricotta cheese and homemade fig jam for the rest of my “macs”. Pretty darn delicious, if I do say so myself.

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It’s really too bad recipe testing is such a tough job :)

This post is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesday over at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free!

13 thoughts on “Macaron Mania”

  1. These look great, especially the candied peanut butter macarons! I am a huge peanut butter fan. I will definitely have to delve into making macarons one of these days.

  2. These look just wonderful and I honor your bravery in trying to make (and succeeding so well with) macarons. I’m still getting up the courage to do so but am inspired now. Love your two choices of flavors: perfect.

  3. I’m new to your blog as well — and find myself drooling over your macs! Absolutely beautiful. can’t wait to see what else you’ve got in store :)

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