November 26, 2015
A few years ago, I thought it would be an excellent idea to make macarons as holiday gifts for my friends. Unfortunately, it turns out macarons are not easy to make. I watched my dreams crumble like the failed cookies I had baked.
In more recent times, I kept seeing macarons on Instagram and Pinterest and felt the sudden urge to try again. I watched countless videos on how to make the perfect macarons and looked through a bazillion blog posts. IT WAS TIME.
I found that the key to a successful macaron was mostly in the mixing/baking part. The first time I made maracons, I think I overbaked them, causing them to break easily. They were also hollow which was probably due to under-mixing the batter. With a little (whole lot of) luck, my macarons finally turned out! It truly is a Thanksgiving miracle.
These particular macarons are filled with homemade Nutella. Maybe one day I will do a special tutorial on how to make Nutella, but for now Pinterest will have to take care of all your Nutella DIY needs. For the shells, I used Trader Joe’s almond meal. It worked nicely in terms of the texture, but appearance-wise, I wish it didn’t have the flecks of almond skin.
I’ve never been a huge fan of sugar cookies, so you can expect to see more painted macarons! And hopefully, my macaron-making skills will improve as well. They are actually less work than sugar cookies, if you can get them to turn out right every time.