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Easter Egg Macarons
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 

Move over chocolate bunnies, these sweet French Easter egg macarons will be your new favorite Easter treat.

Course: Cookies
Cuisine: French
Keyword: easter egg macarons, macarons
Servings: 25 sandwich cookies (50 halves)
Calories: 225 kcal
Ingredients
Macarons
  • 1 3/4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups almond flour (I like Bob's Red Mill or homemade ground almonds)
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
  • *gel food coloring if desired
Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream
  • 5 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 14 oz unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
Macarons
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment and trace 1 1/2 inch - 2 inch egg shapes onto the parchment as a guide for piping. Flip the parchment over before piping.

  2. Combine almond flour, confectioners sugar, and salt in a food processor fitted with a steel blade and blend until completely combined, 1-2 mins.

  3. Beat egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form.
  4. Add superfine sugar and beat on high speed until meringue is glossy and (very!) stiff peaks form.
  5. Fold almond flour mixture into meringue - I find about 50 strokes to be the magic number. The batter should be the consistency of lava. (As you are folding, you can add a drop of food coloring if desired.)
  6. Fill the piping bag with the batter and pipe egg shapes within the lines that you traced. The batter will spread a bit, so don't overfill.
  7. Tap the baking sheet once of twice on the counter to release any air bubbles and with a slightly moistened finger, gently pat down any points on the surface of the shells.
  8. Bake one tray at a time for 10-12 mins until shells are set but not browned.
  9. Let cool for a few minutes on baking sheet, before carefully removing to a wire rack to cool.
Swiss Meringue Buttercream
  1. Combine sugar and eggs whites in the bowl of your electric mixer or a large metal bowl.

  2. Place over a pan of simmering water and cook, whisking frequently, until sugar is completely dissolved and isn't grainy when you rub it between two fingers.
  3. Remove from heat and using your electric mixer, beat on high with the whisk attachment until the meringue is thick and glossy and the bottom of the bowl no longer feels warm, about 7-8 minutes.
  4. Add the butter, piece by piece, and mix until incorporated.
  5. Switch to the paddle attachment and add the scraped vanilla bean seeds and extract. Continue beating until light, smooth and completely homogenized.
Make the Sandwich Cookies
  1. Using a pastry bag, pipe 1 1/2 - 2 tsps of filling on to half of the shells. Place an empty shell on top of the filling and press lightly so filling spreads to the edge, taking care not to crack the shell.

  2. *Optional* Pipe Easter egg decorations with thick, piping consistency royal icing and allow to dry until icing is hardened.
  3. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

Special Equipment: piping bag fitted with a #806 Ateco tip or equivalent

  • I find the most important step to be in the folding, or rather, not over-folding. A runny batter leads to nothing but problems. The right piping texture should resemble thick lava that will spread a bit after it's piped, but not be runny or drippy.
  • The main key to success for Easter egg macarons is consistency. I use a cookie cutter to trace the shape I'm piping onto the parchment paper. Flip the paper (you don't want the pencil marks to get into the batter), pipe, then tap the tray once or twice on the counter to release any air bubbles. These steps will help to ensure that your macaron shells will bake evenly and the top and bottoms will match up after they've been filled.
  • Skip aging the the egg whites. I've come home from the store with a fresh dozen eggs and baked a successful batch with them straight away. Fluffy feet and all.
  • Many recipes call for resting the piped macarons on the counter before baking. It certainly doesn't hurt, but again, I've found that it's not necessary for success. I discovered this by accident once when I was running short on time. I used to rest mine on the counter for at least 15 minutes before baking, but when I was pressed for time I just piped them and popped them into the oven.  Honestly, I couldn't tell the difference. So now I just skip the resting and go right to baking.
  • There are also plenty of theories about oven temperature. Some recipes require starting with a higher temperature, then lowering it when you place the baking sheet in the oven. Other recipes say not a hair above 300 degrees. I've found success with an oven temp of 325 degrees. If your oven runs hot, then maybe lower it a bit. But 325 has worked for me and if it ain't broke...
Nutrition Facts
Easter Egg Macarons
Amount Per Serving
Calories 225 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 43mg2%
Potassium 21mg1%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 395IU8%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.