Vanilla Macarons – How To Make Them At Home

If you love delicate and delectable treats, vanilla macarons will tickle your taste buds. These dainty French confections are known for their crisp, thin shells and soft, flavorful fillings. 

While they may seem intimidating to make at home, with the right technique and patience, you can create your batch of vanilla macarons that rival those found in patisseries. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps to make these delightful treats, and don’t forget, they make great additions to gift boxes for special occasions.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Before you begin making vanilla macarons, gathering all the necessary ingredients is essential. Here’s a list of what you’ll need:

For the Macaron Shells:

  • 1 cup (100g) almond flour
  • 2/3 cup (100g) powdered sugar
  • 2 large egg whites at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • Gel food colouring (optional)

For the Vanilla Buttercream Filling:

  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups (180g) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Prepare Your Baking Sheets

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. This will prevent the macarons from sticking to the pan and ensure even baking.

2. Sift Dry Ingredients

In a medium bowl, sift together the almond flour and powdered sugar. This step is crucial for achieving that smooth, delicate macaron shell.

3. Whip the Egg Whites

In a separate mixing bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until they foam. Gradually add the granulated sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form. This means that the egg whites should stand up straight when you lift the beaters.

4. Incorporate Dry Ingredients

Gently fold the sifted almond flour and powdered sugar mixture into the whipped egg whites. Add the vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. If you want to add some colour to your vanilla macarons, now is the time to add a small amount of gel food colouring and gently fold until the colour is evenly distributed.

5. Pipe the Macarons

Transfer the macaron batter into a piping bag fitted with a round tip. Pipe small, uniform circles onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving some space between each one. If you’re new to macaron making, you can draw circles on the parchment paper to guide consistent sizing.

6. Rest and Preheat

Let the piped macarons sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. This resting period allows them to develop a thin, dry shell. While the macarons are resting, preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C).

7. Bake and Cool

Bake the macarons in the oven for 15-18 minutes or until they have developed feet (the ruffled edges). Remove them from the oven and let them cool completely on the baking sheets.

8. Make the Vanilla Buttercream

While the macarons are cooling, prepare the vanilla buttercream filling. In a mixing bowl, beat the softened butter until creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and beat until smooth. Add a tablespoon or two of milk to achieve your desired consistency if the mixture is too thick.

9. Assemble the Macarons

Once the macarons have cooled completely, pair them up based on size and shape. Pipe a small amount of vanilla buttercream onto one shell, then sandwich it with another. Gently press them together to distribute the filling evenly.

10. Store and Enjoy

Place your vanilla macarons in an airtight container and refrigerate them for at least 24 hours before enjoying them. This resting period melts the flavours, resulting in a more delicious treat.

Now that you’ve successfully made vanilla macarons at home consider packaging them in gift boxes for special occasions. These homemade macarons’ elegant and delightful appearance makes them a perfect addition to gift boxes for birthdays, anniversaries, or other celebrations. Tie a ribbon around the box, and you have a thoughtful and personalised present that shows you care.

Final Words

Making vanilla macarons at home is a rewarding culinary adventure that anyone can undertake with a little practice and patience. With this simple recipe and step-by-step instructions, you can create these delicate treats to savour and share. 

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