Chocolate Macarons

French-style macarons-a mixture of egg whites and ground almonds sandwiched together with a flavoured filling-are among the most decadent of desserts. Test your cooking skills with this delicious chocolate macarons recipe.

Chocolate macarons
Chocolate Macarons
Chocolate Macarons
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
20pieces 15minutes 20minutes
Servings Prep Time
20pieces 15minutes
Cook Time
20minutes
Ingredients
Portions: pieces
Units:
Ingredients
Portions: pieces
Units:
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F/Gas 2). Line 2 baking trays with baking (parchment) paper.
  2. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat the almond meal, icing sugar and cocoa on low speed until combined. Pass the mixture through a sieve onto baking paper.
  3. Whisk eggwhites until foamy. While beating, gradually add the caster sugar and beat until soft peaks form and the sugar is dissolved. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the almond mixture into the eggwhites, one-third at a time.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a piping (icing) bag fitted with a 1 cm (½ inch) plain nozzle. Pipe 4 cm (1½ inch) rounds onto the prepared trays, allowing room for spreading. Leave to rest for 30–60 minutes to allow a skin to form.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, or until puffed, firm to touch and crusted a little. Cool for 10–15 minutes on the trays, then transfer to wire racks.
  6. For the filling, bring cream to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, add the chocolate and stand 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Let stand at room temperature or chill for 10 minutes until the mixture is spreadable. Sandwich cooled macarons together with the filling.