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Almond Macarons Recipe

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Almond macaron with cream and passion fruit
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This almond macarons recipe is the most basic version of the classic biscuit. Crisp on the outside, and chewy-moist on the interior, these treats need no filling to be absolutely delicious.

Cook’s note: Add a little flavor and flair to these macaroons with a few drops of food coloring and your favorite flavoring.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 32 minutes


  • 1 cup blanched almonds
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg whites, beaten lightly
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar


How to make macarons:

Preheat an oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine the almonds, sugar, egg whites, and vanilla extract in a food processor and pulse the mixture until it has taken on the texture of a very coarse paste. Turn the food processor on high speed and blend the paste for 2 minutes, until it is very smooth and thick.

Spoon the batter into a pastry bag fitted with a wide tip and pipe the batter into uniform, 1-inch mounds on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Allow the batter to rest, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

Bake the macaroons for 12 minutes. Remove the hot macaroons to a wire rack and cool to room temperature and dust with the confectioners’ sugar before serving.

This French macaroons recipe makes 8 servings.

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