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Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts: Chocolate Peanut Butter Macarons

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Macarons

I interrupt my strawberry series to bring you Macarons.  Hopefully you will find them equally delicious!  Before I started blogging, I had never heard of a French Macaron.  Then I saw them everywhere, and everyone made them look so pretty, but they had a reputation of being so technically difficult.  I was scared to try them.  But after I made Pistachio Ice Cream, I had egg whites like crazy.  Normally I would throw away 1 or 2 if I had them, but 6 felt way too wasteful.  So I had to come up with something to do with them.  It felt like it was time to try Macarons. 

Being that I am not French, and I am not all that fancy of a person, I had to make these my way.  I picked a chocolate version with a peanut butter buttercream frosting.  A truly American flavor with a delicate French dessert.  I read up a lot before I made my first batch.  I consulted Annie's Eats, Tartlette's Tutorial, and of course how could I not read Mad about Macaron's? I think the main thing I learned is that it is humid in Iowa, even with the air conditioning on.  So I should have let them sit out longer before baking.  The first tray ended up in the garbage, the second tray was much better. 


Chocolate Peanut Butter Macarons
Printable Recipe

For the Macarons:
110 gm almond flour
200 gm minus 2 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar
2 tbsp. cocoa powder (Dutch-process preferred)
100 gm egg whites (from about 3 eggs), aged at room temperature for 12-24 hours
50 gm granulated sugar

Peanut Butter Butter Cream
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tbls milk

Combine almond flour, confectioners' sugar and cocoa powder until well blended (I used my food processor).  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites on medium-high speed until foamy.  Gradually add the granulated sugar and continue beating until a smooth, shiny meringue with stiff peaks forms.  Add the ground almond mixture to the bowl with the meringue and quickly but gently fold together using a wide rubber spatula until no streaks remain.  You want to achieve a thick batter that ribbons or flows from the spatula when lifted.

Line two baking sheets with silicone baking mats.  Transfer the batter to a piping bag fitted with a plain wide round tip.  Pipe into small rounds on the prepared baking sheets (each round should be about 1-1½ inches in diameter), spaced about 1 inch apart.  Let sit at room temperature for about an hour to develop a hard shell.

Preheat the oven to 300˚F.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, depending on size.  Transfer the pans to a wire cooling rack and let cool completely before moving the cookies. 

While the cookies are cooling, make the frosting.  Stir together all the ingredients until it is the right consistency.  I always just add the milk at the end to get the texture I want.  Put into a piping bag, fitted with a plain tip. 

Once the cookies are cool, match them up so they are paired with one that is a like size.  Squeeze some frosting onto the base, and place the top on.  Gently press down.  They are best to eat the next day. 

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39 Comments:

At June 28, 2011 at 4:52 AM , Blogger Three-Cookies said...

They look perfect and amazing. First time I am hearing of peanut butter in macarons - great fusion. You have wonderful recipes on your site

 
At June 28, 2011 at 4:52 AM , Blogger PFx said...

Wow, that's one serious Macaron there. It's been ages since I made some... no almond flour in NZ unfortunately. Very fab summer day you've got there, perfect for the nutty mellow goodness.

 
At June 28, 2011 at 5:00 AM , Anonymous purabi naha said...

Your macaron photos look just great and I am definitely intrigued! Loved your collection of recipes and everything about this blog.

 
At June 28, 2011 at 5:36 AM , Anonymous claudia lamascolo said...

These are so perfect you are so talented everything looks like it came from a factory your creative and just amazing looking, there are delicious looking and those flavors are perfect combo's!

 
At June 28, 2011 at 5:50 AM , Anonymous the constant hunger said...

These look beautiful. I am a little intimidated by making these though.

 
At June 28, 2011 at 5:55 AM , Anonymous Kate @KfS said...

Gorgeous photo and flavor combiination. I never resist the infamous chocolate and peanutbutter. I'm hooked for good reason. ;)

 
At June 28, 2011 at 5:59 AM , Blogger Nava.K said...

great outcome Erin, I failed a few times trying to make macaroon by following recipes other shared. I don't know what when wrong, will give yours a try but with different filling inside, thank you.

 
At June 28, 2011 at 6:04 AM , Blogger Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

Awesome use for leftover ingredients! These look great, I have never made them either. I love the combo of yours!

 
At June 28, 2011 at 7:24 AM , Blogger icancookthat said...

Your photo presentation is stunning! Great use of your leftover ingredients, very impressive!

 
At June 28, 2011 at 7:33 AM , Anonymous kitchenarian said...

They turned out beautifully. I have never made macarons, but I am so inspired now. The chocolate peanut butter combination sounds like the perfect macaron to me.

 
At June 28, 2011 at 7:58 AM , Anonymous Maureen said...

Okay I have never wanted a macaron more than right now. They look to die for good. I want to make these and I want them to look like yours. :)

 
At June 28, 2011 at 8:23 AM , Blogger Ann said...

They look perfect and your photos are beautiful! I am crazy about the chocolate peanutbutter combo...how great that you thought of it! Once again - I'm happily buzzing this one!

 
At June 28, 2011 at 8:56 AM , Blogger Audra said...

These look great Erin I have yet to brave them myself, but you have inspired me...It may be time!!

 
At June 28, 2011 at 9:08 AM , Blogger The Country Cook said...

You did a fantastic job!! At least the second batch did well!! I bet they tasted amazing :)

 
At June 28, 2011 at 9:15 AM , Blogger KEcker said...

Wow, they look beautiful! I'm very impressed you made them. I love Macarons, but it's hard to find a good one. I bet yours are delush:-)

 
At June 28, 2011 at 12:02 PM , Anonymous Tina @flourtrader said...

Kudos that you took the plunge to make these. Mine are still a work in progress. Great job!

 
At June 28, 2011 at 1:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know a lot of folks who don’t eat eggs (they’re allergic, for health reasons, or concerns about animal cruelty). Here’s an awesome site that gives tips on cooking and baking without eggs: http://EggFreeLiving.com

 
At June 28, 2011 at 2:25 PM , Blogger Alex said...

looks perfect! I've only made macarons once..pretty intimidating, but fun!

 
At June 28, 2011 at 3:39 PM , Anonymous redkathy said...

Wish I had the talent to bake and shoot like you do!! One day maybe :) Love the photo, great concept.

 
At June 28, 2011 at 6:22 PM , Anonymous Priscilla-ShesCookin said...

OMG your macarons look perfect! What an excellent use for those egg whites :)

 
At June 28, 2011 at 6:29 PM , Blogger Lizzy said...

Gorgeous, Erin! I hear ya on the humidity! Still waiting on my macaron cookbook to arrive, then I'm trying these puppies, too :)

 
At June 28, 2011 at 7:08 PM , Blogger Parsley Sage said...

Ack! In the garbage!? Le sob :( At least the second batch came out gorgeous!

 
At June 28, 2011 at 7:29 PM , Blogger Annie Oakley's Kitchen said...

You did a great job o those macarons! They look gorgeous! I am in the same boat with you as to never hearing of a macaron before I started blogging. I have yet to actually eat one but I think I need to now!

 
At June 28, 2011 at 7:51 PM , Blogger Dee at Deelicious Sweets said...

Great job! I have heard they are hard to make but it looks like you mastered them (the second time around)!

 
At June 28, 2011 at 8:19 PM , Blogger Foodiva said...

You made these perfect macarons on your first attempt? That's some serious macaronnage you've got there, Erin! I made macarons 5 times before they even developed feet, and it's humid here too. Btw, don't throw away any imperfect mac shells...you can crumble them up and use as ice cream topping. They're yummy!

 
At June 28, 2011 at 8:41 PM , Anonymous Anne said...

I cannot believe this is your first attempt at macarons! These are gorgeous and such a winning flavor combo! I am dying to give this a try...but I've heard the same thing about how tricky they are to make! Why don't you just send me a dozen...hmmm? Great job! : )

 
At June 29, 2011 at 8:08 AM , Blogger The Harried Cook said...

Gorgeous macarons! Can't believe this is the first time you're making them! I am planning to make my first batch in July, and I hope mine are half as good as yours! The flavors are great too... crowd pleasers! :)

 
At June 30, 2011 at 3:54 AM , Blogger anne said...

That looks amazing !!!! My 1st macaron making attempt ? FAILED :( :D I was so happy when I saw it in the oven that it developed feet but when I took it out , it deflates :P :D Good thing I just used 40 grams of almond powder tsk tsk

 
At June 30, 2011 at 6:15 AM , Anonymous Tiffany said...

Hi again! Congrats on your Top 9!

 
At June 30, 2011 at 6:53 AM , Blogger Curry and Comfort said...

Well you had a slam-dunk here when you put together pb and chocolate! That is my favorite flavor combo for sweets. Congrats on making Top 9 on Foodbuzz... you are on a roll and it's not just about the strawberries. : ) This looks amazing and your picture is really clever and gorgeous. Once again, Great Job! : )

 
At June 30, 2011 at 9:38 AM , Anonymous Kate@Diethood said...

You are taking over Top 9!! Congrats!! :)) Good job... keep it up... the macs look incredible!!

 
At June 30, 2011 at 9:48 AM , Anonymous Jill@MadAboutMacarons said...

Just seen your gorgeous macarons on Top9 - bravo! They look wonderful and lovely American touch with the peanut butter and beauties in that cocktail glass. Cheers!

 
At June 30, 2011 at 3:07 PM , Blogger Biren said...

Your macarons look perfect! I have yet to attempt them. I am really taking my time as I just bought the silicone mat... :)

 
At June 30, 2011 at 6:40 PM , OpenID freeeatsfood.com said...

Those are some stellar macarons! Gorgeous and I know they must taste great with that peanut butter filling. Happy to have found your blog through food buzz. Consider yourself buzzed! Love those strawberry popsicles too. May have to make those with the kidlets.

 
At June 30, 2011 at 9:25 PM , Blogger Julie said...

I still haven't tried to make macarons...they seem a bit intimidating. But these look just gorgeous :)

 
At June 30, 2011 at 10:28 PM , Blogger Ann said...

Congratulations on making FoodBuzz Top 9!

 
At July 7, 2011 at 4:21 PM , Anonymous kita said...

All I can say to this is droooool.

These look awesome. I'm going to fetch myself a big glass of milk to go with these.

 
At July 28, 2011 at 2:01 PM , Blogger BigBearswife said...

I so want to try and make these! The chocolate looks great! I am kinda scared to make them tho. heard they were hard to make

 
At August 14, 2011 at 9:02 AM , Anonymous Joanne said...

Okay, you should seriously be super impressed with yourself. Your macarons looks absolutely PERFECT, like the ones that I ate in Paris. Perfect uniform shape and feet, and that filling looks amazing. I'm in awe!!! Mine didn't look like that when I tried! I think that means I have to try your recipe, so I'm definitely bookmarking these!

 

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