Make French Macarons - the most foolproof method [VIDEO]

Yum yum! I made these delectable macaroons using the method I describe in the video above.
Yum yum! I made these delectable macaroons using the method I describe in the video above.

If you've never tried French macarons (macaroons), you really should. Imagine an Oreo sandwich, except instead of the cookies you have something that's delicately crisp on the outside, and moist and chewy on the inside, with the delicate flavor of almonds, and instead of the white "creme" filling, you have a chocolatey ganache, a rich buttercream, or even a jam. They almost melt in your mouth, and if you've ever seen them in bakeries or shops, you'll know the pleasure of eating one comes at a steep price: $1.50-$2.00 apiece here in San Francisco.

Fortunately, making your own macarons is actually not impossible, and you can do it for a much lower cost than buying them at boutique shops. And, believe it or not, it can be fun!

The technique I've laid out in the video above is almost foolproof. I've made them using this method (the sucre cuit, or Italian meringue, method) 5 times now, and they've always turned out great. The devil is in the details, so be sure to follow the directions as I've laid them out in the video, and if you prefer written instructions instead, with pictures, have a gander at my Hub on How to Make French Macaroons.

Macaron Troubleshooting: Some of the usual pitfalls that I think this method does a great job of avoiding are macaron shells that:

  • don't have "feet" (the ruffly bottoms)
  • stick to the baking sheet
  • are not smooth and round on the top
  • crack and "erupt"
  • are hollow-looking inside
  • are dried-out and crunchy

This method really does avoid all of these. Follow the directions carefully—don't make any substitutions—and see if they don't work out for you!

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Questions or Comments? Leave them below. :) 19 comments

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Ari Lamstein 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA

Great video Jason!


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livelonger 4 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thanks, Ari!


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Robin 4 years ago from San Francisco

Wow, that was an amazing video! You make it look so easy. I definitely want to try this recipe and will use your video as a guide. ;)


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livelonger 4 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thanks, Robin! They are a lot easier to make with this method, in my experience. Hope you give them a shot!


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California

Incredible video, so many great pointers for making French Style Macarons right before my eyes! Loved the bag/glass tip, I will be using this not only for making your recipe here, but other piping recipes as well. Very streamline and soothing to watch, and your "hand model" is simply beautiful. One of the best video Guides I have watched. Thanks for sharing. Up across the board!

HubHugs & Shalom my Friend~

K9


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livelonger 4 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thanks, K9! You didn't think the hand model was a little, too, um, hairy? ;) We're actually going to be doing a lot of icing piping this week, too (we're making cupcakes) so we'll have a lot of bags perched up in glasses. Thank you for your comment, and shalom (and l'shana tova), my friend!


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California

Those kind words, "L'shanah tovah tikatev v'taihatem" always make me crave delicious apples and honey... a sweet year to you as well LL. ;)


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Karen N 4 years ago from United States

Those look absolutely delicious and you did an excellent job on the video!


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livelonger 4 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thank you, Karen!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Oh yummy! I know what I'm doing tomorrow :) can't wait to try this wonderful recipe...I will be a hit in my neighborhood. These macarons will also make wonderful holiday gifts and decorate any party. Thanks.

vocalcoach~


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2uesday 4 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

These macarons would make a nice gift if they were wrapped in a nice box with a bow and tag.


silvana1955 4 years ago

my family love macarons and i have my recipe but this one seems to be even better than mine,i will try it for sure


Yudith 4 years ago

Nice, would like to try tomorrow. thank you for the tips


andrew 4 years ago

so i guess u dont have to dry them?


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livelonger 4 years ago from San Francisco Author

Andrew: Do you mean the egg whites? Nope, you don't have to using this method.


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK

Great video on how to make macarons! Really, it looked so professional - well done, I could learn a thing or two from you :)


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free-seotools 4 years ago from Portugal

This looks like a great replacement for the recipe I lost from my Nana. Sounds yummy.


Caaather 4 years ago

have u tried the French method before?

when should i take them out of the oven?

i tend to overbake them

any pointers?


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BNadyn 2 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

Nice video, you did a great job! I think I'm ready to try out this recipe now. Thanks for sharing and great pointers. :)

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