Well, it seems like you all are up for a challenge! When I asked you what type of dishes you wanted to see me make for Reader Request Week, so many of you asked for French macarons. These sweet sandwich cookies have the reputation of being difficult to make, but I’m going to show you the easy way!
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Instead of flour, these cookies are made with almond meal and confectioners sugar. Egg whites whipped with granulated sugr and almond extract give it that crisp-yet-chewy texture and nice, delicate flavor. Today I’m filling mine with strained jam, but you could use chocolate-hazelnut spread (yum!) or a favorite frosting. Watch the video to see exactly how these come together, and get a few key tricks for making sure they bake up beautifully.
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Prep Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes, plus drying
1 1/4 cups almond meal
1 3/4 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 large egg whites
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Strained jam or other desired fillings
Whisk together almond meal and confectioner’s sugar and sift over a large bowl.
Beat egg whites until frothy, 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly add granulated sugar and almond extract, beat until medium shiny peaks, about 3 to 5 minutes.
Fold egg whites into almond mixture until combined. Mix vigorously with spatula until the mixture sinks easily into a smooth mass and has the consistency of honey. Transfer mixture to a pastry bag, cut off
Let dry 30 minutes to an hour and a half until tops are firm and dry. Preheat oven to 350. Bake one sheet at a time for about 14 minutes, rotating once. Let cool completely on wire racks before filling and sandwiching cookies together.
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Nutritional Info: per serv (makes 4): 329 cal; 10 g fat; 30 g protein; 31 g carb; 3 g fiber
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Sarah Carey is the editor of Everyday Food magazine and her job is to come up with the best ways to make fast, delicious food at home. But she’s also a mom to two hungry kids, so the question “What’s for dinner?” is never far from her mind — or theirs, it seems! Her days can get crazy busy (whose don’t?), so these videos are all about her favorite fast, fresh meals — and the tricks she uses to make it all SO much easier.
Cookie Recipe – Easy French Macarons – Reader Request Week – Everyday Food with Sarah Carey