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French Macarons 10 Easy Steps Recipe

10 Easy Steps Recipe to Make French Macarons

It’s amazing how these delicious bites of heaven only contain 3 basic ingredients: almond flour, sugar, egg whites. Here are ten (10) easy steps to making authentic French Macarons. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the filling, the traditional filling is buttercream and you can also make a ganache.

Ingredients for the Macarons

  • 1 cup /150 grams ground almonds aka almond flour
  • 2/3 cup/75.3 grams powdered sugar
  • 2 medium egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup/50 grams granulated superfine sugar
  • 1 or 2 drops food coloring (if desired)

Ingredients for the Filling – Basic Buttercream

There are a variety of fillings from buttercream, to ganache with infinite flavor possibilities  from traditional to the more exotic (vanilla, chocolate, coffee, caramel, pistachio, Nutella, mango, orange, lemon, lavender, thyme, jasmine etc…)

  • 1 1/2 cups/340.5 grams unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup/150 grams of powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 300 F/140 C

Easy Directions

Step 1 – Mix the almond flour and powdered sugar together

Step 2 -Whip the egg whites, salt and sugar into a firm meringue consistency

Step 3 -Incorporate the almond mixture into the meringue gently folding

Step 4 Fill with the macaron mixture in a 1/3-inch (1cm) nozzle piping bag,

Step 5 – Pipe 1.5 inches rounds of Macaron mixture on a baking tray covered with parchment paper (or use a silicone mat)

Step 6 -Tap baking sheet on counter to eliminate air bubbles and let stand 15-60 minutes

Step 7 – Bake about 20 minutes

Step 8 – Make the filling mix the butter and powdered sugar

Step 9 – Fill a piping bag with your choice of filling

Step 10 – When cool assemble the macaron with filling in between


This is a cool silicone mat baking set to make your macarons:


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Macaron Mania in Los Angeles!

Macaron Mania in L.A!

A macaron is much more than an almond cookie! It is a melt in your mouth sensual experience that comes to us originally from our Italian neighbors… I think Catherine de’ Medici brought them over to France… In Italy, macarons still exist in the form of amaretti, small almond cookies made from almonds, sugar and egg whites.


Eventually, the macaron became a meringue– macarons or almond-flavored meringue common in France in the first few decades of the 20th century.


It wasn’t until the early 1930′s that the “macaron” took on  a Parisian flair as it is known today when an enterprising young baker called Pierre Desfontaines, an employee of the legendary Ladurée Maison founded in 1862-  bakeshop and tea salon, thought of creating two macarons with a sweet almond ganache cream filling in between.

Ladurée opened its door in Los Angeles in 2017 at The Grove and Beverly Hills!!! 


( Find out more about  macaron history here)

laduree macarons

These mouth-watering creations replicated all over the world are of course found in Los Angeles. They come in a variety of traditional and more exotic flavors ( lavender, green tea …) with a yummy creamy ganache emulsion nestled in between two light meringue cookies. Here are some other favorite L.A macarons … go ahead and sinfully indulge… cause you won’t be able to have just one!

Other macarons we indulged in:

Les Macarons Duverger


Les Macarons chez Bouchon Bakery

Macarons Bouchon

Les Macarons chez Lette Bakery
Lette Macarons
Don’t forget les Macarons chez Bogetta Louie (  petite touche franco-italienne!)
Macaron Bottega Louie
 Who can resist strawberry champagne macarons at  Napoleon’s Macarons, in Glendale at AmericanaNapoleon Macarons
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Where is your favorite macaron hang-out?  Share it with us so we can add it to the list.