French Almond Macarons Recipe

Almond macaron with cream and passion fruit
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  • 32 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Yield: Serves 8
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This almond macaron recipe is a classic little biscuit, hugely popular in France. This biscuit, however, should not be confused with the French macaron, the two are very different and you can read more about them below. 

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 as the melting middle from  the almonds is sufficient. 

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

What You'll Need

  • 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 It

How to make macarons:

Preheat an oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper and very lightly grease with a little butter. 

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. You can draw a template onto the parchment paper if you want the biscuits to be precise, however, home-made biscuits do not want to look like they are made from a machine. 

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.

The biscuits are best eaten as soon as possible if you have to store them place into an airtight box. 


What is a Classic French Macaron?

The Larousse Gastronomique sited French origins for the almond macaron way back in 751 when they were made in a French abbey in Cormery.  The macaron, more as we know it today, dates back to the 16th century when they were brought to France by Catherine de’ Medici when she married Henry II in 1533.

The correct name for the biscuit is a Macaron is a Macaron  (mah-kah-ron)  and originates back to the Italian roots, for maccherone or macaroni. In France they are known only as Macarons, it is outside France where there is confusion as there are biscuits made with egg white and coconut known as macaroons (with a double o). 

This French macaroons recipe makes eight servings.