Everyone knows macarons have to be made with chocolate. These little almond biscuits are perfect for anyone who wants a refined version of the classic treat. They’re easy, they’re delicious and they’re perfect for any occasion. So whether you’re looking for an easy dessert or a sweet treat to take with you to work, this recipe is for you. You won’t believe how simple these macarons are to make – using only five ingredients, all of which you probably have in your pantry. Once you’ve tried them, you’ll never go back to the traditional macaron recipe without chocolate again.
What you need for an easy chocolate macaron recipe
There are many different versions of macarons out there, and each has their own specific method for making them. Some people use baking powder instead of baking soda, some use cornstarch instead of white sugar, and there are even macarons that use oats as the base instead of macarons basic ingredients of powdered sugar, egg and baking cocoa. For this recipe, we recommend using baking cocoa because it has a higher percentage of cocoa butter than baking powder.
How to make an easy chocolate macaron recipe
Line an 8-inch square baking pan with plastic wrap, leaving an overhang on two sides so the plastic doesn’t touch the baking pan. Set the baking pan aside. In a medium heat-resistant pan, bring the chocolate, milk and 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar to a boil, stirring often to make sure the sugar doesn’t scorch. Remove from the heat and pour the chocolate mixture into the prepared baking pan. Using a spatula, spread the chocolate mixture into an even layer. In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar and the butter until it looks like coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the chocolate layer in the baking pan.
Bake the macaron in the center of the preheated oven at 350F for 25 to 30 minutes, until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let the macaron cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes before removing it from the pan and finishing with a dry towel to remove the excess moisture. Run a sharp knife around the edge of the pan and pick the macaron pieces out of the pan using the towel. You can either put the pieces in an airtight container and store them for up to 3 days or freeze them for up to 3 months. To re-heat the macarons, place them in an ovenproof dish and place it in the oven at 350F for 8 to 10 minutes, until warmed throughout.
How delicious are these little almond biscuits
These macarons are delicate, sweet and buttery. They’re also incredibly addicting. When I make them, I always break one in half and put half in my mouth while I wait for the other half to cool. It’s that good. The secret to perfect macarons is using the right ingredients for the job.
You can’t go wrong with rich, buttery chocolate and sweet, crunchy almonds. You can make these macarons ahead of time and keep them in an airtight container for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. To prepare the macarons for baking, take out the crumbs and place them in a small bowl. When you’re ready to bake them, take them out of the freezer and let them thaw for 15 minutes before baking.
You don’t even need a mixer to make them.
Making macarons is done with your hands. This is true for all baked goods, right? So when you make these little almond biscuits, you’re actually using your hands to mix the ingredients and shape the macarons. The taste, texture and appearance are all achieved with hands. If you’re one to shy away from performing tasks with your hands, this may not be the recipe for you. However, if you’re the kind of person who enjoys to put their own spin on things, then this is the recipe for you.
Tips for making the perfect Easy Chocolate Macaron Recipe
- Don’t skimp on the butter. It’s what makes these little macarons perfect for piping.
- Make sure to use the best ingredients for your recipe. This includes choosing the right type of chocolate for the job and using milk instead of water in your recipe to make the macarons less likely to be watery.
- For an extra special treat, top your macarons with crushed Lindt cookies for an even more decadent treat.
- Finally, store your macarons in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for a longer period of time to prevent them from getting soggy and cold.
- If you want to take the extra step and give your macarons a temptingly sweet glaze, sprinkle them with ground cinnamon, icing sugar or cashew butter before baking.
- As with all desserts, make these macarons as soon as possible after buying them because they will get soggy faster when exposed to air.
Ideas for a next time you want to make a dessert but don’t have time
If you’re looking for an easy dessert that you can make in the morning or even the weekend, the easy chocolate macaron recipe is for you. You can literally take it or leave it when it comes to these cookies because they’re so easy to make. And if you want, you can even make these macarons ahead of time and store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days before baking them. If you’re looking for an easy dessert for a special event, eventide or just for your self, these cookies are for you.