How To Make Perfect French Macarons

Making French macarons might seem intimidating, but with a bit of practice and patience, you can create these delightful treats at home. French macarons are known for their delicate, crispy shells and chewy interiors, making them a favorite among dessert lovers. Perfecting macarons comes down to mastering a few key techniques and being precise with your measurements. 

The basic macaron shell is made from almond flour, powdered sugar, and egg whites, which are whipped into a meringue. The meringue is then folded with the dry ingredients until the batter reaches the right consistency. Coloring can be added to the batter to create vibrant macarons, and fillings can range from buttercream to ganache, allowing for endless flavor combinations.

One of the most crucial steps in macaron-making is ensuring that the meringue is beaten to stiff peaks. This gives the macarons their characteristic rise and structure. Another important aspect is the resting period before baking, which helps develop the characteristic "feet" at the base of each macaron.

Once you’ve mastered the basic techniques, you can start experimenting with different flavors and fillings. Don’t be discouraged if your first few attempts aren’t perfect—macarons are notoriously tricky, but the results are well worth the effort. Here’s a straightforward recipe to guide you through making perfect French macarons.

Perfect French Macarons Recipe

Perfect French Macarons

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 65 minutes
Yield: 12 Macarons
Category: Dessert
Method: Baking
Cuisine: French
Perfect French Macarons
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Making French macarons might seem intimidating, but with a bit of practice and patience, you can create these delightful treats at home.


1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup + 2 tablespoons almond flour
3 egg whites
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Food coloring (optional)
Filling of your choice (e.g., buttercream, ganache, jam)


  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C). Prepare a piping bag with a round tip (about 1/4" opening, such as Ateco #804) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the almond flour and powdered sugar. Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on high speed until they form soft peaks. Lower the mixer's speed to medium and gradually add the granulated sugar. Increase the speed to high again and beat until stiff peaks form. If using, add food coloring a few drops at a time until you reach the desired color.
  4. Remove the bowl from the mixer and gently fold in the almond flour and powdered sugar mixture using a rubber spatula. Be aggressive but careful, folding until the batter loosens and becomes slightly runny. To test if the batter is ready, lift a small amount with the spatula and let it drop back into the bowl. If it melts back into the batter within 20-30 seconds, it’s ready.
  5. Transfer about 1/3 of the batter into the prepared piping bag and cover the remaining batter with plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out. Pipe 1 1/2" circles onto the prepared baking sheet. Firmly tap the bottom of the tray to flatten the batter. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  6. Let the piped macarons sit at room temperature for 30-45 minutes until they form a skin. They should not be sticky to the touch.
  7. Bake the macarons for 10-12 minutes, or until they are set. Allow them to cool completely on the baking sheet before peeling them off the parchment paper.
  8. Once cooled, pair the macaron shells by size and fill with your choice of filling. Press the shells together gently to avoid cracking.


  • For best results, use a kitchen scale to measure ingredients accurately.
  • Be sure to sift the almond flour and powdered sugar thoroughly to avoid lumps in the batter.
  • Allow the macarons to rest before baking to form a skin, which helps create the signature macaron "feet".
  • Experiment with different fillings to find your favorite combination!
Enjoy your macarons with family!!!