I always thought macaroons were way overrated until I tried one and let me tell you I was BLOWN AWAY! I loved everything about them, from the crunchy yet chewy texture to the deliciously sweet flavor. Although they are really amazing, the price on these little suckers are scary, I paid $5 for 3!!! Yes, you saw it right FIVE DOLLARS for THREE!!! Do you know what I can do with 5 dollars? A whole lot more than buy 3 little macaroons. So I did a little research on how to make these bad boys and I found the easiest recipe here. I filled mine with Nutella because I didn't want to spend time making a filling if the cookies didn't turn out right. (and let me tell you... I was literally doing my happy dance after I pulled them out of the oven.)
Less than $5 for 30.
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup almond meal (almond powder how-to here)
Pinch of salt
gel food colouring (optional)
Sift the almond meal, powdered sugar, and salt discarding any almond lumps that are too big to pass through the sieve. Fold into the egg white mixture. It should take roughly 30-50 folds using a rubber spatula. The mixture should be smooth and a very viscous, not runny. Over-mix and your macarons will be flat and have no foot, under mix and they will not be smooth on top. Scoop batter into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain round tip, and pipe 3/4-inch rounds 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Tap bottom of each sheet on counter top to release trapped air. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. Then bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Check if one comes off the tray fairly cleanly, if not bake for a little longer.
Remember to use NON-Stick baking paper.
Recipe from: howtocookthat.net