French Buttercream Macarons

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Fresh raspberries make these macaroons so delicious!

French Buttercream Macarons

Recipe by VirginiaCuisine: Dessert, FrenchDifficulty: Difficult
Servings

10

servings
Prep time

45

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Calories

400

kcal

Ingredients

  • Buttercream Filling
  • 2 Cups confectioners’ sugar

  • 6 oz Raspberries

  • 1 Tsp. vanilla extract

  • 1/2 Tsp. coconut extract (optional)

  • 2 Tablespoons coconut milk

  • 2 sticks salted butter, softened

  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out

  • Macarons
  • 1 3/4 Cups confectioners’ sugar

  • 1 1/4 Cups almond flour

  • 1/4 Cup coconut flour

  • 2/3 Cup egg whites

  • 3 T granulated sugar

  • 1-3 drops red or pink food coloring (optional)

Directions

  • For the Macarons
  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F using the convection setting. Line 3 baking sheets with silicone mats. Measure the confectioners’ sugar and almond flour by spooning them into measuring cups and leveling with a knife. Transfer to a bowl; whisk to combine.
  • Sift the sugar-almond flour mixture, a little at a time, through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl, pressing with a rubber spatula to pass through as much as possible. It will take a while, and up to 2 tablespoons of coarse almond flour may be left; just toss it
  • Beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt with a mixer on medium speed until frothy. Increase the speed to medium high; gradually add the superfine sugar and beat until stiff and shiny, about 5 more minutes.
  • Bake the first batch until the cookies are shiny and rise 1/8 inch to form a u0022foot,u0022 about 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely. Repeat, using a double sheet for each batch. Peel the cookies off the mats and sandwich with a thin layer of filling (see below).
  • For the Filling
  • Tint the batter with 2 drops neon pink gel food coloring; flavor with almond extract. Fill with seedless raspberry jam (you’ll need about 3/4 cup).
  • Use a clean piping bag to pipe the filling on top of the bottom cookie. Now place another cookie on top. Repeat with the remaining cookies and filling.

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