Chocolate-Filled Almond Macaroons Recipe
These light-as-air almond macaroons are a perfect dessert for special occasions. The recipe comes from John Barricelli's "SoNo Baking Company Cookbook."
Photo credit: Ben Fink
The Martha Stewart Show, April 2010
Yield Makes about 36 cookies
- 1 3/4 cups Ganache (http://www.marthastewart.com/256519/ganache-recipe)
- 1 (8-ounce) can almond paste (1 cup)
- 6 tablespoons sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten, room temperature
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats; set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together almond paste and sugar on medium-high until almond paste breaks down and mixture is well combined, 3 to 5 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add almond extract and salt; beat until well combined.
- With the mixer running, add egg whites, 1 teaspoon at a time, beating well and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. The batter should be smooth and thick enough to pipe.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Transfer batter to a pastry bag fitted with a No. 4 (1/2-inch) pastry tip. Holding pastry tip about 3/4 inch above the parchment paper on prepared baking sheet, pipe a quarter-size round of batter onto parchment paper. Lift the bag off the batter a slight sideways jerking motion of your hand, producing a flat, rather than pointy, top on the cookie. Continue piping cookies about 1 inch apart, trying to finish with as small a peak as possible to leave tops rounded and smooth. Wet a finger with warm water to smooth out any remaining peaked tops; sprinkle generously with sugar. Let stand at room temperature 15 to 20 minutes so that a thin, crisp crust develops on outside of each cookie.
- Transfer baking sheets to oven and bake, rotating baking sheets top to bottom and back to front two-thirds through, until set but not browned and still gooey in the centers, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer baking sheet to a wire rack; let cookies cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely.
- To fill cookies, place 1 teaspoon ganache on the bottom of one cookie, sandwich with the flat side of a second cookie. Repeat process with remaining ganache and cookies.
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