Easy French Macarons

Prep Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins

These French sandwich cookies seem like quite the task, but with a few simple tricks, you'll find these Macarons is easy to make—you'll be an expert in no time.


  • 1 ¼ cups almond meal

  • 1 ¾ cups confectioner's sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 4 large egg whites

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract

  • Strained jam or other desired fillings


  1. Whisk together almond meal and confectioner's sugar and sift over a large bowl.

  2. Beat egg whites until frothy, 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly add granulated sugar and almond extract, beat until medium shiny peaks, about 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Fold egg whites into almond mixture until combined. Mix vigorously with spatula until the mixture sinks easily into a smooth mass and has the consistency of honey. Transfer mixture to a pastry bag, cut off 1/2 inch off tip. Pipe 1-inch rounds about 1 inch apart on parchment-lined sheets.

  4. Let dry 30 minutes to an hour and a half until tops are firm and dry. Preheat oven to 350. Bake one sheet at a time for about 14 minutes, rotating once. Let cool completely on wire racks before filling and sandwiching cookies together.

    Easy French Macarons
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