4th of July Macarons – American Flag French Macarons

4th of July French Macarons - Recipe, tutorial, and template

4th of july macarons – american flag

recipe | tutorial | template

these are one of my FAVORITE macarons from my book Gourmet French Macarons – i love them SO much i am sharing them with you today along with the recipe & tutorial from the book. i have edited it down a bit – the book has WAY more tips and tricks than shown here – but this should be enough to give you success with this recipe for your 4th of july celebration!

Ingredients: 

100g of egg whites aged at room temperature
Pinch of Cream of tartar
35g of superfine sugar
110g of Almond flour
200g of Powdered Sugar
Red and blue food dye

Directions:

1. Measure out all ingredients and set aside.

2. Prepare the baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper.

3. Print the Flag Template (see below). Slide your printed template sheet underneath the parchment paper and set aside. Prepare three piping bags (about 12 in bags) with small round piping tips (wilton 10) to be filled and set aside.

4. Sift powdered sugar and almond mixture together two or three times through a sieve and set aside. Discard large almond pieces that remain in sieve.

5. Place the egg whites in a large bowl or in stand mixer with wire whisk attachment. Whisk on low speed until egg whites become foamy. Add the pinch of cream of tartar . Continue to whisk on medium-low until soft peaks form. Slowly add in the superfine sugar. Once all of the sugar is incorporated, scrape down the sides with a spatula.

6. Turn your mixer on medium-high and continue to whip until peaks begin to form. Slow down your speed and check your egg whites periodically until you reach a stiff meringue.

7. Sift 1/3 of the almond flour and powdered sugar mixture through the sieve and into the meringue. Fold the dry mixture into the meringue. Repeat with the remaining mixture. Once all of the dry ingredients are just barely incorporated, remove 1/4 of the batter into one bowl, remove another 1/4 and place in a second bowl, leaving 1/2 of the batter in the original bowl. Add red dye to one of the smaller bowls, and add navy blue dye to the other small bowl. Do not add food coloring to larger 1/2 of the batter (leave it white).

8.The batter will be thick and have a dull shine. Begin to fold it, pressing out air bubbles along the bottom or sides of the bowl after each turn. As you do so, the batter will loosen. Stop folding when the batter has a glossy sheen, a “lava-like” consistency, and falls in a ribbon like manner off the spatula.

9. Transfer the batters into a pastry bags fitted with a round tip

10. To pipe the flags, Start by piping the left corner blue. Then pipe the remaining template with white batter. Use a small round tip for your red batter to pipe stripes across the white batter. I recommend only piping six stripes. ** I back my flag macarons with a plain white rectangle. If you would like to do this, be sure to pipe 1/2 of the template as flags and 1/2 of the templates as plain white rectangles to sandwich together.

11.  Remove templates from below your parchment paper carefully. Let the batter rest at room temperature for 20-40 minutes until they form a ‘skin’ on the top and are not sticky to the touch.

12. Preheat oven to 325. Place one cookie sheet in oven and reduce temperature to 275 degrees. Set timer for 7 minutes. Rotate pan. Cook another 6 minutes or until macarons are cooked through. Allow to cool, then remove.

13.  Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack.

14.  Match up similar size shells into pairs and sandwich with filling of your choice. (Shown here with vanilla buttercream)

Makes: 12-16 American Flag Macarons

Difficulty: Advanced

To print the template: right click the image below and save to your computer. open the file from your computer and print on standard computer paper. use as directed above to pipe your macarons!American Flag Macaron Template

Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue final logo (2)

today i am not only sharing these fun 4th of july macarons – but am joining with 110 other bloggers to bring you a TON of great ideas for your 4th of july celebration! these are some of the most talented bloggers from around the web and all of these ideas are new tutorials, printables, recipes, and ideas that they have created for this fun post series! you can check out all of their ideas using the links below! you can follow along on social media as well with #ultimateredwhiteandblue

Comments

  1. How cute! They turned out so great, I’ve been wanting to try to make macaroons but I’m so intimidated!

  2. These are so cute (as always!), Mindy!

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