I promised you a recipe for the Dark Mint Chocolate French Macarons that I made for the The Best Holiday Cookie Swap Ever. If you’re going to make these, I would recommend making them the day before or the morning of your event so that you have time to do all the various steps and give the ganache time to set up before serving.
Dark Mint Chocolate French Macarons Recipe
100g. egg whites (I suggest weighing above using a # of eggs), aged 2-3 days at room temperature
100g. almonds, finely ground
200g. powdered sugar
4-5 T. white sugar
Green food coloring
- Grind the almonds as finely as possible. In a small container/bowl, whisk the powdered sugar together with the almonds to blend well and break up lumps. If you have a large food processor, you can pulse them together.
- In another, large mixing bowl, begin to (electronically) whisk the egg whites. After they start foaming, add the granulated sugar one tablespoon at a time and continue whipping until it gets thick and “like magma.”
- Fold the dry mix carefully (and slowly) into the meringue – I used a spatula – and add the food coloring, if desired, until fully mixed.
- Fill your piping bag and pipe the macarons out onto a baking sheet lined with a Silpat or regular parchment paper. Leave them to set for 30 – 60 minutes to form a skin.
- Preheat the oven to 150-8° C / 300F. Cook macarons 10-15 minutes, keeping a careful eye on them. After taking out of the oven, let cool completely before filling them.
Mint Dark Chocolate Ganache
Inspiration from Epicurious Raspberry Chocolate Ganache
3 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate / cioccolato fondente, finely chopped
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
1/16 teaspoon peppermint extract
- Melt chocolate pieces with cream in a bain marie/double boiler or in a plate over barely simmering water. When smooth, remove from heat.
- Add butter and peppermint extract, until mixed completely. Let stand until cooled and slightly thickened.
- Pipe or use a small spoon to put the filling between the flat halves of the macarons.