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From the Kitchen: “Oreo” Macarons

March 1, 2011

I’ve been dying to make homemade macarons (or French macaroons here in the states) since I first tried them last summer in France! Yup, I had never tried one before, but how wonderful is it that my first French macaroon experience was on French soil…can’t get more authentic than that.

One of my oldest girlfriend’s turned 30 last weekend (we’ve known each other since 4th grade!) and since she loves Oreo cookies and any dessert involving Oreo’s, I decided to make her a more grown-up version in honor of her third decade of life. I used Martha Stewart’s recipe for the cookie portion and Smitten Kitchen’s recipe for the “Oreo” filling.

For having been my first attempt at such a delicate cookie, I was pretty happy with the results. I think I could have done a better job of sifting my almond flour, there were obvious almond bits with each bite and I also didn’t achieve that nice smooth, glossy look that you get from a good bakery…but they were delicious nonetheless and I’m absolutely going to make more macarons in the future. And just as a side note, Martha’s recipe is really easy so if you’re a newbie like me, I highly recommend it. That last picture on the bottom was taken in France, that’s the first macaron I’ve ever had… pistachio with raspberries. Enjoy!

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  1. Annie permalink
    March 1, 2011 11:19 am

    Nice- this inspires me to try and make these! If you ever find yourself in Pasadena – stop by Euro Pane Bakery. It’s the first place I ever had a macaroon and they are amazing! Carmel and sea salt -mm.

    • March 1, 2011 1:04 pm

      Yes! Try them! I was surprised how simple they were to make. The most stressful part was getting my egg whites to whip and form stiff peaks, which took longer than the recipe states. Also, I found that almond flour is really expensive so next time, I think I’ll make my own. Euro Pane sounds amazing, I can’t wait to stop by, thanks for the reco!

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