Cookies and Cream Macaron

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I finally gave in and got a Kitchenaid stand mixer.  So what was one of the deciding factor on getting the mixer? It was so I can make macaron!!  I was told that macarons are hard to make, so I watched several youtube videos before I started making them.  One of my favorite video was from Honey Suckle Catering.  She goes over how your meringue (fluffed egg white with sugar) should look like and how to fold in your meringue into the almond/sugar mixer.  My first batch was a success, so I’ve moved on something a bit more complicated, which was the Cookies and Cream Macaron.

Here are the ingredients you will need for the cookie shells:

  • 3 Egg whites
  • 1/4 Cup white sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 Cups powder sugar
  • 3/4 Cups Almond flour
  • 1/4 Cups Oreo crumbs (about 6 cookies, with the cream wiped off)

 

First, sift the almond flour and powder sugar into the sieve.  Set this mixture aside in a large mixing bowl.image

Separate the cream from the Oreo cookie and set the cream aside.  Use a food processor and pulse the Oreo cookies until a fine crumb forms.image image

 

Mix the Oreo crumbs into the almond and powder sugar mixture

In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites and salt until foamy. Slowly add sugar into the mixture.  Whip until the egg whites reach stiff peaksimage image

Take a bit of the egg whites and gently fold into the almond/powder sugar/Oreo crumbs mixture and combine. Repeat with remaining egg whites, continuing to gently fold in and being careful to not over work it.  Fold about 50 strokes.image

Place the mixture in a plastic bag and cut a bit of the corner piece off to pipe.image

Now, set parchment paper onto a cookie sheet and pipe round circles onto the parchment paper.  My piping skills aren’t that great, so my circles are a bit off.IMG_3496

However, after making several macarons, I learned that you can use a template.  Just print it out and place it underneath the parchment paper before you pipe.  Once you are done, just slip the paper out and you’ll have beautiful round macarons.

After you finish piping, bang it on the counter couple of times to get the bubbles out.  Let the macarons sit at room temperature for 20 mins before popping them into the oven.  This will help set the hard shells on top of the cookie.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and then bake it for 20 minutes.  This is what it should look like once it’s done.  You’ll have the ridges on the bottom, which are called feet.IMG_3500IMG_3502

For filling, I used the Top Secret Recipe but I’ve also added couple more Oreo crumbs to the mixture.image

Now it’s time to devour your creation.  Yummm.  Needless to say, they were gone in a day.

IMG_3510IMG_3515IMG_3513If you follow all the steps above, you’ll have a delicious treat.  These will make wonderful gifts or even party treats.

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