Cristina Ferrare's French Macarons with Orange-Chocolate Filling

Cristina Ferrare's French Macarons with Orange-Chocolate Filling

Cookie Ingredients:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar (7 oz)
  • 2 cups almond meal (7 oz)
  • 4 egg whites (4 ¾ oz)
  • Pinch of salt
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar (2 ¼ oz)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Gel food color (optional)

Orange-Chocolate Filling Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. semisweet bar chocolate, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. minced candied orange
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh orange juice

Cookie Recipe:

  1. Pulse powdered sugar and almond meal in a food processor until combined, 20 seconds.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Whisk egg whites and salt on medium speed until foamy, about 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium-high; slowly add granulated sugar and beat to firm peaks, 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add vanilla & food color and increase speed to high; beat until whites are still and glossy, about 1 minute.
  5. Fold almond meal mixture into whites until combined, 35-40 turns with a rubber spatula. Batter should be thick and flow like lava.
  6. Transfer batter to a pastry bag fitted with a medium straight tip.
  7. Pipe 2-inch circles on baking sheets. Rap pan on counter 4 times to remove air bubbles; set aside 20 minutes so skins form.
  8. Bake cookies until set and very lightly browned, 20 minutes.
  9. Slide parchment with cookies onto a rack; cool completely, then peel from parchment.
  10. Pipe filling onto half of cookies; top with remaining cookies.

Orange-Chocolate Filling Recipe

  1. Microwave chocolate, candied orange, and orange juice until chocolate is almost melted, for 30 seconds; stir until smooth. Use spatula to mix; if not completely melted, microwave again for 15 seconds and mix again.
  2. Stir in food color.
  3. Chill filling until spreadable; stirring occasionally.

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