Maple Macarons

Maple Macarons are a seasonal twist on the classic French cookie. Subtle maple and cinnamon flavors make this crisp cookie perfectly paired with a cup of tea.

Maple Macarons

The week before a holiday weekend always seems to drag on ever so slowly. We’ve finally had a full week’s worth of actual spring-like weather, and I think everyone’s just itching to get out and enjoy the sunshine.

I’ve made it a point to walk home for lunch everyday, both for the exercise as well as the Vitamin D boost–Both of which I desperately need. I also got it into my head that I needed to try my hand at macarons once again (thanks, Pinterest). This time, I made some Maple Macarons.

Maple Macarons

At first glance, they don’t look too bad, do they? I made it a point to sift and grind the almond flour/confectioners’ sugar multiple times, so I could get the smooth shells.

Maple Macarons

I also made a cinnamon cream cheese filling for them, and combined with the maple flavor, it’s delicious. Maple stuff still reminds me of fall, but there’s no reason you can’t enjoy these year-round.

But back to the cookies. The macaron “feet” aren’t quite as perfect as they could be. They’re more ruffled than real feet.

Maple Macarons

It could be due to a number of things.

My oven was too hot. My egg whites were aged for too long (not sure if that’s really a thing or not)? I didn’t double my baking sheets.

I do think I might’ve over-mixed the batter a smidge, because they spread out a little bit more than I expected. But who knows?

Maple Macarons

They still taste good! Macarons will still taste pretty good, even if they don’t look completely perfect.

I’m happy with this batch, even if the “feet” aren’t quite right. For one, the shells aren’t hollow this time. And they’re actually smooth, which is something I’ve been a little hit or miss with.

I have to admit though, I really kind of like how challenging macarons are. Already I have more egg whites aging in the fridge, so at some point this weekend, I’m going to try them again.

In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy the last of the Maple Macarons!

Yield: 15-25 cookies

Maple Macarons

Maple Macarons
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Additional Time 1 days
Total Time 1 days 33 minutes

Ingredients

For the Macaron Shells:

  • 2/3 cup almond meal (71 grams)
  • 1 C powdered sugar (117 grams)
  • 2 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/4 C granulated sugar (53 grams)
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. maple extract

For the Filling:

  • 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 oz. unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1-2 Tbsp. half & half

Instructions

  1. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside.
  2. Combine the almond meal and powdered sugar in a food processor. Blend for 1-2 minutes, then sift. Blend a second time in the food processor, and sift again.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the egg whites and the granulated sugar. Using the whisk attachment, beat on medium speed for 2-3 minutes. Increase to medium-high speed, and beat for 2-3 minutes. Beat on high for 2 minutes. At this point, the meringue should hold stiff, glossy peaks. At this time, add the maple and vanilla extracts, and whip on high speed for 30 seconds.
  4. Begin folding in the almond meal mixture, scraping up from the bottom, and pressing the mixture against the side of the bowl to deflate the meringue. Continue folding until the dry ingredients have been fully incorporated and the batter resembles molten lava (to test, take a clean spoon, and drop some of the batter back into the bowl. If it slowly folds back into itself but still maintains most of its shape, it's ready).
  5. Place the batter in a piping bag fitted with a 3/4-inch round tip (I used an Ateco #804), and pipe rounds about 1-inch in diameter on the prepared baking sheets. Once the shells have been piped, take each baking sheet and rap several times flat against the counter, to pop any air bubbles. Allow to rest for 30-45 minutes, or until the shells are no longer shiny and will not stick to your fingers when touched. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F while the shells are resting.
  6. Bake one sheet at a time, for 13-15 minutes, rotating halfway through baking time. Cool completely before removing the shells from the parchment or baking mat.
  7. To make the filling, combine the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer, and beat on medium-high speed until well-combined and light. Add the vanilla extract and cinnamon. Drop the speed to low, and slowly add the powdered sugar. Add in some of the half & half to get to desired consistency. Scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl as needed.
  8. Spread or pipe about half a Tbsp. of filling between two macaron shells.
  9. Place the filled macarons in an airtight container, and refrigerate at least 24 hours. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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9 Replies to “Maple Macarons”

      • When making macarons, you have to be careful of how much liquid is added to the batter – Otherwise your batter will be too runny. If using maple syrup, I wouldn’t advise using any more than 2 tsp., which probably won’t give you as strong of a maple flavor. I’d suggest maybe adding it to the filling instead, then you can up the amount to a couple tablespoons.

    • Thank you! :) I think it’s all down to practice…I like to think I’m getting better at making them. My next thing to tackle is going to be to try and make them all the same size (I probably should use a template)! And yeah, I really liked the maple with the cinnamon & cream cheese…I might make these again come fall, and give a batch to a friend of mine whose husband is from Newfoundland. I think they’d like them!

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