Tested till perfect French Almond and Pistachio Macaroons

French Almond and Pistachio Macaroons

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By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Holiday Cookbook: Fall 2010

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  • Prep time 15 minutes Stand: 15 minutes
  • Total time 12 minutes
  • Portion size 30 cookies


  • 1 cup 1cupicing sugar
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupground almonds
  • 2 2egg whiteegg whites
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspgranulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp 1-1/2tspmeringue powder
  • green paste food colouring

Pistachio Filling:

  • 2/3 cup 2/3cupicing sugar
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupshelled pistachioshelled pistachios
  • 1 pinch 1pinchground cardamom
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspunsalted butter, softened
  • green paste food colouring
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In food processor, pulse icing sugar with almonds until fine. Sift through fine sieve into bowl; set aside.

In large bowl, beat egg whites until foamy; beat in granulated sugar and meringue powder until soft peaks form. Tint green. Fold in almond mixture, one-third at a time.

Using piping bag fitted with 1/4-inch (5 mm) plain tip (or plastic bag with 1 corner snipped off), pipe meringue into 1-inch (2.5 cm) rounds, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined baking sheets. Let stand for 15 minutes.

Bake in 325°F (160°C) oven until puffed, smooth on tops and cracked around bottoms, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool on pans on racks.

Pistachio Filling: In food processor, pulse sugar, pistachios and cardamom until fine; add butter. Pulse to form paste. Tint green.

Spread 1/2 tsp (2 mL) filling onto bottoms of half of the macaroons. Sandwich with remaining macaroons, bottom side down.

Additional information : Variation
Caramel Macaroons

Tint macaroons with light brown food colouring instead of green.

Caramel Filling: Replace pistachio filling with 1/2 cup (125 mL) dulce de leche (or 16 caramel candy cubes, melted with 1/4 tsp/1 mL vanilla).

Nutritional Information Per cookie: about

cal 54 pro 1g total fat 2g sat. fat 1g
carb 8g fibre 0 chol 2mg sodium 4mg
potassium 29mg

% RDI:

calcium 1 iron 1 vit A 1
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