Yes, I know macarons have been replaced with donuts as the it dessert but I’ve wanted to try making them for years (mostly because it pains me to pay $2 a piece for them). I’ve looked at numerous recipes and articles but usually give up when I get to the part where the author states that they are notoriously finicky. I decided if I was going to do it, I was going to do it right. I contacted Emily (who I swear knows every person in the Denver area) and she connected me with Samm Sherman, a local pastry chef, who was willing to spill her secrets. So I gathered up some lady friends and we made a little party out of it.
Samm used a basic recipe for the cookie. Here are a few tips she shared in the process:
– use a scale for accuracy in measuring out your ingredients
– do not skip the sifting step
– the trickiest part is folding in your dry ingredients, be careful not to overmix
– after piping, let the batter sit until only slightly tacky (about 10 minutes) before baking
She also treated us to two different fillings (that’s where the flavor comes in), a chocolate ganache and caramel macchiato buttercream made with Starbucks® Discoveries Iced Café Favorites™ – Caramel Macchiato.
It’s easy to pull together a party when it’s centered around an activity that can triple as the refreshment and favor. I had these boxes set out to fill with finished macarons for the taking.
We learned. We chatted. We munched and sipped. A perfect little lady gathering. After seeing how simple it was all to put together, I’ve resolved to make it a regular occurrence.
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photos: Jennifer Little