I made Dulce de Leche Macarons. And here is the recipe!
(P.s I’ve written the recipe in Portuguese, so if you are my Brazilian reader and would like this recipe, just message me, on instagram or send me an email [email protected]!)
So these Dulce de Leche Macarons have a chocolate shell and a dulce de leche filling.
I decorated the top of these macarons with gold edible paper, for a lavish touch. I used these Edible Gold Sheets.
They are very easy to work with, but very delicate.
They come in between these sheets of paper for protection.
And these edible gold sheets give the Dulce de Leche Macarons such a fancy look. Don’t you think?
You might need tweezers and a brush slightly dipped in water to help fixate the gold on top of the macarons. Don’t overdo it with the water though, because it will simply melt the gold paper and soak the top of your dulce de leche macaron.
Now, let’s talk about the filling of the Dulce de Leche Macarons.
If you want, you can use store-bought dulce de leche, or make your own.
It’s very simple to make your own dulce de leche.
How to make dulce de leche with condensed milk
Simply start with a can of condensed milk. Now, there are several options here.
- Making dulce de leche in the oven– Pour the inside of the condensed milk can in an oven-proof pan, and bake over a water bath for about 2-3 hours, stirring in between, covered with foil, at 350F.
- Making dulce de leche on the stove top– there are two ways to make dulce de leche on the stove top with a sealed can of condensed milk.
- First is to use a pressure cooker, which is the fastest way. Place sealed can in a pressure cooker full of water, covering the can by at least 2 inches. Cook under pressure for 30 minutes. Let pressure release naturally and let can and water both cool down all the way before removing and opening the can.
- If you just want to use a regular pot, make sure it’s a large pot of water, where the can will be submerged the whole time. Boil sealed can for about 2 1/2 hours. Let can and water cool down all the way before removing and opening the can.
Regardless of the method you choose to make your dulce de leche, make sure to always let it cool down before handling it. And leave it in the fridge for a few hours before piping so dulce de leche will be cold and have proper texture.
I mean, would you look at that!!
Dulce de Leche Macarons for the big win!
One of the best flavors I’ve ever made. It was actually inspired by my cousin Mariana. She asked me for a recipe for Dulce de Leche Macarons, which is also the reason why I wrote the recipe in Portuguese as I mentioned in the beginning of the post.
And she told me she wanted the chocolate shells with the dulce de leche filling.
Normally, when someone asks me to make something, they usually get to enjoy it. This time, it wasn’t possible since Mariana lives in Brazil and unfortunately I am unable to ship these over there.
I did write her the recipe, though, so maybe she will get to enjoy some Dulce de Leche Macarons after all.
I ended up using my Dulce de Leche Macarons to top a Dulce de Leche and Chocolate Cheesecake Pie I made for Thanksgiving, which I’ll possibly post a recipe for since some people asked for it on instagram! Stay tuned for that, I’ll try and remember to come update this post once I write the recipe.
And yes, these Dulce de Leche Macarons can be used to top a cake, a cupcake, or a pie. And you know that my favorite thing to do is to use my macarons to top other desserts, as you can see in my Mocha Cupcakes, Raspberry Almond Chocolate Cupcakes, Pumpkin Cupcakes, Blueberry Matcha Cupcakes, and Espresso Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cupcakes.
However, you don’t need to make another dessert to top with the Dulce de Leche Macarons, you can serve them as is.
I don’t think anyone would complain to be served these royal treats!
I invite you to try these recipe. Making macarons might be complicated, but I have a few posts that might help you.
If you are new to making macarons, check out my Matcha Macarons post, where I go over some main tips and techniques. On my Raspberry Macarons post, I talk about Almond Flour, brands, sifting methods, etc. On my Espresso Macarons post, I answer common questions about making macarons. On my Lemon Macarons post, I talk about macaron shelf life and storage. Check them out! And also, there are tones of other resources online that can help you.
Also, reach out and ask a question, I try to get to all questions in the comments here and dms on instagram as soon as possible.
I believe you can master macarons if you really want to. Just have to practice a bit. And it’s so worth it, because everyone loves macarons, they make amazing treats.
If you are like me, and love gifting people homemade food gifts, macarons make for the best of them. They are super easy to freeze, they are pretty, and who wouldn’t love receiving a box of macarons for their birthday, for a Christmas treat, or you know, when it’s flag day… Macarons for all occasions!
So be sure to check out my other macaron recipes. Down below you can find some of the materials I usually use to make my macaron making life better. I am not sponsored by any of this companies, but believe in their products which is why I am recommending them to you.
Have a great day and thank you for reading my blog! You’re awesome!
Dulce de Leche Macarons
Chocolate Macaron Shells
- 3 egg whites 100 grams, 3.5 oz
- 1/2 cup white sugar 100 grams, 3.5 oz
- 1 cup almond flour 96 grams, 3.4 oz
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar 75 grams, 2.64 oz
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder 22 grams, 0.8 oz
- 1 can condensed milk or 1/2 cup store-bought dulce de leche
Chocolate Macaron Shells
- Before you start, get all of your ingredients ready. Prepare a large piping bag, fitted with a large round tip.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon mat.
- Under my parchment, I put a layout with circles that measure about 1 1/2 inches each. That’s how big I like to pipe my macarons.
- Measure out all of your ingredients.
- Sift powdered sugar, almond flour, and cocoa powder together. Set aside.
- Now you can finally start.
- Place egg whites and granulated sugar in a heat proof bowl or in a double boiler. Over a pan of simmering water, whisk the whites and sugar until frothy and sugar completely melted. It will take a couple minutes.
- Make sure the bottom of the bowl isn’t touching the simmering water.
- Transfer mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer. (I use my kitchenAid bowl when doing this, because it makes it easier)
- With the whisk attachment, whisk mixture on high speed for a few minutes until stiff peaks are formed.
- Best way to check this is to keep your eye on the whites. Once they get glossy and you start seeing streaks formed by the whisk, it might be time to stop.
- You don’t want to overbeat the mixture at this point, because you don’t want to add too much air to it. Just whisk until stiff peaks have formed.
- Pour powdered sugar and almond flour into stiff whites.
- Start folding gently forming a letter J with a spatula.
- It’s time to stop folding when the batter is glossy and has a thick and flowing consistency. There are several ways to test this, and you might have to have a couple failed batches before you get this right.
- First, I pick up some batter with my spatula and try to form a figure 8. If the 8 forms without the batter breaking up, that’s one indication that it might be ready.
- Then, I grab a teaspoon of batter and spoon onto my parchment paper or silicon mat.
- If the batter stays stiff and doesn’t spread out a bit, I start folding a little bit more, about 3 folds.
- Test again.
- Once the batter spreads out a bit and starts to look glossy on the parchment paper, I transfer my mixture to the piping bag.
- You don’t want your batter to be too runny either. So be careful not to overmix. It’s always best to undermix and test several times until the proper consistency has been achieved.
- This is the most important part about making macarons in my opinion.
- Once you’ve piped as many 1 1/2” circles as you could, bang the trays against the counter a few times each. This will release air bubbles that are in the batter and prevent your macaron shells from cracking.
- Let your trays sit for a while so the shells will dry out a little bit. I usually leave about 20-40 minutes, depending on how humid the day is. You’ll know they’re ready when you gently touch the surface of a macaron and it seems dry.
- Pre-heat the oven to 325F.
- Bake one tray at a time.
- Bake for 4 minutes, rotate tray.
Bake for 4 more minutes and rotate the tray again.
Keep baking the trays for a total of 16-20 minutes each, rotating the tray in between to ensure even baking.
- When baked, the macarons will have a deeper color and formed feet.
- Remove from the oven and bake the other tray.
- Let the macarons cool down before proceeding with the filling.
Dulce de leche
To make dulce de leche at home, you take many different approaches. Check the post above to read 3 different approaches on how to make dulce de leche from a can of condensed milk.
My favorite way to make dulce de leche starts with an unopened can of condensed milk. Place sealed can in a pressure cooker with enough water to cover it plus at least 2 inches.
- Then, bring the water to a boil and cook under pressure for 30 minutes.
- Let pressure release naturally and let can and water cool down all the way before removing and opening the can.
- When you open the can, it will be a thick darkened caramel inside.
- Place contents in a container and put it in the fridge until cold and firm.
Place dulce de leche in a piping bag and pipe on top of half of the macarons. Top with another macaron.
Keep it in the fridge for up to 4 days, and in the freezer for up to 1 month. Make sure to package macarons really well in an air tight container to place it in the fridge.
Any leftover dulce de leche can be stored in the fridge for quite a bit of time. Some people say about 1 month. You can also successfully freeze it for a couple of months if well packaged.