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bitten Chocolate Caramel Macaron in the front filled with caramel and chocolate topped with a rolo candy with more macarons around it

Chocolate Caramel Macarons

These macarons are filled with Chocolate Ganache and Caramel Filling, and they remind me of the Rolo® candies. Absolutely delicious.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, French
Keyword caramel, chocolate, macarons
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 22 macarons
Calories 140 kcal
Author camila

Ingredients

Chocolate Macaron Shells

  • 100 grams egg whites about 3 egg whites, 3.5 oz
  • 100 grams white sugar 3.5 oz
  • 96 grams almond flour 3.4 oz
  • 75 grams powdered sugar 2.64 oz
  • 14 grams cocoa powder 0.8 oz
  • Food coloring a few drops of brown, optional for color

Dark Chocolate Ganache

  • 6 ounces dark chocolate 170 grams
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream 120 ml

Caramel Filling

  • 2.6 oz soft caramel candies unwrapped (73 grams)
  • 3 tsp heavy cream or more for consistency

Instructions

Chocolate Macaron Shells

  1. Before you start, get all of the ingredients ready. Prepare a large piping bag, fitted with a large round tip. Set aside.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon mat.
  3. I use a baking mat with the macaron template already in it. You can make your own or print it from the internet, and just place it under silicone mat, or parchment paper. I recommend using a silicone mat.
  4. Measure out all of the ingredients.
  5. Sift the powdered sugar, almond flour, and cocoa powder together. Set aside.
  6. Place the 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. You can test by touching the mixture between your fingers, and if you feel any sugar granules just keep whisking mixture over the water bath.
  7. Make sure the bottom of the bowl isn’t touching the simmering water. You don’t want the egg whites to cook.
  8. Transfer the syrup to the bowl of a stand mixer.
  9. With the whisk attachment, start whisking the mixture on low for about 30 seconds, then gradually start increasing speed to medium. Whisk on medium for one to two minutes, until the mixture is white and starting to become fluffy.
  10. Raise the speed to high for a few minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Once the meringue get glossy and you start seeing streaks formed by the whisk, it might be time to stop.
  11. Whisk until stiff peaks have formed. When you pull your whip up, the peak should form a bird’s beak shape, but shouldn’t be falling to the side, the peak should be stiff, forming a slightly curved shape at the top.
  12. Pour the sifted powdered sugar, almond flour, and cocoa powder into stiff whites.
  13. Start folding gently forming a letter J with a spatula.
  14. Add the food coloring at this point, if using. You can add a bit of brown food coloring to enhance the color of the shells if you want to.
  15. 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 a couple failed batches before you get this right.
  16. First, I pick up some batter with my spatula and try to draw a figure 8 with the batter that is dripping off the spatula. If you can form several 8 figures without the batter breaking up, that’s one indication that it might be ready.
  17. There’s another test you can do. I call it the Teaspoon test.
  18. Grab a teaspoon of batter and spoon onto the parchment paper or silicon mat. Wait a minute to see how it behaves.
  19. If the batter stays stiff, forming a point and doesn’t spread out a bit, I start folding a little bit more, about 3 folds.
  20. Test again.
  21. Once the batter spreads out a bit and starts to look glossy and smooth on top, on the parchment paper or baking mat, I transfer my mixture to the piping bag.
  22. You don’t want your batter to be too runny either. So be careful not to over mix. It’s always best to under mix and test several times until the proper consistency has been achieved.
  23. This is a very important part about making macarons. The best way I can describe this stage being perfect is when you hold the spatula with batter on top of the bowl and the batter falls off the spatula slowly but effortlessly. The batter will keep flowing off the spatula non-stop, but not too quickly.
  24. Transfer the batter to a piping bag fitted with a round tip.
  25. Place the piping bag directly 90 degrees over the center of each macaron template. Apply equal pressure and carefully pipe for about 3 seconds, and then quickly pull the bag up twisting slightly.
  26. Once you’ve piped as many circles as you can, 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.
  27. Use a toothpick to gently poke any bubbles of air that may have formed on the surface of the macaron shells.
  28. Let the 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.
  29. Pre-heat the oven to 325F.
  30. Bake one tray at a time.
  31. Bake for 5 minutes, rotate tray.
  32. Bake for 5 more minutes. Rotate again.
  33. I bake each tray for a total of 18-20 minutes rotating every 5 minutes.
  34. When baked, the macarons will have a deeper color and formed feet. And they will be coming off the mat easily, and with a completely formed bottom.
  35. If you try to move a macaron and it feels jiggly, it needs to keep baking.
  36. Remove from the oven and bake the other tray.
  37. Let the macarons cool down before proceeding with the filling.

Dark Chocolate Ganache

  1. Chop dark chocolate very finely. Place it in a bowl.
  2. Heat heavy cream in a small pan over medium heat, or in the microwave. No matter what method you choose, be very careful not to boil the heavy cream.
  3. Pour hot cream over chopped chocolate. Let it stand for a minute.
  4. Start stirring with a spatula until completely melted.
  5. Let it come to room temperature. Refrigerate for a bit before using, until it has piping consistency.
  6. To achieve the piping consistency for the ganache, you will have to rely a lot on the temperature of the ganache.
  7. If it has been in the fridge for a while, and it’s too thick and hard to pipe, insert it in the microwave for a few quick seconds, and stir it again. Test for consistency and keep going until you achieve the desired consistency.
  8. To be pipeable, the ganache should be thick, but easy to spread.
  9. If it happens that the ganache is too thin, you might want to put it in the fridge for a few minutes so it will harden up.
  10. Transfer the ganache to a piping bag fitted with a round tip.

Caramel Filling

  1. To make the caramel, place the candies in a small bowl along with 3 tsp of heavy cream. Microwave for 15 second intervals, stirring in between, until the caramels and the heavy cream are combined and incorporated together.
  2. If the caramel is too stiff, you might want to add another teaspoon of heavy cream and continue to stir.
  3. Transfer the caramel to a piping bag and cut a small hole at the end to pipe the caramel.

To assemble

  1. Pipe a circle of ganache around the edges of each bottom shell of the macarons.
  2. Fill the middle with a bit of the caramel.
  3. Top with another shell.
  4. I also piped a bit of caramel on top of some shells and topped with Rolo® candies.

Storage

  1. Keep in the fridge for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for 1 to 2 months, in an air tight container.

Recipe Notes

Scale: Please use a scale when measuring the ingredients for accuracy.

Baking time/temperature: Baking time and temperature will vary according to your own oven. I recommend experimenting with your oven to find out the best time, temperature, position of the baking tray.

Oven thermometer: Make absolute sure to have an oven thermometer to bake macarons. It’s one of the most important things about making macarons. Home ovens aren’t accurate at all at telling the temperature, and even a slight 5 degree difference can make or break your whole batch.

Tray rotation: Lots of bakers don’t have to rotate the trays 180 degrees in the oven every 5 minutes, but I do have to with my oven, or I will get lopsided macarons. Please adjust this according to your oven.

Ganache: If you prefer, you can use milk chocolate, or semi-sweet.

Storage: Click here to see which container I use to store my macarons (Amazon affiliate link)

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Caramel Macarons
Amount Per Serving (1 macaron)
Calories 140
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.