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S'mores Macarons dipped in chocolate topped with graham cracker crumbs filled with toasted marshmallow

S’mores Macarons

S’mores Macarons filled with Milk Chocolate Ganache and toasted Marshmallow Frosting, with the top shell dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, French
Keyword macarons, smores
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting time 45 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings 22 macarons
Calories 150 kcal
Author camila

Ingredients

Chocolate Macaron Shells

  • 100 grams 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

Chocolate Ganache

  • 4 oz chocolate 113 grams, about 3/4 cup chopped chocolate or chocolate chips- you can use dark, semi-sweet, or milk chocolate
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream 80 ml

Marshmallow Frosting

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (100 grams 3.5 oz
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/8 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

To decorate the top

  • 3 oz melted chocolate
  • 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs

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 325Fº.
  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.

Chocolate Ganache

  1. Chop the chocolate very finely. Place it in a bowl.

  2. Heat the 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 the hot cream over the chopped chocolate. Let it stand for a minute.
  4. Whisk until completely melted.
  5. Let it come to room temperature and cool down completely before using to fill the macarons.
  6. If you choose to make the ganache before and store it in the fridge, then let it come to room temperature before using, or microwave for about 5 second intervals, and stir in between, until you can obtain a softer consistency.

Marshmallow Frosting

  1. Mix all the ingredients, except for the vanilla extract together in a bowl.
  2. Set the bowl over a pot of simmering water over medium heat, not letting the water from the pot touch the bottom of the bowl.

  3. Whisk the mixture non-stop while it sits in the double boiler.
  4. Keep whisking over simmering water until it reaches 140Fº.
  5. That way the egg whites will be in a safe temperature to be consumed.
  6. Transfer the syrup to the bowl of an electric mixer.
  7. Whip with the whisk attachment for about 5 minutes on high speed, until stiff peaks form, and the meringue is glossy.
  8. Add the vanilla and mix to combine.
  9. The meringue frosting has to be piped immediately after being made. It will last for quite a bit of time once piped and it will hold a nice shape, however, if not piped it will start to flatten and lose air as it sits, and you will have a hard time piping it later.

To assemble

  1. Dip each top shell in the melted chocolate and top with the crushed graham crackers, and let the shells dry.
  2. Place the Marshmallow Frosting in a piping bag with a small round tip.
  3. Pipe a ring of Marshmallow Frosting around the edges of the bottom shells.
  4. Use a blow torch to toast the marshmallow frosting if desired.
  5. Place the ganache in a piping bag and snip the end of the piping bag with scissors, and pipe the ganache in the middle of the marshmallow frosting.
  6. You can also use a spoon to do this.
  7. If the ganache is warm, it will melt the marshmallow frosting.
  8. Place a chocolate dipped shell on top.

Storage

  1. These S’mores Macarons will store quite nicely in the fridge for up to 7 days. The marshmallow frosting held its shape pretty well for a long time when I made these, however, I don’t recommend freezing these macarons because of the marshmallow.

Recipe Notes

Food coloring: Make sure to use gel food coloring. I use Wilton Color Right Performance Food Coloring Set.

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

Macaron amount: it will vary greatly depending on how big you pipe the shells, and on how runny or thick the batter is.

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 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.

Storage: This is the Storage Container I use to store my macarons.

Nutrition Facts
S’mores Macarons
Amount Per Serving (1 macaron)
Calories 150
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.