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M&M's macarons

M&M's Macarons

Colorful Macarons, filled with M&M’s buttercream, topped with a drizzle of chocolate and crushed M&M’s.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, French
Keyword macarons
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 26 macarons
Calories 150 kcal

Ingredients

Macaron Shells

  • 100 grams egg whites
  • 100 grams white granulated sugar
  • 105 grams almond flour
  • 105 grams powdered sugar
  • Food coloring  optional

M&M’s Buttercream

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter room temperature (2 oz, 56 grams)
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 6.75 oz, 191 grams
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1.5 oz, 42 grams
  • 1/4 cup powdered M&M’s from about 1/2 cup whole candies
  • 2-4 tbsp milk

Instructions

Macaron Shells

  1. Before you start, get all of the ingredients ready. Prepare a large piping bag, fitted with a large round tip (or as many piping bags as the number of colors you want to divide your batter in)

  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  3. Measure out all of the ingredients.

  4. Sift the powdered sugar and almond flour together. Set aside.

  5. 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.

  6. Make sure the bottom of the bowl isn’t touching the simmering water.
  7. Transfer mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer.
  8. With the whisk attachment, whisk the mixture on low, and gradually increase the speed over the next 2 minutes, until you achieve high speed. Then continue to whip for a few minutes until stiff peaks are formed.

  9. 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.

  10. Whisk until stiff peaks have formed. When you pull your whip up, the peaks should be shooting straight up. The peak should be stiff, forming a slightly curved shape at the top, but not bending down to the side.

  11. Pour the powdered sugar and almond flour into stiff whites.

  12. Start folding gently forming a letter J with a spatula. Add the food coloring at this point, if making just one color. If not, follow the instructions below.

  13. If using multiple colors to color one batter, start folding the dry ingredients into the batter and mix them just until you don’t see any streaks of dry ingredients any longer. Once that happens, you can split the batter between the number of bowls correspondent to the colors you want to use in your batter.

  14. Work quickly, with each color, one at a time. Keep all the other bowls covered in the meantime, so they don't dry out. Start folding, and continue to fold until the batter is ready, then transfer it to a piping bag. Move on to the next color and do this until the entire batter is ready. Then you can start piping.

  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.

  16. First, pick up some batter with the spatula and try to form a figure 8 a few times. If you can draw a figure 8 with the batter falling off the spatula a few times, without the batter breaking up, that’s one indication that it might be ready.

  17. Then, you can perform what I call the Teaspoon Test. Grab a teaspoon of batter and spoon onto the parchment paper or silicon mat, then tap the tray gently against the counter and wait one minute.

  18. If the batter stays stiff and doesn’t spread out a bit, fold the batter a bit more, then test again.

  19. 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.
  20. Once the batter spreads out a bit and starts to look glossy on the parchment paper, I transfer my mixture to the piping bag.
  21. Pipe 1 1/2" inch circles on the parchment or silicone. Hold the bag at a 90 degree angle right in the middle of a circle template. Apply gentle pressure for about 3 seconds, then pull the bag up.

  22. Once you’ve piped as many 1 1/2” circles as you could, bang the trays against the counter a few times each.

  23. 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.

  24. Pre-heat the oven to 325F.
  25. Bake one tray at a time.
  26. Bake for 5 minutes, rotate tray.

  27. I bake for a total of 15 to 20 minutes. Until you try to move a macaron and it doesn't feel jiggly.

  28. Remove from the oven and bake the other tray.
  29. Let the macarons cool down before proceeding with the filling.

M&M’s Buttercream

  1. Put the M&M’s candy in a small food processor and process until finely ground.
  2. Place butter, sifted powdered sugar, and cocoa powder in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on low until ingredients are combined. Raise speed to medium high and cream for one minute.
  3. Add M&M’s powder and milk. Add more milk if frosting seems too stiff, about 1/2 teaspoon at a time. And add some more sifted powdered sugar if the frosting needs to be thicker.

To assemble

  1. Place frosting in a piping bag. Pipe a dollop of M&M’s buttercream on each bottom shell. Top with another shell. Drizzle with melted chocolate and chopped M&M’s if desired. Let macarons rest in the fridge for 24 hours before serving, in order to let them mature.

Storage

  1. These will store beautifully in the freezer for up to 1 month, if very well packaged. And they will store nicely in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts
M&M's Macarons
Amount Per Serving (1 macaron)
Calories 150
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.