These Pecan Turtle Macarons are made of Chocolate Macaron Shells, filled with Pecan Caramel Buttercream, topped with a Pecan Turtle Candy.
Cuisine American, French
Keyword caramel, chocolate, macarons, pecan
Prep Time 3 hourshours
Cook Time 40 minutesminutes
Resting Time 40 minutesminutes
Total Time 4 hourshours20 minutesminutes
Author Camila Hurst
Chocolate Macaron Shells
100gramsegg whitesabout 3 egg whites, 3.5 oz
100gramswhite sugar3.5 oz
96gramsalmond flour3.4 oz
75gramspowdered sugar2.64 oz
14gramscocoa powder0.8 oz
Pecan Caramel Buttercream
6tbspunsalted buttersoftened (3 oz, 85 grams)
1/3cupcaramel saucerecipe below, or use store-bought
1 1/2cupspowdered sugar, sifted (measure before sifting)6.75 oz, 191 grams
1/3cupground pecans39 grams
1/2cupgranulated sugar3.5 oz, 100 grams
2 1/2tbspunsalted butter
Pecan Turtle Candy
2.5ozpecanschopped into large pieces (70 grams)
3ozsoft caramel candy piecesunwrapped (85 grams)
1/3cupchocolate chipsor chopped chocolate
Chocolate Macaron Shells
Before you start, get all of your ingredients ready. Prepare a large piping bag, fitted with a large round tip. Set aside.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon mat.
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 silicon mat, or parchment paper. I recommend using a silicon mat
Measure out all of your ingredients.
Sift powdered sugar, almond flour, and cocoa powder together. Set aside.
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. 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.
Make sure the bottom of the bowl isn’t touching the simmering water.
Transfer mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer.
With the whisk attachment, start whisking mixture on low for about 30 seconds, then gradually start increasing speed to medium. Whisk on medium for one to two minutes, until mixture is white and starting to become fluffy. Raise speed to high 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.
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.
Pour powdered sugar and almond flour into stiff whites.
Start folding gently forming a letter J with a spatula.
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.
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.
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.
There’s another test you can do. I call it the Teaspoon test.
Grab a teaspoon of batter and spoon onto the parchment paper or silicon mat. Wait a minute to see how it behaves.
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.
Once the batter spreads out a bit and starts to look glossy and smooth on top, 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 over mix. It’s always best to under mix and test several times until the proper consistency has been achieved.
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.
Transfer batter to a piping bag fitted with a round tip.
Place 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.
Once you’ve piped as many circles as you could, bang the trays against the counter a few times each.
Use a toothpick to gently poke any bubbles of air that may have formed on the surface of the macaron shells.
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 300°F.
Bake one tray at a time.
Bake for 5 minutes, rotate tray.
I bake each tray for a total of 18-20 minutes.
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.
Remove from the oven and bake the other tray.
Let the macarons cool down before proceeding with the filling.
Pecan Caramel Buttercream
Add butter to the bowl of an electric mixer. Cream for 1 minute, on high speed.
Add caramel sauce. Make sure the caramel sauce is at room temperature.
Mix until incorporated.
Add ground pecans and powdered sugar.
Mix on low until the powdered sugar has mixed with the butter and caramel, then raise speed to medium high, and cream until fluffy, for 1-2 minutes.
If the frosting is too runny, add more sifted powdered sugar. And if the frosting is too stiff, add a teaspoon of milk at a time, mixing in between, until you achieve the proper consistency.
Place the buttercream in a piping bag.
Place sugar in a small saucepan.
Melt sugar over medium heat, stirring to melt evenly.
As soon as the last bit of sugar has melted, immediately add heavy cream to the melted sugar.
Be careful as the mixture will bubble up and splash once you add the cream.
Add salt, mix until combined.
Add butter and stir the caramel until the butter has melted.
Don’t over cook the caramel, as you don’t want it to be too hard. If you cook the caramel too much, it will be too hard to add to the buttercream.
Pecan Cluster Candies
Divide chopped pecans over the molds of a mini muffin pan, or simply arrange them over a baking sheet lined with silicone mat, or parchment paper. You should have about 24 little clusters.
Unwrap the caramel candies, mix with the heavy cream, and microwave for a few seconds, stirring in between, until the candies are completely melted.
Use a spoon to pour a bit of melted caramel over each pecan cluster.
Let the caramel set for a few minutes.
Meanwhile, melt chocolate in the microwave.
Place it in a piping bag, or use a spoon to pour some chocolate over each pecan cluster.
Place it in the fridge to set the chocolate and caramel.
Pipe the Pecan Caramel Buttercream on each bottom shell.
Top with another shell.
Dab a tiny bit of melted chocolate on top of the shells.
Top with a Pecan Turtle Candy.
Let the macarons mature in the fridge for 24 hours before serving.
Also, allow the macarons to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes or so before eating, so they have a chance to soften up.
These Pecan Turtle Macarons can be frozen for up to 2 months, or refrigerated for up to 1 week.
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.
Recipe by Pies and Tacos: https://www.piesandtacos.com/pecan-turtle-macarons/ Pecan Turtle Macarons.