Hazelnut Macaroons


First off don't forget about the fabulous giveaway going on in my last post!!! Go enter now! You have until midnight on June 5th to enter :)

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Secondly, I know it's saturday and I never post on the weekends... but this recipe had a deadline!! And I was determined to meet it!


OK now onto the post! I've been a cookie carnival slacker as of late... but not this month!! I made it with 1 whole day to spare! Kate of The Clean Plate Club hosts it each month and for May she picked Hazelnut Macaroon sandwich cookies. You can download the PDF recipe on her blog here.

Want to know a shocker? I followed the cookie part of the directions!! I know I know... pretty crazy... since you know me and messing with recipes!

Oh, important side note, USE the parchment paper like the recipe tells you, silicon baking mats... they don't work as well... whoops! Lesson learned :)

I did however change the filling... You see I had just made my homemade nutella... how could I NOT use it for the filling? Read about the seriously easy recipe here.


If you make these I HIGHLY recommend making the nutella like filling instead of the plain chocolate ganache... seriously fantastic... I am not lying... no really... go make them now :D

OH and don't try to make these by hand... a kitchen aid or other type of mixer is your best friend... because in order to get stiff peaks...


you need some kitchen aid love :D Unless you want to have some beastly huge muscle arms by the end of making these... in that case, hand beat away!!

Another important note... these are super light, which makes them easy to just pop in your mouth and chow a ton without realizing it... not that I did that or anything....

CHOW!

OK off to catch our plane to DC!! Looking forward to seeing the family, relaxing, chowing, and exploring DC!

33 chews:

they look fab, I so want your nutella!

Steph said...

I'm still too scared to attempt macaroons. Great job! I'm sure your homemade filling makes these yummier!

Anne said...

Those look great! I bet they're awesome with your homemade filling :D

Natalie said...

Yummy!

And have fun in DC, I love that city (and I read last week its the fittest city in the word). :D

Pearl said...

i have never made macaroons but i really want to, after seeing yours!

Megan said...

Yours turned out wonderful an I'll bet that HM Nutella was excellent. I'm hoping to make these cookies today. I'l sooo late.

Mm, nutella filling... I bet anything would taste good with that sandwiched in the middle!

Astra Libris said...

Mmmm, these sound incredible... Especially with homemade nutella!! WOW!! Heaven!!

Have a wonderful, safe, glorious trip to DC!

Carol VR said...

I soooo loved this recipe.....mmmmm.

Reeni♥ said...

How blissful with the home-made Nutella filling!!

Stacey said...

Oh wow those look delicious! Especially with the filling!

Claudia said...

The nutella is pure inspiration! You may go away now knowing you made many people hungry.

mmm.. those sound scrumptious and nutella is a perfect filling! Have fun in DC! It's gorgeous here now!

Jamie said...

Mmmm, these look great - I will certainly try to make my own nutella sometime now, too!

Marta said...

YAY for 20,000 hits Steph! you're just ding such a great job, the word spreads around quick :)
These macaroons looks great and cute. I love love LOVE chocolate hazelnut (I may have stressed this point on your previous Nutella entry!) and the light and airy macaroon texture makes me feel fancy. And I could always use some of that!

PheMom said...

Congratulations! Those darling little macs look perfect to celebrate with too! I hope you have a fantastic trip!

Congrats on your macarons! They are not easy to do.

Enjoy DC!! One of my favorite cities!

Those pictures look great!! I'm going to take your advice about the mixer and make these with my Mom or sisters... thanks for the tip! Because I would have tried. And my arms might have fallen off :)

finsmom said...

This look like a fantastic recipe! Love the homemade filling!
They are so cute! Yum!

gaga said...

I love the flavor of hazelnuts! I really wish they'd make more things with them.

Have fun on your trip!

Lo said...

Oh, it is love.
And home made nutella? Fantastic!

I'm there. Happily sipping coffee with Frangelico and thinking about your macaroons!

breadandjam said...

These look amazing. My mouth is watering just looking at the filling!

Martha said...

As a lover of easy recipes and simple shortcuts, I am totally impressed by your industriousness -- homemade macarons with homemade nutella! All I can say is WOW!!

Tami said...

What a great picture of a lovely little cookie!

The more I read the roundup, the more I'm craving hazelnut spread..and then I see that you've made your own homemade spread. YUM!!!

Hope you have a good time on your trip!!

Candy Girl said...

Homemade nutella!?! Yum. Cookies look fab.

Ann said...

Yayyyyyy! I can comment now:) I've been drooling over these cookies. Chocolate and hazelnut. yum yum yum MMMM! :) If I made these, I'd probably accidentally go up a size or so b/c I ate the whole batch. But it'd be fun the whole time!

sharon said...

i came across your post while googling macarons through foodgawker.

not hating nor saying anything nasty,
but i dont know why people are saying these look fab, but your macaron failed to tick all the right boxes,
1.it look porous, not shiny and have a shell
2.the shape is horrendous
3. it does not have feet.
4. silpat is definitely much better than parchment. if yours stick to the silpat, meant either of 3 things.
a: you underbake it.
b:your silicon mat is old. honest they do wear out.
c:you did not clean it properly.

macaron when undermixed or overmixed will produce similiar effect to what happened to your macarons. yours, it looked more like Hazelnut Success - lightly folded hazelnut meal into meringue cookie rather than a proper macaron.

continue to practice! good luck.

stephchows said...

Hi sharon, you're right they don't look like macaroons :) at least the traditional kind! They were however shiny with a shell, but yes very porous indeed! The shape is rather sad (that's what you get when you can't find your room mates pasty bag). Seriously the silicon mat wears out?? Hmm maybe these under baked a bit then since I've never had anything else stick to them and def. clean them well. All I know is they tasted phenomenal and looked nothing like a traditional macaroon, but I'm ok with that :) Who likes traditional anyway ;) You didn't link back to anywhere, do you have a blog? I'd love to see what you make!

sharon said...

i came across your post while googling macarons through foodgawker.

not hating nor saying anything nasty,
but i dont know why people are saying these look fab, but your macaron failed to tick all the right boxes,
1.it look porous, not shiny and have a shell
2.the shape is horrendous
3. it does not have feet.
4. silpat is definitely much better than parchment. if yours stick to the silpat, meant either of 3 things.
a: you underbake it.
b:your silicon mat is old. honest they do wear out.
c:you did not clean it properly.

macaron when undermixed or overmixed will produce similiar effect to what happened to your macarons. yours, it looked more like Hazelnut Success - lightly folded hazelnut meal into meringue cookie rather than a proper macaron.

continue to practice! good luck.

breadandjam said...

These look amazing. My mouth is watering just looking at the filling!

gaga said...

I love the flavor of hazelnuts! I really wish they'd make more things with them.

Have fun on your trip!

Tami said...

What a great picture of a lovely little cookie!

The more I read the roundup, the more I'm craving hazelnut spread..and then I see that you've made your own homemade spread. YUM!!!

Hope you have a good time on your trip!!

Jamie said...

Mmmm, these look great - I will certainly try to make my own nutella sometime now, too!

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