Macarons are French cookies that are just as delicious as they are beautiful.
Many people believe that macarons are difficult to make from scratch, when in fact they are very easy. All you need is a gram scale and a great recipe (and we’ve got the recipe part covered.) These matcha green tea macarons with a chocolate ganache, is a spectacular Asian inspired variation. The variety of flavors results in the perfect cookie.
This matcha macaron recipe takes a little more effort than other matcha cookies, but the result is well worth the work. They are a lovely color and the refreshing vegetal taste makes the cookie taste just as good as it looks.
Matcha Macaron with Chocolate Ganache RecipePublished: 2017-02-13
- 189g (1 1/2 cup) powdered sugar, divided
- 153g (1 1/8 cup) almond meal
- 118g (1 cup) egg whites
- 94g (3/4 cup) granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon Epic Matcha green tea powder
- Cream of tartar (only a pinch needed)
- Green food coloring (gel or powder coloring only)
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- 4 oz dark chocolate, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon softened butter
- Once you have all of your ingredients for the cookies, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare two baking sheets by lining with parchment paper. After baking sheets are prepared set them aside and add almond meal and ⅓ of the powdered sugar into the food processor. Pulse until a fine texture is achieved. Follow by adding the remaining powdered sugar and matcha powder to this mixture. Sift twice into a large bowl.
- To make the meringue, add egg whites into a mixer and mix on medium speed. Mix for about 2 minutes or until meringue is foamy. Increase speed to medium high and add granulated sugar. Allow to mix for 2-3 minutes or until sugar is fully incorporated and a thick consistency is achieved. Add a pinch of cream of tartar along with food coloring and mix on high until stiff, glossy peaks form.
- The next step is to combine the dry ingredients into the meringue. Carefully add about ⅓ of the almond meal mix at a time. Fold the almond meal mix into the meringue gently. The end result should be a smooth batter that runs off of the spatula in thick ribbons.
- Now add your batter into a pastry bag fitted with a 1 ½ inch round tip. Pipe 1 ½ inch rounds onto the prepared baking sheets. When complete, gently tap sheets on the counter to flatten and place into the oven to bake.
- Bake green tea macarons for 10-13 minutes. They are done when the tops are flat and feet have formed on the bottom. Make sure to rotate baking sheet halfway through cook time. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
- Heat whipping cream in a small pan over medium heat.
- Almost bring whipping cream to a boil and remove from heat. Add chocolate.
- After about 1 minute add softened butter.
- Whisk until glossy.
- Allow to cool.
- When your matcha green tea cookies and the ganache are cool match them up in pairs, add the filling and sandwich them together.
- Wait until the matcha green tea macarons and chocolate ganache are cool before you begin to pair the two together If you rush the process, your hands will be covered in ganache so make sure you allow the cookies and ganache to cool entirely. To speed up the process, stick the ganache in the refrigerator. After about 10-15 minutes, the cookies and the ganache will be ready for assembly. When your matcha macaron and the ganache are cool, match them up in pairs, add the filling and sandwich them together.
Though this recipe takes more tender love and care, the finished result is a tray of lovely matcha green tea macarons that impress your guests eyes and stomach. These matcha green tea macarons are perfect for anytime of year, but they’re especially eye-catching around Christmas. With a few red sprinkles, you’ve got festive Christmas cookies for your next holiday party or your personal cookie jar.
Not only are these cookies absolutely delicious, they’re full of matcha green tea benefits that act as an immune system booster. Which means you can tell your guests that they’re getting some nutrition out of your matcha desserts. Better yet, you can get your skeptical friends to try the delicious and exotic taste of matcha green tea powder.
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