Making macarons is not easy. It involves a lot of patience and time, and it also makes a huge mess. I have tried and failed to make macarons more times than I would like to admit. Here's what I've found works more times than not.
-the whites from 2 large organic eggs (yes it makes a difference)
-1/4 cup of white cane sugar (they never turn out for me with anything else)
-1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
-1/4 tsp of almond extract
-1/4 tsp of cream of tartar
-1/4 to 1/2 tsp of gel food coloring (optional)
-1 cup of almond flour
-1 cup of powdered sugar
-1/2 cup of softened butter
-1 tsp of lemon extract
-1/2 tsp of yellow food coloring
-2 cups of powdered sugar
-2 tbsp of milk
What to do:
*Step 0: Don't do this on a humid day. It won't work and you'll be wasting your time.
Using bowl #1 and your sifter, sift your almond flour and powdered sugar together. You can do it twice but I'm lazy and it doesn't make much of a difference. Set that bowl aside for later.
Separate your whites from your yolks. You don't need the yolks, just the whites. Beat the egg whites until they start to get foamy.
Add the cream of tartar and one tbsp of sugar. Continue to beat for like 30 seconds and then add another tbsp of sugar (2/4). Continue to beat again for like 30 seconds and then add another tbsp of sugar (3/4). Continue to beat for like 30 seconds and then add another tbsp of sugar (4/4), your vanilla and almond extracts, and your food coloring. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Do not over mix.
Remember the bowl from step 1? Grab that and your sifter again. Sift the almond flour mixture into your egg white mixture.
Fold everything together. If you don't know what that means please watch a youtube video on it. You're going to want to do this as little as possible. Do not over mix.
Put all of that into a piping bag (or a gallon ziplock bad with the corner cut off)
Pipe out little circles onto parchment paper or if you're fancy one of those macaron baking mats (kinda worth it tbh)
Let them sit for an hour. Yes an hour. Clean up your mess, take your dog for a walk, go do something so you're not staring at them waiting.
When you get back from taking your dog for a walk preheat your oven to 280° F. After an hour of waiting you can put these in the oven for about 20 minutes. Then let cool for about 15 minutes.
Make the filling while your shells are baking. To do that mix all of the filling ingredients together until smooth.
To assemble take a shell, pipe some filling on it, and then sandwich it with another shell.
Congrats you made macarons!