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I'm so excited to share this recipe with you as it’s one of my favorite macaron recipes I've developed! These chocolate peppermint macarons start with my basic chocolate macaron shell recipe. I chose not to flavor the shell, but for all you peppermint lovers out there, feel free to add 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract once your meringue has formed (before adding the dry ingredients) to really amp up the peppermint flavor!
Sandwiched between the macaron shells? White chocolate peppermint ganache, of course. Creamy, minty, luxurious white chocolate goodness. And then they’re topped off with a sprinkle of crushed peppermint candy for good measure. The entire macaron, the delicate peppermint candy-covered shells and creamy white chocolate mint filling will just melt in your mouth.
How to Make Chocolate Peppermint Macarons
Here are the basic steps to making macarons:
- Sift together the almond flour, powdered sugar, and cocoa powder and discard any bits that won’t pass through the sifter.
Ingredient Tip: Make sure you use good quality cocoa powder; you can use either natural or Dutch-processed, just PLEASE make sure it’s the good stuff. The better the quality, the more rich the chocolate flavor will be!
- Whip the egg whites and granulated sugar to a stiff meringue.
- Fold the dry ingredients into the meringue using the macaronage technique.
- Pipe the macarons onto your baking sheet and sprinkle with crushed peppermints or candy canes.
- Bang the baking sheet on the counter to eliminate any air bubbles.
- Let the macarons dry at room temperature until dry to the touch. (DO NOT skip this step.)
- Bake the macarons and then cool completely.
- Match up by size and fill to make cookie sandwiches.
As we all know, macarons can be tricky to make... and if you find that you've been too intimidated to try OR you have tried but failed horribly, I suggest you read my lengthy post on the subject: The Ultimate French Macaron Guide!
Key Tips for Making French Macarons
- Wipe down your bowl. Before whisking your egg whites, ensure your whisk and bowl are sparkling clean and grease/oil-free. Any traces of grease will prevent your egg whites from whipping to stiff peaks. I like wiping my bowl down with something acidic (think: lemon juice or vinegar) and a paper towel before starting.
- Double up on sheet pans when baking. Preheat an empty sheet pan in the oven; once your macarons are ready to bake, place the pan with the rested macaron shells on top of the preheated pan in the oven. This helps keep the heat distribution even and can help prevent hollow shells.
An extensive list of tips and macaron troubleshooting can be found in my Ultimate French Macaron Guide! (Click 'jump to recipe' and scroll up)
Now, get this recipe for chocolate peppermint macarons pinned, then let’s get baking, because, dude, these are SO DELICIOUS… you have to try them!
Chocolate Peppermint Macarons
- 120 grams egg whites (approx. 4 large eggs)
- 120 grams granulated sugar
- 200 grams powdered sugar
- 130 grams almond flour
- 15 grams cocoa powder
- Garnish: crushed peppermint candy
For the White Chocolate Peppermint Ganache:
- 255 g white chocolate chopped
- 80 g heavy cream
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
- Make the macarons: In a medium bowl, sift together the almond flour, confectioners’ sugar, and cocoa powder and set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites
on medium speed until foamy. Continue to beat until your whisk begins leaving
visible trails in the foamy egg whites.
- Once you can see trails, gradually add the granulated sugar, increase the mixer
speed, and whip on high until the meringue forms stiff peaks. (Be sure not to
over-whip your egg whites otherwise you risk drying them out.)
- Remove the bowl from the stand mixer, add the dry
ingredients to the meringue and fold with a rubber spatula from the bottom of
the bowl upward then press the flat side of your spatula through the middle
against the side of the bowl. (The batter will look very thick at first, but it
will get thinner as you fold.) Continue folding until the batter gets to a
lava-like consistency. Pro Tip:
The figure 8 test is a great way to check your batter’s consistency; pick up
the batter with your spatula and let it flow down into the bowl while drawing
the figure “8”. If it can do that without the batter breaking, immediately stop
- Transfer the batter into a large pastry bag with a medium-sized round tip, such as a Wilton 2A plain round tip.
- Holding the piping bag at a 90 ̊ angle to the surface, pipe
out the batter into 1.5-inch rounds about an inch apart on a baking sheet lined
with parchment paper. (Feel free to print out a macaron template if you’re
worried about size/uniformity). Sprinkle crushed peppermint on the top of each shell,
- Holding the baking sheet with both hands, carefully bang the sheet firmly on the
counter a few times to get rid of any air bubbles. (If you don’t release the air
bubbles, they will expand during baking and crack your beautiful macarons
- Repeat the piping and banging process until you have used up all the batter (usually about three sheet pans worth.)
- Let the macarons rest and dry for 30 minutes or until a skin has developed; on a
humid day, it might take an hour or more. To see if it’s ready to be baked,
lightly touch it. If the batter doesn’t stick to your finger, then it’s ready.
(Don’t forget to remove the macaron templates, if using, before baking!)
- While the macarons are resting, preheat the oven to 300˚F (150˚C) and position the
oven rack in the center of the oven.
- Bake the macarons, one tray at a time, for 18-20 minutes, rotating the pan once
halfway through the cooking process.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the sheet pan for 10 minutes before peeling off the parchment paper and cooling completely on a wire rack. (If the bottoms are a tiny bit sticky, keep them on the tray to cool off for an additional
10-15 minutes. If, however, the bottoms are already brown, they peel off cleanly, or they appear over-baked, then carefully take them off the tray immediately to cool down.) Repeat the baking process with the remaining sheet pans.
It’s always better to over- rather than under-bake your macarons as the
maturation process can typically salvage ones that are over-baked.
- Make the white chocolate peppermint ganache frosting: Heat heavy cream up until just simmering and pour it over the chopped white chocolate. Let the cream and chocolate mixture sit for 3 minutes.
- Add the peppermint extract, then whisk the mixture together in one direction until combined and smooth.
- Cover the bowl with a piece of plastic wrap pressed on the top of the ganache and place in the refrigerator to let it cool until it firms up, about 1 hour.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip the ganache until
it’s a light & fluffy frosting consistency.
- Transfer the white chocolate peppermint ganache frosting into a pastry bag and fill the macarons, then gently sandwich together.