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Peppermint Cheesecake Macarons
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Peppermint Cheesecake Macarons

Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Cookies, French Macarons, Macarons, Peppermint
Servings: 32 macarons
Calories: 140kcal
Author: Michael Johnson

Ingredients

For the Macaron Shells:

  • 120 g Eggland's Best egg whites (approx. 4 large EB eggs), room temperature
  • 100 g granulated sugar
  • 200 g powdered sugar
  • 120 g almond flour
  • gel food coloring of choice (do NOT use liquid coloring)

For the Peppermint Cheesecake Filling:

  • 140 g cream cheese softened
  • 30 g unsalted butter softened
  • 360 g powdered sugar
  • 15 g milk
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract

For the Garnish:

  • 85 g white chocolate melted (optional)
  • graham cracker crumbs (optional)

Instructions

  • Make the macarons: In a medium bowl, sift together the almond flour and powdered sugar, then set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the Eggland's Best 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. Add gel food coloring, if using, then continue beating on high until stiff peaks form. (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 folding.
  • Transfer the batter into a large pastry bag with a medium-sized 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).
  • 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 macaron shells.) 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 they're ready to be baked, lightly touch one. 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 with an empty sheet pan preheating inside.
  • Bake the macarons on top of the preheated sheet pan 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.
    Pro Tip: 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 peppermint cheesecake filling: Beat the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the powdered sugar, milk, and peppermint extract and beat until well combined, starting on low speed and gradually increasing to medium-high.
  • Transfer the peppermint cheesecake filling into a pastry bag. Pair each macaron shell with another of a similar size and then fill the macarons, gently sandwiching together.
  • Drizzle the filled macarons with the melted white chocolate and then immediately sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs, if using. Store the filled macarons in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days and bring back to room temperature before enjoying.

Notes

Macarons are best enjoyed the next day after they mature in the fridge (since the flavors will be absorbed into the shell). If your shell is hard/crunchy/over-baked, letting them mature will also cause the shells to absorb the moisture from the filling and soften up / give them their signature chewy texture.

Nutrition

Serving: 1macaron | Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 82IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg