Molecular Macarons

Molecular Macarons

Take a bite out of science with this geeky cookie recipe! Molecular Macarons are a tiny treat with a bold espresso flavor!

Yields 24 sandwich cookies

Things you'll need

Ingredients Macarons
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 3 egg whites, room temperature
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon dark cocoa powder
  • Chocolate pocky biscuits
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 8 ounces heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 medium bowls
  • Sifter
  • Rubber spatula
  • Electric handheld mixer
  • 2 baking sheets
  • Parchment paper
  • Piping bags fitted with #2 & #1A tips

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 300ºF.
  2. In a large bowl, sift powdered sugar, almond meal, salt, espresso powder and cocoa powder.
  3. In a separate bowl, use a hand mixer to whisk egg whites until frothy, about 4 minutes. Slowly add sugar and beat until soft peaks form, another 4 minutes.
  4. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet, a third at a time, folding in between each addition.
  5. Draw a dozen 1 & 1/2 inch circles onto a piece of parchment paper and then flip the parchment upside down on a baking tray.
  6. Use a #2A tip to pipe the batter onto the tray so that it fills the circles (PICTURE at 3:10).
  7. Tap the baking sheet to remove any air bubbles and then let set for 30 to 60 minutes to develop a skin.
  8. Place the cookie sheet in another cookie sheet to help insulate the bottom, and bake for 15 to 18 minutes.
  1. Heat cream in a small sauce pot until it is scalded and then pour over chopped chocolate.
  2. Allow the mixture to sit for 3 minutes and then stir. Mix in vanilla extract and butter until smooth. Cool to room temperature.

Time to decorate!

  1. Turn half the cookies upside down and pipe about a teaspoon of ganache onto them. Top each of them off with another cookie.
  2. Use a #2 tip to pipe candy melt onto each macaron with a different letter to create your molecules (PICTURE at 5:24).
  3. Use pocky to attach the different molecules together to create the caffeine molecule (PICTURE at 6:53).
  4. TaDa! These Molecular Macaroons are pumped for you to enjoy their delicious coffee flavor!
Rosanna Pansino makes Molecular Macarons Molecular Macarons

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