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Lime Macarons

Decadently delicious, these marvelous lime macarons feature the best of ingredients and fresh lime zest to create a cookie worth salivating over. Pair it with raspberry swiss meringue buttercream for a flavor combination to die for!
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 43 minutes
Servings 24
Author Karly

Ingredients

  • 100 grams egg whites
  • 35 grams white granulated sugar
  • 100 grams blanched almonds or almond meal/flour
  • 180 grams powdered sugar
  • Heaping 1/4 tsp. Cream of Tartar
  • Zest of 2 Limes
  • Yellow and Green Gel Food Coloring

Instructions

  • Place the almonds and powdered sugar in a food processor and run for several minutes, occasionally stopping to scrape the sides. Sift the mixture into a large bowl and discard any pieces that don't pass through the sieve.
  • In a large metal bowl, add the egg whites and cream of tartar. Begin whipping on medium-high with a whisk attachment until the eggs become foamy and white. Scrape the bowl, then add a tablespoon of granulated sugar and whip again for about 20 seconds. Scrape the bowl and repeat until all the granulated sugar has been added. Scrape the sides one last time then allow to whip at medium-high just until stiff peaks form.
  • Add the lime zest and a few toothpick draws of yellow and green gel food coloring, then sift about 1/3 of the almond meal/powdered sugar mixture into the bowl. Slowly and carefully fold the egg whites, by scraping the sides to the bottom of the bowl and then back over the top until the sugar flour is incorporated. Repeat until the all the sugar flour is mixed in, being careful to not beat the egg mixture.
  • Carefully spoon into a pastry bag prepped with a 1 inch round tip and pipe 1 1/2 inch circles onto baking sheets covered with parchment paper. Tap the baking sheets again a flat surface to release any trapped air bubbles.
  • Allow the macarons to rest for 20-60 minutes, or until they lose their shine and are no longer tacky to the touch.
  • Bake in a 300 degree oven for 13 minutes, or until the bottoms are just barely starting to brown.

Notes

You absolutely MUST use a weight scale for this recipe. Trying to convert the weight measurements into cups, etc. will only result in a failed recipe.