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Well that is just Ridunkulous!

December 14, 2011

Google French Macarons and you’ll find that lots of places are selling these petite Sandwich Cookies for $40 onward.  Hell to the nah.  That’s ridunkulous!!

I made my own and I have to say it cost me less than $10.  No overnight frozen shipping or waiting required.  When you make it from scratch with your own two hands, you’re entitled to a feeling of ownership.  Therefore, you can gift and share from the heart.  Not to mention, quality control.  “Only the Finest Ingredients” is a fickle phrase. 

Now if you’re in the states, these are probably the best damn things next to hopping on a plane to Paris.  Also, less than $10 I, (and probably most people can do).  $2000 plane tickets are another story 😦

Give ’em a try!  Ya got nothing to lose.  If you can whip up Meringue (which is a fancy term for fluffy beaten Egg Whites), and you have a little bit of patience (ahhh that word again)! you can definitely pop these out to share…or all for yourself.  Whatever, it’s your perogative 😉

You will need:

  • 4 Room Temperature Egg Whites (save the Yolks for a Custard, Cheesecake, or for a Face Mask but please don’t throw it away)!!! 
  • 1/4 ts Cream of Tarter
  • 1/4 c Caster Sugar
  • 1 ts of good Vanilla Extract (or Almond–Hazelnut–Lemon–you get the picture)
  • 1 c of ground Almonds (or Hazelnuts, Pistachios)
  • 2 c of Powder Sugar = SIFTED twice!! 

***350 for 10-13 minutes (in my oven it was right around 12 minutes but everyone’s oven is a bit different).  It also helps to bake one sheet of cookies at a time on the top rack — if you cook more than 1 pan, you’ll find your bottom cookies have cooked faster and will start to crack but if you don’t mind this, then by all means.
–Thank you Jon for reminding me to post temp/time.  I appreciate you!!!

    *Watch my Truffle video to learn how to make the Ganache

    Here are some combos that I’ve done before and love:
    -Pink Strawberry & Strawberry Jam (just add in 1/4 cup of dried crushed Strawberries in w the Nuts/Sugar)
    -The Cookies as is filled with Almond Butter (easy and yummy)!!
    -Ground Pistachio instead of Ground Almonds with a bit of Green Dye & Buttercream (this tastes like one of my favorite Pistachio Ice Creams)!!
    -Green Tea (Matcha) Powder mixed in with the Nuts/Sugar with Green Tea Buttercream
    -Lemon Extract in the Cookie paired with Fresh Lemon Curd — a bit of Yellow Dye livens it up too.

    Now these are just some that I’ve made but the possibilities are endless—endless I say!!

    Enjoy the yum as well as the savings!!

    XOXO, Your Squishy Monster =D

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