Easy French Macarons

Easy French Macarons

A favorite for many adults, these light, sweet treats are tailor-made for kids — they're the perfect finger food for a party.


  • Silicone baking mat
  • Stand mixer with whisk attachment
  • Pastry bag with a round tip
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 2/3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup finely ground almonds
  • Jam or frosting
  • Food coloring (optional)


  1. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.
  2. Beat egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment until whites are foamy; beat in white sugar and continue beating until egg whites are glossy, fluffy and hold soft peaks. Sift confectioners' sugar and ground almonds in a separate bowl. Quickly fold the almond mixture into the egg whites.
  3. When batter is mixed enough to flatten immediately into an even disk, spoon into a pastry bag fitted with a plain round tip. Pipe the batter onto the baking sheet in rounds, leaving space between the disks.
  4. Let the piped cookies stand out at room temperature until they form a hard skin on top, about 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  6. Bake cookies until set but not browned, about 10 minutes; let cookies cool completely before filling with frosting or jam.