Chewy chocolate macarons with a crispy outer shell and chocolate ganache filling
Chocolate macarons are such a tasty treat. I love that first bite that cracks through the crisp outer layer before you sink your teeth into that chewy goodness in the middle. These chocolate macarons are based on my super-viral, no-fail French macaron recipe. Follow my tips and tricks in this blog post to make the perfect chocolate macarons.
Why are chocolate macarons so hard to make?
There are a lot of things that can go wrong with such a simple cookie if you don’t know what to look out for. Make sure you follow each step as close as you can to avoid these problems.
I find that a lot of people don’t really follow a recipe when they are trying something new. They read the ingredients and tend to skim the instructions (I am totally guilty of this too) but this is not one of those recipes you can get away with doing that.
Making chocolate macarons is more about the way you make them and less about the actual ingredients. If you want to watch my vanilla macaron video, you can watch it here.
Chocolate Macaron Ingredients
Almond Flour – Provides structure, flavor and texture to the macarons. I prefer using Bob’s Red Mill super fine almond flour or you can make your own.
Powdered Sugar – Gives the cookie a little bit of sweetness
Cocoa Powder – Can’t have chocolate macarons without chocolate!
Aged Egg Whites – Provides structure and texture that is iconic to the French Macaron
Vanilla Extract – Enhances the flavor of the macaron. You can use other flavors too!
Granulated Sugar – Helps the egg whites whip up properly
Salt – Enhances the flavor of the chocolate
Chocolate Macaron Recipe Step By Step
- Sift together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, salt and almond meal. This is important so you can remove any hard lumps that might be in the mixture which will ruin the shiny surface of your cookie later.
- Place the almond flour mixture into a food processor and pulse 8-10 times to make the mixture finer in texture and to get it mixed together really well.
- Whip your egg whites until frothy with the whisk attachment then slowly add in your granulated sugar while mixing on low.
- Continue mixing until the egg whites become white and you can see some lines being made in the meringue. Add in your cream of tartar.
- Whip until soft glossy peaks form. Now add in your extract and food coloring if you are coloring your macarons.
- Continue whipping on medium-high until the meringue is at stiff peaks. The meringue will feel dense and will start gathering on the inside of the whisk.
- Add in 1/3 of your almond mixture and fold by taking your spatula and going around the edge of the bowl just under the batter, then cut through the center. Repeat this until you don’t see any dry spots.
- Add in the rest of your dry ingredients and continue folding
- Place your spatula flat on top of the batter and turn the bowl to knock out some of the air from the batter. You want the batter to fall from the spatula like a ribbon and move similar to lava.
- Once your batter falls from the spatula in a ribbon, try and draw a figure 8. If the batter doesn’t break, it’s ready. You will also notice the edges of the batter begin to turn glossy and the mixture oozes very slowly. The ribbon should dissolve back into the batter after about 20 seconds.
- Place the piping bag into a cup while you pour in the batter. The cup helps hold up the bag so you can scoop every last drop of that batter into the bag.
- Now you can pipe your macarons onto your parchment paper and bake! I use a #802 round piping tip and a template. Hold your tip straight up in the center of the circle, about 1/4″ away from the paper and squeeze until the batter fills the circle 3/4 of the way then lift straight up quickly to break the batter off.
- Lift your tray up about 5 inches and drop onto the table to pop any bubbles that are under the surface of your macaron and the batter should spread to the edge of the circle.
- Let your macaron sit at room temperature until a crust forms over the surface. Depending on your room, it can take from 30 minutes to 2 hours. You should be able to touch the top lightly and it doesn’t feel sticky.
Tips for success:
- Use room temperature egg whites (if you forget to bring them to room temp, put your eggs in a bowl of warm water for 5 minutes)
- Age your egg whites overnight by putting them in a bowl in the fridge. This allows some of the moisture to evaporate and experts say, produce a stronger meringue.
- Sift your ingredients
- Weigh all your ingredients in grams for the best and most accurate results
- Make sure you use fresh egg whites that have been aged overnight.
- Wipe the inside of your bowl and attachments well to make sure they are grease-free
- Don’t over-whip your egg whites, make sure they are at the firm peak stage but still glossy and moist
- If your room is very humid, put a space heater next to the macarons to help dry them out
Troubleshooting macaron problems
Perfecting your macaron recipe will take time. After your first try you might notice some problems. These are the most common and how you can fix them.
- Over-mixing your batter will produce very flat macarons that will be hollow in the center and won’t have any feet
- Oily blotches on the surface of your macaron is from over-mixing and causing the oil from the almond flour to release into the batter. Try folding more gently.
- Macarons that have a raised nipple in the center after baking. This is caused by under-mixing and the batter is still too stiff.
- Under-mixing your batter or not using super fine almond flour will make lumpy/rough textured macarons.
- Cracked macarons are from not letting them sit at room temp for long enough so they haven’t had time to develop a shell or they were not mixed enough.
- Macarons won’t be round when you don’t hold your piping tip directly in the center of the template or your parchment isn’t flat.
- Hollow shells can be from not popping the bubbles in the surface of the macarons before baking or from the meringue being under whipped.
••Download the template to make perfectly-sized macaronsFrench Macaron Template
Want more macarons? Try these recipes!
Strawberry Macaron Recipe
French Macaron Recipe
Chocolate Macaron Recipe
- 50 grams (50 g) almond flour
- 114 grams (114 g) powdered sugar
- 7 grams (7 g) cocoa powder
- 57 grams (57 g) egg whites aged overnight in the fridge and brought to room temperature
- 1/8 teaspoon (1/8 tsp) cream of tartar
- 28 grams (28 g) granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon (1/2 tsp) vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 ounces heavy cream
- 2.5 ounces chocolate semisweet, milk or dark
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Food Scale
- Stand Mixer
- Parchment Paper
- Piping Bag
- 802 Round Piping Tip
- Food processor
For The Chocolate Macarons
- Preheat oven to 320ºF and line a 1/2 baking sheet with the macaron template and parchment paper
- Sift together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and almond flour, twice if not blended.
- Pulse the mixture in a food processor 8-10 times to make the almond flour mixture even finer and texture and to blend the ingredients together.
- Whip the egg whites on low to frothy consistency and slowly add the sugar in thirds.
- Once the egg whites turn white and you can see some lines forming in the surface from the whisk, add cream of tartar, whipping on medium until soft glossy peaks form.
- Add the vanilla to the meringue during the soft peak stage. Then continue whipping on medium-high until you get stiff peaks that start gathering and bunching on the inside of the whisk.
- Add 1/3 of your almond mixture to the meringue. Fold your spatula under the batter and around the edges and then cut through the center until almond flour is mixed in. Continue with the rest of the almond flour and folding until homogenous. (see video)
- Gently press the spatula on top of the batter while you turn the bowl to take out some fo the air from the meringue. Continue folding around the outside edge until the batter forms a ribbon and moves like lava.
- Your meringue is ready when it forms a ribbon off the spatula and the batter that settles almost dissolves all the way back into the rest of the batter but still leave a bit of a line.
- Place parchment paper onto your sheet pan. Pipe small rounds about 1" in diameter. Use a template if needed
- Drop the pan onto the table 5-6 times from about 5" above the table to release bubbles. Use a toothpick to remove big pockets of air trapped under the surface. Use a very small amount of water on your fingertip to smooth any rough spots.
- Allow to dry, uncovered until a crust forms on the surface. About 30 minutes - 2 hours or until a dry film develops over the surface of the cookie. For humid areas put a space heater nearby to help dry the cookies faster.
- Bake at 320ºF for about 14-15 minutes or until lightly browned. If not quite brown baked, bake for an additional 1 minute. Cooled cookies should pull away from the parchment paper without sticking. If they do stick, they were not baked enough.
- Let cool fully before removing from the parchment and filling with ganache. Cookies can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Shells can be frozen for 6 months in an airtight container.
For the ganache
- Place all the ingredients into a heatproof bowl and microwave for one minute. Let sit for 5 minutes then whisk until smooth. Heat for another 15 seconds if not fully melted. Place into the fridge for 20 minutes then whisk until smooth. It should be the texture of peanut butter.
131 comments on “Chocolate Macaron Recipe”
Was looking for a Chocolate Macaron recipe came along and found this recipe, it is amazing, the macarons came out perfect 👌, with feet, smooth top, peeled right off parchment paper, sweet and delicious, really recommended trying this recipe!
I have tried a few recipes and there was always something imperfect about the macarons. I followed your recipe today closely and the macarons came out perfect!!! I’m so glad I found your recipe! Your video and tips are also super helpful! Thanks Liz!!
If I want a darker chocolate colored macaron- do I add more cocoa powder and reduce the almond flour by the same amount?
Im not sure if that would throw off the result, if you just want the color to be darker you could add a couple drops of chocolate brown food coloring.
Thank you…. they are great!
Second time trying to make macaroons… First time trying your recipe – they came out perfect! Thanks.
Absolutely perfect! Thank you!!
made the shells and they turned out great but for the ganache it took me three tries to get it right because the chocolate to heavy cream ratio should be 2:1 but that’s not what the recipe said. when i did what you said the ganache turned out very liquidy so i had to go to another recipe for the right ganache 😕🙄
you have to let the ganache fully cool before you use it. I use the 1:1 ratio every single time but I also use semi-sweet chocolate.
WOWWWW! I got it absolutely perfect first go! I made a silly decision to take them off the paper before cooling and they ended up crispy but delicious!!
Hmmmm….the ganache based on the measurements in your recipe came out like liquid….didn’t thicken…is it possible there is a typo?
The ganache needs to cool for a few hours to become thick, check out my ganache blog post recipe for more information
Can I use my electric hand mixer? Will the peaks be stiff enough?
You can! You’ll just have to whip the meringue for a long time, check out my video to make sure the peaks are stiff enough 🙂
I will be trying this recipe this coming weekend. OMG i just saw you on TV. Your group made an AMAZING scary Halloween display. Congratulations on the win, it was well deserved!!!!!
Liz thank you so much for the recipe and awesome tutorial. I made this recipe for the first time today, and I couldn’t have asked for better results. Tagged you on Instagram so you can see the pictures. Thanks again!!
This is amazing thank you! I’ve tried your chocolate and plain macaroon recipes and they turned out so good! Everyone keeps asking me how I made mine and I’ve been sharing your page 🥰. I’m obsessed with making them now ❤️
I have long wanted to make macarons but was so intimidated. Your video and recipe were super easy to follow and mine turned out perfectly. These are going to be made this year for neighbour Christmas gifts. Thanks so much!
Just made this. followed the recipe precisely apart from the salt (forgot that bit)
Its the first timenive made macarons and they came out perfect!!. i am so chuffed with myself.
Can I use fine blanched almond flour for this recipe?
Yes you can
I’ve made these many times and my dad says they are his favorites! they are fun and i really like them! Thanks for the recipe!
These came out perfectly. I also followed the recipe exactly except switched the cocoa powder for raspberry fruit powder to make raspberry macarons and those came out perfect too.
When can you eat them isn’t after three days or something
Some people say if you put them in the fridge for three days the texture gets chewier
Just made this recipe last night and it turned out great! Thank you for this very detailed recipe (I added hazelnuts to the dough and the filling!)
This video really, REALLY helped with the macaron process. I’ve tried 4 different times (3 different recipes) and yours was the one that worked. I struggled so much with folding in my almond flour mixture, and seeing your technique helped tremendously! No over mixed batter here!
Hi Liz. Just tried your recipe and followed every step. They came out so perfect in the first attempt! Your tips really helped. Thank you!!
Great recipe. Nailed it first try. Yummm. Substituted cream cheese chocolate frosting.
amazing recipe!!! so clear and detailed. my parents love it. thankyou so so much!!
for some reason my macarons never dry and I don’t know why because i triple checked my meringue and it looks like yours. They taste delish tho.
Yumm!! Yumm!! Yumm!!
I tried french macrons for the first time and it came really good. All gone in just 1 day. Thank you so much for sharing this perfect recipe.