Chocolate Hazelnut Macarons

Chocolate Hazelnut Macarons | Butter Baking

What feels like way back when, before I started working full time, I was baking macarons from home and selling them to a little cafe/champagne bar.

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I would bake them every Monday, typically making about three different flavours, which always included salted caramel, and then varied through from rice pudding to lemon tart (you may have seen photos like this on instagram) depending on my mood and what was selling well.

Chocolate Hazelnut Macarons | Butter Baking

The chocolate hazelnut ones were probably my personal favourites, so now that the macaron-baking is over, I’m sharing the recipe with you here!

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My advice to you when making macarons is not to over-complicate it. Don’t read horror stories. Don’t scare yourself about whether or not you’re going to have feet. Just follow the steps, and you should be fine.

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The most important step is the Italian meringue. Don’t over-whip the egg whites before you add the sugar syrup – you want them to be frothy only, and that will result in a smooth and shiny meringue.

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Know you’re oven and be sure it doesn’t run too hot. You can always bring the temperature down if you need to. And use flat trays!

Also, the resting time is important for the macarons to grow feet. It allows them to develop a skin, which then rises up in the oven.

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Now that’s all the important stuff out of the way – you’re ready to bake (and eat!)!

Chocolate Hazelnut Macarons | Butter Baking

CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT MACARONS
 
Ingredients
  • FOR THE MACARON SHELLS:
  • 300g almond meal
  • 300g icing sugar
  • 60g cocoa
  • 110g egg whites
  • 30ml strong coffee
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 75ml water
  • 110g egg whites
  • FOR THE CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT GANACHE:
  • 400g milk chocolate, finely chopped
  • 200g double cream
  • 50g unsalted butter, softened
  • 100g Nutella
Method
  1. TO MAKE THE MACARON SHELLS:
  2. Line 4 - 6 trays with baking paper.
  3. Sift the almond meal, icing sugar and cocoa into a large bowl and mix well.
  4. Pour 110g egg whites, the coffee and vanilla over the dry ingredients. Do not mix. Set aside.
  5. Make an Italian meringue. Put the remaining 110g egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Do not turn on.
  6. Put the caster sugar and water in a small saucepan and stir. Place over a medium heat and fit with a candy thermometer.
  7. Watch the sugar as it boils. When the mixture reaches about 110 C, turn the egg whites onto a high speed. Whip these until they form very soft peaks. The sugar should be 115 C at this stage.
  8. When the sugar reaches 115 C, turn off the heat. While the egg whites are still beating on high, pour the sugar syrup, very slowly, into the eggs. Aim for a point in between the side of the bowl and the moving whisk. Continue to beat until the mixture cools (feel it through the base of the bowl).
  9. Fold the Italian meringue into the almond meal mixture in three batches, until well incorporated and smooth.
  10. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with medium round nozzle and pipe small 1 inch rounds of mixture onto the lined trays, allowing a little room for spreading. Tap each tray onto the bench a few times, HARD, to remove air bubbles. Repeat until all the mixture is used.
  11. Set the trays of macarons aside for about 30 minutes so they can develop a skin. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F).
  12. Bake the macarons for 11 - 12 minutes, opening the door at the 8 minute mark and the 10 minute mark, in order to let out any steam. If they grow and develop little "feet", they have worked. They are ready when you can gently lift one off the tray without leaving its foot behind.
  13. Set the macarons aside to cool completely while you make the ganache.
  14. FOR THE CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT GANACHE:
  15. Place the finely chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl.
  16. In a small saucepan, bring the cream to the boil and pour it over the chocolate.
  17. Set aside for 2 - 3 minutes, then stir, starting from the middle, until the chocolate is melted and incorporated with the cream.
  18. Set aside in the refrigerator until the ganache firms up.
  19. Add the butter and Nutella to the ganache and use a stick blender to blitz the mixture until it is light and fluffy (you can also do this in a food processor).
  20. Match the macaron shells up so they have partners of similar size. Upturn one shell of each pair of macarons.
  21. Spoon the ganache into a piping bag fitted with a medium round nozzle.
  22. Pipe a little ganache onto the center of each upturned macaron. Sandwich it together with its partner.
  23. Keep refrigerated. Makes 50 - 60 macarons.
  24. Happy baking!

Macaron shell recipe adapted from Pierre Herme.

Leave me a comment:

  1. Thank YOU! Thank YOU! I can’t wait to give these a try! Look amazing! Crossing my fingers that you’ll be posting more macaron recipes and tips.

  2. What beautiful cookies, Natasha! I have never been to a champagne bar (though it sounds WONDERFUL) , I imagine these elegant morsels to be lovely with a cold glass of bubbly. :) I thought my nut allergies were a good excuse not to try macarons. Then I found a nut free recipe. Still I resisted. Then you mention rice pudding macarons. Oh, my. I know you are a chocolate-hazelnut enthusiast, Nutella making frequent appearances in your recipes, but please share your rice pudding macaron recipe. Crunchy rice pudding sounds like heaven to me!

    • Hello! A nut free macaron recipe!? I wonder how that’s done!
      Haha the rice pudding ones are delicious – not crunchy though, you have the crisp outer shell but the inner macaron is soft and chewy. I used Adriano Zumbo’s rice pudding recipe – a thick rice pudding is folded through white chocolate ganache and piped into the shells. I make the shells without cocoa and sprinkle them with a little cinnamon before baking, too :-)

      • I am now guessing you get a kick back from Qantas. :) After that description, I will be on the next plane to Australia! They truly sound fantastic, Natasha! Perhaps I can at least try making Adriano Zumbo’s rice pudding if I can locate the recipe. :)

  3. oh these are gorgeous! I’ve been wanting to make macarons for such a long time, and have just been too nervous. I must do it now!

  4. Please also share your salted caramel macaron recipe! My boyfriend loves it so I want to bake him some for our 2 year anniversary gift! =)

    • Hi Pearl! It will probably be a while before I share that – it means I would have to make macarons again and I’d prefer to stay away for now!
      I tend to make the same chocolate shells and then make pierre herme’s caramel filling :-)

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  6. These look perfect, Natasha! And I totally agree that the trick is to not over-complicate things. Reading macaron fails can definitely psych a person out even before the baking commences!

  7. When I made these I had a problem getting them to rise and then get feet. The ones I made looked like they were perfect then at the last minute the feet spread out on the bottom. :( any tips?

  8. Would you be able to do it without the candy thermometer? How would you know when the sugar syrup is ready? We weren’t able to find a candy thermometer at the baking store!! Thankyou :)

    • Hi Charlie. Probably not. You want soft ball sugar (when you drop a bit of the hot sugar into cold water, it should form a soft ball) but doing it manually isn’t ideal. You can use a probe/other type of thermometer :-)

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  24. These look so yummy! I noticed the temperatures in your recipe are in Celcius and the conversion to Fahrenheit will not be exact on my oven. Will that affect how the macarons will bake? If it does, is there a specific temperature I should use?

  25. GOD BLESS YOUR WONDERFUL HEART! Thanks a BUNCH for this well detailed post and for sharing your magnificent recipe! Like omg they are soooooo perfect I’m crying! I’ve made 1000 macron recipes and this one is the BEST EVERRRR! My macrons look like laduree macrons! LOVE YOU!

    • No I don’t. I wouldn’t recommend making it in cups either, as it needs to be so precise. A kitchen scale is quite inexpensive and should do the job for you :-)

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  27. im live in indonesia im not have caster sugar and almond meal at least I dont know what is almond meal and caster sugar, my english is bad TT_TT

  28. i an sorry but how grams to a cup when asking in the recipe especially on the Nutrella macroons cookis?

    • Hi Judith! How many grams to a cup depend on what you’re measuring! Check out my baking conversions page for some specific conversions for common ingredients. As for the macaron recipe, you’ll really need to use weight there so are best to invest in a cheap kitchen scale :-)

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  30. Hi! I tried and I fail because the shell cracked and I had difficulties in removing the shell from the baking sheet. Is it because of the heat? I used top and bottom heat to bake my maracon.

  31. Hi. your macaroons looks scrumptious. I never had the courage to make it myself, but you make it look so easy. :-)
    Haha ..more then that, i saw the comment on Zumbo’s rice pudding. Wondering if you would forward the recipe to me ? that is what i want to try most. :-) Really appreciate it.

    • Hi Esther! Once you understand macarons they’re pretty simple! As for Zumbo’s rice pudding, the recipe is from his book (I’m sure a quick google will help you find an online version). But it is simply for a super thick rice pudding base used for macaron ganache, not a rice pudding you would eat on its own :-)

  32. Hi Natasha, please tell me, you put egg whites to dry ingredients and don´t mix. So do you mix all together with italian meringue? Thank you :)

  33. Hi

    Really great recipe thanks for sharing

    I tried the recipe and they tasted great and looked really cute which was a first for me as all my other attempts were terrible but they were a bit cakey and not shinny and crisp like it should be do you know why?

    Also I skipped on the coffee because I don’t like the taste what could I substitute it for?

    Thanks

    • Hi Caroline, happy to hear you liked the recipe :-)
      Not sure why they would have been cakey? Maybe because you removed the coffee (a liquid). The macarons won’t taste like coffee, the addition just helps with the colour and depth of flavour. Good luck

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  36. Hey Natasha! I love your macaron recipe, they were incredible when I made them! I was wondering what’s the purpose of the coffee is. Thanks!

  37. Your recipe calls to set up 4-6 trays! I only have 1 flat tray that I can use :(
    Will it be okay for me to cook my macarons in 1 batch intervals? Or will the rest of them spoil if left out on the kitchen counter for too long? I REALLY want to make these for Christmas, as my in-laws are French and I love a culinary challenge. :P

    Please do reply, your recipe looks incredible and I would love to attempt it!

    Maria

    • Sorry Maria I replied to the other comment before I saw this one!
      I have never left macarons out for that long! Maybe 45 minutes max. If you think about what you’re saying – each tray takes about 12 minutes to cook, then you have to let them cool, by the time you get onto tray 6 your macarons are sitting around for about 2 hours. Maybe buy some more trays? They can be pretty inexpensive at the supermarket :-)

      • I went out and bought a few more trays, but now my problem lies in having only two oven racks. Even if I cook 2 trays at once, I don’t think the last macarons will survive. :(

        I could just make 2/3 of the total recipe instead, less macarons but hey-ho! :)
        Thanks for your help!

        • Hi Maria! Just stick to the recipe and bake in 3 batches. Because you have enough trays, the trays don’t need to cool. Bake the first trays you piped first, and after 2 bakes the last trays you piped would only be resting for 15 – 20 minutes longer

  38. Just to clarify, I would pipe out the other macarons onto the baking paper, and transfer to the tray once it has cooled. :)

    • Hi Maria! I’m not sure what you mean – are you using only one baking tray in this scenario? I line 4 – 5 trays with baking paper and pipe all the macarons at once :-)

  39. Hi!!!! Its my first time making chocolate hazelnut macarons, I’m baking them for my friends 16th and was wondering if there were any tips to help me make them great the first time
    Thanks :)

    • Hi Sophie! My number one tip is to FOLLOW THE RECIPE EXACTLY. Pay attention to how far it states to take the egg whites before you add the sugar syrup and make sure you let them stand before you bake! Good luck :-)

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  43. Perfect recipe, Natasha, and great instructions! I just made a batch of these and they came out absolutely wonderful. It was also my first time trying the Italian method, I don’t know why I would ever want to do French macs again :)

    • Hi Valeria! Thanks for the great feedback! I’m really happy to hear they worked for you :-) And the French way just doesn’t make sense after this, does it?! :-)

  44. Hi Natasha! Your macaron recipe is amazing! I’ve made it multiple times and they always taste superb :) My only problem is that I always ruin the Italian meringue :( I find it difficult to make the sugar syrup as most of the time my syrup starts to turn a caramel colour and thicken at 100C.. Do you have any tips to make this process easier? Would a French meringue also work instead? Thanks!

    • Hi Stephanie! Happy you like the macarons! So I would say it sounds like there’s something wrong with your thermometer, or you haven’t fully submerged the red part in the sugar syrup, because the sugar should still be totally clear and quite runny at 115 C. Are you using a candy thermometer? :-)