Snickerdoodle Macarons with Cinnamon Sugar Pastry Cream

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Your favorite cookie is now a macaron! Snickerdoodle Macarons!

Yes, we did! We made one of our favorite cookies into a macaron! Snickerdoodle Macarons with Cinnamon Sugar Pastry Cream are absolutely delightful!

How to make Macarons?

If you are not already a macaron baker, then you are in for a wild ride! Honestly, these cookies are finicky….. very finicky! But don’t let this scare you off! They are worth the time and effort and the end result is amazing even if they happen to have some cracks or imperfections.

What you will need to make macarons

There are some specific kitchen items that will be helpful to have on hand before making these Snickerdoodle Macarons. I use the French Macaron method, which I prefer, but others swear by the Italian method. If you are already a talented macaron maker, feel free to use whichever method you prefer with this flavor combo, but the recipe here is for the French method only.

Equipment:

Special Ingredients:

Macarons are almond flour and meringue-based cookies, so there are a few ingredients that may not be in your pantry. Don’t try to use alternatives for these ingredients, or you will likely not get good results.

All the ingredients are easy to find at your local grocery store, but if you have never made macarons, then you may not have these at home.

Making the Macaron Shells

Making macarons can be challenging, but they are worth the effort!

The shells are by far the most challenging part of this whole recipe. If you can master the shells, then seriously give yourself a huge pat on the back!

All ingredients need to be weighed for best results, so definitely invest in a kitchen scale if you don’t already own one.

Process and sift the dry ingredients

First, you want to make sure your dry ingredients do not have any lumps or clumps. The best way I have found to do this is to pulse the almond flour, powdered sugar and cinnamon in a food processor first. Then, once the meringue is done, you will sift the almond flour mix directly over the top of the meringue before mixing.

Make the meringue

Making the meringue is quite easy. The key here is to make sure your eggs are fresh and bring them to room temp before separating the whites and mixing. I prefer to use an electric hand mixer, but many people use their stand mixer for this.

You will begin by adding the cream of tartar and salt to the egg whites. Mix this for a few minutes until it begins to look foamy. Now you will slowly add in the granulated sugar and mix on high until the mixture thickens and becomes fluffy, white and shiny. This will take a couple minutes.

The goal here is to create what is referred to as soft peaks. This means the meringue peak created when lifting the whisk from the mixture doesn’t stand straight up, but slightly folds over on itself at the tip.

At this point you can add the vanilla extract and continue to mix until it forms stiff peaks. This means that the peaks of the meringue stand straight up when the whisk is removed from the mixture.

Make the macaronage

Macaronage is the French term used to refer to the mixing of the meringue and dry ingredients to the right consistency before piping the batter for the shells.

To achieve this, the mixture is folded in by turning the spatula and quite literally folding the batter onto itself rather than whisking or stirring. I recommend about 50 turns of the spatula in the batter, then check for consistency. The batter should be shiny and smooth, but the best test is to check to see if the batter ribbons off the spatula in a consistent stream, like lava, as you pick the spatula up out of the bowl.

Check out this quick Reels video as a reference for the consistency and piping.

Piping the macarons

Piping is definitely something you will need to get used to and may not come naturally to you. The batter can be a bit unruly, but you will get lots of practice with just one recipe.

I prefer to use silicon baking mats, and the mats with the stenciled circle guides make piping much easier. If you prefer to use parchment, you can use a shot glass, the bottom of a salt shaker, or even a small biscuit cutter to draw the circles on the paper. If you are truly adventurous, then no need for a stencil at all!

I use a 1a piping tip to pipe the batter onto the mats for ease. For best results pipe the batter straight up and down onto the mat in 1/2 inch circles. They will spread out a bit once the batter settles but you want these to stay fairly small in general with macarons.

Now, you don’t want to pull directly up when you are done piping one circle or you will make a bunch of Hersey Kiss looking shells. Instead, you should stop squeezing the bag and do a quick, small circular motion – watch the video above again to see how I do this.

Snickerdoodle macarons
The shells should be about an inch to 1.5 inches in diameter once the batter settles on the baking mat.

Once you piped the whole tray, you will want to get some of the air bubbles out and allow the batter to spread. To do so, take the tray and simply lift and drop it straight down onto your counter top about 4-5 times. Prepare others in the room for this noice first though – it is quite loud!

Finally, you will take a toothpick and gently pop any air bubbles you see on the surface of the macarons. You can also use the toothpick to carefully fix any imperfections or tips created from piping.

Form the skin

Once you finish with the piping, you want your shells to dry to the point where they are no longer sticky to the touch. With low humidity, this takes about 45 minutes. BUT, this greatly depends on the humidity, so just let them do their thing and they will tell you when they are ready! I’ve waited over 2 hours on very humid days.

Don’t rush these high-maintenance cookies!

One trick I have found for quicker drying is to slide the silicon baking mat or parchment off the tray and directly onto my granite countertops. Since the granite stays very cool, the shells dry much quicker than if I keep them on the trays. Give it a try and let us know if you find this helpful as well!

This step is very important to ensure that the macarons bake correctly and develop their signature feet – or the little ruffles around the bottom of the smooth top shell.

Baking the shells

I preheat my oven to 300°F as soon as the shells are no longer sticky and not a minute sooner. I find that the extra time it takes to preheat the oven gives me a bit more of a cushion for the skin to be formed.

The tray should go on the middle rack of the oven. If you have a gas oven or if you oven bakes unevenly, you may need to turn the tray halfway through the baking process. Do not use convection bake for these if you can avoid it.

Cinnamon Sugar Pastry Cream
We filled these with Cinnamon Sugar Pastry Cream to bring out that Snickerdoodle flavor!

The shells bake one tray at a time for 15 minutes, or until they easily peel off the mat or parchment paper. They should not brown, so if you notice any browning, try baking at 275°F the next time around.

Filling the macarons

The shells should cool completely before filling the macarons. The pastry cream used is this recipe is quite delicious, but there are a ton of different fillings that can be used. Experiment with ganache or buttercream if you wish, but be warned Snickerdoodle Macarons with Cinnamon Sugar Pastry Cream will be your favorite.

For best results, fill the macarons and place in an airtight container overnight in the fridge. With pastry cream, the macarons should be eaten within 1-2 days or they will begin to get soggy. Buttercream or ganache will not get soggy so quickly, but these macarons never last that long around here!

Enjoy!

Snicker Doodle Macarons
Snickerdoodle Macarons

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Snickerdoodle Macarons with Cinnamon Sugar Pastry Cream

Recipe by Angela and Mark Course: DessertCuisine: FrenchDifficulty: Medium-Hard
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Resting Time

45

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

30

minutes

These Snickerdoodle French Macarons have a vanilla cinnamon shell with a cinnamon sugar filling and they are absolutely delightful!

Ingredients

  • Pastry Cream
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 2 tbsp flour

  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch

  • 1/8 tsp salt

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • Shells
  • 112 g almond flour (approx 1 cup)

  • 215 g confectioners sugar (approx 2 cups)

  • 10 g cinnamon

  • 105 g egg whites (approx 3 large eggs)

  • pinch of salt

  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar

  • 50 g granulated sugar (approx ¼ cup)

  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

Directions

  • CINNAMON SUGAR PASTRY CREAM
  • Heat cream over medium low heat in a saucepan until just warm.
  • In a separate bowl mix all dry ingredients: cinnamon, sugar, flour, cornstarch, and salt.
  • Add egg yolks to dry mixture, and mix until combined.
  • Slowly add the warm cream to the dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
  • Transfer mixture back into the saucepan over medium heat and set a fine sieve over a bowl nearby.
  • Whisk continuously for about 5 minutes until the mixture thickens to a pudding-like consistency then remove from heat.
  • Stir the vanilla extract and then pour through the sieve.
  • Cover the pastry cream with plastic wrap so that the plastic wrap is touching the surface. This will prevent it from forming a skin on top. Place in fridge for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours before using.
  • Shells
  • Combine almond flour, confectioners sugar, and cinnamon in a food processor. Pulse several times until thoroughly combined and mixture no longer contains clumps. Set aside.
  • Measure out egg whites, then add to a large bowl with salt and cream of tartar. Beat on high speed until egg whites appear foamy.
  • Add granulated sugar slowly, and continue to beat on high speed until egg whites become a fluffy meringue (approx 3-5 min). You want the egg whites to have soft peaks at this point, meaning that when you stop the mixer and pull the beaters out, the egg white tips fold over onto themselves and don’t stand up straight.
  • Add vanilla and continue to beat until you achieve stiff peaks, meaning the egg white tips do not fold over on themselves.
  • Take your flour and confectioners sugar mixture and sift it using a fine sieve or manual sifter onto the top of the meringue. Discard any clumps or balls that do not sift properly.
  • Using a spatula, fold the flour mixture into the meringue, in other words, do not furiously whisk, but gently scoop the ingredients onto the spatula and then over onto itself. You should expect to continue this folding process for about 50 turns. Make sure you press out some of the air as you do so. You will continue until the mixture is completely combined and resembles lava or a ribbon as you lift your spatula and let it drop into the bowl. It should flow slowly in an even stream. You are now ready to pipe your shells.
  • Prepare a silicon baking sheet or parchment paper on a baking tray. Transfer your batter into a piping bag with a 1a round piping tip attempting to avoid any extra air bubbles in the process.
  • Pipe 1/2 inch round discs onto your baking sheet, one sheet at a time. Pick up the baking sheet and slam it onto the counter or cooking surface 4-5 times to remove extra air bubbles. Use a tooth pick to fill air bubble holes or pop larger air bubbles. Continue with the 2nd and 3rd baking sheet. You should be able to pipe approx 50-60 circles with this recipe.
  • Set aside and allow to dry for 45 min to 1 hr or until the shells are not sticky to the touch. You want the shells to form a nice skin and dry completely prior to baking. Place shells in a draft free location in order for them to dry evenly.
  • Preheat oven to 300°.
  • Bake one tray at a time at 300° for 15 minutes. If your oven is electric, you should not need to turn the tray mid-bake. If your oven often bakes uneven or is gas, you may need to turn your tray after 7-8 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely before removing from baking mat/parchment paper. Add filling and enjoy! For best results, allow macarons to sit for 24 hrs before eating. This will allow the cookie to develop fully with better texture and flavor.

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