Pink Chocolate Macarons for MacTweets

This month’s MacAttack is going pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

October 1st marks the beginning of breast cancer awareness month all over the world. American Cancer Society uses this time to boost their campaign to raise awareness to breast cancer and to inform people that there is now a 98 percent rate of survival if the cancer is detected early. October is the month where you will see pink ribbons everywhere, which has been the national symbol for breast cancer awareness since it was first introduced back in 1991.

It’s a pleasure to participate in this special MacAttack. My sweet friend and neighbor is currently battling this horrible disease and another dear friend just started working as the Executive Director of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Salt Lake City Affiliate.  I volunteered to help and will be helping update their website and Facebook page with upcoming local events. If you live in Salt Lake, a fun upcoming event is the Zumba Party in Pink on October 20, 2010.

The chocolate macaron is my family’s favorite flavor, so I created a luscious dark chocolate mac and filled it with a pink white chocolate filling.

Be sure and visit MacTweets on October 20 to see all of the fabulous PINKARONS for PINKTOBER!

Pink Chocolate Macarons for MacTweets

Yield: about fifteen cookies

Pink Chocolate Macarons for MacTweets

Ingredients

  • 100 grams powdered sugar
  • 50 grams almond meal/flour
  • 20 grams unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder, sifted
  • 60 grams egg whites, at room temperature
  • 40 grams granulated sugar
  • Pink White Chocolate Filling
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon cream
  • 2 drops liquid pink food coloring

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 310º. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and have a pastry bag with a plain tip (about 1/2-inch, 2 cm) ready. (Setting the pastry bag in a glass while you fill the bag makes it easier to fill.)
  2. Combine the powdered sugar, cocoa powder and almond meal. (Pulse in a blender or food processor to grind you almonds a bit finer. A mini food processor works best for this if you have one.)
  3. With an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until they're foamy. While whipping, gradually beat in the granulated sugar and continue beating until egg whites are very stiff and firm, about 2 minutes. (To test to see if egg whites are ready, whip until the tip of the peak doesn’t fold over when you pull the beater out of the meringue.)
  4. Carefully fold the dry ingredients, in two batches, into the beaten egg whites with a flexible rubber spatula. When the mixture is just smooth and there are no streaks of egg white, stop folding and scrape the batter into the pastry bag. (You can put a spoonful on a plate to test it. If it slowly flattens out it’s perfect. If it just stays in a blob, give it a few more folds.)
  5. Pipe the batter on the parchment-lined baking sheets in 1-inch (3 cm) circles (about 1 tablespoon each of batter), evenly spaced one-inch (3 cm) apart.
  6. Rap the baking sheet a few times firmly on the counter top to flatten the macarons. Leave out, uncovered for 15 minutes, then bake them for 15-20 minutes. Give the macs a gentle little shake with the tip of your finger to see if they’re done. You want them set but not firm. It’s better to undercook them a little so they are a bit chewy and not crisp.
  7. Let cool completely then remove from baking sheet.
  8. Pink White Chocolate Filling
  9. Combine the white chocolate chips and cream in a microwave safe dish. Melt the white chocolate chips on 50% power, stirring frequently - cook just until most of the chips are melted. Add food coloring and stir until smooth. Let cool a few minutes until it thickens up but is still spreadable.
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  1. Sarah, Maison Cupcake says

    They look lovely Barbara , mine didn’t get any feet this time , I will try again when I get back from holiday.

  2. says

    How pretty the combination of dark chocolate and pink turn out! Never created such macarons before…. Just beautiful and those cute little hearts….

    And good luck with your volunteer work…

    Sawadee from Bangkok,
    Kris

  3. says

    Barbara…it’s a funny thing…I kind of started associating your talents with the difficult macaron. You did a fabulous job with these. The pink is so perfect and yes…they’ll certainly be appreciated along this very special cause.

    Flavourful wishes,
    Claudia

  4. says

    Love these macarons and I love your blog! Can I ask you a questions. I am yet to master macarons… they always crack….???? Anyway not sure why but I wanted to ask what temp you put your oven on to cook them… do you preheat to a higher temp and then turn down once you put in the macarons?

    Keep up the amazing backing!

  5. says

    These looks wonderful! I’ve not been baking macarons and i need to start baking some soon to rid the egg whites in my freezer. :)

    PS: I saw your comment on Sarah’s blog..about your dog decided to help itself with 3 of your cupcakes! so hilarious..and cute..but i suppose during that time, must have been so frustrating for you.

  6. says

    What a beautiful cookie. I ate the other macarons that you gave me on my trip home and enjoyed every lip smackin moment. Thank you again for everything and for being the best roommate ever! :)
    You are the queen of macs!

  7. says

    Barbara, your macaroons look absolutely gorgeous. And thank you for reminding us about the PINK RIBBON Month! Hopefully, there is a cure someday!
    Blessings, Kristy

  8. says

    Great Macs and a great cause. We still have a long way to go, but I think Susan G, Kormen would be extremely proud that our nation has taken up the cause in such a bold, pink way.
    Mimi

  9. Cristie says

    Cancer has become part of all our worlds. Thanks for this post on the events here in our city. Your mac’s are darling, no doubt they were tasty as well. Lovely:)

  10. says

    Absolutely gorgeous. I have recently mastered the art of making the elusive French Macaron. I am so excited. Breast Cancer is where my heart is. A dear friend was just diagnosed 4 weeks ago and starts chemo next week. We are praying.
    :)
    Valerie

  11. says

    Those are adorable, Barbara. Do you believe I STILL haven’t made macarons. This winter I am going to take the big step. :)
    Love that you are continuing with the pink.

  12. says

    Perfect macarons Barbara, I love this month’s theme. Better get baking though, time’s running out, eep! I wish I lived near you so i could come to that ZUmba party! Have fun :)

  13. says

    Beautiful Barbara and so appropriate with the pink hearts! My lovely cousin has been battling breast cancer for years – she’s stage 4 but still living every single day to its fullest. Perfect macs for this wonderful cause.

  14. says

    Just beautiful Barbara. Was looking forward to seeing your feet, and they make me so happy as always. Lovely to see the pink support and may I repeat – “I wanna find feet with you one day!!”
    {PS Sorry I’ve been missing. Still grappling to unravel the WP mystery of feeds, posts,broken links etc}!!

  15. says

    Thank you for reminding us about breast cancer month….I too know someone battling breast cancer at the moment. It has been heartbreaking to watch her and her family go through this difficult process, but I believe she is on her way to full remission! Keeping my fingers crossed…perhaps I will try to make her your lovely macaroons….thanks for the inspiration!

  16. says

    Your macarons are perfectly beautiful, Barbara. The world is going pink this month in support of breast cancer research. It’s touched most of our lives in one way or another and I pray that a cure will be found one day soon.