French Macarons recipe Step by step

French macarons have the reputation to be hard to make.

When you find the good recipe, and you follow the steps the result is simply perfect. If you don’t believe it, let’s try this French macarons recipe step by step. You’ll be amazed by the result, and be no more afraid to bake real and unique French macarons!

Ingredient for about 20 macarons (For the shells)

Preparation of my French macarons

Here are all the explanations for our French macarons recipe step by step:

  1. Separate your egg whites and yolk, and keep your whites at room temperature.
  2. Sift the baking mix to have a thin powder.
  3. Pour the egg whites in a mixing bowl. Using an electric beater, beat the eggs whites, starting at minimum speed.
  4. When it starts to foam, slowly add the granulated sugar.
  5. Increase the speed of the beater and beat until stiff. You should mix your egg whites for about 3/4 minutes before they have the consistency of meringue. (Very compact and glossy)

If you want to use a food coloring, it is at this step that you should use it. Just add 1or 2 drops of food coloring.

Folding the batter: Macaronner

  1. Add the dry mix into the egg whites.
  2. Using a silicon spatula: Start folding. Mix the batter from the bottom to the top, until it starts to make ribbons. You should do it about 20 to 30 times before having the good result. Don’t over mix, but mix enough time if you want to succeed!
  3. Stop when you have the right texture.

Piping the French macarons

  1. Use a baking pan coated with parchment or silicone paper. You can use a macaron template under the parchment paper to help you pipe macarons the same sizes.
  2. Garnish your pastry bag with the batter and make small, regular dots on your plate.
  3. Tap the baking pan against your countertop, this will help release the air bubbles from the batter. Don’t be shy, this should make noise!

Let rest

  1. Pre heat your oven to 300°F.
  2. Let rest your macarons in a room where there is no moisture (macarons do not like it) about 15 minutes. When you put your fingers on the shells, they should not stick.
  3. Bake for about 17 to 20 minutes.
  4. Let cool completely before unsticking the macaron shells.

Filling the macarons

  1. When cold, fill half of the shells with a filling for macarons.
  2. Close them with empty shells.
  3. A little bit more patience, you are almost finished!


To be at their best, the macarons need to rest 24h in the fridge.

  1. Put them in a closed box and let them rest in the fridge for 24h.

More Info:

Do you want to bake macaron like a pro? Check our macaron cooking class!

Baking macarons is very simple, but be sure to have the good material to work with if you want to succeed! Have a look at this page to know more about good material to succeed with macarons.

We hope you enjoyed our French macaron recipe step by step. Check this page for a video tutorial on French macarons.