It was love at first sight. Rose macarons! You’re looking at what inspired a floral dessert theme this month. I’m not sure I can convey my excitement over macarons; rose macarons in particular. I have always loved the cookies, but rose flavored ignited an obsession. With delicate almond meringue cookies and perfect rose buttercream centers – I was destined to make these naturally sweet.
These rose macarons are an extra special treat being sweetened with a natural white sugar alternative. Macarons are a strong rooted tradition and I wanted to create something that honored that. I wanted to give you readers a natural recipe while providing you macaron success! These may not be a true sugar-free, egg-free, vegan confection but they are a natural version of a recipe that works well and works consistently. This is a recipe that will have you making these again and again and, in my case, five times over.
These macarons have a sweet rose flavor and happen to be dairy-free and gluten-free! They just make me happy. Try them and you will see what I mean! They have that perfect crisp, crunchy shell and the most divine centers. When the batter’s folded correctly, my macarons turned out dense and chewy in the center without any hollowness. Even if you don’t get them perfect, homemade macarons are so much better than store-bought because they are fresher! They are also a lot less expensive than any bake shop. Besides, their faint pink appearance and delicate lace feet are sheer bliss. Piped with a soft rose buttercream, these almond pastries become incredible little bites. Enjoy each and every one!
Naturally Sweetened Rose Macarons
120 grams or about 3/4 cup packed powdered Whole Earth Sugar*
60 grams or scant 3/4 cups Super Fine Almond Flour
70 gram Egg Whites, at room temperature (about 2 Large Egg Whites or 3 smallish Egg Whites)
35 grams or about 3 Tablespoons granulated Whole Earth Sugar
1 teaspoon Cornstarch
1 teaspoon Freeze Dried Raspberries (about 5-6 raspberries)
1/8 teaspoon Rose Water
1/4 teaspoon Beet Juice
Place 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Whole Earth Sugar in a blender with 1 teaspoon cornstarch. Blend until a fine powder. You will use 120 grams for the macarons and the rest will be for the buttercream. In a large bowl, sift together the almond flour and 120 grams powdered sugar. Set the bowl aside. Reserve the rest of the powder sugar mix for the buttercream filling if you choose to fill with that.
In a stand mixer, add the egg whites and granulated sugar. Take the whisk and whisk the eggs and sugar by hand for a few seconds until combined and slightly bubbly. Fit the attachment on the mixer and beat the eggs and sugar on medium speed (Speed 4 on a Kitchen Aid) for 2 minutes. Set your timer! Increase speed to speed 6, for another 2 minutes. Lastly, increase to speed 8 for another 2 minutes. At this point the eggs should be white, glossy and hold a firm shape. Add the rose water and beet/raspberry coloring at this stage and beat on high (speed 10) for 1 more minute. (Watch the eggs at this point. I ended up beating for slightly less than a minute because the eggs looked great!)
Now for the macaronage step! What’s that? It’s the method of folding in the almond/sugar mixture into the egg mixture. Carefully dump the almond/sugar mixture to the eggs. We want to incorporate the flour by folding it in so it’s a smooth, lava-like batter. Many people count in their head each stroke so they can gage how much is enough. For this recipe, you can count about 30-40 strokes. Make sure to fold in all the batter. You don’t want to over or under mix the batter – consistency of the batter is key to forming macarons! In my experience, I think under mixing is a little more forgiving because when adding the batter to the piping bag and piping cookies, you are naturally deflating the batter a bit. That said, you want a nice thick batter that still moves off your spatula but holds a shape for several seconds in the bowl.
Transfer batter to a piping bag, fitted with a large circle tip. I use a Wilton 2A. Prepare two baking trays with parchment paper. Get a third cooking sheet out so you can double layer the tray in the oven. This protects the macarons bottoms. If using a convection oven, please do not double layer. Pipe macarons in small circles, in 1 inch or 1 1/2 inches. I like to pipe at a 90 degree angle to avoid any tails. Once piped, firmly tap the baking sheets against your counter, at least 3 or 4 times to relieve any air pockets in the cookies. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees. Let these cookies sit and rest for 20-25 minutes. This is important for allowing macarons to form that crisp coating and beautiful lace edge called “feet”. For 1 inch macarons, bake about 17 minutes. For 1 1/2 sized or slightly larger macarons, 18-19 minutes is perfect! Allow the cookies to cool on the trays for about 10 minutes before attempting to frost. Frost with the following buttercream recipe.
Rose Buttercream Frosting
1/3 cup Butter, softened
1 Tablespoon Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 cup Powdered Whole Earth Sugar
2 teaspoons Coconut Flour
1/4-1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Stevia, to taste
1/2 teaspoon Rose Water, to taste
In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add the coconut flour and stevia. Mix in the powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time to desired consistency and sweetness. Add the rose water last, to desired flavor. It can be strong, so please add 1/4 teaspoon at a time. This buttercream can be adapted to your tastes, so please play around with the rose flavor and sugar to what you like best. Pipe onto one cookie and top with a second cookie shell. Some say that macarons are the best the second day, but I think if they are baked properly, they are delicious anytime! To keep them fresh, store in an airtight container at room temperature. Macarons can also be frozen for up to 4 weeks. Enjoy!
- To prepare for these macarons, I watched this video and used the recipe from this site. My method came from various recipes and sources and I really think this method creates beautiful macarons! That said, I have made these macarons many times and each time I make them, they get better and better. Like many bakers, my first attempt was not perfect so be patient if your first attempt isn’t either!
- Please test your oven temperature before trying this recipe so you can verify it’s at 300 degrees.
- For best success and ease, please use a stand mixer and kitchen scale. Many macaron experts have taken the guess work out of these cookies with an electric mixer, timer and good scale. Follow the recipe and you’ll see how easy it is!
- Some recipes claim you do not need to allow macarons to sit to rest before baking, but I really think it aids in great feet. Please let these rest for at least 15 minutes (at least while your oven heats up!). I promise it’s worth the wait.
- Do not double layer your cookie trays if using a convection oven – it will prevent the macarons from forming a nice golden edge. Also be sure to use a firm spatula for macaronage step.