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Chocolate Macarons

After sharing my classic french macaron recipe a couple weeks back, I felt compelled to share the chocolate version! Chocolate macarons are my favorite and they’re easier to make than you might think.

The recipe is pretty much the same as my classic macaron recipe but a tiny bit of almond meal is swapped out for cocoa powder to allow us to make chocolate macaron shells.

image of french chocolate macarons decorated with a beautiful drizzle of melted chocolate

Making Macarons: The French Method vs. the Italian Method

The French method of making macarons involves whisking egg whites together with a bit of sugar to create a French meringue with stiff peaks.

This meringue is then gently folded to incorporated a mixture of finely ground almonds and powdered sugar. The process of folding the dry ingredients into the meringue is called macaronage.

This method is quite a bit easier and quicker than the Italian method, which involves a candy thermometer and temperature sensitive sugar syrup.

With that in mind, this recipe uses the French method to make French chocolate macarons.

image of 3 stacked french chocolate macarons decorated with a beautiful drizzle of melted chocolate

Equipment You’ll Need to Make These Chocolate Macarons

Like I mentioned above, these chocolate macarons don’t require a ton of equipment!

However, I find they turn out best when the ingredients are weighed and the macarons are baked on a silpat mat. As macarons bake, they usually spread less on silpat mats than parchment paper.

Below is a list of tools and equipment I like to use when I make chocolate macarons:

image of ingredients laid out to make chocolate macarons

Making Chocolate Macarons – Step by Step Process

While the recipe below is quite detailed, I find visual cues to be super helpful!

Below are some photos and a video tutorial of the process to help guide you through this recipe for chocolate macarons.

Step #1: Prep Your Ingredients and Equipment to Make These Chocolate Macarons

After weighing your ingredients, wipe down your mixing bowl and whisk attachment with a bit of vinegar or lemon juice to remove any residual grease. This helps the meringue whip up better!

Step #2: Sift Your Dry Ingredients

Sifting your superfine almond flour, powdered sugar and cocoa powder will help your macaron shells turn out nice and smooth.

This step makes sure that no chunks of almond or powdered sugar get mixed into your macaron batter.

image of dry ingredients being sifted into bowl to make french chocolate macarons

Step #3: Make French Meringue

Next it’s time to make the French meringue! Whisk the egg whites on a medium speed until soft peaks form, then add in the granulated sugar.

Once the sugar is incorporated, mix on a medium high speed until stiff peaks form.

Keep a close eye on your mixer to avoid over mixing your meringue. Stop the mixer once you notice the meringue begins to gather in the whisk.

image of French meringue on a whisk ready to be made into chocolate macarons

Step #3: Mix the Dry Ingredients Into The Meringue

Mix the dry ingredients into the meringue in three additions. The batter might look a bit thick but it’s better to be too thick than to overmix it.

The batter should form a thick ribbon that flows off your spatula when it’s lifted.

image of chocolate macaron batter that's ready to be piped

Step #4: Pipe the Macaron Shells

Fill a large piping bag with the macaron batter and pipe 1 1/4 inch rounds onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 1 inch apart.

Firmly bang or drop your pans on the counter a few times to bring any trapped air bubbles to the surface and pop them with a toothpick. This can help you avoid hollow or cracked shells.

image of chocolate macarons being piped onto a silpat mat

Step #5: Rest Your Piped Macaron Shells

Next let the macarons rest for at least 30 minutes until they form a skin. They should be mostly dry to the touch and look matte once they’re ready to be baked. While the shells rest preheat your oven.

image of chocolate macarons piped on a silicon mat and resting to form a skin before being baked

Step #6: Bake The Chocolate Macaron Shells

Bake one tray of macarons at a time and place the tray on the middle rack of your oven. Let the macarons cool fully on the pan then gently remove them from the silpat mat.

image of chocolate macaron shells baked on a silpat mat and cooling

Step #7: Assembling These Chocolate Macarons

Pipe a dollop of chocolate buttercream onto a macaron shell and top it with a second shell.

I also drizzled some melted dark chocolate over the top of each macaron and to give them a beautiful finished look. To really be extra I also topped each macaron with some chocolate shavings!

Place the finished macarons in the fridge in an airtight container to mature overnight, then let them warm to room temperature and enjoy!

image of french chocolate macarons that have been bitten into to show their perfect chewy texture and delicious chocolate filling

Chocolate Macaron Troubleshooting

Black Macaron Troubleshooting

I’d love to think everyone’s first batch of chocolate macarons will turn out perfectly but my own experience has taught me that’s not how things usually go.

Macarons can be incredibly temperamental and it might take a few tries to get them just right.

If you run into any issues please check out my detailed French macaron troubleshooting guide.

image of chocolate macaron shells that have been baked

Choosing The Right Filling for Your Chocolate Macarons

While we put tons of energy into the shell of a macaron, almost all of the flavor in a macaron comes from its filling.

The shell gives the macarons an incredible texture, but the filling is what determines its flavor. You can use just about any type of frosting or ganache to fill these chocolate macarons.

image of french chocolate macarons decorated with a beautiful drizzle of melted chocolate

I have a big sweet tooth so I love using a small batch of my chocolate buttercream to fill my macarons. However, I also like filling them with a decadent dark chocolate ganache!

If you prefer to fill your macarons with frosting, I recommend using chocolate Italian buttercream or Swiss meringue frosting instead!

Chocolate Macaron Recipe Yield

This recipe makes about 36 macaron shells, which can be used to make 18 macarons. You can double or triple this recipe to make more chocolate macarons if needed.

The yield and bake time will also vary based on the size of macarons you pipe. I pipe my shells with a diameter of about 1 1/4 inches.

image of chocolate macarons shot overhead to show how they're decorated with a chocolate drizzle and some chocolate shavings

Tips for Making the Best Chocolate Macarons

  • Wipe your mixing bowl and whisk with lemon juice or vinegar to remove any traces of grease before making your meringue. It will help your egg whites whip up better!
  • Separate your own eggs and age them if possible! Do not use egg whites from a carton.
  • Measure your ingredients in grams with a kitchen scale. You really need to be precise with this recipe and your macarons will turn out best if the ingredients are weighed.
  • Use superfine almond flour rather than trying to make your own. It more consistently yields great macarons.
  • Carefully read through the directions before making these macarons. There are quite a few steps and it’s good to know your game plan before you start!
  • Use a macaron mat or print out a template to help you pipe consistently sized macarons.
  • FIRMLY bang/drop your pans on your counter after piping your macarons. This helps release any air bubbles that may be trapped and prevent cracked or hollow shells.
  • Rest your macarons for 30 minutes before they’re baked to allow them to develop a skin.
  • Pipe a small number of macarons on a few sheets to test your oven for hot spots and to see if it bakes accurately. This way you won’t waste a whole tray of macs if your oven runs hot or cold.
  • Drizzle some melted dark chocolate over the top of each assembled macaron to give them a beautiful finished look.
  • Let your macarons mature! Letting them rest overnight while they are filled softens them (in a good way) and allows the flavors to develop.
  • If your first batch of macarons doesn’t turn out, please check out my macaron troubleshooting guide.
image of french chocolate macarons decorated with a beautiful drizzle of melted chocolate

Making These Chocolate Macarons in Advance & Storage Tips

  • You need to let French macarons mature for a few hours or overnight in the fridge before eating them. This gives them their best texture and taste.
  • Store macarons at room temperature for up to 2 days in an airtight container.
  • Refrigerate macarons for up to 5 days in an airtight container.
  • Freeze filled macarons for up to a month in an airtight container.
  • Unfilled macaron shells can be frozen for up to a month in an airtight container.
  • Make your filling ahead of time too or save any leftover filling! It can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month.
image of chocolate macaron shells that have been made in advance and frozen in a freezer bag to keep them fresh.

Let Me Know What You Think!

If you try this recipe for chocolate macarons, I’d love to hear what think of it! Please leave a rating, and let me know your thoughts by sharing a comment.

Also please tag me @chelsweets and use the #chelsweets on social media so that I can see your amazing creations!

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Yield: 18 macarons

Chocolate Macarons

image of french chocolate macarons decorated with a beautiful drizzle of melted chocolate

Learn how to make these gorgeous chocolate macarons! My step by step tutorial & detailed recipe will help you master these delicious little cookies.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 6 minutes

Ingredients

Chocolate Macarons

Chocolate Ganache Macaron Filling

  • 60g dark chocolate (1/3 cup)
  • 30g heavy cream or whipping cream (2 Tbsp)

Equipment

Instructions

Chocolate Macarons

  1. Sift 63g superfine almond flour, 63g powdered sugar and 7g cocoa powder into a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Pour 55g of aged egg whites into the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk and mix on a medium speed until the surface of the egg whites is covered in small bubbles. Add in a pinch of cream of tartar and continue to mix until your reach the soft peak stage.
  3. Add 55g of granulated sugar into the eggs and mix on a medium speed for 30 seconds then increase the mixing speed to a medium high speed. Keep mixing until stiff, glossy peaks form.
  4. Fold the dry ingredients into the meringue in two additions using circular motion until a thick ribbon of batter runs off the spatula when it's lifted. Be careful not to over mix the batter!
  5. Pour the batter into a large piping bag fit with a medium-sized round piping tip and pipe 1 1/4 inch rounds on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 1 inch apart.
  6. Bang the pans firmly on the counter a few times to release air bubbles, then pop any remaining air bubbles that come to the surface with a toothpick.
  7. Let the macarons rest for 30 minutes to develop a skin. The macarons should look matte once the skin has formed.
  8. As the macarons rest, preheat your oven to 300 F.
  9. Bake one tray of macarons at a time on the middle rack of your oven for 16-17 minutes and rotate your pan halfway through.
  10. Remove from oven and let the macarons cool on the pan (about 15 minutes), then gently remove them from the silpat mat.

Chocolate Ganache Macaron Filling

  1. Place 60g of dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl, and set aside.
  2. Heat 30g of heavy cream in a saucepan until it begins to simmer.
  3. Gently pour the heavy cream over the chocolate, making sure they are covered with cream. Allow mixture to sit for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Stir slowly until fully combined and the ganache is silky smooth, then pour into a piping bag and set aside to cool to room temperature.

Assembling These Chocolate Macarons

  1. Pipe a dollop of chocolate ganache or filling of your choice around one macaron shell. Gently press a second shell on top of the frosting to create a sandwich.
  2. If desired, drizzle some melted chocolate on top of each macaron and sprinkle chocolate shavings over the top.
  3. Place the finished macarons in an airtight container and chill in the fridge overnight, then let them warm to room temperature and enjoy!

Notes

Recipe Yield:

This recipe makes about 36 small macaron shells, which can be used to make 18 macarons. You can double or triple this recipe to make more macarons if needed.

The yield and bake time can vary based on how large you pipe your shells. I piped these shells with a diameter of about 1 and 1/4 inch, so they're a tiny bit smaller than a standard macaron.

Tips for Making the Best Chocolate Macarons

  • Measure your ingredients in grams with a kitchen scale! You really need to be precise with this recipe. Your macarons will turn out best if the ingredients are weighed.
  • Separate your own eggs and age them if possible! Do not use egg whites from a carton.
  • Carefully read through the directions before making these macarons. There are quite a few steps and it's good to know your game plan before you start!
  • Use a macaron mat or print out a template to help you pipe consistently sized macarons.
  • FIRMLY bang your pans on your counter after piping your macarons. This helps release any air bubbles that may be trapped and prevent cracked or hollow shells.
  • Rest your macarons for 30 minutes before they're baked to allow them to develop a skin.
  • Pipe a small number of macarons on a mat to test your oven for hot spots and see if it bakes accurately. This way you won't waste a whole tray of macs if your oven runs hot or cold.
  • Let your macarons mature in the fridge overnight! Letting them rest overnight while they are filled softens them (in a good way) and allows the flavors to develop.
  • If your first batch of macarons doesn't turn out, please check out the troubleshooting section above for help!

Making These Chocolate Macarons in Advance & Storage Tips

  • French macarons need to mature overnight (or ideally 24 hours) in the fridge before being eaten! They taste best 24 hours after being made.
  • Macarons can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days in an airtight container.
  • Macarons can be refrigerated for up to 5 days in an airtight container.
  • Filled macarons can be frozen for up to a month, but the length can vary based on the filling.
  • Unfilled macaron shells can be frozen for up to a month in an airtight container.
  • Your filling can be made ahead of time too or save any leftover filling! It can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to a month.

Nutrition Information

Yield

18

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 102Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 25mgSodium 15mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 1gSugar 8gProtein 3g
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