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Pumpkin Macarons

Delicate pumpkin macarons featuring fall spices and a touch of coffee. They're filled with a delicious pumpkin spice buttercream.
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
resting time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 36 macarons
Calories 90kcal
Author John Kanell

Ingredients

For the Cookie

  • 4 egg whites room temperature
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp instant espresso
  • 1/4 tsp allspice

For the Buttercream

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp instant espresso
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 pinch allsprice
  • 1 pinch ginger

Instructions

For the Cookie

  • Beat egg whites until foamy, then add white sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Sift almond flour and powdered sugar in large bowl.
  • Fold flour/sugar mixture into the egg white mixture. (about 50 folds! Your batter should be marshmallowy and flow slowly. You're trying to crush the air bubbles in so your cookies aren't holly when baked)
  • Transfer batter to a pastry bag.
  • Pipe out one inch rounds on a baking sheet lined with silpat or parchment paper. Lift the baking sheet about six inches off the counter, drop it, then repeat. This is done to remove unwanted air bubbles.
  • Allow to rest uncovered for about 40 minutes.
  • Bake at 300F for 20 minutes.

For the Buttercream

  • Cream the butter and pumpkin puree.
  • Add in the sugar and spices.
  •  Mix well and scrape down side of bowl.
  • Add vanilla and mix well.

For the Assembly

  • Pipe a dollop on the back of a cookie and sandwich together. 

Video

Notes

  • Fold the macaron batter until the consistency becomes marshmallowy. When it drizzles back into the bowl you should see a rope of it for a few seconds before it melts back into itself.
  • Age your egg whites! Separate the eggs, place the whites in a clean glass, cover with plastic wrap and let them hang out in the fridge for a few days before using. This will dehydrate them and make them perfect for macarons.
  • Give the pan of pipes macaron shells a few good strong taps on the counter to dislodge any air bubbles.
  • Before you bake them, leave the piped macarons out to harden until they are dry to the touch.
  • Make sure your eggs are room temperature!
  • Macarons should be aged at lease a day in the refrigerator. This gives the filling some time to soften the inside of the cookie and create that perfect play of textures you'll find in a macaron. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1macaron | Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4.5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 9mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Calcium: 20mg