Gluten-Free Macarons: Tea and Honey

These gorgeous gluten-free macarons will wow the guests at any soiree. Be sure to follow Anna’s Tips From the Trenches to help guarantee your success in baking this classic French treat.

Ingredients

  • MACARONS
  • 3 black teabags of choice (Irish breakfast, English breakfast)
  • 145g almond flour
  • 110g confectioners' sugar
  • 115g egg whites at room temperature
  • 130g granulated sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon black food coloring (optional)
  • Sprinkles (optional)
  • Honey Buttercream (see recipe, below)
  • HONEY BUTTERCREAM
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1-3 tablespoons heavy cream (for texture)

Directions

Honey Buttercream

In a bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip butter until light and creamy.

Gradually add confectioners’ sugar and continue beating until combined.

Add in honey and whip on high speed until fully incorporated.

Slowly add heavy cream until you reach desired texture. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to a week.

If using for macaron filling, scoop into a piping bag with a 1A tip.

Macarons

Cut open teabags and blend loose tea in food processor with almond flour and confectioners’ sugar. Pulse until very fine. Sift twice, then set aside.

Prepare a baking sheet lined with a Silpat or parchment paper (I think parchment works best).

In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Increase speed to medium-high and gradually add in granulated sugar. Add food coloring if you are using, increase speed to high and whip until egg whites form stiff, glossy peaks when you lift the whisk, about 3 more minutes. Egg whites shouldn’t move when bowl is tilted.

Pour the twice-sifted dry ingredients on top of the egg white mixture and gently fold together with a silicone spatula until combined. This step is crucial to the texture of the finished macarons. TIP: Every few folds, drop a small amount from the spatula. If the mixture settles into the rest of the bowl within about 15 seconds, it is ready. If not, fold a few more times.

Place into a pastry bag with a circular tip (such as Wilton 1A) and pipe evenly sized circles, about 1½ inches in diameter. The circles should spread, but only slightly.

TIP: Bang the pan on the countertop a few times to release air bubbles. This will prevent the macarons from cracking in the oven. Set aside pan in a safe place for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the humidity of the room. You want the tops to dry out so the batter doesn’t stick to your finger when touched.

TIP: If you plan to use sprinkles, now is the time to gently apply them to the tops of the dried macarons before baking.

After they are dried, preheat the oven to 300° F. Bake for 12-20 minutes, checking to make sure that the macarons peel off the pan fairly easily and rise to form a small layer (called “feet”) on the bottoms. If the bottoms stick, continue baking.

Cool completely, then flip half the shells over and fill with Honey Buttercream, and top with a second cookie. Enjoy!

Angela Sackett is a photographer at Legacy Seven Studios and writer at saletlux.com and dancingwithmyfather.net, where she shares recipes and hospitality tips. She and her 16-year-old daughter, Anna, join together for photography and other creative projects.