I’ve always been intreged by macaroons but have thought they were a huge production of work.

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My friend made them for our small group on night, and they were so so good. I just had to try my hand at them. Now beware, the shape is a little crazy, but hey they tasted wonderful! The fun part about macaroons in you can totally play with the inegredents.

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I’d love to do a cinnamon hazelnut macaroon with a nutella filling. Mmm maybe next time.

Peanut Butter Macaroons with Chocolate Ganache
recipe from a sweet friend

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts

Combine powdered sugar and peanuts in a blender and grind until peanuts are finely ground. In a heatproof bowl, whisk sugar into egg whites until combined. Set bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and whisk egg mixture constantly until the mixture is barely warm. Remove from heat. Using an electric mixer, whisk egg mixture until stiff peaks form. Fold in ground peanut mixture. Spoon this into a zip lock bag with a small whole cut on one corner, and pipe 2-inch wide circles about a 1/4 inch high onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake for 15 min at 300 degrees. Let cool completely on parchment. Gently peel off parchment.

Ganache ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 T light corn syrup
  • 2 T heavy cream
  • 1 T butter

In a heatproof bowl, combine all the ingredients and melt and stir over simmering water. Let cool a bit so it’s not so runny. Spread ganache on the insides to make sandwiches.

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Images: sammyw