Chocolate-Earl Grey Macarons

Pastry historians may debate whether macarons first came from Italy or France, but this unusual version can come straight from your own kitchen. Who knew that Nutella and Earl Grey tea could work and play so well together?

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  • Servings: Makes about 30 cookies

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  • 2 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon Earl Grey tea (from about 3 tea bags)
  • 2/3 cup Nutella

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the egg whites, cream of tartar and a pinch of salt. Beat the egg whites on high until foamy, then add the sugar a little at a time and continue to beat until all of the sugar is added and the egg whites hold stiff, glossy peaks.

  3. Sift the confectioners’ sugar and almond flour over the egg whites, then add the Earl Grey tea and gently fold the dry ingredients into the meringue. Transfer the batter to a piping bag with a plain tip. Pipe teaspoon-size rounds of batter about 1 1/2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheets, making about 60 rounds of batter.

  4. Reduce the oven temperature to 325° and bake the cookies until they are firm on the outside, 10 to 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool to room temperature then peel them off the parchment paper. Make sandwiches with pairs of the cookies, using about 1 teaspoon of Nutella per cookie. Serve.

Contributed By Photo © Ian Knauer Published January 2014

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