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What causes macarons to sticke to parchment paper?

I just made macarons for the first time and everything was great, they look good with nice feet, except I can't get them off the parchment paper. What should I do when this happens next time?

asked by anthngn over 3 years ago
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Sam1148

Sam is a trusted home cook.

added over 3 years ago

Maybe let them rest a bit longer before you try to remove them.
You could also spray paper lightly with a flour/oil 'bakers' spray.

But I would strongly suggest getting a re-useable sheet of "Silplat", a silicon flexable baking sheet; with excellent non stick properties.
Give a rinse and dry and roll it up and put in a empty paper towel tube for storage.

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added over 3 years ago

Oooo... Paper towel tube--why didn't I think of that?

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boozeandsusan

Susan is a Recipe Tester for Food52

added over 3 years ago

I would start by baking them on silpats, and try baking them a minute longer. Next, run a small offset spatula gently underneath the macaron to remove it.

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added over 3 years ago

To get them off the parchment paper just dab a slight bit of water on the back side of the paper and the cookies will come right off

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added over 3 years ago

They are probably not cooked (dried) enough. I would leave them in the oven longer, until they easily come off the paper. If the tops are dry and you want to prevent them from cracking, cover the macarons with tin foil and put them back in the oven, lowering the temperature by 100 degrees. If you are working in a really humid area, try to remove them from the tray as soon as they cool because otherwise the humidity could make them soft enough to stick to the parchment paper.

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added over 3 years ago

If your macarons are not cooked all the way they will stick to your Parchment, give them another 3-5 minutes in the oven and let them cool down all the way before you try and peel them off of the parchment paper.