This macaron recipe tastes like a grown-up version of Nutter Butters. A tall, cold glass of milk is the perfect accompaniment. —DolcettoConfections
Test Kitchen Notes
The Candied Peanut Butter Macarons are heaven for anyone who loves peanut butter (and I do). I invested in a digital scale so I could properly make these, and was so glad I did. The instructions are perfect and I followed them exactly. Do not skip steps such as aging the egg whites or allowing the macarons to rest before baking -- these are crucial for successful macaron-making. I baked my candied peanut sprinkled "macs" on a silpat over 2 cookie sheets to ensure there would be no burning, and while they took a little longer than 12 minutes to cook (they were done in about 15 minutes), they were as perfect as any macarons I've seen sold commercially (I was so proud!). I was a little heavy handed with spreading the peanut butter, but this went over very well with both my child and adult testers -- great recipe. - WinnieAb —The Editors
peanuts, unsalted and untoasted
Pinch fleur de sel
Peanut Butter Macarons
grams egg whites, aged at room temperature for 24 hours
Combine the water, sugar and peanuts in skillet. Place over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until sugar completely dissolves and begins to boil.
Reduce the heat to medium. Stir constantly, until the liquid crystalizes and resembles sand.
As the crystals melt, continue to stir constantly to evenly coat the peanuts with the syrup. Remove from heat when all peants are evenly coated in the syrup.
Pour candied peanuts onto SilPat and sprinkle with fleur de sel. Allow to cool completely.
When candied peanuts are cooled, place in food processor and process until coarsly chopped.
Peanut Butter Macarons
Place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk on low-medium speed until frothy. Add the granulated sugar a little bit at a time. Allow the sugar to incorporate fully before making the next addition.
When all of the sugar has been added, increase the speed to medium and allow meringue to form stiff peaks. To test, remove the bowl from the mixer and turn upside down. There should be no movement in the meringue.
Combine the blanched almonds and powdered sugar in a food processor. Process until you cannot distinguish the almonds from the sugar, about 30 seconds.
Add half of the almond-sugar mixture to the meringue. Using a strong spatula, begin combining the two elements. During this first combination, you actually want to combine the two rather vigorously. Do not be gentle – you have to reduce the air in the meringue somewhat or your macarons will be too “puffy”. Continue for about 10 to 15 turns.
Add half of the remaining meringue and incorporate for 15 to 20 turns. Fold in the remaining almond-sugar gently into the meringue. Continue for no more than 10 turns, or until you can no longer distinguish between the two.
Fit a pastry bag with a #806 tip. Pipe about 1”rounds on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a SilPat. Leave plenty of room between the macarons – they will expand! Sprinkle the macarons with the chopped candied peanuts. Allow the macarons to sit 30 minutes to one hour to develop a shell.
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Bake macarons for 10 to 12 minutes, until shells are just slightly golden.
When shells are completely cool, pipe or spread peanut butter on the flat side of one macaron and sandwich with another.