Chocolate Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches – {First On The First}

chocolate macaron ice cream sandwiches
The Paris bakery sold only macarons – that’s right a patisserie displaying brightly colored hot pink, lavender, mint green, baby blue and light brown chocolate macarons. It was five year ago, but I still remember opening the door and stepping down a few steps as the sweet cookie aromas washed over me.

Since then, I’ve wanted to recreate the airy, yet chewy French treat. But, honestly, I didn’t think I had enough ‘kitchen cred.’ I’m far from a French baker. But thanks to encouragement from Carrie of Poet In the Pantry and Kate of Food Babbles through their brilliant bloghop First on First, I figured, if ‘everyone’ was doing it, maybe I could too!

chocolate macarons
The cookbook Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home was my favorite Christmas gift this year. The book contains a macaron (macaron) recipe that seemed a bit less fussy than most. Jeni uses them in ice cream sandwiches. Since the cookies are airy and chewy, they don’t freeze into tooth-chipping, rock-hard sandwiches. Smart.

All things Valentine are on my kids’ minds right now so I whipped up a batch of Jeni’s shockingly pink Beet Ice Cream with Mascarpone and Orange Zest to serve as the sandwich filling. The bold orange flavor in the ice cream paired perfectly with the cocoa and almond in the macarons. But this version of Jeni’s Lemon Frozen Yogurt would also be a delicious sandwich filling for these Chocolate Macarons. I adapted Jeni’s version of the cookie recipe to use blanched almonds and then decided to toast them – thinking the toastiness would complement the earthy (but not too earthy!) beets. I also added a bit less sugar to the recipe.

While I’ve already brainwashed my two little girls to think that all things French are good, they needed no convincing that anything this pink or chocolatey or ice-cream-sandwich-y is really good.
chocolate macarons

Chocolate Macarons

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (8 oz) blanched almonds, toasted
  • 2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 3/4 cup egg whites (from 6 large eggs,) at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Directions

  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a 3-inch cookie cutter, trace 12 circles on the parchment. Turn the sheet of parchment over. Repeat for a second baking sheet.
  2. Grind the nuts with 1/4 cup of the confectioners' sugar in a food processor until a fine nut flour forms; do not allow mixture to become a paste. Add cocoa and remaining confectioners' sugar and pulse just until incorporated. Strain the mixture through a sieve to remove large nut pieces
  3. Whip the egg whites and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment until frothy. While mixer is running, slowly add granulated sugar, about 1 tablespoon at a time, and whip until the meringue is shiny and holds medium peaks, about 5 minutes.
  4. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the almond mixture one-third at a time until thoroughly combined.
  5. Fit a pastry bag with a 1/4-in plain tip and fill the bag halfway with batter. (Or use a plastic zip-top bag; cut off 1/16-in to form a tip.) Holding the bag upright pipe macaroons inside the traced circles in a spiral, beginning in the center of the circle.
  6. Let the cookies sit a room temperature for 30 minutes to dry. This will create the crisp crust on the outside of the macaron.
  7. Heat oven to 300 degrees F.
  8. Bake cookies for 18-20 minutes, rotating the tray halfway through until they have risen and look crisp and set on top. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
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Comments

  1. Oh my goodness!! What a fantastic idea!! I would never have thought to make them into ice cream sandwiches. I absolutely love what you did! And the beet ice cream with mascarpone and orange zest… Oh WOW!! I bet that tastes incredible. Kudos kudos to you! Thanks for joining us again this month. Can’t wait to see your eclairs for the March #FirstOnTheFirst

    • Thanks Kate. Love #FirstonFirst. Such great inspiration to jump out of my comfort zone in the kitchen. THANK YOU!

  2. I’m obsessed with your spiral piping- so innovative! Also the hue of your ice cream is gorgeous.

  3. Beet ice cream!? That color is gorgeous!

  4. What gorgeous deliciousness! I love how meringues can be eaten right from the freezer, now I’ll have to try them as ice cream sandwiches!

  5. Wow! What a great idea to make the macarons into an ice cream sandwich. It’s one of those “why didn’t I think of that” moments. Brillant!

  6. Those must have been amazing! Never thought of using macarons for ice cream sandwiches but now that you’ve mentioned it, why not? Fantastic!

  7. If this was your first time making macarons you did a wonderful job!! And I love the idea of turning them into an ice cream sandwich! How beautiful and creative! : )

  8. That’s fabulous. I love the “snack size” macarons-as-ice-cream-sandwich idea. And the gorgeous color of the beet ice cream! So pretty!

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