Mega Oatmeal Raisin & Walnut Cookies Recipe

By Lisa Maliga, copyright 2022

Want to have a great big chewy cookie for a dessert, snack or even a meal replacement? The Mega Oatmeal Raisin & Walnut cookies will qualify. These big, chunky cookies have nice, plump raisins due to soaking them before mixing all the ingredients together. These aren’t just any oatmeal raisin cookies, they’re mega oatmeal raisin [and walnut] cookies that are sure to be a hit for cookie fans of any age.

Big cookies!

Mega Oatmeal Raisin & Walnut Cookies Recipe

All the ingredients

Ingredients:

2 sticks [8 ounces] butter, softened
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup golden brown sugar
1/4 cup organic coconut sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cake flour
1/4 cup 2 tapioca starch OR corn starch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup raisins, soaked in water for 30 minutes
3/4 cup chopped walnuts OR pecans

Equipment:

Hand or stand mixer
Mixing bowl
Measuring cups/spoons
Whisk
Spatula
Sieve
Cookie/ice cream scoop
Large baking sheet
Baking/cooling rack
Parchment paper/Silpat
Kitchen scale
Oven thermometer

Oven temperature: 400 F

~ Whisk dry ingredients [flour, tapioca starch, salt, baking soda and cinnamon] together in a large bowl.
~ Mix sugar and butter in a hand or stand mixer until well creamed.
~ Add eggs one at a time.
~ Add vanilla extract.
~ Add the dry mixture until well mixed.
~ Drain the raisins into a bowl and save raisin water for later.
~ The oatmeal, raisins, and walnuts should be added last. Mix until it’s stiff, which makes it easy to form into balls.
~ Measure out dough in 4-ounce balls. Lightly pack them and place on cookie sheets.
~ Let sit in the refrigerator for about one hour. Midway through the cooling off phase, preheat your oven to 400 Fahrenheit.
~ Bake for about 10 -11 minutes.
~ Cool on cookie rack for about 10 minutes before removing.

Yields:

One dozen 4-ounce cookies

  • You can store in a cookie jar or airtight container for about 5 days [if they last that long]. They can also be frozen and heated in a toaster oven for about 5 minutes on 350.
  • I used tapioca starch because I had more of it than I did corn starch. Either works well to soften these delightful oatmeal raisin & walnut cookies.
  • Substitute pecans or go nut-free if you choose

Healthy Tip! You can save the raisin water in a mason jar and refrigerate overnight. Drink the next morning on an empty stomach. Raisin water is a healthy way to eliminate toxins from your body and give you natural energy. Some people drink raisin water before doing a workout.

Bite into this mega oatmeal cookie!

Check out the video tutorial:

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Jumbo Chocolate Chip & Ruby Chocolate Chunk Cookies Recipe

Two halves of a jumbo Chocolate Chip & Ruby Chocolate Chunk Cookie

Copyright 2022 by Lisa Maliga

This recipe is similar to the big, 6-ounce Levain-style cookies, but there are distinct differences. My recipe calls for ruby chocolate, the cookies are slightly smaller at four ounces, and I used three different types of sugar to enhance these distinctive cookies’ flavor. I also used a good amount of Neilsen Massey’s pure Madagascar Bourbon vanilla extract. I had a difficult time refraining from eating the batter because it was so tasty!

Below is a photo of my newest addition: a Kitchen Aid 5-quart stand mixer with a white bowl. I also have the original shiny bowl. Two bowls are better than one, especially when making cupcakes and frosting. Even better, I invested in a flex-edge beater attachment which thoroughly creams the sugar and butter in seconds. I only had to scrape the bowl once. If you have a 4.5 or 5-quart Kitchen Aid stand mixer, I highly recommend this helpful, time-saving attachment. Kitchen Aid flex edge beater attachment link: https://amzn.to/3K99aGl

New 5-quart Kitchen Aid stand mixer with white bowl and lots of chocolate and other baking ingredients.

JUMBO CHOCOLATE CHIP & RUBY CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES RECIPE

Oven temperature: 400 degrees Fahrenheit/205 degrees Celsius

Bake time: 11-12 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, cold, cut into cubes
2 large eggs, cold
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup organic coconut sugar
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons corn starch
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
10 ounces chocolate chips
3.2 ounces chopped ruby chocolate bar OR ruby chocolate callets
1/2 cup chopped walnuts [optional]

Equipment:

Hand or stand mixer
Mixing bowl
Sifter
Measuring cups/spoons
Whisk
Spatula
Cookie/ice cream scoop
Large baking sheet[s]
Baking/cooling rack
Parchment paper/Silpat
Kitchen scale

Instructions:

  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, corn starch, baking powder and salt. Whisk until combined.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter, and sugar until it’s well-combined, which will be a paste-like texture. You can also use a hand mixer or mix with a whisk or wooden spoon.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract. Blend well.
  • Stir in the dry ingredients until well blended.
  • Mix in the chocolate chips, ruby chocolate chunks [or chips], and walnuts.
  • Form into balls approximately 4 ounces [120 grams]. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat. Refrigerate for one hour.
  • Preheat oven.
  • The cookies should be at least 3 inches apart. Bake on center rack for about 11-12 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet for about 15 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

NOTES:

This recipe made a dozen [12] 4-ounce cookies.

Store cookies in an airtight container.

If serving the next day, bake in oven/toaster oven for about 5-6 minutes at 350 degrees.

You can also heat in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

Chilling the dough in the refrigerator before baking helps to keep the cookies higher so they won’t spread a lot. You want dry dough. Mix minimally but mix enough to ensure that everything’s well incorporated.

Adding nuts makes cookies healthier, more rustic looking, and helps hold the shape better. If you don’t like walnuts, substitute pecans, macadamia, cashews, etc. Or don’t use any at all.

Watch the recipe video!

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Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Chia Seed Pudding Recipe & Video Tutorial

By Lisa Maliga, copyright 2022

What can be healthier than a vegan chocolate dessert with coconut milk, fresh raspberries and chia seeds? A thick, rich, and creamy pudding that contains high quality cocoa powder. This vegan chocolate raspberry chia seed pudding tastes decadent and satisfies your chocolate cravings. It’s my go-to dessert several times a week. Best of all, you can whip up this dessert in less than five minutes!

Ingredients

INGREDIENTS:

1 can [13.66 oz.] coconut milk https://amzn.to/3Ar2COi

5 Tablespoons chia seeds https://amzn.to/3KMZMIi

6 ounces fresh raspberries, washed and dried

2 Tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted https://amzn.to/3qls56e

1 Tablespoon organic coconut palm sugar https://amzn.to/3KDTfzm

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract https://amzn.to/3qls56e

EQUIPMENT:

Large bowl [with lid if storing overnight]
Measuring cups/spoons
Whisk
Sifter
3 8-ounce glass mason jars with lids

DIRECTIONS:

Wash and dry raspberries and place in a covered bowl. Store in the fridge.

Pour coconut milk into the medium bowl.

Add sugar [optional] and vanilla extract. Whisk well.

Sift in the cocoa powder. Whisk thoroughly.

Add the chia seeds. Whisk until well combined.

Cover and let sit for two hours at room temperature. Or store in the refrigerator overnight.

When solidified, whisk one more time and add to mason jars. Alternate a row of fresh raspberries with a dollop of the pudding.

Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 days.

You can top with whipped cream and or nuts, granola, or a dusting of cocoa powder.

Note: The above link to the coconut milk is for the more flavorful organic coconut milk, which is even better than the one pictured here.

Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Chia Seed Pudding

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa Maliga is an American author of contemporary fiction and cozy mysteries. Her nonfiction titles consist of how to make bath and body products with an emphasis on melt and pour soap crafting. When researching her cozy mystery, she discovered the art of baking French macarons. She has written three dessert cookbooks, including two on macarons. When not writing, Lisa reads an assortment of books, takes photos, skates, and is working on a series of baking and soaping video tutorials. Visit her website at: https://www.LisaMaliga.com

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Jumbo Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies [Levain style] Recipe

by Lisa Maliga, copyright 2022

If you like big cookies, have I got a recipe for you! These jumbo chocolate chip walnut cookies are similar to the famous Levain Bakery cookies. But they differ in two ways: the cookies are just over four ounces, [Levain’s are 6 ounces], and contain pure vanilla extract. They are still big, thick and chunky — yet soft on the inside due to the cake flour and corn starch. Another key is the short baking time on a higher temperature than conventional chocolate chip cookies.

With Valentine’s Day coming soon, these will be a sweet and thoughtful gift. Bake someone happy with these delightful jumbo chocolate chip walnut cookies!

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup unsalted butter cold, cut in cubes

1 cup organic raw brown sugar https://amzn.to/3zNFh99

1/2 cup granulated cane sugar https://amzn.to/2JLTRrX

2 large eggs, cold

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract https://amzn.to/3qls56e

1 cup all-purpose flour https://amzn.to/3mJ8TNu

1 cup cake flour https://amzn.to/34AzGrj

2 teaspoons corn starch https://amzn.to/3Fg2xOi

1 teaspoon baking powder https://amzn.to/3r2FTDP

3/4 teaspoon baking soda https://amzn.to/3tg5qfK

1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt https://amzn.to/2Vymifl

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips https://amzn.to/39KAVEL

1 cup chopped walnuts https://amzn.to/333p6bU

EQUIPMENT:

Stand mixer or hand mixer
Measuring cups/spoons
Whisk
Spatula
Cookie/ice cream scoop
Large baking sheet
Parchment paper/Silpat
Oven thermometer

A stack of freshly-baked chocolate chip walnut cookies

INSTRUCTIONS:

Oven temperature: 400 degrees Fahrenheit/205 degrees Celsius

Bake time: 11 minutes

* In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, corn starch, baking powder and salt. Whisk until combined.

* In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter, and sugar until it’s well-combined, which will be a paste-like texure. You can also use a hand mixer or mix with a whisk or wooden spoon.

* Add the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract. Blend well.

* Stir in the dry ingredients until well blended. The dough will feel quite stiff.

* Mix in the chocolate chips and walnuts.

* Form into balls approximately 4.2 to 4.5 ounces [119 to 127 grams]. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat. Refrigerate for one hour.

* Preheat oven.

* The cookies should be at least 3 inches apart. Bake on center rack for about 11 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet for about 15 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

NOTES:

This recipe made nine [9] 4.2 to 4.5-ounce cookies.

Store cookies in an airtight container.

If serving the next day, bake in oven/toaster oven for about 5-6 minutes at 350 degrees.

I’ve added links to some of the ingredients. They are only suggestions, of course.

Chilling the dough in the refrigerator before baking helps to keep the cookies higher so they won’t spread a lot. You want dry dough. Mix minimally but mix enough to ensure that everything’s well incorporated.

Adding nuts makes cookies healthier, more rustic looking, and helps hold the shape better. If you don’t like walnuts, substitute pecans, macadamia, cashews, etc. Or don’t use any at all.

I used callets [Callebaut brand chocolate chips] and some chunks of a chopped up 70% cacao chocolate bar.

Happy baking!

Freshly baked and split in half to show the inner goodness. Bake someone happy with these cookies!

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Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe & Video

By Lisa Maliga, Copyright 2021

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

There is something very comforting about having a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s night. When I was a child, I had two options for drinking hot chocolate: Swiss Miss packets with mini marshmallows, or the “homemade” type heated up in a saucepan with milk and a scoop of Nestle Quik powder. No sugar was added as that was the main ingredient, followed by cocoa and some anti-caking agents and preservatives. Topped with a generous swirl of Reddi Wip, it was the best hot beverage to sip while I sat on the couch and read.

The Swiss Miss hot cocoa packets might have been labeled as “rich chocolate”, yet they always contained stale mini marshmallows. Hot water was poured into my pink porcelain mug. Even if my mom mixed it for me, there were always little clumps of unmixed cocoa powder.

This year, I decided to try genuine European hot chocolate. Thick, but not quite like chocolate pudding. Unlike those packets, this delicious hot chocolate contains rich melted chocolate with a touch of cocoa powder and pure vanilla. I adore the Chocolove brand which contains 55% cacao and real peppermint oil. As always, use whatever brand you prefer and if it isn’t peppermint flavored, just add peppermint extract.

Garnishing with candy canes makes it look more festive. Peppermint Hot Chocolate is perfect for celebrating the Christmas season.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Ingredients
Excellent chocolate bars make for excellent hot chocolate!

PEPPERMINT HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:
2 ounces peppermint dark chocolate  https://amzn.to/3dFqMd7

5 ounces whole milk

½ Tablespoon coconut palm sugar https://amzn.to/3rLBlnq

1 teaspoon cocoa powder, sifted https://amzn.to/3lPk4Wv

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract https://amzn.to/33fpuUr

1 mini peppermint candy cane, crushed https://amzn.to/3rOtzch

1 large peppermint candy cane for stirring https://amzn.to/3ECNGxW

8-ounce mug OR two 4-ounce mugs

DIRECTIONS:

Crush mini peppermint candy cane and set aside.

Chop up the peppermint chocolate.  

In a small saucepan over medium heat, pour in the milk and sugar. Using a whisk, mix constantly once it heats up to a simmer.

Add the cocoa powder and the chopped chocolate. Cook for about 4 minutes, whisking constantly. If using vanilla extract and/or peppermint extract, add that just before you’re ready to pour. Put a candy cane into your mug and pour in your hot chocolate.

Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and top with the crushed peppermint candy cane.

SUGGESTIONS: You can also use your favorite chocolate bar and just add a dash of peppermint extract as the last step so as to retain the flavor.

By all means substitute a plant-based milk if you wish. However, it won’t be as thick as it is when made with whole milk.

I made the whipped cream by pouring 8 ounces of whipping cream into a chilled 16-ounce mason jar and shaking it for about 10 minutes. Then I stirred in a teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon of powdered monkfruit sweetener.

Enjoy your hot chocolate and have a very Merry Christmas/Holiday Season!

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No Bake Cookies Recipe & Video Tutorial

By Lisa Maliga

Copyright 2021

No Bake Cookies

These No Bake Cookies contain Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa powder, a very fine chocolate that I’d bought a few months ago and just got around to testing. Even though these are what I refer to as ‘stovetop cookies’ as no oven is used, the rich flavor of this brand of chocolate stands out.

According to the company: “Our gourmet baking cocoa is Dutch-processed for rich flavor and appearance. Our cocoa contains one of the highest levels of cocoa butter on the market, ensuring superior chocolate flavor. From rich hot cocoa to fudgey brownies, Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa makes a difference you can taste.”

I also used a salted peanut butter so that no extra salt needs to be added.

This recipe is so easy to make, any time of the year. If you don’t want to turn your oven on this summer, and crave homemade cookies, I definitely recommend making these!

NO BAKE COOKIES RECIPE

Ingredients:

1 stick butter

½ cup granulated sugar

1 cup coconut sugar https://amzn.to/3lyrPB8

½ cup milk

4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted https://amzn.to/3CrpCNV

½ cup peanut butter https://amzn.to/3lvYuaa

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract  https://amzn.to/3yqnSC7

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats https://amzn.to/3Aq5aLx

Stovetop Temperature: Medium

In a large saucepan, add butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa powder. Mix until well combined. Boil for about 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Remove from heat.

Add vanilla extract and mix. Add peanut butter and oats and mix until well combined.

Use either a spoon or a cookie scoop, drop cookies on parchment or wax paper.

Let cool for several hours. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. They probably won’t last that long.

Yield: makes about 25 cookies.

I provide links to items on Amazon that I’ve bought and used or have used in the past. For butter, I recommend Kerrygold, Plugra, Vital Farms or President. Perhaps there’s a dairy in your area and that would be the best for you. As always, the better the ingredients, the better the cookies!

Want gluten-free cookies? Make sure your oats are labeled as gluten-free.

If you want these to be vegan-friendly, use coconut oil or vegan butter.

Allergic to peanut butter? Substitute almond butter or sunflower butter.

Happy Cooking!

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BIG Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe & Video

By Lisa Maliga, copyright 2020

BIG Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Looking for easy-to-bake super double chocolate chip cookies? Double your fun with these big, thick, and chewy chocolate chip cookies.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup unsalted butter cold, cut in cubes
1 cup coconut palm sugar https://amzn.to/39MFE9b
1/2 cup granulated cane sugar https://amzn.to/2JLTRrX
2 large eggs, cold
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract https://amzn.to/3qls56e
2 cups all-purpose flour https://amzn.to/3mJ8TNu
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder https://amzn.to/3ol5gOi
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt https://amzn.to/2Vymifl
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips https://amzn.to/39KAVEL
chopped walnuts, optional

EQUIPMENT:

Stand mixer or hand mixer
Large bowls
Measuring cups/spoons
Whisk
Sifter
Spatula
Large baking sheet
Cooling rack
Parchment paper/Silpat
Measuring scale

INSTRUCTIONS:

Oven temperature: 350 degrees Fahrenheit/175 degrees Celsius

* In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk until combined.

* In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter, and sugar until light and fluffy. You can also use a hand mixer or mix with a whisk or wooden spoon.

* Add the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract. Blend well.

* Stir in the dry ingredients until well blended. It will feel quite stiff.

* Mix in the chocolate chips.

* Form into balls approximately 3.5 ounces [100 grams]. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat. Refrigerate for one hour.

* Preheat oven.

* Cookies should be at least 3 inches apart. Bake on center rack for about 15 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet for about 15 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

NOTES:

This recipe made one dozen 3.5-ounce cookies.
I added a few walnuts to 2 cookies.
Store in an airtight container.
If serving the next day, heat in microwave for about 15 seconds if you want a melty interior.
I’ve added links to some of the ingredients. They are only suggestions, of course.
Chilling the dough in the refrigerator before baking helps to keep the cookies higher so they won’t spread a lot.

Happy baking!

Big double chocolate chip cookie

Video Tutorial

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Dessert Cookbook Series: A Beginner’s Guide ~ New Boxed Set

By Lisa Maliga, copyright 2020

 

Includes 3 full-length dessert cookbooks and more than 50 recipes.

Dessert Cookbook Series TransparentLearn how to make many different desserts, no matter what your level of baking experience.

It’s easier than ever to bake decadent chocolate cupcakes and brownies. Get helpful tips about decorating and coloring cupcakes, recommended equipment, and loads of resources. Original and tested step-by-step recipes include Blueberry Brownies, Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes, Blue Velvet Cupcakes, Peppermint Swirl Cupcakes, and many more tantalizing treats.

The book was written by someone who went from baking box mix brownies and cupcakes to discovering the joy of baking from scratch. With a photograph of each finished treat, the reader will be inspired to try baking these delicious recipes.

Baking Chocolate Cupcakes and Brownies: A Beginner’s Guide contains 50+ color photos.

Bake beautiful and delicious French macarons in your own kitchen. This collection of tried-and-tested recipes allows bakers to create these tasty and colorful confections.

The author details what equipment and ingredients you need, offers numerous helpful tips, resources, and shares more than 30 recipes for you to whip up an array of elegant French delicacies.

Full of inspiring color photos, Baking French Macarons: A Beginner’s Guide, offers everything you need to bake stunning macarons that will impress anyone who tastes them.

Some of the flavors include Cinnamon Caramel, Tangy Orange, Key Lime, and Acai macarons.

Ruby Chocolate: A Beginner’s Guide includes ten original and tested recipes using authentic ruby chocolate. From healthy granola bars to tasty ruby chocolate chip cookies to decadent fudge, chocolate lovers will be inspired to create their own desserts. The reader also receives gift packaging ideas, and many resources.

Available exclusively at Amazon.

U.S. link: Dessert Cookbook Series: A Beginner’s Guide

U.K. link: Dessert Cookbook Series: A Beginner’s Guide

CA link: Dessert Cookbook Series: A Beginner’s Guide

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Almond Macarons Recipe & Video Tutorial

By Lisa Maliga, copyright 2018-2019

Almond is a classic flavor and the filling also contains almond flour. Using a high quality almond extract will make the flavor even richer. These lovely almond macarons will brighten any occasion!

This recipe is from my book Baking Macarons: The Swiss Meringue Method.

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INGREDIENTS:

160 grams powdered sugar, sift with almond flour
160 grams almond flour, sift with powdered sugar
150 grams egg whites
180 grams confectioners’ sugar, sieved
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 Tablespoon arrowroot powder
Blue food color gel

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 300°F.
Sift the almond flour and confectioners’ sugar into a bowl. Stir in the arrowroot powder and set aside.
Put a template on a baking sheet and place a silicone mat or parchment paper over it. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, add egg whites and confectioners’ sugar. Whisk until well combined.
Place bowl over steaming pot with just enough water, as you don’t want the water touching the bowl. Heat on medium heat until it steams. Test to make sure it’s hot enough by sticking your clean finger in the meringue near the center of the bowl. If using a candy thermometer the temperature should be about 130 F.
Remove from heat and place bowl back onto stand mixer. Add the cream of tartar.
Whisk on medium to high speed until firm peaks form. Egg whites should be glossy and if you flip the bowl upside down, nothing will come out.
Add food coloring and whisk until the color is incorporated.
Remove the whisk and add the paddle attachment [if using one].
Add the presifted almond flour and confectioners’ sugar mixture and food coloring.
Turn mixer to low or medium speed and mix for up to 10 seconds. If that doesn’t mix the batter thoroughly, mix for another 10 seconds. Turn off mixer and with your spatula, run it around the sides and bottom of bowl to make sure all the dry ingredients are incorporated.
Test for the ribbon stage. When you lift your spatula above the bowl, the batter should fall back to the bowl as one continuous stream and create a ribbon pattern.
Pour batter into a large pastry bag fitted with a large round tip.
Pipe onto the silicone or parchment covered baking sheets.
When finished with each sheet, bang baking sheet on counter to remove air bubbles. If you see any air bubbles, pop them with a toothpick.
Let shells rest on a flat surface in a cool, dry area for about 30 minutes. The surface will change from glossy to matte. To make sure they’re done, gently touch the edge of one with your finger. There should be no trace of batter on your finger.
Bake for 15-20 minutes. This will vary depending on your oven. Carefully monitor the baking process and check your oven thermometer. After 8 minutes, rotate the tray to ensure even baking.
Macarons are done when you peel back the mat or parchment paper and the shells don’t stick.
Remove from oven and slide the parchment or silicone mat onto a cooling rack.
Place macaron shells on a wax paper covered baking sheet or tray for filling.
Using an edible brown food color gel pen, carefully draw spirals on each shell.
When the shells are dry, match similar sized shells together. Pipe the filling on the flat side of one shell and gently place the second shell on top.

Almond Macaron Filling

This is a European type of filling as it contains almond flour for a thickener and for the taste and texture. For more texture, you can use unblanched almond flour.

INGREDIENTS:

125 grams [4 ounces] butter, room temperature
86 grams [3 ounces] almond flour [sifting isn’t necessary]
86 grams [3 ounces] confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
1 teaspoon almond extract

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, whip the butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
Add the powdered sugar, starting at low speed and gradually changing to medium speed. When thoroughly mixed add the almond flour and whisk until the filling is smooth and creamy.
Add the vanilla bean paste and almond extract.
Scoop into a piping bag, the use of a tip is optional.

Amazon link: Baking Macarons: The Swiss Meringue Method
All other bookstores: Baking Macarons: The Swiss Meringue Method

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Orange Macarons Recipe & Video Tutorial

By Lisa Maliga copyright 2018

Orange curd, like lemon and lime curd, isn’t difficult to find in many grocery, health food or even discount stores. I was in TJ Maxx checking out the jams and jellies section, which is nicely stocked throughout the year, when I saw a jar of orange curd and thought it, might make a nice macaron filling. The taste wasn’t as tangy as I thought it would be so adding orange extract was necessary to get a brighter and tangier orange flavor. But it depends on your preference and the brand you buy—or if you make it yourself.

This was also the first time I used egg whites from a carton. I let them get to room temperature, but that’s not even necessary. I’d read that it takes longer to whip them up and it took me more than double the amount of time. Instead of separating the egg whites by hand, and not having to waste any eggs or remove any shells, the time saved was negligible.

While this recipe isn’t included in my book Baking Macarons: The Swiss Meringue Method, it follows the same formula as the other recipes and is detailed enough for most home bakers.

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INGREDIENTS:

160 grams confectioners’ sugar, sift with almond flour
160 grams almond flour, sift with confectioners’ sugar
150 grams egg whites
180 grams confectioners’ sugar, sieved
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 Tablespoon arrowroot powder
Orange food color gel

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 300°F.
Sift the almond flour and confectioners’ sugar into a bowl. Stir in the arrowroot powder and set aside.
Put a template on a baking sheet and place a silicone mat or parchment paper over it. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, add egg whites and confectioners’ sugar. Whisk until well combined.
Place bowl over steaming pot with just enough water, as you don’t want the water touching the bowl. Heat on medium heat until it steams. Test to make sure it’s hot enough by sticking your clean finger in the meringue near the center of the bowl. If using a candy thermometer the temperature should be about 130 F.
Remove from heat and place bowl back onto stand mixer. Add the cream of tartar.
Whisk on medium to high speed until firm peaks form. Egg whites should be glossy and if you flip the bowl upside down, nothing will come out.
Add food coloring and whisk until the color is incorporated.
Remove the whisk and add the paddle attachment [if using one].
Add the presifted almond flour and confectioners’ sugar mixture and food coloring.
Turn mixer to low or medium speed and mix for up to 10 seconds. If that doesn’t mix the batter thoroughly, mix for another 10 seconds. Turn off mixer and with your spatula, run it around the sides and bottom of bowl to make sure all the dry ingredients are incorporated.
Test for the ribbon stage. When you lift your spatula above the bowl, the batter should fall back to the bowl as one continuous stream and create a ribbon pattern.
Pour batter into a large pastry bag fitted with a large round tip.
Pipe onto the silicone or parchment covered baking sheets.
When finished with each sheet, bang baking sheet on counter to remove air bubbles. If you see any air bubbles, pop them with a toothpick.
Let shells rest on a flat surface in a cool, dry area for about 30 minutes. The surface will change from glossy to matte. To make sure they’re done, gently touch the edge of one with your finger. There should be no trace of batter on your finger.
Bake for 15-20 minutes. This will vary depending on your oven. Carefully monitor the baking process and check your oven thermometer. After 8 minutes, rotate the tray to ensure even baking.
Macarons are done when you peel back the mat or parchment paper and the shells don’t stick.
Remove from oven and slide the parchment or silicone mat onto a cooling rack.
Place macaron shells on a wax paper covered baking sheet or tray for filling.
Using an edible brown food color gel pen, carefully draw spirals on each shell.
When the shells are dry, match similar sized shells together. Pipe the filling on the flat side of one shell and gently place the second shell on top.

Orange Curd Macaron Filling

INGREDIENTS:

125 grams [4 ounces] unsalted butter, room temperature
125 grams [4 ounces ]mascarpone cheese, room temperature
40 grams [1/3 heaping cup] confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract OR vanilla bean paste
2-3 Tablespoons orange curd
1/2 – 1 teaspoon orange extract [optional]
Orange food color gel

INSTRUCTIONS:

Beat the butter and mascarpone cheese until fluffy. Add the powdered sugar, followed by the orange curd. Then, add the vanilla while continuing to beat. Mix for about 5-7 minutes. Add extract. Spoon into a piping bag. You can use a French piping tip if you prefer fancy edges. I used an Ateco #863 for this recipe.

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