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Macaron Italian Recipe

macaron italian recipe

Macarons, a French dessert, have become a popular treat all around the world. But did you know that there are two types of macarons? The French macaron and the Italian macaron. The Italian macaron, also known as Amaretti, is chewier and has a smoother shell compared to its French counterpart. In this article, we will be sharing a delicious and easy-to-follow recipe for making Italian macarons.

Recipes Information

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Recipe Category: Dessert
  • Recipe Cuisine: Italian
  • Aggregate Rating: 4.8/5


  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Food coloring (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together the almond flour and powdered sugar.
  4. Gradually add the granulated sugar to the egg whites, one tablespoon at a time, while continuing to beat until the sugar is fully incorporated and the mixture is shiny and holds stiff peaks.
  5. Add the vanilla extract and food coloring (if using) to the egg white mixture and stir to combine.
  6. Gently fold the almond flour mixture into the egg white mixture, being careful not to overmix.
  7. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag fitted with a round tip and pipe 1 ½-inch circles onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches of space between each circle.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the macarons have a firm crust on top and are slightly firm to the touch.
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before removing from the baking sheet.
  10. Serve and enjoy!


Nutrition InformationAmount per Serving
Total Fat4g
Saturated Fat0.3g
Total Carbohydrate11g
Dietary Fiber1g
Total Sugars10g


  • Q: Can I use regular flour instead of almond flour?
  • A: No, almond flour is essential for making these macarons. Regular flour will not yield the same texture and taste.

  • Q: Can I make these macarons ahead of time?
  • A: Yes, you can store these macarons in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

  • Q: Can I freeze these macarons?
  • A: Yes, you can freeze these macarons in an airtight container for up to 1 month. Thaw at room temperature before serving.

  • Q: What can I do if my macarons turn out hollow?
  • A: Hollow macarons are usually due to overmixing the batter or not tapping the baking sheet to release air bubbles before baking. Try mixing the batter less and tapping the baking sheet more before baking.

  • Q: What can I use if I don't have a piping bag?
  • A: You can use a plastic bag with the corner snipped off as a makeshift piping bag.

  • Q: How many macarons does this recipe make?
  • A: This recipe makes about 24 macarons.


To ensure success with this recipe, here are some tips:

1. Use room temperature egg whites for better volume.

2. Sift the almond flour and powdered sugar to remove any lumps and ensure a smooth shell.

3. Be gentle when folding the almond flour mixture into the egg white mixture to avoid overmixing.

Italian macarons may seem intimidating to make, but with this easy recipe and these helpful tips, you'll be able to make delicious and beautiful macarons in no time.