Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Skinny Lemon Blueberry Macarons with truwhip Filling

Skinny Lemon Blueberry Macarons with truwhip Filling

Last week's Strawberry Cheesecake Macarons were gone before I could even pawn them off onto my friends and neighbors!  People were texting and messaging me, asking for anything that was left uneaten!

So this week, I felt obligated to make another batch, just so I didn't lose any friends.  I was thinking about how I could make them even better this time, and there's only one thing that can make a sandwich cookie better than filling it with truwhip topping...and that's filling it with SKINNY truwhip topping!

Skinny truwhip has 25% less fat than that of original truwhip and still has the same amazing non-GMO ingredients and outstanding flavor!  In fact, my kiddo was eating this stuff right out of the container while it was still frozen!

For the macarons, I used the same Food Network Magazine recipe as the week before, but instead of the strawberry baking emulsion, I added some lemon baking emulsion and threw some fresh blueberries into the filling mixture.

Skinny Lemon Blueberry Macarons
with truwhip Filling

  • 1 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup almond flour (I like Trader Joe's the best, but Bob's Red Mill is okay too)
  • 3 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar (regular granulated sugar works just fine)
  • 2 to 3 drops gel food coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, almond or mint extract (this is where your baking emulsion would go)
  • Assorted fillings (see below for truwhip Blueberry Cheesecake filling)
Special Equipment:
  • Oven with convection setting
  • 4 baking sheets (2, I'll tell you why below)
  • 3 silicone baking mats (2)
  • Fine-mesh sieve
  • Pastry bag with 1/4-inch round tip (a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off works too)


Preheat the oven to 300 degrees using the convection setting. Line 3 baking sheets with silicone mats. (I flip the baking sheet over and place the silicone mat (or Silpat) on top.  PLEASE use silicone mats, or Silpats.  I know they're expensive, but they make a HUGE difference, and REALLY help keep the cookies in a perfectly round shape. NOTE:  You CAN just use parchment paper, but don't expect perfect circles for your cookies). Measure the confectioners' sugar and almond flour by spooning them into measuring cups and leveling with a knife. Transfer to a bowl; whisk to combine.

Sift the sugar-almond flour mixture, a little at a time, through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl, pressing with a rubber spatula to pass through as much as possible. It will take a while, and up to 2 tablespoons of coarse almond flour may be left; just toss it.  (If you're a crazy perfectionist like me, you CAN run the almond flour through the food processor first, to make the grind even finer).

Beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt with a mixer on medium speed until frothy. Increase the speed to medium high; gradually add the superfine sugar and beat until stiff and shiny, about 5 more minutes.

Transfer the beaten egg whites to the bowl with the almond flour mixture. Draw a rubber spatula halfway through the mixture and fold until incorporated, giving the bowl a quarter turn with each fold.

Add the food coloring and extract. Continue folding and turning, scraping down the bowl, until the batter is smooth and falls off the spatula in a thin flat ribbon, 2 to 3 minutes (don't over stir the batter, or you'll end up with flat little frisbees.  Not that I've EVER done that or anything.  Someone told me.)

Transfer the batter to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4-inch round tip (or just the plain old ziploc I told you about earlier). Holding the bag vertically and close to the baking sheet, pipe 1 1/4-inch circles (24 per sheet). Firmly tap the baking sheets twice against the counter to release any air bubbles (drop it like its hot).

Let the cookies sit at room temperature until the tops are no longer sticky to the touch, 15 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the humidity (if you live in Florida, it may take a week. I would just go to the store and buy some). Slip another baking sheet under the first batch (a double baking sheet protects the cookies from the heat) (I just flipped the baking sheet upside down.  This prevented the Silpat from having a lifted edge and did the same thing they mentioned above).

Bake the first batch until the cookies are shiny and rise 1/8 inch to form a "foot," about 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely. Repeat, using a double sheet for each batch. Peel the cookies off the mats and sandwich with a thin layer of filling (see below).

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/french-macaroons.html?oc=linkback
truwhip Cheesecake Filling

Skinny Lemon Blueberry Macarons
with truwhip Filling

  • 10oz. truwhip, thawed
  • 4 oz. Cream Cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar 
  • 1/2 cup chopped, fresh blueberries

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whip on low speed until sugar is incorporated.  Increase to high speed and mix until creamy and combined.

Spoon about 2 tsp. filling into the center of one of the cookies.  Top with another cookie and serve

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