Wildcrafting Mint Macaroons

Macaroons are naturally gluten free because they use almond flour rather than regular flour. They can be easily made paleo by reducing the sugar and using honey instead of refined sugar. It’s a great party treat and super fun to make.

These take a bit of practice to get good at, so if you want to make them for a party, I recommend practicing a few times first.

Mint is a common garden herb that can be great invasive. One time, we found the best tasting mint growing wild at a lake. We brought it home and it’s still our favorite to this day.

You’re going to need to make mint extract for this. You can use either garden mint or wintergreen. Here is my wintergreen extract recipe:

Mint Macaroons

Equipment

  • Food Processor
  • Strainer
  • Pastry Bag
  • Baking Sheets
  • Natural Food Coloring
  • Parchment Paper

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup Ground Almonds if bought ground, grind it a little more
  • 1 Cup Confectioners' Sugar
  • 2 Extra Large Egg Whites
  • 1/4 Cup Superfine Sugar
  • 1 tsp Wintergreen Extract

Filling

  • 4 Tbsp Butter softened
  • 2 oz Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate melted and cooled for 15 minutes
  • 1/2 Cup Confectioners' Sugar

Instructions

  • Process the ground almonds and confectioner's sugar in a food processor for one minute. Sift the mixture into a bowl.
  • Place the egg whites in a large bowl and whip until holding soft peaks. Gradually beat in the superfine sugar to make a firm, glossy meringue. Beat in the wintergreen extract and enough green food coloring to give a bright color.
  • Fold the almond mixture into the meringue one-third at a time. When all the dry ingredients are thoroughly incorporated, continue to cut and fold the mixture until it forms a shiny batter with a thick, ribbonlike consistency.
  • Pour the batter into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip. Pipe 32 small circles onto the baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Firmly tap the baking sheets to remove air bubbles. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 12 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes. Carefully peel the macaroons off the parchment paper and let cool until firm.
  • For the filling, mix sugar and butter and beat until smooth, Then fold in the melted chocolate.
  • Spread on one macaroon half and put the other half on top. A little bit of filling goes a long way!

Notes

Sources: Macaroons: 30 Recipes for Perfect Bite-Size Treats. Love Food. Paragon Books, 2011. 
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