Thursday, May 2

Chocolate Cookie Dough Macarons




For the longest time I loved baking pies. Something about making homemade pastry and the rolling of the dough just speaks to me. They were probably my favorite thing to bake. That all changed last summer when I tried my hand at macarons for the first time.


I love macarons. I get such a feeling of accomplishment when they come out perfect, feet and all. They are fussy little cookies let me tell ya! Though not as scary and hard as everyone thinks. This month for the Leftovers Club, I thought it would be fun to make an American twist on the classic French cookie. What better way to do that then stuff it with an American favorite... chocolate chip cookie dough.


Now I know what you are thinking, raw cookie dough? Don't fret. There is no egg anywhere in the dough recipe. The great thing about this recipe is that it can be used as a frosting, filling, it can be chilled and rolled into balls as a cupcake topper, or just eat it straight up! The possibilities are endless. And how fun right? Cookie dough that you can safely eat!

For the macaron, I used my favorite easy no fail recipe that I used in my German Chocolate Macarons. It really works great for me every time.






Chocolate Cookie Dough Macarons
Recipe adapted from my German Chocolate Macarons which was adapted from  bon appetit 

Ingredients:

FOR THE MACARONS:
3 room temperature egg whites
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups powdered sugar
3 tbs coco powder
1 cup almond flour/meal

FOR THE COOKIE DOUGH:

1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2   cup brown sugar
1 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
2-3 tbs milk    

Directions:
In your electric mixer mix the egg whites until foamy. Slowly pour in the granulated sugar. Whip on high until stiff peaks form. 

In a large bowl sift together almond flour, coco, and confectioners sugar.

Using a rubber spatula carefully fold egg whites with your dry ingredients.

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silpat. Transfer cookie mixture into a large piping bag fitted with a 1m tip or larger. Pipe 1 1/2 inch circles onto your cookie sheets spacing them approximately 2 inches apart. Recipe should yield about 24 cookies.   


After you have finished piping the cookies out using a wet finger carefully smooth any bumps on the top out. Then give the cookie sheets a good whack on the counter. This removes any air bubbles that might have formed. 

Allow cookies to sit out on your counter for about an hour. Or until the tops have started to dry. 

Bake   at 325 on the center rack of your oven. The cookies are done when they have risen and formed a wider layer around the bottom (also called the feet) and they are dry and hard to the touch. Should take about 15 minutes. 

Allow cookies to cool at room temperature and remove from cookie sheets


FOR THE COOKIE DOUGH:

In a small sauce pan over medium add butter and brown sugar. Heat until it  has all melted and starts to boil. remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.

In the bowl of your electric mixer using the paddle attachment, mix butter and sugar mixture with salt and vanilla extract. Turn mixer to low and mix in your flour 1/2 cup at a time until the dough comes together. Mix in milk 1 tbs at a time until the cookie dough has the texture of frosting. Slightly sticky, thick but soft enough that you could pipe it. 

Refrigerate dough for one hour or until it stiffens up. 

Roll Dough into one inch balls and flatten in the palm of your hand.

Place dough in the center of two macaron cookies creating a sandwich. Enjoy :) 

Recipe yields about 1 dozen cookies.        
    
Check out The Leftovers Club, it's a super fun group of bloggers, just look at what everyone made this month! 



 
Savory Simple - Quinoa Energy Bars
The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen - Cashew Butter and Blackerry Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Dining with Dani - Pancakes and Bacon Cookies
Eats Well With Others - Salted Caramel Shortbread
Frugal Foodie Mama - Cookie Butter Pecan Bars
Let's Give Peas a Chance - Chocolate Stout Brownies
Budget Gourmet Mom - Crisp Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches
Sugar Dish Me - Strawberry Lemonade Loaf
Roxana's Home Baking  - Chocolate chip bars
O'Boy! Organic - Rhubarb Cake
Eat Bake Drink Cook - Everything Cookies
Healthy. Delicious. - Carrot Cake Granola
Souffle Bombay - Sweet & Spicy Pecans
The Spiced Life - Garam Masala Caramel Corn
Whey Beyond the Naked Truth - Chia Seed Protein Bites
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42 comments:

  1. Oh Carrie! These are gorgeous! I've been holding back making macarons for fear of failure...but I can't hold off any longer with these delicious beauties! Lovely!

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    1. Thanks Carol! Don't hold back... make them!

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  2. These are seriously beautiful. I am terrified of macarons. But! You are a lifesaver! My son's birthday is today and we are having a big family party this weekend and he asked me for a cookie dough cake! I'll be borrowing your safe cookie dough for sure!

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    1. Thanks Heather! Did you see Carla's cake on Chocolate Moosey? Awesome chocolate chip cake...

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    2. Oh hey that's me ;) Thanks for the shout out, Carrie!

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    3. I will be seeking that out :) Thanks!!

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  3. I've never made macarons because of the fear factor. You know what I love about this recipe? You used volume, rather than weight. Weight measures are always so intimidating to me! I cannot WAIT to make these!

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    1. Thanks Jen! I own a scale but hate using it. I was told once that my macarons will not come out if I do not weigh all of my ingredients.... well I've made hundreds of them in the past year with no issues! If you measure correctly volume works just fine ;)

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  4. I still haven't tried to make a macaron but these with cookie dough make me want to try it out.

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    1. Oh try them Meagan! They are the best!

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  5. True story- I can't make a macaron to save my life.. LOL.. These look amazing, please mail me some. :)

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    1. Yes you can! I believe in you ;) Try again....

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  6. these are beautiful! I need to try to make macarons again! I would LOVE these!!

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    1. Thanks Alaina! You really do need to try making them ;)

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  7. These look incredible, Carrie! Love the chocolate-cookie dough combo.

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  8. These look seriously addictive and delicious, Carrie!

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  9. I have to retry making macarons just to get them visually right. I actually thought about doing a cookie dough version but ended up doing Funfetti as my first ever attempt. Now I definitely have to try these!

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    1. great minds think alike! I wanted to either do a "cake batter" or funfetti version next.

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  10. I'm super impressed at your macs! And that you dared to put them in the mail. That cookie dough filling is genius.

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  11. What type of brown sugar do you use? Thanks!

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  12. UGH, YESSSSS. This is like, the bestest thing EVER, Carrie. Seriously dying over their adorableness and deliciousness.

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  13. I have made macarons twice now. Both times they looked perfect - feet and all no cracks. But totally hollow!! I won't give up though. Yours look perfect!!

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  14. Your macarons look so perfect! And mmm I love cookie dough. I've never tried making macarons, mainly because everyone has me so scared that they will fail. Maybe before the end of this year...

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  15. Carrie these are adorable! I have to say that the first time I got a whole tray of macaron shells to have little feet, I squealed with delight! [I had gotten one or two feet on the first batch I ever made and considered that a success!] While I have to congratulate you on your macaronage, I also need to shake my head at you because cookie dough is my Achilles heel. I don't even care about raw eggs, but now that you've made it safe... well, let's just say I'm mad at you for what you're about to do to my hips! ;)

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  16. I'm so jealous I can't stand it! GORGEOUS macarons with the best idea in fillings EVER!

    I still haven't been gutsy enough to to risk failure and try making them. It's still on my bucket list, though!

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  17. Yes, yes, yes and yes! I just got ridiculously excited. Yank Meets French: I love it. These look phenomenal!

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  18. I love these! Next time I make macarons I'm totally adding cookie dough as my filling, especially since I've always been guilty of eating raw dough anyway (with or without the egg ;-) )

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  19. I am not a huge macaron fan, but this flavor combo might be the recipe to convince me otherwise. Yum!

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  20. OMG. Just saw this post, and I am in major love. You're such a genius it's not even funny.

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  21. Oh my goodness, I'm in love with these! These look addicting ;)

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  22. I am very impressed that you made macarons for this event. I have only tried a couple of times and they are super difficult!!

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  23. oh my gosh. Can I put an order in!?!?!?

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  24. I love it! Thanks for recipe :)

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  25. Wow! Finally got the the end of TLC list today - these look crazy good!

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  26. Dear Bakeaholic mama, we made these and they came out with perfect feet, no cracks, and they weren't even hollow! we were so scared to make these and they were giving us nightmares where the cookies would eat us. One day after a great day of yoga and play time with the "kids", we decided to make your beautiful cookies. After some "margaritas", we finally we got the courage to make these. We got "crazy" we didn't even measure anything!!! WE JUST WENT COMPLETELY CRAZY AND SET SOME ON FIRE BUT THEY WERE STILL BEAUTIFUL. THANK YOU FOR GIVING US THE COURAGE. YOU SAVED US CORAL! WE NO LONGER LIVE IN "FEAR". AFTER 20 6 HOUR SESSIONS WITH OUR SHRINK WE DECIDED TO GET MARRIED AFTER GAY MARRIAGE BECAME LEGAL IN CALIFORNIA AND WE MAKE THESE EVERY MORNING FOR BREAKFAST WITH OUR ADORABLE "KIDS" AND SEVEN CORGIES. SOMETIMES WE LET THEM EAT THE RAW BATTER BUT ITS OKAY THEY LIKE IT. THANK YOU FOR CHANGING OUR LIVES CORAL. WE SERVED THESE AT OUR WEDDING IN INDIA AND PUT YOUR NAME ON THE ALTAR. WE LOVE YOU "CORAL"- LOVE, DORIS AND NAGIA

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  27. I hear in some recipes that the oven needs to be slightly ajar when baking the macarons to avoid burning, is this necessarily the case for these particular macarons?

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  28. Hi! I featured your recipe in my Valentine’s on a Dime Dinner post! It’s linked up and credit included! Come check it out sometime!
    http://thehappyidiot.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/valentines-on-a-dime-part-ii-valentines-dinner/

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  30. The cookie dough filling came out tasting very much so like flour :( Any suggestions as to what went wrong?

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