Chocolate Espresso Macarons

Yield: 12 macarons

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook: 1 hour 40 minutes

Chocolate Espresso Macarons are chewy, delicate, luscious, and completely crave-worthy. Perfection!

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Ultra rich with chocolate flavor and a taste of espresso. Such a wonderful flavor combination.
Texture: Chewy, delicate, luscious, and completely crave-worthy.
Ease: Not as impossible as some people make you think but it’s still a challenge to get these absolutely perfect.
Appearance: My super fine strainer was dirty so I got lazy and used my not-so-fine strainer which I think led to my macarons being slightly lumpy in appearance. However they tasted perfect and had a great texture they just didn’t look perfect.
Pros: The best way to satisfy that macaron craving and you can’t help but feel a little proud and accomplished when your macarons have feet!
Cons: Macarons have almost no room for error.
Would I make this again? Yes.

23 Responses to “Chocolate Espresso Macarons”

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    Diane @ Vintage Zest — May 20, 2013 at 5:37 am

    These look great! I just went to France last month and tried a bunch of Macarons. I have to say that I think some certain famous places overdried them, or maybe we got a bad batch. In any case, I didn’t know about that step except that my friend (a macaron expert!) was telling me about it.

    Thanks for awesome recipe!

    http://vintagezest.blogspot.com/2013/04/paris-part-2-i-paris-in-springtime_12.html

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    Tieghan — May 20, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Oh my gosh! Girl those look perfect!! Wow!

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    Gerry @ foodness gracious — May 20, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Awesome, I love the flavors you chose and want some for Breakfast immediately!!

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    Anusha — May 20, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Looks swell these macaroons and i must say it just takes one to chocolate heaven!!

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    Rachel Cooks — May 20, 2013 at 10:21 am

    These are perfect! They are on my bucket list for sure.

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    claire (@realnutritioncg) — May 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Could these be any more beautiful? Love these Tessa!

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    Julia | JuliasAlbum.com — May 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    These are very pretty macarons, and I love espresso flavor! Pinned!

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    ashley - baker by nature — May 20, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Tessa, I want these! Like… now. So pretty and I LOVE that they have espresso.

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    Hari Chandana — May 20, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Wowww.. .These look super perfect and delicious.. awesome photography too.. great job ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — May 21, 2013 at 9:04 am

    As always, these look so perfect and delicious!

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    Jenna — May 21, 2013 at 9:06 am

    The go long crew with thumb holes!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — May 21, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Mmm, what a great macaron flavor combo! These look amazing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Pinned!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 22, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Can you believe I’ve never made macarons before? I think I’m too scared of an epic fail in the kitchen. Oh well, definitely want to give these a try!

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    Diane (createdbydiane) — May 22, 2013 at 10:44 am

    so PERFECT!!!

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    Macaron Perfectionist — May 23, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    I didn’t go to culinary school, but I do sift (once), age my egg whites, and “dry” the piped macarons before baking. They come out beautifully smooth and shiny like buttons rather than cracked, discolored, and lumpy. I also use Italian meringue, which may aid the shininess. You can see the difference at my linked pictures, even though the pictures are just taken with a camera phone and bad lighting.

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    Pixie — August 13, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    My son is allergic to nuts, what can I substitute for the almond flour?

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      Tessa — August 13, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      Almond flour is fairly ubiquitous in macaron recipes, however I’ve heard that ground toasted pumpkin seeds works well. I’ve never tried it personally but here’s a recipe from another blogger that might help: http://bravetart.com/recipes/NutFreeMacaronsGF

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    ThymeToBake.com — August 30, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    These look delicious, especially with the thick, glossy cream ganache! I didn’t think the lumpy appearance made that much of a differnece; however, would you recommend sifting a bit more, even with a not-so-fine strainer, to get rid of the lumps? I have read a few macaron recipes that recommended sifting the mixture (after pulsing in a food processor) for at least two minutes non-stop; many stated that this made a huge difference in getting rid of any lumps.

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    Lily — November 24, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I noticed that in your recipe you use granulated sugar, while almost all of the other recipes I’ve looked at for macarons used caster sugar. I haven’t been able to find caster sugar anywhere in the U.S. and I’ve heard that it is only sold from one or two places. Can I substitute it with granulated or will they turn out differently?

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      Tessa — November 24, 2014 at 11:44 am

      I can’t speak for other recipes, but I know that granulated sugar worked beautifully in this recipe.

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    Shirley — July 26, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Does it need to be unsweetened cocoa powder?

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    Marieke — August 14, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    I baked these today and they turned out perfect and look amazing! Thanks so much!

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      Tessa — August 14, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      Yay! Enjoy xo

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