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Classic French Macarons with Homemade Nutella Filling

These tasty Classic French Macarons are made ever so slightly healthier with a homemade Nutella center. Crispy. Dainty. Delicious

Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Keyword Classic French Macarons with Homemade Nutella Filling
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 25
Calories 170 kcal
Author Yvonne


For the macarons

  • 2/3 c. almond flour
  • 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 3 large egg whites room temperature
  • 5 tbsp. granulated organic sugar
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • pinch of salt

For the Homemade Nutella filling

  • 1 c. hazelnuts skinned and roasted
  • 3 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. raw cacao powder


For the macarons

  1. Preheat oven to 300F degrees.   

  2. Sift together almond flour and powdered sugar; removing the larger lumps of almond pieces. Discard those, you want a really fine powder mixture to create a smooth and pretty on top to your cookie. 

  3. Beat egg whites until foamy, then add salt, cream of tartar and white sugar for 6-10 mins. Whip until peaks form that stands upright.

  4. Fold flour/powdered sugar mixture into the egg white mixture. Be careful, if you under mix your macarons they will be lumpy and cracked when they bake and they won’t have feet. If you over mix, your macarons will be flat and won’t have feet (the mark of a well-made macaron). A good measure is 65-75 turns of your spatula when folding.

  5. Transfer batter to a pastry bag. Pipe out 1 inch rounds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Tap the pan hard at least 2-3 times to release the air bubbles. This will prevent the tops of your macarons from cracking. 

  6. Let them sit out for 20-30 mins, or even up to an hour if you want. This will allow them time to dry out a bit. They should be “tacky” to the touch, but not stick to your fingertips. This is another important step to assuring your macarons develop feet! When they dry out they can’t spread out in the oven, and are forced to rise up, which is what creates the feet. 

  7. Bake for 20 mins. Meanwhile mix the filling.

For the Homemade Nutella Filling

  1. In a food processor, blend hazelnuts until creamy. 

  2. Then add the maple syrup and cacao and blend again.

  3. Transfer to a pastry bag, fitted with a small tip (about ¼ ” in diameter) Reverse cookie shells on their backs, and pipe a small mound of filling on one of them.

  4. Top with the other shell and you have your French Macaron!

Recipe Notes

Whatever you do: DO NOT UNDER BAKE, even if they look done! Otherwise they will stick to your tray. You will also want to avoid opening the oven door while baking.

Adapted from Hot Chocolate French Macarons

Nutrition Facts
Classic French Macarons with Homemade Nutella Filling
Amount Per Serving
Calories 170 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 92mg3%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.