By DessertForTwo, member
Posted: May 9th, 2011
Another scaled down recipe-macarons for two. With Nutella!
1 older egg white
1 tablespoon meringue powder
1/3 cup + 1 1/2 teaspoons almond meal
1/3 cup + 1/4 cup powdered sugar
6 teaspoons Nutella
Begin by bringing the egg white to room temperature.
Line a small half-sheet pan with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, sift together almond meal and powdered sugar.
In a medium bowl, beat the egg white with an electric mixer. Once frothy, slowly add the merginue powder while beating continuously.
Once the meringue has soft floppy peaks, stop beating. Then, in 3 increments, add in the the almond meal and powdered sugar. Gently fold it in using a spatula (scrape down the middle and sweep the sides carefully).
Once everything is well incorporated, scoop the mixture into a plastic bag or pastry bag. This is easier if the bag is inside a tall glass. Squeeze the mixture down to one side and snip the corner off of the bag.
Squeeze gently to make 12 perfectly round circles on the baking pan. Use your finger tip to gently press away any peaks.
Let the cookies sit at room temperature for 30-60 minutes before baking. Before the cookies go into the oven, they should appear dry. This takes longer on humid days. While waiting, preheat the oven to 300°.
Bake the cookies in the middle rack of the oven for 14-16 minutes. They are done when the tops are dry and they have risen up to reveal their ‘feet.’
Let cool on the baking sheet, then carefully remove them to a rack.
Spread 1 teaspoon of Nutella on 6 cookies, then press the 6 remaining cookies on top to make 6 sandwich cookies.