Chocolate Peanut Butter Macarons

I like referring to these Chocolate Peanut Butter Macarons as Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups à la française, because that’s exactly what they taste like. Definitely on the richer side of the macaron spectrum, they’re every bit as gooey and delicious as they sound and look.I’ve been overly obsessed with these beautiful little pastries lately.

There are several good bakeries and pastry shops selling Macarons in Los Angeles, but I’m on a mission to learn and master making my own. My only previous attempt at baking plain macarons was only semi-successful; both batches had “feet”, but one came out too flat and the other had cracked caps.

What do “feet” have to do with macarons, you ask?
Joe, from Joe Pastry, describes them as “the rough, uneven bits on either side of the filling, a factor of the macaron’s rising, and an emblem of both skill and cultural awareness”. Feeling the pressure yet? Don’t worry. Focus on reading up on technique and watching a few videos. The rest is, like with anything else, all about practice.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Macarons 2-in-1

These little babies, although still not esthetically perfect, are definitely a sign that I’m on the right track. And, in case you were wondering, the flavors were all there. Needless to say, I’m feeling more confident in my abilities and have high hopes for future attempts.
On a side note, as I was assembling the macarons, it occurred to me that being the Nutella aficionado that I am, I was committing treason by using a peanut butter filling. Very guiltily, but at that point a day late and a dollar short, I spread Nutella on my last two macarons. The Nutella itself is too thick and doesn’t, in my humble opinion, pair well with the texture of the macaron. That said, a nice Nutella mousse would have probably been amazing.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Macarons

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