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Chocolate Espresso Macarons

Recipe By Tessa Arias
May 20th, 2013
5 from 4 votes
5 from 4 votes

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

Yield: 12 macarons

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook: 1 hour 40 minutes

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.

We made macarons once in culinary school and I was surprised by how relatively relaxed my chef instructor was in regards to preparing them. With all the articles about macaron making, tips, tricks, and troubleshooting, it seemed like they were next to impossible to make. We didn’t sift the dry ingredients a dozen times, we didn’t age the egg whites, and we didn’t even let them “dry” before baking and they turned out just fine. Now, some of these extra steps and articles can be helpful or act as an insurance policy against macaron fails.
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What I took away most from making macarons in school was that they’re not as scary and impossibly high-maintenance as I thought. These particular Chocolate Espresso Macarons actually came into existence one day when I was home alone and kind of bored with a few hours to kill. Randomly the idea to make macarons popped into my head and luckily enough I had all the necessary ingredients. I didn’t have to plan anything out or read 10 macaron articles to have a fairly successful batch. My macarons might not look as flawless as the ones on the shelves of a French patisserie but hey, they’re pretty damn cute and more importantly, pretty damn delicious.

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5 from 4 votes

How to make
Chocolate Espresso Macarons

Yield: 12 macarons
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Chocolate Espresso Macarons are chewy, delicate, luscious, and completely crave-worthy. Perfection!



  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar

Espresso Chocolate Ganache:

  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature and cut into chunks


For the macarons:

  1. Line a baking sheet with high quality parchment paper or a silpat. Fit a large pastry bag with a 1/2-inch plain tip.
  2. Combine the powdered sugar, almond flour, cocoa powder, and salt in a food processor. Pulse several times to combine. Continue to process until the mixture is very fine, about 30 seconds. Sift with a fine strainer into a large bowl.
  3. Place the egg whites in the clean bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat until fluffy and white, about 1 to 2 minutes. Gradually add the sugar and continue beating until stiff shiny peaks form, about 1 to 2 minutes more. Do not overwhip.
  4. Fold the dry ingredients into the egg whites in three separate additions. Do not overmix. Fold just until there are no large lumps or white streaks left.
  5. Transfer the batter to the pastry bag. Pipe out 1 1/4-inch rounds about 1-inch apart onto the baking sheet. Rap the sheets against the counter until the macaron surfaces become flatter, helping to create the foot. Let the rounds sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, or until a matte skin forms on top of the macarons and they are no longer sticky to the touch. Meanwhile, arrange an oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350°F (if your oven runs hot, set it to 325°F).
  6. Bake for about 14 minutes, or until the macarons are smooth, firm, and dry with "feet," rotating the sheet halfway through. Do not overbake. Transfer the sheet to a cooling rack and cool completely.

For the ganache:

  1. Place the chocolate and espresso powder in a large bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until it just comes to a boil. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate. Let stand for one minute then add the butter and stir the mixture until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Chill the ganache until it is firmed but still spreadable, about 30 minutes.

To assemble:

  1. Match macarons of similar size. Place the ganache in a piping bag fitted with a plain tip. Pipe out about a teaspoon of ganache on the center of the macaron half. Top with the other macaron and press down gently. Repeat for remaining macarons. Store the macarons in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Macarons actually taste best the day after they're baked.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from The Messy Cook and Chow
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    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!

  2. #
    Tieghan — May 20, 2013 at 6:15 am

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

  3. #
    Gerry @ foodness gracious — May 20, 2013 at 6:42 am

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

  4. #
    Anusha — May 20, 2013 at 9:08 am

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

  5. #
    Rachel Cooks — May 20, 2013 at 10:21 am

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

  6. #
    claire (@realnutritioncg) — May 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Could these be any more beautiful? Love these Tessa!

  7. #
    Julia | — May 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm

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

  8. #
    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.

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

    Wowww.. .These look super perfect and delicious.. awesome photography too.. great job 🙂

  10. #
    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — May 21, 2013 at 9:04 am

    As always, these look so perfect and delicious!

  11. #
    Jenna — May 21, 2013 at 9:06 am

    The go long crew with thumb holes!

  12. #
    Rachel @ Bakerita — May 21, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Mmm, what a great macaron flavor combo! These look amazing. 🙂 Pinned!

  13. #
    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!

  14. #
    Diane (createdbydiane) — May 22, 2013 at 10:44 am

    so PERFECT!!!

  15. #
    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.

  16. #
    Pixie — August 13, 2014 at 8:26 pm

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

    • #
      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:

  17. # — 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.

  18. #
    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?

    • #
      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.

  19. #
    Shirley — July 26, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Does it need to be unsweetened cocoa powder?

  20. #
    Marieke — August 14, 2016 at 2:58 pm

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

    • #
      Tessa — August 14, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      Yay! Enjoy xo

  21. #
    Kris — January 21, 2018 at 2:15 am

    Made these with my 8 yr old Emma and they came out lovely.

  22. #
    Collier — December 31, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    I just finished making these. WOW! I love love how they came out (and I had never made macarons before!). I baked at 325 and took them out around 12 minutes and still felt they were overbaked. I would probably bake for only 10 minutes next time. However, everything else went perfectly! I did not have almond flour on hand and ended up grinding my own almonds, which worked well. Thanks for a great recipe! I will be using it again!

  23. #
    Louise — March 24, 2019 at 6:06 am

    I made these a couple of weeks ago and they came out perfect. A little too chocolaty for me, would probably use a different icing the next time.

  24. #
    Chloe — May 11, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    Does instant expresso powder work as well? If not what brand of expresso powder were used in particular?

  25. #
    Abby — July 26, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    Hi, love this recipe! How long do these stay good in the fridge for? Thanks!

  26. #
    Barbara — August 6, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    Helllppp!!! My Macaron not only cracked but didn’t get feet and it was dark around the edges:(
    I followed the recipe to the T………so I thought.
    I’m not sure how to get the perfect round smooth footed Macaron??
    My elevation is 3200 feet so I’m not sure if that has anything to do with it?
    Any help would be oh so appreciated:)
    I don’t feel right rating this because of my goof!!

  27. #
    Jennifer Wiseman — August 20, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    I’ve made this recipe lots of times and it always turns out great! Sometimes I make the ganache and sometimes I go with buttercream, but the cookies are “foolproof.” I’ve tried a Tasty recipe for macarons with mixed results. I would love if you would share more macaron recipes – maybe a basic vanilla one and some advice on coloring them! Thanks!

  28. #
    Kathleen Marie Fuierer — November 21, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    I am confused as to what you mean by “feet”?

    • #
      Tessa — November 23, 2020 at 4:32 pm

      Macaron “feet” refers to the ruffles around the edges of the bottom of the macaron!

  29. #
    Leslie Decker — January 27, 2021 at 11:43 am

    Absolutely delicious! I am not an expert baker and yet found this recipe very easy and they cam out perfect. Not overly sweet like most macarons with a grown up chocolate taste. Just perfect.

    • #
      Tessa — January 28, 2021 at 3:29 pm

      Hooray! This is wonderful!

  30. #
    Kiersten Kilczewski — February 14, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    LOVE this recipe. I was so nervous to try making macarons but this was actually super easy and they really did turn out perfectly! Would love to see more macaron recipes with different base flavor combos. I feel confident doing my own thing with the filling but would like some more tips for tweaks to change the base flavor!

    • #
      Tessa — February 15, 2021 at 3:15 pm

      I’m so glad you tried these macarons out!

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