– [Natasha] Hey! It’s Natasha
of natashaskitchen.com I’m going to show you how to
make heart shaped macarons with a lemon buttercream and
they’re easier than you think! Get ready to impress your friends! Macarons are one of the few recipes where you really have to
weigh out the ingredients. Start out with 70 grams of almond flour, and 120 grams of powdered sugar. Combine those in a food
processor pulse a couple of times then process for about
a minute and a half. (fun upbeat music) Sift your ingredients
and discard any solids that stay behind in the sieve. Beat two room temperature
egg whites in a large bowl until they are foamy. Then gradually add a quarter cup of sugar increase to high speed and beat another two and a half minutes or until you have stiff glossy peaks. Add a one inch strip of
red gel food coloring then fold just until it’s incorporated. Add the entire amount of your
sifted almond flour mixture this is the folding technique that has always worked really well for me. I scrape my spatula around the bowl and then cut through the center. Around and cut through the center! Repeat this for 35 to 40 complete strokes until the batter flows like lava and a thick ribbon forms as
it flows off the spatula. That looks exactly right! Prepare two baking sheets
by lining with parchment or silicone liners, and place
the heart shaped template underneath to guide you. I created these just for you, and I’ll have a link to a free
printable in the notes below. Use a large pastry bag fitted with a 3/8 inch large round tip. Transfer all of your
macaron batter into the bag and start piping those hearts! You’ll get the hang of it in no time. Do your best to stay
inside the heart template, but remember it doesn’t
have to be perfect. Pipe from the top left, then the top right pulling down towards the
center to create a heart shape. Now add your favorite sprinkles! Tap each baking sheet firmly
against the counter 15-20 times to release any air bubbles. Poke any obvious remaining
bubbles with a toothpick. Preheat the oven to
300 degrees Fahrenheit, and let the cookies sit at
room temperature 30 minutes or until they’re no longer
sticky to the touch. Then bake one sheet at a
time for 12-15 minutes. While the cookies cool to room temperature on the baking sheets
we’re going to work on that lemon buttercream frosting. Put six tablespoons of
softened unsalted butter in a large mixing bowl. Cream the butter on high
speed for two minutes then add one and a half
cups of powdered sugar half a cup at a time and
stirring between each addition so that you don’t end up in a
big cloud of powdered sugar. Also, add 1/8 of a teaspoon of salt. Once all the sugar is incorporated
increase to high speed and beat for two minutes. Finally add two tablespoons
of fresh lemon juice and beat on high speed for another minute or until it’s whipped and fluffy. Transfer the buttercream to
the same clean pastry bag fitted with the round tip. Yeah, you’ll want to lick
the spatula when you’re done, and maybe the bowl although
I’m not admitting to anything! Flip over half of your macaron
cookies and frost generously! You see how I’m piping kind
of in a heart shaped motion? That’ll make the cookies extra pretty when you sandwich them together! Oh, they’re done! And these were so much fun to make. Normally you’d want to let
these rest for a day or so because the shell gets
softened by the cream, it absorbs some of that cream
and they’re just phenomenal! But the cook has to have her sample (laughs) So I’m just going to try one of these out Here we go. (moans) Wow! I love that sweet nutty shell. And you can really taste
the little bit of salt in the buttercream frosting. And that little zing of lemon juice, wow! These are a must try. And they’re really easier than you think. I hope you guys enjoyed this recipe if you did give me a
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to our YouTube channel. And, thanks for watching! These are such a treat for Valentines Day! And, hey, before you go make sure to check out our
raspberry macaroon recipe. They are raspberries from top to bottom and they are phenonemal!