So, let’s set the record straight: Macaroons and Macarons are not the same thing. Macaroons are a slightly sticky coconutty treat while Macarons are that delightful French treat. This is a recipe for the French treat that almost melts in your mouth : Mocha Macarons.
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup almond flour or almond meal
3 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1 tbsp Coffee grounds
3 large egg whites, at room temperature
Pinch cream of tartar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips ( we used Toll house dark chips)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp room temp. coffee
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/4 stick), at room temperature and cut into cubes
Directions for the Ganache
-Place the dark chocolate chips in a large bowl.
-Warm the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until it just begins to boil.
-Stir it into the chocolate without creating bubbles.
-Let sit for 1 minute. Add butter…. Stir until smooth.
-Chill in the refrigerator (about 30 minutes) until thickened but still spreadable.
You will need a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch tip. If you don’t have one, you can either spoon round dollops of batter onto the baking sheet or make a pastry bag by snipping off one corner of a large resealable plastic freezer bag.
-Preheat oven to 350°F.
-Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
-Put powdered sugar, almond flour, coffee grounds, cocoa powder, and salt in a food processor pulsing several times. Continue for about 30 seconds or pulse until the ingredients are fine and well combined.
-Using a flour sifter, sift the above ingredients into a large bowl. Set aside.
Meringue recipe :
– Place the 3 egg whites in the clean bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Beat on medium speed until opaque and foamy, about 30 seconds. Now add a pinch of cream of tartar, increase the speed to medium high, continue to beat until the egg whites are white in color and hold the line of the whisk, about 1 minute.
-Continue to beat, slowly adding the granulated sugar, until the sugar is combined, the peaks are stiff, and the whites are shiny, about 1 minute more. Do not over whip. Transfer the meringue to a large bowl.
-Take a rubber spatula, and now gently fold the dry mixture with the egg whites in four different scoops until the dry ingredients are just combined.
-Bake cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until firm to touch in center and dry and cracked on top, about 7 minutes…. pull the pan out and then rotate and bake for another 7 minutes.
-IMPORTANT Slide parchment with cookies onto work surface; cool cookies. Repeat with remaining batter, cooling sheets completely and lining with clean parchment for each batch.
I love cooking at home! It lets me know exactly what my family is eating and I can make pretty much anything that you see in a store or restaurant. Copycat Sauces & Seasonings allow you to surprise your family with a treat that is actually a fraction of the cost of dining out!
We rounded up a few of our favorites for you that are sure to treat your taste buds.
12 Copycat Sauces & Seasonings
- Copycat Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix ~Simplee Thrifty
- Red Robin Seasoning ~Love to be in the Kitchen
- Copycat Homemade A1 Steak Sauce Recipe ~Thrifty DIY Diva
- Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sauce ~Just 2 Sisters
- Make Seasoning Salt Lawrys Copycat Recipe ~Thrifty Jinxy
- Copycat La Bou Dill Dressing Recipe ~Mommy Enterprises
- Chicken Fettuccine Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce ~Adventures in Coupons
- Copycat Raising Canes Chicken Fingers Dipping Sauce ~Thrifty DIY Diva
- Penne Alla Vodka Sauce ~Skinny Kitchen
- Café Rio Style Creamy Tomatillo Salad Dressing ~Kalyn’s Kitchen
- Copycat Olive Garden Spaghetti Sauce Recipe ~Thrifty DIY Diva
- Copycat Spicy Garlic Chicken Wing Sauce ~Around My Family Table
What are your favorite copycat recipes? Please share!
Waste not, want not is a common phrase we all grew up hearing and trying to live by. It is definitely possible to get the most out of your groceries when you follow some simple tips. Here are just a few of the many ways to get more bang for your buck.
Be prepared. It’s super important to have a supply of freezer bags, plastic containers, and ample space in your freezer. It takes no time at all to get those leftovers and extra meals ready to go for another time.
Freeze leftovers. Now that you are stocked up on supplies, prep the leftovers into individual servings for next day or next week’s lunches.
But local and fresh. Whenever possible, buy your produce locally at the supermarket or a farmer’s market only one to three days before using. They are fresher, last longer, and taste better.
Buy in bulk. When your favorite pantry items go on sale stock up and save. If you have the room, double up and go back for that extra savings. Careful with dairy and deli items since they won’t last as long as canned and boxed goods.
Stay organized. Speaking of your fridge and pantry, keep it organized so you always have a good idea of what you have on hand. This makes your shopping list easier to make and to stick to.
Don’t overbuy. Whatever you do, don’t go shopping on an empty stomach. Make that list, get coupons ready, and stick to it as best as you can. Try to stay away from the end aisles of the store too. They are packed with promotions that usually aren’t needed.
Save it. When making homemade soups and stews, make sure you are saving and freezing any leftover stock. Using ice cube trays is a great and easy way to freeze it and have available for future recipes. This is especially helpful when boiling chicken or beef. Save that wonderful stock.
Share. If you are making a big Sunday dinner and have too many leftovers, share with friends and neighbors because you never know when the doorbell will ring with dinner for you.
My name is Dannelle:
I started this site in 2010 when I was starting my mission to save $40,000 and we did it in less than a year! I now share ideas to help other families save money where they can, so they can splurge where they want!
They can pay off credit cards, home loans, bills or put money away for retirement and kid’s college funds. Simple, Small Steps really DO add up!
I am a professional chef who used to have a restaurant and catering company…that is why you see me affiliated with the Blogger Recipe Challenge group – it’s a natural tie in to how you can save money by simple meal
planning. I also am an Editor for Wisconsin Parent and write for Road Trips For Families.
Being savvy in the kitchen means I am a brand ambassador for several different companies. You will see a lot of product reviews and honest opinions…I tell you what we really do, or don’t like!
Besides writing, I am very active in my church, our local Homeless Ministry, a big supporter of food pantries, shuttle my daughter around to lots of activities, am a craft junkie and lecture on various money saving topics.
I often hear “How can you do all that you do?”
Easy, I have great people that I work with!
They help out behind the scenes to make all the great deals, coupon match ups, fun projects, neat reviews and more pop out every day. I literally couldn’t do it without them
She is mommy to two adorable little girls and a fellow frugalista.
I actually met her at one of my classes and kept running into her at different family friendly events.
(It was like having this really cool stalker!)
She is in charge of our Favado match ups — the goddess of HyVee! She also helps with product reviews, her and her kilt wearing hubby.
She has a great sense of humor (I asked for a picture and got this back), is married to a guy who proudly wears a kilt, and does very cool projects with her girls. You will see reviews on items for younger children from her.
She’s mom to 3 cool kiddos and helps with product reviews and giveaways!
She LOVES to cook, because making meals for your family is like love on a plate. Often found doing “once a month cooking” or batch cooking “freezer meals”, that is actually how we met. We were in a meal swap and kids play group together and just hit it off.
She fills out my weak links. I usually only shop Amazon, Restaurant.com or Kohls.com and am oblivious to the world of Internet shopping. She scopes out a lot of the great bargains that are out there and brings them to us Monday – Thursday.
I don’t know about you, but she has helped me find a few things that were on my wish list – at an amazing price! She also helps keep things like Pinterest organized for me and more … she’s the wiz of the keyboard and makes me the envy of some blogger friends with her on my team.
This lady is a military wife and momma to 4 boys under the age of 8. You will see her working on the “weekend fun” list (it’s coming bakc) and also product reviews. Seriously, if her boys can’t break it, it must be a great product, LOL!
She also has a passion for photography, so she often plays with her camera and collecting all of those great childhood memories on film.
You may remember Klauer’s Review? That was her and we are happy to have her back doing reviews, but on our team.
Meet Miss Sarah:
She is our official 8 year old toy tester!
She also has a goofy food allergy so she can’t eat fresh fruits or vegetables…so we love trying new things that lets her add those to her diet. So far she has tried/reviewed:
Fruit Squish’ems, Outshine Bars, Fruchi, Z Bars, Enjoy Life Sancks, Pure Pantry and more!
Did we mention that she does modeling and radio/tv commercials too?
( I know, those big green eyes just pop out! )
Miss Sarah also helps with toy reviews for my Wisconsin Parent articles and TV segments…it’s a rough job, but she constantly lets me know that she is up to the task!
Her current favorites are animated movies, anything from Frozen and My Little Ponies…at least that is true this week.
We are VERY PR friendly, love reviewing products and playing in the kitchen. If you wish to know more, just send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
After being on the road for all of August and part of September, I have a ton of travel reviews and features that I need to write. That means I get to chain myself to the laptop for the next few days, lol!
We saw incredible properties, experienced really cool things, and gave Miss Sarah a lot of great memories.
Then of course there are my duties as senior editor for Wisconsin Parent, like getting the holiday toy guide ready for next month and a feature in November about what gifts you can buy that have great philanthropy attached… And their coordinating TV segments.
Oh yeah…I need to get a new personal assistant! (more information will be coming out about that next week)
Bacon is the magic word this month for our recipe group and that means 10 fun recipes with bacon, and a few even use the bacon grease. After all, bacon is the candy of meats, right?
We have a LOT of giveaways happening right now too … and some really fun things with the International Kids Expo follow up.
Giddy up everybody, its going to be a fun ride!