In most instructions for French macarons, you mix dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in another. Then you fold them together.


  • Almond flour
  • Powdered sugar


  • Egg whites
  • granulated sugar

My questions are:

  1. Why it needs two types of sugar?
  2. Are both types critical to the overall texture/taste of the macaron shell?
  3. can I forgo one of them, say the granulated sugar when beating the egg whites, to make the recipe simpler?
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    could you include the recipe you are following (or a link to said recipe)?
    – Cos Callis
    Aug 19, 2018 at 23:50

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As this answer was originally downvoted for not being helpful answering all 3 questions in that one single question separately:

  1. a. Powdered sugar contains additives to ensure it doesn't re-crystallize into a big hard rock of sugar under normal atmospheric conditions and only using that one would give the macarons a powdery taste.
    b. Using granulated sugar only would change the texture of the macaron as all of the sugar cannot be dissolved in the egg withes.
  2. a. Yes: the undissolved powdered sugar gives the macaron its stickly sweet taste while munching
    b. the dissolved granulated sugar gives it it's first hit of taste while biting down.
  3. Making macarons is as much Black Magic as it's a science: even when carefully measuring everything and doing things perfectly, they sometimes don't turn out perfectly, so:

No! Please! Don't change anything!

  • I see many drive-by downvotes, but no alternate answer... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    – Fabby
    Aug 20, 2018 at 20:56
  • Downvote retracted. I'm not very enamoured with the 3rd item, but people should have a bit of artistic freedom ;) Aug 21, 2018 at 5:04
  • @WillemvanRumpt :-) ;-) :-)
    – Fabby
    Aug 21, 2018 at 22:06

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