Almond meringues with buttercream filling

I’m not allowed to make these anymore. Not for a while at least because I am incapable of restraining myself. My mother-in-law brought me a batch which I promptly ate within a few days. Then the batch I made disappeared just as quickly. My efforts to thwart my addiction by putting them in the freezer failed since they can nearly be eaten straight from there. Gluten-free and utterly tasty, I love the chewy almond-laced meringue that sandwiches the contrastingly smooth, buttery filling.

There are several recipes in Swedish baking that call for ground almonds and there is a special almond grinder, or mandelkvarn, that many Swedish cooks have at home. But it’s not a given that you need one. My zyliss parmesan grater produced the same fluffy consistency. Perhaps a food processor with the right grinder blade would work as well but since little bits of whatever I’m trying to slice or grate always get trapped between the lid and blade of my food processor I’m sticking with the official mandelkvarn.

You can use cream of tartar or lemon juice to help stabilize the egg whites but it’s not necessary, especially if you have a copper bowl to whip them in. The buttercream filling calls for vanilla sugar. Substituting vanilla extract would dull the color so I recommend plain powdered sugar if you don’t have vanilla sugar. Keep the finished meringues in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. And best of luck to you in not eating the whole batch yourself.

Almond meringues with buttercream filling
makes about 40 meringue halves

For the meringues
4 egg whites at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar or lemon juice (optional)
7 ounces (200g) almonds (not bitter almonds), ground
2 cups (300g) powdered sugar

For the buttercream filling
10 tablespoons (140g) butter, room temperature
1 egg yolk at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla sugar or powdered sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).

2. Using a nut or parmesan grater, grind the almonds and whisk them in a large bowl with the 2 cups (300g) of powdered sugar.

3. Whip the egg whites and cream of tartar (if using) until they form stiff peaks. Gently fold them into the almond and powdered sugar mixture until everything is well incorporated.

4. Drop teaspoons of batter onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. If the egg whites were whipped successfully the meringues won’t spread much but do keep a bit of space between each one. Bake in the lower portion of the oven for 8-10 minutes until the meringues are lightly golden. Once you remove them from the oven, loosen the meringues with a spatula after a couple of minutes otherwise they will unforgivingly stick to the parchment paper.

5. While the meringues are baking, mix the ingredients for the buttercream filling until smooth.

6. Once the meringues are completely cooled, spread a layer of the buttercream filling onto the bottom of one meringue and sandwich it with another meringue. Keep the finished cookies in the refrigerator or freezer.

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Author:mbnilsson

I'm an American immigrant to Sweden as of 2008. My blog is for people who like food, Scandinavia, or just think Swedes are hot.

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13 Comments on “Almond meringues with buttercream filling”

  1. Debbie
    March 7, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    That’s macarons! But the fact that you grind yourself the almonds makes the meringues less smooth.
    By the way, thanks for your blog: I love it!

    • March 7, 2012 at 9:41 am #

      It felt a little odd calling them macarons since the consistency is so different. It’s like they are the macarons rougher country cousins. 🙂 Glad you are enjoying the blog. I’m having a lot of fun doing it!

  2. March 7, 2012 at 3:50 am #

    My mouth really watered when I read your title!
    Thank you for this!

    • March 7, 2012 at 9:42 am #

      You’re welcome! They are really so addictive. They make my mouth water too. 🙂

  3. March 7, 2012 at 7:24 am #

    Very nice pictures and a type of cookie/pastry (it actually seems like a mixture of both!!) I have not been familiar with. This looks very tasty!

    • March 7, 2012 at 9:44 am #

      Thank you for the nice compliment. I hadn’t tried them before either but now I am definitely hooked.

  4. March 7, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    Those are so pretty! Really rustic looking – in a really good way. I love this 😀

    • March 7, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

      Thanks. Always nice to see you “pop in” to the site. 🙂

  5. Kathrine
    March 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    I just had t make them, and what can I say. They are dangerous…..but I think I’ll have just one more, or perhaps two..

    • March 7, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

      Uh oh. Another addict! Thanks for taking the time to let me know you are enjoying them too. I found that even trying to hide them in the back of the freezer didn’t help. I was willing to dig….every time. Enjoy!

  6. March 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    Beautiful Meringues. Must be delicious I must try it

  7. Caryn
    March 16, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    I first tried these when a Swedish friend brought them for our Thanksgiving potluck. She left what was not consumed by the group and I finished them by myself over the weekend. I’m so glad to now have the recipe to try making them myself. I think she also dipped some in chocolate, which was also irresistible. Thank you!

    • March 16, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

      You’re welcome. I can see the chocolate going over well. I am really trying to keep myself from making these a third time because I am still addicted to them. 🙂

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