February 28, 2011

ReCPY: MOcarons

by Moto Yamamoto


My MO-obsession (baking with rice flour) has returned, and this time, it’s the MOcaron. Now that I know exactly what to do when it comes to macaron-making, substituting almond flour with other ingredients is not that hard. Having said that, I had no idea whether rice flour would work.

Since the first recipe I used to make macarons back in 2008, I’ve kept modifying it, and the best measurements I’ve found are:

4 egg whites (rested for about a day or two)
250 g powder sugar
140 g rice flour
1/4 cup of granulated sugar

Since I’ve covered the method repeatedly, I won’t bore you with it again. Refer to the Matcha Macaron post for my perfected method to make the batter.

I recently cleaned my oven so I could take good pictures of what happens while the macarons bake for ten minutes.

Minute Two:


Minute Three:


Minute Four:


Minute Five:


Minute Seven:


Rice flour seems to create higher leg than almond flour.

I made a simple chocolate ganache and it looks like a mini burger!  Aren’t they so cute?


Kayoko’s face right behind one of the MOcaron is very cute and appetizing don’t you think?

I also made another batch with green tea powder. Basically, I added one tablespoon of green tea powder to the above recipe to make a nice and subtle green color. For this one, I mixed Blue Hill‘s jam with a bit of whipped cream.



I should open a MOcaron shop. It’s far cheaper to use rice flour, plus almond flour gets staled pretty quickly because it has a lot oil in the nut, but rice flour is the same exact form for a long long time.

I love making macarons.


  • Anders
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    .. and we love you for making them. Please offer us one of your macarons when we gatecrash the big apple in May.

    One question: doesn’t the lack of almond make the taste of the macarons less…uhm… almondy/nutty/full?

  • Yamahomo
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I will make both almond and rice versions in May, and you can judge on your own.

  • yoko
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    I love the color combos you chose. The ones up top remind me of “Every Burger.”

    Anders – Where have you been?

  • tomo
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Can we buy these from you?! YUMMMM

  • Posted March 1, 2011 at 10:18 am


    The legs on those look totally awesome! :) I may have to try this…after I use the almond flour I just bought yesterday.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Posted March 3, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    This is so perfect! Thankyou! have been trying to find a good recipe for rice flour macarons to try for someone with nut allergies!

  • yamahomo
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Magpie, thanks for your comment. I’ve made bunch of rice flour versions, and found the best way is to use half rice flour and half kinako (roasted soy powder) which you can buy at Japanese grocery stores. Especially if you can score ones mixed with black sesame, that’ll add nice color as well. In this way, mocarons will keep its nutty flavor without having any nuts in it.

  • Gillian
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    I followed the recipe as best as i can, but it came out very thick. What can i do to make the batter thinner? I know this is going to sound like a stupid question but every other website i been on has a different thing to say about the eggs.. After the eggs are separated I refrigerate them for 48hrs or more, correct?

  • Moto
    Posted March 22, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Gillian, thanks for your comment. When I make mocarons, they are a lot thicker than regular macarons. I would say it’s more like “sticky” than thick in my opinion. Oh, about eggs, I leave them on kitchen counter for a couple of days, but I know there are professional pastry chefs who uses them right out of fridge. There are a lot of myths about macaron making.

  • Xuan
    Posted July 3, 2013 at 4:35 am

    HI yamahomo, Is this using sticky rice flour or non sticky rice flour?

  • Moto
    Posted July 3, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Hi Xuan, I don’t know where you live, but in the US, you can buy Mochiko, and it’s sticky rice flour.

  • Frances
    Posted December 21, 2013 at 4:52 am

    Very cool recipe. I’ve just been making Mac’s for about 3 months and love the
    Asian twist. I will be attempting to make these with Azuki filling. Hope it comes out like yours ! One question, do I still dry the cookies for 1 hour ?

  • Moto
    Posted December 21, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Frances, thanks for your comment. I always dry my mac for about an hour (or even longer until it doesn’t stick to finger), so yes, I leave them to dry. I know some people don’t do this process, but I believe this makes my mac a success every time.

  • Josephine
    Posted December 22, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    hi~!! thank u for this recipe. I’ve tried this recipe twice and I failed!! ahaha but what I found was that I couldn’t get the right consistency…it was very stiff. what is the problem? (and I folded it a lot of times!!)

  • Frances
    Posted January 10, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    I made them last night and filled it with Azuki paste. Mine does’t look quite like yours but it was YUMMY ! My family loved them !!! Thanks so much for this recipe its a keeper. :-)

  • Dawn
    Posted March 17, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Do you sell these or know of a place that does? I am desperately trying to find rice flour macarons for my daughters but free birthday. Thanks!

  • Posted June 2, 2014 at 12:25 am

    HI babe, moto. arigato for your recipe. Just curious to know the exact weight of your egg whites since differnet country will prob has different sizes of eggs.

  • Moto
    Posted June 4, 2014 at 4:40 pm


    Since these trials, I’ve searched around a better recipe and found one that yields the most success. The ratio is114 gram almond meal, 144 gram egg whites, 240 gram powder sugar, 72 gram sugar, and 2 gram salt.

  • Jeanie
    Posted April 5, 2017 at 1:01 am


    I’ve been desperate for trying few times but once I did your recipe I finally success. I love it. My macarons now has feet. Thank you so much :)

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