Monday, December 8

Macaron Christmas Trees



I had a post all ready to go for some holiday themed macarons, however I was not paying attention to the cookies as they baked, we all know how temperamental they can be. And I forgot to rotate the baking trays half way through the bake time, causing most of them to rise unevenly, and a few cracked tops. The texture and taste was still perfection... they were just a tad ugly with imperfect feet. 


What's a mom to do on a lazy Sunday with three kids and a batch of ugly macarons? Give them to the kids to have fun with!

I just happened to have a couple of containers of my favorite store bought frosting made by Dollop. Dollop was created and owned by one of my favorite east coast bakers. Heather Saffer. For those of you not familiar with her work, Heather won Cupcake wars a couple years back and went on to write a book about gourmet frostings. If you remember, I wrote a post about it last year.

This frosting is GMO free,  soy free, gluten free, vegan and tastes 100x better than any other store bought frosting. It's great to have on hand for those quick desserts, or kid friendly treats.

Macaron Christmas Trees
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart's Parisian Macarons

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/4 cups plus 1 teaspoon confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) almond meal
  • 6 tablespoons aged egg whites (from about 3 extra-large eggs)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • few drops of green food coloring
  • Your favorite vanilla frosting (I used Dollop's Madagascar Vanilla) 
  • Sprinkles
  • Gold sparkling sugar
  • Star shortbread cookies (Found at Trader Joe's) 
  • Toothpicks 

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 350.

Whisk together almond meal and confectioners sugar. Run through a fine sieve to remove any lumps or large almond pieces.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whip egg whites until white and foamy. Increase speed to high and gradually pour in granulated sugar. Until you have stiff peaks and it is shiny. About 15 minutes.

- With a rubber spatula gently fold in almond/confectioners sugar mixture into the egg whites.

- Line 4 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat. Pipe 4 sizes of circles onto sheets. I did 2, 1.5, 1, and 3/4 of an inch circles. If you get little tips at the top of each piped cookie. Dab your finger in water and carefully wipe/pat it down.

- Sprinkle the tops of the smallest cookies with gold sugar.  

- Give the cookie sheets a gentle tap to remove any air bubbles.

- Allow cookies to sit at room temperature before baking for at least 30 minutes if not 60.

-Place cookies in the oven with the door slightly ajar. I place a wooden spoon in the door so it can't close all the way. Bake the cookies for about 7 minutes, rotate sheets and bake for a remaining 7-8 minutes. Or until they are dry to the touch. The smaller cookies won't take as long and the larger will take an additional minute or two.

- Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before assembling.

- To assemble trees, Frost the top of your large cookies, stack with the next size down and continue until you get to the 4th layer that is topped with gold sugar. 

-Sprinkled the edges of the cookie stack with sprinkles (will stick to frosting). 

-Stick a toothpick in the bottom of one of your star cookies, and place the other end of the toothpick in the top of the cookie stack. 

-Viola! Macaron Christmas Trees. 

To find a store near you that carries Dollop Gourmet Frosting click HERE.

(Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post. However Dollop sent me a couple containers of their new frosting to try. I loved it, so I'm writing about it. Simple as that!) 


23 comments:

  1. These are so freaking cute! What a great idea. I love that you found a creative way to adapt the macarons.

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    1. I'm not usually a fan for holiday themed treats of any sort. I broke my rule while making these!

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  2. This is so great, Carrie. Way to totally save the day with these adorable trees!

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  3. Carrie, I love these macaron christmas trees!! so cute and creative! I actually did a review on Dollop, her cookbook on frosting so this is awesome!

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    1. I love Heather! Her book is pretty neat too, so many ideas.

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    2. Ah! I love you both as well! And these trees are legit fantastic.

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  4. Even better than regular macaroons!!! These would be fabulous at a holiday party!

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  5. If I could make macaroons, I would be making this! It is so freaking cute!

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    1. Are you kidding?? You can make them!! I know it...

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  6. OK...stupid question, but could you define aged egg whites? Macaroons as a Christmas tree is the bomb!

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    1. Take your egg whites, leave them out on the counter for a day. Then they'll be aged to perfection and whip perfectly ;)

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  7. These are completely adorable! LOVE!!!

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  8. If I could learn to make macarons, I would be all over this! In all seriousness though, these are just too freakin' adorable. I'm so happy that you had that little "mess up." Pinned! - Justine@CookingandBeer

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    1. You CAN learn to do Macs. It's not that hard, just takes a little practice. Try them, they are so worth it.

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  9. Oops, not sure if my original comment went through... So I'm trying to paraphrase and say it again! ;) These are absolutely adorable!! I think they turned out much cuter than regular macarons, and your kids are so creative too! We never made special Christmas cookies around the holidays while I was growing up. Probably because the one year we did, I accidentally dropped the plate of iced sugar cookies, so the dog got to eat them all. Whoops. Pinned!

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    1. Oh no! We didn't do cookies that often when I was a kid either. But now that I have kids and love to bake I feel like I should lol!

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  10. 💛 absolutely love macaroons! Yours look amazing and adorable… Not sure if I have the patience to swing it but I think it might be worth a try. Yummy!

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    1. Oh you can do it!! It's not that hard.

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  11. OMG! *mind blown* I'm SO making these!! They're just too cute not to try!!! Pinning!

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