Celebrating holidays are one of my favorite things do to throughout the year. Especially when it means I get to bake something new and yummy! I really love getting to experiment with my creativity and seeing what new themed desserts I can come up with. And while Christmas baking may be a close second, I really love trying out new recipes for Valentine’s Day. Believe me when I say this recipe for heart-shaped macarons is everything Valentine’s Day is made of and more. Baked with love and lots of sugar, these macarons will be perfect for any party or homemade gift.
- 60 g egg whites room temperature
- 65 g granulated sugar
- 75 g almond flour
- 55 g powdered sugar
- fuschia color gel
- 1/4 recipe Simple Vanilla Buttercream
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Line baking sheet with a Silpat mat or parchment.*
- Place the almond powder and icing sugar in a food processor. Process until just beginning to clump.
- Sift well and discard any bits that won’t pass through the sifter. Set aside.
- Whip the egg whites until they’re the consistency of a loose foam. Continue whipping while slowly adding sugar. Whip to a stiff meringue.
- Fold the dry mixture into the meringue. Add in color gel at this point**
- Pour the batter into a piping bag fitted with the 2A tip.
- Pipe the macarons onto your baking sheet.
- When all your macarons are piped, whack the baking sheet on the counter at least 3 times to get rid of any air bubbles.***
- Let the macarons dry at room temperature until dry to the touch. Approx 1 hour. DO NOT skip this step.
- While macarons are drying, make the buttercream.
- Once dry, bake macarons in a 300°F oven until they stick a little bit to the pans. This can be anywhere from 10-20mins depending on your oven and how crowded the macarons are on the pan.
- Let cookies cool completely before removing from pans.
- Pipe buttercream into the center, sandwich the cookies and press together.
Even if your heart-shaped macarons don’t come out perfect the first time, they’ll still be just as delicious! What are some of your favorite Valentine’s Day desserts? Let us know in the comments below!
Recipe via Liv for Cake.