November 21, 2011

Caramel Apple Macarons with Cinnamon Apple Butter Buttercream

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Happy Thanksgiving week! I’m so glad the holidays are here. My dear friend and neighbor Stephanie (who has a fun crafting & homemaking blog called All Artful) and I have been bitten by the macaron bug. You guys know how much I love macarons, and I love them even more now that I know how easy they are to make! I love coming up with fun flavors, shapes, colors, and decorations. Macarons are very customizable. We’ve been having a blast dreaming up all sorts of fun holiday themed macarons. I cannot tell you how excited I am to share these Thanksgiving macarons with you today! These photos nearly make me squeal with delight.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Just look at our lil’ turkey! This one’s a chocolate macaron shell with a smooth, creamy, peanut butter buttercream filling. YUM! I could just eat him up.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

And here’s our chocolate acorn, isn’t he a beauty? This macaron is a chocolate lover’s dream-come-true with its chocolate acorn-shaped shell, milk chocolate ganache filling, and generous topping of chocolate shavings.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Oh, snap. This was our absolute winner. Our Caramel Apple Macaron. We made bright green and red vanilla bean macarons, filled them with a cinnamon apple butter buttercream frosting, dipped them in caramel and rolled them in crushed candy bars.

I. DIE.

If you’ve never had a macaron, don’t wait another second. Macarons are not hard at all, they just require a little precision which can easily be accomplished with a simple kitchen scale. I use mine all the time! Whip up these holiday macarons and treat yourself to a fabulous dessert, right away. You’ll be so glad you did.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

All you need is 110 grams of almond flour, 200 grams of powdered sugar, and the contents of one vanilla bean. Process these in a food processor until thoroughly combined.

(For a more thorough step-by-step photo tutorial, check out my Halloween French Macarons post.)

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

After processing, move flour mixture into a large bowl.  If you’d like to give your macarons a little color or flavor, now’s your chance! You can add up to 1 teaspoon of powdered food coloring or 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder for chocolate macarons.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

So sparkly! I loved this green. I find Wilton’s Color Dust powdered food coloring at Michaels and Hobby Lobby.

After you’ve colored or flavored your macarons (or just leave plain for vanilla), whisk to combine, and then sift to make sure your dry ingredients are completely free of lumps.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Next, using a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, whisk 90 grams of egg whites until foamy, then add 25 grams of sugar and continue whisking until you get stiff peaks.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Add the egg whites to the dry ingredients — here’s one of our chocolate batches.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Using no more than 50 strokes, gently combine with a spoon, folding the batter on top of itself until you reach a smooth, shiny consistency.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Add your batter to a piping bag fitted with a large round tip. We used a Wilton #2A, found on the cake decorating aisle at Walmart. Here are all of our macaron batches — we made four! — one red, one green, and two chocolates.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Pipe 1 to 1.5 inch circles onto sheet pans lined with parchment paper.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

I find it much, much easier to keep my macarons all the same size if I make myself a template! Using the following macaron template, trace circles onto the back of a sheet of parchment paper (curly side up — you can hold it down with magnets) then turn the paper over (curly side — and marker side — DOWN) before piping. Here are the templates we used for our Thanksgiving macarons:

Circle Macaron Template
Acorn Macaron Template

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

How cute did these acorns turn out??

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

We covered the top half with a little chocolate ganache, then sprinkled on beautiful chocolate curls.

For more thorough step-by-step photos of our chocolate curls, check out Stephanie’s photos and recap of our day.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

So yum! These were stuffed with a rich, decadent, supremely chocolatey milk chocolate ganache.  Death by chocolate!

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Next up were our turkeys!

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Here’s what we used to decorate our turkeys.

  1. Candy corn, of course
  2. Hersey’s Drops for the head
  3. Pretzels for the feet
  4. Cookie Icing and Black Sprinkles for the eyes
  5. Black sparkle gel to hold everything together
  6. And finally, our turkey’s little red gobble-gobble (what IS that thing called?) — I was originally looking for some heart-shaped sprinkles, and even though the stores are decorating for holidays ridiculously early these days, they still didn’t have any Valentine-themed sprinkles. But Stephanie found these Disney Princess sprinkles at the grocery store just last week. They include sprinkles shaped like a gold crown, Cinderella’s glass slipper, and Snow White’s red apple. The red apple worked perfect! We even stuck the stem into the candy corn beak for a little extra security.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Now for our piece de resistance… The Caramel Apple Macaron. It all starts with this Cinnamon Apple Butter Buttercream Frosting from Cupcake Project.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

It is un.real. My mind was blown. Steph and I were literally dying over this frosting. If you don’t do anything else, at least promise me you’ll make this frosting. Add it to your bucket list.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Okay, so not only did we fill our cute apple red and green macaron shells with ridiculously good cinnamon apple butter frosting, but we also dunked them in caramel…

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

And topped them with crushed Snickers. And Reese’s Cups. And Butterfingers. And roasted, salted peanuts.

I die.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Dunk!

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Keep your caramel warm, we had to reheat ours at least once during our macaron making process.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Let the excess drizzle off before topping, or you’ll end up with a mess.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Now top! The flavor combinations are totally up to you!

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

We used Snickers here. Gently press the caramel-covered macaron into your crushed candy bars of choice and lift up.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Wow. I still cannot get over this combination of cinnamon, apple butter, brown sugar, caramel, and chocolate. I wish I could make one of these for every person in the world.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

To make our caramel apple macarons look a little more like caramel apples, we also dunked a few like this…

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Mmm…

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Half and half!

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

And rolled in crushed candy bars.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

It’s caramel apple macaron pops!

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Here’s our caramel apple macarons, all lined up and ready to be topped.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

There was some serious deliciousness going on in the Kevin & Amanda kitchen this day.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Cinnamon apple butter buttercream frosting… I love you.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

How amazing is this little tin of caramel apple macarons! Wouldn’t these be so fun to give (and receive!) as Christmas gifts?

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Oh mama. Here’s our Reese’s topped caramel apple mac.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

And another topped with Butterfingers. I think this one turned out to be my favorite.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

I could just eat you with a spoon little chocolate peanut butter turkey!

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Oh my gosh. Little flock of macaron turkeys. Cuteness.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Here’s another look at our acorns.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

I seriously loved our chocolate curls!

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Caramel apple macarons, on top of beautiful apples.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Here’s a peek at each deliciously decadent layer of our caramel apple macs. Reese’s cups. Caramel. Chewy red macaron. Cinnamon apple butter buttercream. Chewy red macaron.

Thanksgiving Themed Holiday Macarons: Caramel Apple Macarons, Chocolate Acorns, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Corn Turkeys

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! Hope you had as much fun reading about these macarons as I had making them. I only wish I could give each and every one of you a big tin of them for Christmas! But they are so easy (and so delicious. and delicate. and unique) I think everyone should give them a try. All the recipes we used to create these macarons are below.  Enjoy!

Be sure to check out Stephanie’s photos and recap of our macaron making day!

 

Macaron Shells

90 grams aged egg whites
110 grams almond flour
200 grams powdered sugar
1 vanilla bean
25 grams white granulated sugar
1 tsp cocoa powder or powdered food coloring (optional)

Up to 5 days before making macarons, separate the egg whites, cover loosely with a paper towel, and store in the refrigerator. The night before making macarons, set them out on the counter to come to room temperature.

The next morning, place almond flour, powdered sugar, and the contents of a vanilla bean into a food processor and process until fully combined. Move to a large bowl and whisk in one teaspoon of cocoa powder for chocolate macarons, or one teaspoon of powdered food coloring for colored macarons. Leave plain for vanilla macarons. Whisk to combine, then sift and set aside.

With a mixer, whisk the egg whites on medium-high speed until foamy. Add in granulated sugar and continue whisking until the the egg whites have stiff peaks. Add the egg whites to the flour and fold to incorporate until the mixture is just smooth, using no more than 50 strokes. Fit a pastry bag with a large round tip, and fill with macaron batter. Pipe approximately 1-inch circles onto a baking sheet lined parchment paper. Let the batter rest on the pan at least 30 minutes before baking, to form a strong skin to help keep the macarons from cracking in the oven.

Bake the macarons at 280 degrees F for 15-20 minutes directly in the middle of the oven. To test for doneness, gently touch the top of a macaron to make sure it’s dry. Then gently try to lift the macaron from the parchment paper. If it comes away pretty easily, they’re done. If it doesn’t come up and the top breaks away, they need to cook longer. Keep checking on them every two minutes until the bottom is dry. Once removed from the oven, allow the macarons to rest on the pan for 10 minutes to finish cooking before trying to remove. Cool completely before frosting.

Macaron recipe adapted from Shaina at Food for My Family. For more macaron tips, check out her step-by-step macaron tutorial.

 

Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place the butter, sugar, peanut butter, milk and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes.

 

Milk Chocolate Ganache

8 oz milk chocolate chips
8 oz heavy cream

Measure ingredients by weight. Place chocolate chips in a bowl, then bring heavy cream to a simmer, and pour over the chocolate chips. Let sit for 5 minutes, then whisk until completely smooth. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour or until it reaches a thick, frosting consistency.

To top our chocolate acorn shells, I warmed part of the ganache up in the microwave just a tad to thin it out a bit so it would spread smoothly over the top of the macaron.

 

Chocolate Curls

3 oz semi sweet chocolate
1 tbsp shortening (Crisco)

Combine chocolate and shortening in a microwave safe bowl and heat until melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Turn a clean sheet pan upside down and pour melted chocolate over the bottom of the pan, spreading thin with a spatula. Freeze for 5-10 minutes until chocolate is hardened. Use a small metal spatula to scrape chocolate off the pan forming curls. If chocolate is too hard to curl, let rest at room temperature for 1 minute. Keep chocolate curls in the freezer until ready to use, they do best when they are really hard and frozen!

Recipe via The Pioneer Woman.

 

Caramel

1 (11-ounce) package Kraft Caramel Bits
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
pinch of salt

In a double boiler, melt the caramel with the cream. Add the vanilla and salt and stir until smooth.

Recipe via The Pioneer Woman.

 

Cinnamon Apple Butter Buttercream Frosting

1/4 cup apple butter
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup powdered sugar

Melt the butter in a sauce pan, then add the apple butter and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium low. Continue to boil for 2 minutes, whisking constantly. Add the milk and cinnamon, still whisking constantly, and return to a boil, then remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Beat in powdered sugar until smooth and it reaches a frosting consistency.

Recipe via Cupcake Project.



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1
Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 21, 2011 at 1:18 am

Amanda these photos are spectacular! As always!

The little turkeys are so cute. Almost too cute to eat. Almost :)

Thank you for the step by step; that is so time consuming as a cook to stop and start, stop and start, pick up camera, repeat…but thank you!

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darcie November 21, 2011 at 1:47 am

i read this whole thing with my jaw dropped. I gotta try it. WOW!

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Kate M. November 21, 2011 at 1:54 am

Amazing! I will have to give these a try sometime…when I have a bigger kitchen!

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Leslie Kiley November 21, 2011 at 2:35 am

These look so delicious! Want some now!

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my honest answer November 21, 2011 at 3:04 am

So much fun! I’m new to your blog and I just wanted to say, wow, you take incredible photos!

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Kathryn November 21, 2011 at 3:22 am

These are so incredibly adorable!

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Clarice November 21, 2011 at 5:34 am

WOW! I love macarons! Thanks for the recipe!

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Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) November 21, 2011 at 6:14 am

You’re going to need to open your own macaron business soon, girl!

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Angie November 21, 2011 at 7:01 am

So who got to take the bite out of that red one to get that photograph??? ;) Caramel apple with apple cinnamon buttercream ….I’m jealous of that person for sure! Those look so FUN and so delish and the more I read, the more I’m convinced I might actually be able to make macarons :)

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Julie @ Table for Two November 21, 2011 at 7:41 am

wow, these look great! looks like a lot of work but you made it seem so easy peasy! the apple cinnamon one sounds yummy!!

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Mindy Grant November 21, 2011 at 8:04 am

Yum!! Those look amazing!!!

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Melissa November 21, 2011 at 8:16 am

Wow…so creative! They all look too good to eat!

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Barbara @ Barbara Bakes November 21, 2011 at 8:17 am

Wow! Such a fabulous post. I really need a caramel apple mac now.

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Jeanette November 21, 2011 at 8:19 am

Wow, those are a lot of macarons! The turkey macarons are hilarious – what fun!

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angela@spinachtiger November 21, 2011 at 8:24 am

That’s a lot of work and creativity, but you still made it look easy enough. I’ve been intimidated to try, but I think this post (and some free uninterrupted time) and I cold do it. Maybe something for Christmas. Love the acorn for thinking and of course love the apple one with those flavors. Very joyful post.

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Jenny Flake November 21, 2011 at 8:36 am

How fun are these little cuties?! That’s it……next time we get together I want a macaron party!! Too cute!

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Cookbook Queen November 21, 2011 at 8:38 am

These have to be the cutest macarons I’ve ever seen!!! Happy Thanksgiving :)

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Lauren from Lauren's Latest November 21, 2011 at 9:47 am

These are like macarons on steroids!

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Deborah November 21, 2011 at 10:06 am

These are so cute – and make me want to get over my fear of making macarons!!

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ashley November 21, 2011 at 10:15 am

these look fantastic! so cute and festive! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Ieasha Akins November 21, 2011 at 10:18 am

These are so cute! I can’t wait to try them!!! Love the photos!!

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Carolyn November 21, 2011 at 10:48 am

These are so gorgeous. You are really creative with macarons. I’ve been sitting on this page since about 9 am this morning, but only because I got interrupted by small children and never got a chance to comment!

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carly {carlyklock} November 21, 2011 at 10:49 am

Love the creativity today! Thanks to your pic of a macaron bitten into in your halloween post, I finally tried one: http://www.carlyklock.com/2011/11/kate-spade-macarons.html

…and now I’m obsessed. Embarking on macaron fun myself in my kitchen this Sunday!

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Ryan November 21, 2011 at 10:57 am

There all amazing. Love the Turkey !

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HW November 21, 2011 at 11:00 am

Wow… I’ve never had a macaroon. Nor do I have a kitchen scale. Nor do I believe I have the patience to make those. Can I just come over to your house? ツ

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Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl November 21, 2011 at 11:05 am

I love macaroons! And I have never seen so many beautiful creations on one page with a macaroon. Caramel Apple? OMG! And loving the Turkey, too!

One of these days… I will need to try my hand at making macaroons with my daughter, the baker.

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christina @ ovenadventures November 21, 2011 at 11:41 am

you just forced me to put a digital kitchen scale on my christmas list because how can I not try to make these. i need these in my life.

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Aimee S November 21, 2011 at 11:46 am

Amanda, I’m so glad you posted these recipes!! I visited Sucre last weekend when I was in NOLA, per your suggestion and fell in LOVE with macarons. It was my first experience with them. Unfortunately it wasn’t in the budget to take some home after sampling so many of their other treats (which I don’t regret!!) I’ve been craving them ever since. You make this look so easy. I’m handy in the kitchen and I really think I could do this!! I found almond flour the other day at Whole Foods….so I’m excited to try these!

Thanks for the step by step tutorials and pictures!

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Ashley Bird November 21, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Ok I need a macaron right now!

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JulieD November 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Oh my goodness!! So cute! I need macron lessons…I can’t hang.

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hena tayeb November 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Wow.. so perfectly pretty..

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nicole {sweet peony} November 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm

wow these are adorable!!! and such perfect macarons :)

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Jessica @ How Sweetw November 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Seriously, could these GET any cuter?! SERIOUSLY!

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Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) November 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm

OH MY LORD! I wish I was there…

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Lori @ RecipeGirl November 21, 2011 at 3:03 pm

You’re absolutely crazy, Girl! This was one huge project! So cute though!!

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EatLiveRun November 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I’m kinda obsessed with these….looks amazing! I bet they taste even better :)

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Stephanie@PlainChicken November 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm

LOVE the turkies! I want one of each!

Mandy’s Macarons needs to open ASAP!

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Erin @ Brownie Bites November 21, 2011 at 6:31 pm

This is one of the best blog posts on macarons I have seen! I’ve been dying to try these but I keep shying away!

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Jenn November 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm

OMG, Amanda! You never cease to amaze me we your wonder recipes! Applebutter is one of my absolute favorite things….I’m going to have to try this frosting, even if I don’t get around to trying it as part of a macaroon.

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Pure2raw twins November 21, 2011 at 7:43 pm

you got me at the caramel apple!! YUM love the pictures!!

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Nancy November 21, 2011 at 10:15 pm

MMMMMMMMM! “No I couldnt really. Really. No I really couldnt…….just have one that is”. They look so delicious. Especially the caramel ones. Love caramel.

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Cookin' Canuck November 22, 2011 at 7:49 am

Okay, these are so darn cute, Amanda. I would just sit and stare at all of them…and then eat about five of the caramel apple ones.

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh November 22, 2011 at 8:46 am

Man I so wish I had time to make these this week! I’ll have to bookmark it to get a jump on them next year! Gorgeous as usual! By the way, just got back from Memphis last night and hit up the cupcake place in Nashville. Unfortunately they were out of a lot of stuff by the time we got there but the chocolate one was good!

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Marina {YummyMummyKitchen.com} November 22, 2011 at 10:41 am

Love the turkeys! We are on the same wavelength – I did pumpkin macarons that looked like little pumpkins last month. The Martha Stewart Show featured them so maybe you saw them. Are macarons just the funnest? Happy Thanksgiving Kevin and Amanda!

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Kristin Murdock November 22, 2011 at 11:20 am

Amanda the turkey is too cute! Great work… your attention to detail astounds me every time!

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Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking November 22, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Oh these all look so delicious and oh so cute! The pictures are awesome and Iagree the turkey is adorable!!

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Nicole P November 22, 2011 at 11:34 pm

So this may come as a shocker but I have never had a macaron… and besides seeing them online I have never seen one in real life. What do they taste like? Is it like an oreo cakester consistency? I’m clearly out of this universe. At any rate they look amazing and I am especially fond of the green ones :)

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Iand LoveandYou November 24, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Good question- I am clueless as well

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Sinika November 23, 2011 at 9:43 am

Love the pretty photos! I’m always taking pics of things I make now… Thanks to you! Can’t wait to try these macaroons… I need to find a good food scale. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Sylvia November 24, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Greetings from UK….. love, love, love your blog – especially all the yummy recipes!

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Allysia November 24, 2011 at 8:53 pm

This is probably the most epic and thorough macaron post I’ve ever seen…ever. Seriously, kudos. The little cake pops are also super adorable! One day I’ll attempt to veganize the macaron, but until that brave day comes, at least that apple butter buttercream looks simple! :)

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Iand LoveandYou November 24, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Is it just me, or do these cookies seem anything but easy? It’s a 40 step post- the pictures are lovely, but don’t make me think this would be an easy task. also, baking with a food scale is too precise for me- would definitely be a major fail if I tried it. Cute cookies though- but I think I’d leave it up to the local bakery

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Becky Burk November 26, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Okay, so I think these may be one of the best things you’ve ever made/posted about! the caramel apple macarons… I mean.. WOW I can’t wait to try to make some.

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Diane November 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm

I LOVE the turkey ones. So adorable. I tried to make turkey cookies but the didn’t turn out that well (pictures on my blog). I’ll definitely have to try these next year :o)

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Amanda T November 27, 2011 at 12:29 am

Ooohhh!!! I can’t wait to go out and buy ingredients to make these. My friends will just love it! Thxs!!!!!!!

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Jersey Girl Cooks November 27, 2011 at 12:40 pm

These are so adorable. Now I am going to attempt making macaroons.

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Anice K November 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I am amazed every time I visit your blog. I learn something new every time. You are so incredibly talented with recipes and photography – my favorites. You also are full of knowledge about other things but reading about food and looking at awesome pictures are 2 of my addictions.

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Aimee @ ShugarySweets November 28, 2011 at 4:04 pm

So adorable. Sadly, I’m still afraid of macarons, but one of these days I will try it. Bookmarking now….

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Rose December 6, 2011 at 8:53 am

So apparently you have some sort of mac magic since you think these are easy! Mine were a disaster. None had feet, they spread out to thin crispy cookies, and they all cracked. Any chance of getting a video demo of your macaronage? Pretty please? Or just send me some? :0)

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Tori@sweetmamasweet December 21, 2011 at 8:22 am

These looks super yummy…Mercier Orchards is about 15 mins up the road from our house! We love their apple butter, along with pretty much everything else they have:)

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jessica March 24, 2012 at 5:18 pm

In my quest of finding macaron recipes to try out, I came across your blog. I noticed that in weighing your ingredients {egg whites, powdered sugar, etc.} on the scale, that you don’t take into account the weight of the bowl that you are measuring the ingredients in – so for instance, your egg whites may say 110 on the scale, but isn’t it actually less because the bowl adds weight? From your blog, it is obvious that you are an amazing cook & baker and obviously know way more than I do…I would appreciate your feedback on this as I am new to weighing out ingredients and am trying to perfect making macarons! Thank you so much!!!

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Lindsay November 13, 2012 at 10:45 pm

These are ADORABLE!
Can you make these the night before?

Thanks,
Lindsay

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amy January 31, 2013 at 8:42 am

When you weigh the ingredients, you have them in a bowl. Do you weigh your bowl first to know what it weighs, then add the required amount of almond flour/powdered sugar, etc.?

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