Pastries, cheese, wine, and of course macarons! I nearly had a heart attack when I first saw the vibrant and beautiful macs in the window displays of the French shops. That was my number one goal in going to France: Macarons. ALLLL the macarons.
Needless to say, I love em. This recipe can be adapted to whatever tea you'd like to use (but I recommend sticking to flavored black teas). Such a unique flavor combination, and they really work together.
The Creative Cookie Exchange theme this month was Coffee or Tea to wake up from winter so I thought these macs would go perfectly. Another wonderful thing about these guys, they are so versatile! Combos of all sorts of flavors and colors. DOOO it.
Macaron Shells: (Adapted from Muffins Are Ugly Cupcakes)
3 egg whites
50 grams granulated sugar
200 grams powdered sugar
110 grams ground almonds
2 tablespoons Earl Grey tea (or other of your choice)
2-3 drops Teal Food Dye Gel
First grind up your tea in a food processor until it is fairly fine. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl, and then pulse the ground almonds in the food processor as well. Sift the ground almonds and powdered sugar into the bowl with the tea in it. Whisk together all the dry ingredients until everything is entirely incorporated.
In the bowl of a stand mixer (make sure it is very clean AND dry) with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium until slightly foamy. Add the granulated sugar, and beat until soft peaks form. Pour the dry ingredients into the egg whites and carefully fold it in with a rubber spatula. Do not overmix!
The batter should now be slow moving and should sink back into itself after 20 seconds or so when you move it around. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Using a regular round tip, pipe the batter onto your baking sheets in small circles. Once piped, knock the baking sheets onto the counter to get the air bubbles out. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and let the piped cookies sit out to form their outer shell for about half an hour. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.
1 batch of the Honey Vanilla Buttercream from when I made these
except omit the vanilla and add:
2-3 teaspoons Rose Water
1/2 tsp salt
2 or 3 drops Fuschia Food Dye Gel
Make the buttercream the exact same way as the Aunt Sassy Cake from Baked, or my Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes. Add the salt, rose water and food dye after the honey.
I usually go through all the cookie halves and find them their size/shape matches. Then pipe the buttercream onto your cookies with a regular round piping tip (about a teaspoon), and sandwich them!
There they are. So cute. So lovely.
I almost don't want to eat them cuz they're so perrrtyyy!
(key word there...almost).
If you have a nagging fear of attempting macarons
because of their notorious reputation of difficulty,
I get you.
They are scary.
But they're also just SO worth it. I promise, you'll be hooked.
About the Creative Cookie Exchange:
The theme this month is Wake from Winter with Coffee and Tea--because unlike last month, now our Spring Fever has some basis in reality! Creative Cookie Exchange has decided to stop using the linky. What this means is that the only way to join in the fun is to become a host. Just contact Laura at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links.
You can also just use us as a great resource for cookie recipes--be sure to check out our Facebook page, our Pinterest Board, and our monthly posts. You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:
- Vanilla Rooibos Tea Cookies from All That's Left Are The Crumbs
- Matcha Green Tea Cream Filled Sugar Cookies from NinjaBaking.com
- Orange Spiced Tea Cookies from A Baker's House
- Chocolate Espresso White Chocolate Chunk Cookies from Karen's Kitchen Stories
- Mocha Viennese Swirl Cookies from Baking Yummies
- Hazelnut Espresso Cookies from Basic N Delicious
- Café au Lait Bars from The Spiced Life
- Piped Coffee Butter Cookies from Made with Love
- Chai Chocolate Chip Cookies from Noshing with the Nolands
- Coffee Crisps from Magnolia Days
- Matcha White Chocolate Cookies from It’s Yummi!
- Jasmine Lychee Green Tea Shortbread from Food Lust People Love
- Mocha Meringue Cookies from Cookie Dough & Oven Mitt