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Dress up your Macarons: Five Ideas to Decorate French Macarons

I love French Macarons! Not macarOOns, with two OO’s but MacarOns, with one O.

A macaron is actually just an elegant French cookie, but there’s something so luxurious about them; I always feel like I have to eat them with my pinkies up!

If you haven’t tried them, you must! They are these delicious, dainty French cookies, made with just a handful of ingredients: Almond flour, sugar, and egg whites. They’re delicious, crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside. They are known for their ruffled edges or feet that give them their signature look!

But getting them right, is no short of a culinary feat!

These dainty little cookies, can be a challenge.

They are definitely temperamental, with so many variables that can cause them to fall flat: ingredients, overbeating the meringue, undereating the meringue, overmixing, undermixing, humidity, the temperature of the oven, I could probably go on. Each baker will describe their tricks to mastering these finicky cookies.

There are so many rules to follow to get them just right, it all comes down to practice.

Raspberry French Macarons - Decorate French Macarons

But once you get them right, the possibilities are endless!

You can color them however you like, and fill them with your favorite flavors! Decorate the macarons in whichever way you please. You can get really creative with them once you master them!

Although they are pretty on their own, you dress them up a little more for elegant gatherings.

When you decorate your macarons, they make for great additions to a dessert table, or as favors for a party!

There are ways you can elevate your macarons before you bake them, or make them plain, and decorate them after!

Here are my favorite ways to dress up or decorate French macarons!

Five Ways to Dress up Your Macarons

ONE: Sprinkles

As a baker, sprinkles are my favorite accessory!

They are by far the simplest way to make your macarons special! You can play with any combination of colors, and mix your own sprinkle mixes. You don’t need a lot! I prefer to use sprinkles that are smaller so they don’t overpower the cookie. You don’t need a lot of sprinkles, probably just a tablespoon of small sprinkles for a dozen cookies – A little goes a long way!

They are by far the simplest way to make your macarons special! You can play with any combination of colors, and mix your own sprinkle mixes. You don’t need a lot! I prefer to use sprinkles that are smaller so they don’t overpower the cookie. You don’t need a lot of sprinkles, probably just a tablespoon of small sprinkles for a dozen cookies – A little goes a long way!

After you’ve piped your batter on your baking sheet, and tapped away all the air bubbles, add a few sprinkles.

French Macarons with Sprinkles- Decorate French Macarons
French Macarons with Sprinkles - Decorate French Macarons

Tip: Don’t wait too long after piping the batter as the batter tends to dry out. You want the sprinkles to stick to the batter while it’s still wet!

TWO: Play with color

Macarons are meant to be colorful! This is an easy way to make your macarons unique.

Make two different colored batters. Fill your piping bag, with one color on each side, so they flow through at the same time. This method is a bit more difficult, as it requires both the colors to be mixed equally. Dividing my batter in different colors is still something I need to practice a little more with!

Two colored French Macarons - Decorate French Macarons

Tip: Make sure to mix both batters at equal consistency before you add them to your piping bag, or it can produce inconsistent cookies.

THREE: Watercolor macarons

I’m not sure if there’s a name for this method already, but I guess you could also call these marble macarons!

This is a super simple, but such an impressive method of coloring your macarons!

Each macaron looks unique!

Before you pipe your batter, paint your pastry or filling bag with the colors you want.  Then fill the bag with white batter.

 You can use just one color. Here I used a Wilton Brand Teal color to color my pastry bag.

Marble watercolor French Macarons - Decorate French Macarons

Or you can use multiple colors, like here: I used pink and teal, and you get colorful macarons.

Marble watercolor French Macarons - Decorate French Macarons

Tip: Make sure you paint all the way through the bag, including the tip, else you’ll get some macarons without any color.

FOUR: Gilded Touch – Gold Leaf

Edible Gold leaf is one of my favorite ways to make any dessert look elegant.

Once you’ve filled your cookies, you can decorate them with Edible Gold leaf. Carefully use a brush or tweezers to tear part of the gold leaf sheet, and place on top of the macarons. I only chose to decorate the top of it.

Edible gold Leaf on French Macarons - Decorate French Macarons

Tip: Be patient with the gold leaf. You’ll have to put it straight from your brush to the macaron. They tend to be finicky to use and disintegrate very quickly.

FIVE: Dipped Macarons

These dipped macarons remind me of Black and White Cookies, but they’re so much better!

Once you’ve filled your cookies, dip your macarons in chocolate or use colored or white candy melts and get creative. The color combinations are endless!

Melt candy melts in a shallow bowl, and wait for it to cool down just a tad. You don’t want to use warm candy melts as it might affect your macaron. Dip half the macaron in the candy melts, and add sprinkles if you’d like. Let them cool on a baking sheet until the candy coating has hardened!

Dipped Macarons - Decorate French Macarons

Tip: Make sure your cookies are not over-filled, and that the filling is not temperature sensitive. If it is it might start mix in with the candy melts and create a mess.

Which of these variations would you try to decorate your macarons? Let me know in the comments below!

Cheers,
Anum

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