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12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies, Week #7 MaChristmases – Macarons go Christmas-ey!

With a whole spectrum of colours and a universe of flavour to manipulate, these macarons are quite like the chameleon. Despite being infamous for being temperamental and sensitive, they were still able to charm the world off its pants.

The truth is, i am a rookie when it comes to macarons. I could probably count the number i have eaten macarons off my fingers. The taste didn’t really leave me with as much impression as the appearance. All i could remember was a soft, hollow sweet shell cookie sandwiching an assortment of filling. I think it might be because the bakery from which these macarons were bought was only substandard. I don’t think i have ever tasted a real macaron*.

So if i were being honest, the push factor behind baking these cookies was more on the appearance of these lookers. I have seen bright macaron displays with colours so blindingly beautiful, it was impossible to ignore. So i dove headfirst into the macaron journey and returned with my version of Christmas Macarons, the cookies that will be my 7th entry for 12 weeks of Christmas Cookies.

Okay, so maybe my macaron is not the most perfect version. But i was having so much fun with these i didnt really care.There are just so many things u can play with, from the colours of the shells, to the colours of the filling. I chose a matcha macaron, with a red buttercream filling to keep in tune with the Christmas theme. And just for fun, here is what i did:

A Sprinkle of Christmas themed candies, and a mix of some green and red sugar

Some mismatched macarons, with bold stripes painted across the shell and there is that decorative sugar again…

A sprinkle of hundreds and thousands?

Or Run your macarons across a bed of sprinkles and let them adhere to the filling

Geez, the possibilities are pretty much endless isn’t it. Anyway, the recipe for the macarons is the recipe that i used for my Mango Mousse Birthday Cake. Like the cake, the recipe is from Rei. Thanks so much Rei for sharing!

Green Tea Macaron
Ingredients
50g Icing Sugar
5g Green Tea Powder (use good quality ones)

*Sift together

30g Finely Ground Almond

35g Egg White (this time I used fresh egg white)
30g Sugar

Method
1) Prepare 2 11 x 14 inch baking tray, lined with silicon coated parchment paper (draw circles behind the parchment if required). Preheat oven to 160 degrees C.

2) Add the ground almond to the icing sugar mixture, break up clumps if any.

3 In another clean and dry bowl, whisk the egg white till frothy. Add in sugar in 2 additions and whisk till soft peak.

4) Add in the ground almond mixture into whisked egg whites in 2 addition, fold till incorporated. Lift the spatula to see if it falls ribbon-like.

5) Load the batter into a piping bag with round tip. Pipe into circles. Bake for about 5 to 8 minutes. The feet will start to form. Lower down the temperature to 110 degrees and further bake for another 15 minutes. Set aside to cool and remove from paper.

6) Pair them up and sandwich with Lemon Curd, buttercream or ganache. Refrigerate before serving.

And with that, we are at week #7 of 12 Weeks of  Christmas Cookies!! 5 more short weeks before Christmas! Hot damn!

Thanks again to April for hosting this event. I cant wait to see what the others bake up with!

* I live in Indonesia, not many French styled bakeries last time i checked 😦

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  1. NEL
    November 11, 2010 at 10:09 am

    You’ve inspired me to make use of that pack of ground almonds sitting in my cupboard! Your macs are so very pretty!! Especially like the ones with the sprinkles at the side.

  2. DG
    November 11, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Colourful and lovely decorated macarons! Really suitable for Christmassy mood 🙂

  3. November 11, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    All set for X’mas and such lovely macarons! Vibrant colours too!

  4. November 11, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    They look gorgeous!

  5. November 11, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I’ve never made macarons before but I’ve always wanted to. They look so dainty and elegant.

  6. November 11, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    So cute!

  7. November 11, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Macarons don’t normally do anything for me but I love these! They’re so festive. They look perfect to me. Now will you come hold my hand and help me make some?
    ~ingrid

  8. November 11, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Wow look at how cute and festive your macroons are! Perfect!

  9. November 12, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Your macarons look perfect to me. I have yet to try making them myself. Love all your different decorating ideas, they really look ready for the Christmas season.

  10. Pam
    November 12, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    So pretty! I am going to have to conquer my fear of these one of these days and give them a go. Very festive!

  11. November 12, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    I love these!! I have yet to accomplish these. I attempted them once to utter fail. These look perfect!

  12. November 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Oh, these are so pretty and festive! How lovely 🙂

  13. November 12, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    These are really beautiful!!

  14. November 12, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Beautiful – and so festive!

    I’ve never attempted macarons so I’m very impressed.

  15. November 12, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Super cute! I have never made macaroons before but you inspired me to try sometime very soon. 🙂

  16. Sue
    November 12, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    I just love your macarons! They look so PERFECT and Christmasy! I have yet to get them right, but I see that you have them mastered!

  17. November 12, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Excellent…♥ your Chrismassey macs. How pretty they are!

  18. November 12, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    How pretty these are, and I just love macaroons. Funny, I’d never have thought to decorate them. Thanks for the great idea!

  19. November 13, 2010 at 12:35 am

    Oh how festive!!! I love your macarons and homemade always taste best! These just shout Christmas!

  20. JX
    November 13, 2010 at 4:06 am

    I love those macarons! I attempted baking them but failed a few times previously. Now u inspired me to try baking them again *^_^*

  21. November 13, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    These are so adorable and festive! Hope I get the courage to try making my own macarons soon.

  22. November 14, 2010 at 6:17 am

    The macarons are so colourful and festive mood… 🙂 Great and nice looking!

  23. November 14, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Hi crustabakes,

    I tried your recipe today but failed.. 😦
    I guess my oven temperature was too hot & resulted in cracks on top. No feet appeared as well… *sigh*
    Btw, Can I checked how long do you allow your macarons to ‘dry up’ before baking them in oven?

    • crustabakes
      November 15, 2010 at 3:56 am

      Hi Cathy,
      sorry to hear about your macarons. i didn’t exactly time how long i took to dry up the macarons. But i made sure that the surface was dry enough for me to run my fingers across each macaron. A lil shortcut that i take was to pop them into a low temperature (+- 40 degree celc.) oven to quicken the drying process. Dont be discouraged on making the macarons, i too have failed many many many times before i got the hang of it! Good luck!

  24. November 14, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Those are so neat. I have been seeing macarons everywhere and I think I may need to try them.

  25. November 14, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    cute macarons there..!

  26. November 14, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I am yet to try my hand at macarons, am a little overwhelmed since everyone claims they can take a while to get right … yours are soooo pretty!!! Great job!!!

  27. Shannon
    November 14, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    I love macarons, these are so pretty and the green tea flavour sounds interesting. will definitely be trying these.

  28. November 15, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Hi crustabakes,
    Looking at the pictures, it’s already made me in X’mas mood! The macarons are truly lovely! This lil’ sweet thing is something I’ve yet to master. :<

  29. Amy
    November 16, 2010 at 3:32 am

    These macaroons are sooo adorable! I love the sprinkles on top :)!

  30. November 16, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    I have never made macaroons before but am kind of addicted to them. These look absolutely wonderful and I love how you decorated them! I am now following your fabulous blog.

    xo

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