As is common during the summer months, it rained cats and dogs in Houston last week. While that doesn’t seem typically newsworthy, when it comes to making macarons, it can be the difference between a huge fail and a celebration of success. If you’re new to making these decadent french cookies, don’t let fear rain on your baking parade (see what I did there? I'm so punny, ha!). A bespoke mixture of green, brown and gold sprinkles surrounding a rich buttercream filling is sure to bring sunshine to even the gloomiest day.
Before you whip up a batch to treat yourself with, let’s clarify one thing: a macarOOn is more lumpy and dense, made with coconut, egg whites, and powdered sugar. While also made with egg whites as a key ingredient, macarOns are created with almond flour folded into a meringue base, which yields the delicate texture of this popular sandwich cookie.
This brings us to our featured dessert- perfect green macarons with camouflage sprinkles! A light and decadent macaron is how I brightened my day and left my gloomy feelings in the past. Combine a cookie filled with buttercream and throw on a mix of camo sprinkles, and you’ve got yourself a winner!
My biggest fear was the weather affecting my macs, so when I thought my piped batter was dry enough, I let them dry even longer. 100% humidity means I dried this batch for two hours (normal drying time in moderate humidity is roughly 30 minutes). Soft green food coloring and sprinkle pop sprinkles can make a beautiful cookie, but they can’t fix shell texture problems. Also- don’t be afraid to tap the HECK out of the pans before after you've piped your macs and before drying. I was attempting to be gentle, alas, that didn’t get me anywhere. You’ll get a much smoother shell if the batter settles into itself after piping.
Find the recipe below for these petite macarons with camouflage sprinkles. And what's even better about these sprinkles is that they support an awesome cause. Sprinkle Pop's "American Hero" Sprinkle Mix is the Charity Of The Month sprinkle mix. Every purchase of the "American Hero" camo sprinkle mix will benefit Wounded Warrior Project during the months of June and July. Community and charity support are close to my heart, and Sprinkle Pop is proud to regularly donate sprinkles and proceeds to amazing causes.
80 grams almond flour (extra fine works best for me)
80 grams powdered sugar
2 large egg whites (room temperature)
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
1/8 tsp salt
50 grams sugar (granulated)
1/2 tsp vanilla
green gel color (optional)
4 oz egg whites (pasteurized, from the carton)
8 oz powdered sugar
1lb/four 8oz sticks unsalted butter (softened)
1 tsp *pure* vanilla
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