Cranberry Ornament Macarons With Gingerbread Buttercream

by Trish
40 cookies
1 hr 48 min

Macaron (pronounced as mak-ə-RON) is a two airy almond meringue cookies pressed around a creamy filling - not those tiny bombs of shredded coconut which are macaroon.

Making macarons is very finicky. Once you mess up with the batter, there's little to no way of saving it. I always end up starting all over again. You have to make sure that all ingredients are measured accurately so you won't end up having too wet or dry batter.

As per my experience, it took me four attempts before I was able to make a perfect batch! After a long while, I tried making macarons again and I failed. It really takes a lot of practice.

Since it's holidays, I wanted to give macarons a try. I saw a lot of Christmas inspired macarons but this one I loved the most! Cranberry ornament macarons are just sooooooo cute to eat! Make someone happy by adding this to your holiday treats!

Cranberry Ornament Macarons With Gingerbread Buttercream
Recipe details
  • 40  cookies
  • Prep time: 90 Minutes Cook time: 18 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 48 min
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For the macaron shell
  • 100g almond flour, sifted
  • 100g powdered sugar, sifted
  • 100g egg whites, room temperature
  • 100g granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp cranberry powder (I bought mine at Amazon)
  • 2-3 tsp intense red gel food coloring
For the filling
  • 6 tbsp salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground clove
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Roya Icing
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup meringue powder (got mine at Amazon as well)
  • 90ml water, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the macaron shells
Preheat oven to 310F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat. set aside.
Heat a small pot of water over medium heat until it steams. In the bowl of stand mixer, combine egg whites and granulated sugar. Place the mixing bowl on top of the steaming pot to create a double boiler. Make sure the bowl doesn't touch the water.
Whish the egg whites and sugar until sugar melts completely and egg whites become frothy and white in color. It will take about 1 to 2 minutes. After you achieved that texture, remove from the pot and put in on the stand mixer.
Using the mixer's whisk, whisk on high speed for 2 to 3 minutes until stiff peaks form. And there you go! You created a swiss meringue!
Sift together almond flour, powdered sugar and cranberry powder about 3 to 5 times and gently shake it onto the meringue bowl. Add in the gel food coloring.
Using the whisk again, whisk for about 10 to 15 secs on medium speed. Stop the mixer and use a spatula to fold in all the ingredients. If you can make a figure 8 without breaking the dripping batter, you can stop folding. Otherwise you have to keep folding and try doing the figure 8 again. Make sure not to overmix it.
Once your batter is correct, transfer it in the pastry bag fitted with 1 inch tip. Pipe it on the prepared baking sheets keeping about an inch apart between each cookie. Make sure to bang the baking sheet 3 to 5 times to remove the air bubbles.
Dry the for about 30 to 45 mins. Touch the top and once it is dry, toss the baking sheets in the oven and bake for 18 mins. Allow to cool at least 10minutes before removing from the pan.
For the filling
Whip the butter for about a minute until light and creamy. Add in all the spices and whip for 15 secs until it's all incorporated. Add in the molasses and mix for 20 secs.
Add the sugar and vanilla extract. Whip until everything is mixed together. The mixture must be smooth but not runny. Transfer in to a pastry bag and pipe on the flat side of the macaron shell. Cover it with another cookie.
For the Royal Icing
Beat the powdered sugar and meringue powder until combined.
Slowly add the water while whisking it and let it combine. Add vanilla extract.
Continue to whisk until icing forms stiff peak about 4mins. Transfer to piping bag and decorate the macarons!
  • Annette Wyeth Kovalcik Annette Wyeth Kovalcik on Dec 22, 2020

    How much powdered sugar? It isn’t t clear. Thanks.

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    • Annette Wyeth Kovalcik Annette Wyeth Kovalcik on Dec 24, 2020

      Thought as much but i am glad you revised for others. Merry Christmas and be well!

  • Colleen Powers Colleen Powers on Dec 22, 2020

    Sounds absurdly difficult.

    • Trish Trish on Dec 24, 2020

      I'd like to agree with you if it's really the first time you're making it. Heck even if it's the fourth time! It really takes a lot of practice to achieve a perfect macaron. Believe me I tried and failed multiple times that I almost gave up. But I kept going just for my own satisfaction 😊