Tuesday, July 5, 2011

fourth of july - red white and blue blueberry macarons

For fourth of July we had made plans to hang out with our friends Diana and Gav and their daughter Naomi, and I (of course) wanted to make something for us to snack on.  Last year I made these red white and blue cupcakes, and this year I ended up making red white and blue macarons!

I decorated the macaron shells with red and blue star confetti sprinkles and white non-pareils before baking, and couldn't wait to see how they looked when they came out of the oven.

To my horror, half of them had horribly cracked, while half of them were fine.  I'm not quite sure what happened.  Maybe it was the addition of the sprinkles on the top?  I've also read that you need to hit your baking tray hard against the counter before baking, to get out all of the air bubbles.  I'll have to remember to do that next time.

I had originally wanted to fill a third of the macarons with raspberry cream cheese filling (for the red), a third with blueberry cream cheese filling (for the blue), and the last third with plain cream cheese filling (for the white), but ended up just doing the blueberry.

I chopped up my blueberries and then cooked them on the stove for a bit to soften them and reduce the amount of liquid I would be adding to the filling.  This gave me a jam-like consistency, which I cooled and then whipped with cream cheese, vanilla, salt, and confectioner's sugar.

Despite the cracked ones, the rest of the macarons turned out great!  I couldn't really taste the blueberry flavor though, so next time I'll have to add more.  Also, while I thought the star sprinkles were really cute, they ended up being rather hard when biting into the macaron.  So the next time I add sprinkles to my macarons, I'll attach them with the filling after their baked, like I did with my Hello Kitty Macarons, since I don't remember thinking the sprinkles being so hard (perhaps the filling softens them a bit?)

Happy Fourth of July!


  1. forget about the ones that cracked. The ones that didnt are so cute!

  2. These are so perfect for the 4th, I am sure that everyone enjoyed them. Great pics-thanks for sharing.

  3. I love Macarons, the almond taste is delicious. Yours looks wonderful

  4. Another triupmh! I think I need to have you over for a tutorial! :)

  5. These are adorable- I love your simple decorating too! It makes them seem so sweet. =)

  6. Happy Fourth of July Shell! Those are beautiful cookies!

  7. Your macaroons are awesome ! Ö

  8. These are fantastic! I've been making them by the boat-loads lately and didn't even think about doing them in red white and blue for yesterday. They're so perfectly shaped and have beautiful feet. If you tell me this was your first time making macarons, I will die! :P


    1. @Christopher W. - thank you! your macarons look great! and no this was not my first time making macarons, this one was: http://i-heart-baking.blogspot.com/2010/12/french-macarons.html