Santa macarons are a tasty treat to enjoy during the holidays. They make for a gourmet addition to a tin full of Christmas cookies as a gift for family and friends.
You can use your favorite macaron recipe and bake for the exact time in your recipe to make these Santa macarons.
Color your macaron batter using red powdered food coloring or red gel food coloring.
Red macarons need a little more color than you think, it’s best to use at least 1/2 tsp of powdered food coloring, or more red gel food coloring than you normally would.
Red can turn into pink if you don’t have enough coloring, therefore it’s best to use more than you think you need to.
Place Silpat mat or parchment paper onto an aluminum baking pan.
Pipe macarons as normal using a 1/2″ tip, in a circle.
Let macarons dry for 30 minutes.
Bake your macarons for the same amount of time in your recipe.
Let the shells cool to room temperature – about 20 min.
Fill Santa body macarons with filling, and sandwich them together.
Using an edible marker, draw a thick line to create the belt on the macaron in the lower half of the circle.
Melt a small amount of white chocolate.
Use a toothpick to add 2 dots of chocolate to create the buttons on the Santa body macaron. You could draw on the buttons as well if you prefer.
Dust a small bit of gold powdered food coloring onto a plate. Add a couple of drops of almond extract on top of the powdered food coloring. Use a food safe paint brush to mix them together to create your paint.
Using a thin tipped food safe paint brush, paint a square in the middle of the black belt you drew on the macaron earlier. Add a straight line on the side of the square to create the “belt hook”. See photos below.
Let the Santa body macarons dry for 30 minutes prior to storing in the fridge or freezer.