I loooove baking especially during the holiday season. Making Halloween treats is so much fun because you get to combine sweet with scary and these bloody macarons are just that! They are delicious and super easy to make and would be the perfect centerpiece for any Halloween party! 

Attempting macarons had always intimidated me-- you always hear how temperamental they are and how simply over or under mixing can completely ruin your entire batch. Also, if I'm being totally honest, I've made macarons like twice in the past and both times they were total fails BUT after researching a bunch how to properly make them, I found lots of helpful tips and they finally came out perfect. You can do it too. I believe in you. 











Ingredients
Macaron Shells
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 egg whites; room temperature
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Buttercream Frosting
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Extras
- 3 tablespoons raspberry jam for filling
- Red food coloring

Directions
Making the Macarons
1. Before starting, pass the almond flour and powdered sugar through a fine mesh sieve to get rid of any lumps, then whisk together. 

2. In a stand mixer, whisk together the egg whites until frothy (approx. 2 minutes) then add in granulated sugar. Continue to whisk egg whites on high until they form stiff, glossy peaks (approx. 8 minutes). Once stiff, add in vanilla extract and mix until incorporated.

3. Fold dry ingredients into the egg whites until the mixture reaches a lava consistency. This is the most important step in making macarons. You don't want the mixture too thick or too runny. Your batter should fall off your spatula in ribbons. Tip: Drag your spatula through the mixture. It should hold itself for a few seconds then blend back in after about 10 seconds. Put mixture into a piping bag fitted with a 1/2 inch round tip.

4. Pipe macarons onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Tip: If you want consistent and uniform macarons, use a template. You can buy baking mats with the circles drawn on or download one online <here!Tap the baking sheet a couple times to get rid of any air bubbles, then set aside to dry for 30 minutes to an hour. The drying process is very important, it's how the macarons get their classic "feet".  (You should be able to touch the macarons and not get any batter on your fingers).

5. Place baking sheet in a 325 degree oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. For the bloody effect, thin out some red food coloring with water and splatter on cooled down macaron shells. Let dry.

 Making the Buttercream Frosting
1. In a stand mixer, whip butter until soft and smooth, and the butter has lightened in color.

2. Add in powdered sugar and mix until incorporated.

3. Add in milk and vanilla extract then continue to mix until smooth.

4. To build macarons, pipe a ring of buttercream then fill the centers with your jam. Place another shell on top and gently press down. 

And that's it! These macarons were delicious and soooo fun to make! What are your favorite treats to bake during the Halloween season? Let me know!

Until next time,
Stay Wild
xx