“I want them for every table.”
And so, she shall have them. Specifically, bowls-full of macarons in assorted colors and flavors. I was giddy at the news and my mind was flooded with inspiration for buttercream fillings; mimosa, lemonade, blackberry, buttermilk, bourbon, mint julep – southern flavors that would do justice to the the location of the nuptials.
I had just one concern. I haven’t made macarons in months, so a few practice batches were in order.
Luckily, I still have the knack!
Although macs are already very feminine and dainty, a strand of sugar pearls makes them look even more elegant – almost like they are meant for fancy jewelry boxes instead of the dessert table. I found this idea in a UK-printed magazine simply called “Wedding Cakes“.
The task of pressing sugar pearls into buttercream one-by-one is a little tedious and time consuming, but just one or two pearl-donned macs can make an entire bowl look dressy. I can handle that.
Need help with your mac-making technique? Find my batter folding video here.
Tiffany Blue Macarons with Orange Blossom Buttercream
Makes about 15 sandwich cookies [click for printable version]
3/4 cup almond flour – I like Hodgson Mill
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 large egg whites, room temperature
1 pinch cream of tartar
1/2 cup extra fine sugar
Sky blue gel food coloring by Wilton
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment.
- Sift almond flour and confectioners’ sugar together 2-3 times. Set aside.
- Whisk egg whites with a hand mixer until foamy. Add cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Reduce speed and gradually add extra fine sugar. Increase speed and beat until stiff peaks form.
- Sift flour mixture over whites with a fine sieve. Discard any lumps or coarse bits that remain.
- Fold mixture together with a rubber spatula -using short strokes at first –until just combined . The batter will be very stiff. Place a small amount of Wilton Sky Blue gel food coloring on the end of a rubber spatula. Normally powdered food coloring is used, but a small amount of gel does not disturb the batter. I would not recommend liquid food coloring.
- Use bigger folds once batter loosens. When batter is ready, it should fall from the spatula in a thick ribbon.
- Transfer mixture to a piping bag. Pipe 1 or 1 1/2″ rounds on the parchment lined baking sheets. Let piped macarons stand uncovered for 15 minutes to form a crust.
- Decrease temperature to 325 just before placing the baking sheet in the oven. Bake pans one at a time for 10 minutes, turning halfway through.
Note: After first batch has baked, oven temp should be increased to 375 then decreased to 325 just before the 2nd baking sheet goes in.
Orange Blossom Buttercream:
1 cup unsalted butter
3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
Orange blossom water to taste
- Cream butter and confectioners’ sugar together in a large bowl using a hand mixer or stand mixer. Beat on high speed until light and fluffy. If mixture is stiff, use 1 or 2 tablespoons of cream to loosen.
- Add orange blossom water in small drops (a little goes a long way!). Beat until flavor is thoroughly incorporated. Transfer icing to a piping bag and pipe on half the macaron shells – don’t use too much icing! You don’t want the icing to be taller than the pearl dragees. Sandwich with remaining shells.
- Using a new pair of tweezers (or baking dedicated tweezers) press a line of pearl dragees into the buttercream.
These are incredible. The most perfect Tiffany macaron ever. The pearl idea is genius.
Tiffany Blue is one of my fave colors…I use it as an accent color in my house! I had it as my blog colors for 2+ years til I just changed it up last week.
These look amazing!!
Beautiful, these are going to be a huge hit!
I'm so excited! I really wanted to make macrons this weekend!! Thank you 🙂
These are so precious! I love them! 😀
These are too beautiful! I have yet to figure out the secret to vegan macarons, but I will succeed eventually.
The colours of these macs are breathtakingly soft and feminine. The addition of the candied pearls around the buttercream is so delicate. I love this idea and very happy that you shared it with us.
These are the absolute prettiest! Awesome idea.
those look great!
These are so beautiful! And thanks for the link to the video….that helped a lot! I've never made these before, but I think I could try now!
The photos and the macarons are stunningly beautiful!
three words. OH. MY. GOD. Now, three letters – O.M.G
I LOVE! Thanks Sis! 😀
That is beautiful! I love the pearls!
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This is the most gorgeous thing I have ever seen. I would weep for joy if this were incorporated into my wedding. No, actually, I would probably be speechless and then give you the biggest hug you have ever recieved.
As always, beautiful pictures, but these ones are by far my favorite.
These are gorgeous! And I'm sure just as delicious :]
These are so beautiful!
Yep, You definitely still have the knack, and I don't think you'll ever lose it:)
The Tiffany blue is stunning, and the sugar pearls are breathtaking!
I have never made a macaroon in my life and am so envious of those who have a knack for it. I love baking but have been hesitant toward macaroons because they seem outside of my little cookie and brownie baking skill set 😉 These are truly gorgeous, and the pearl decoration makes them so elegant and pretty. Thanks for sharing a great recipe. I'll let you know when I buck up and try it on my own – until then, I'll be admiring yours! 🙂
These are absolutely beautiful. And that has to be the prettiest Tiffany Blue I've ever seen. The work you've done with these pearls is so intricate. I'm sure it was quite tedious but it paid off so well!
Extremela dainty! Those pops are gorgeous.
These are simply beautiful and very ladylike with the pearls, totally worth the effort!
I'm pretty sure I'd take these over jewels just about any day! 🙂 Everything you make is magic!
Adore these, simple gorgeous little Tiffany blue macaroons.
That is my absolute favorite color too…just gorgeous! Excuse my ignorance, but where do you get orange blossom water? There are orange blossoms blooming down the street from my house…could I make my own??
Beautiful. Just beautiful.
I wonder if you could line up a row of the dragees and roll the macaroon along them. Even if you had to place two or three by hand it would be faster than the tweezer method for all of them.
wow, I think you've outdone yourself this time! These are incredible! Everything is better in Tiffany blue 🙂
These are going to look amazing at the wedding and receive plenty of appreciative attention! I love macarons…they are so adorable and delicious. I recently figured out how to make them and I'm so happy! : )
Love the pearls. It makes them so elegant.
How nice macarons, they look like jewels! 🙂
Such beautiful macarons!!
i love macaroons! and yours are beautiful… i am curious as to how to get them on the stick for a macaroon pop. i will definitely be experimenting this week.
Impresionante como cada entrada tuya!
Las perlas de azúcar han quedado divinas.
These are beautiful!
I seriously adore these. The Tiffany blue with the sugar pearls is to die for! How amazing Heather and what a lucky lucky bride (and guests!) xoxo ~Lili
I am in love. They are beautiful! And orange blossom buttercream?! Yum!
Also I forgot to say that your photography is amazing!
These are beautiful, and so is your photography!
Such a beautiful idea and stunning imagery. They would match so well with my tiffany blue champagne layer cake except macs and me do not see to get on – I have yet to make a succesful batch and so I am avoiding them but at least I can stare at these instead to get my macaron fix.
Que delicia, que delicadeza y que preciosidad de trabajo. Saludos
Charming and so clever – please tell what they are floating on in the cup….darling idea.
I've just been in Paris eating macaroons which were to die for from the best shops, but none were as pretty as your pearl-studded ones. Just beautiful.
Thanks to all for your kind comments!
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Oh wow this is gorgeous! 😮
The color is right on the money! Your right about losing the knack. I haven't made some in a while but need to get back into it. I had a few fails and fell of the wagon 😉