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DIY….Cat Shaped Macarons

We have found the easiest way to make your own Cat Macarons for any occasion! First inspired by the ones
over here…we found this simple tried and true recipe.  Whether you say macaroons or macarons,  these are perfect for just because or a pick me up treat for a cat themed birthday party!  Sharing all the details below….ENJOY! xxo
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RECIPE:

Macaron Recipe via Wilton

2 cups Confectioners’ Sugar
1 cup almond flour
3 egg whites (room temperature)
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
pinch of salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar

In a large bowl, beat egg whites, cream of tartar and salt on high speed until foamy, then with the mixer running, slowly add the sugar. When the mixture reaches soft peaks, add vanilla and color.

Continue whipping just until mixture forms stiff peaks.

Sift confectioners’ sugar and almond flour together, discarding any bits of almond flour that are too large to pass through the strainer.

Gently pour the almond mixture over the whipped egg whites so they don’t deflate. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the almond flour mixture into the egg whites until the mixture holds a 10 count, meaning when batter falls from the spatula to the bowl it takes about 10 seconds until it fully blends into the rest of the bowl in the batter. This way, the almond mixture is fully hydrated but egg whites still retain some air. The mixture is thick enough to pipe without running everywhere, but the peak at the top of each piped cookie will fall on its own, making a perfectly smooth cookie. This takes about 45 turns, but depending on how aggressively you fold, it can be more or less.

Transfer the batter to the prepared decorating bag. Pipe 1 inch rounds of batter onto the parchment lined pans, spacing at least 1 inch apart or use a macaron baking silicone mat, you can find one here.

Cat Macarons

USE a toothpick to make the “ears”….pictured below

Once finished… tap the pans hard on the countertop 4-5 times to release trapped air, and then let sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes or until the unbaked macaron forms a skin and do not stick to your finger when touched. Allowing the macaron to crust over is what leads to their signature “feet,” the holey ring that arises during baking at the base of each cookie.

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Bake for 18-22 minutes on a shelf in the center of the oven at 275 degrees. If baking 2 pans at a time on different oven racks, rotate the pans from bottom to top midway through baking. There isn’t a great visual on how long to bake macaroon. When underbaked, the centers can be wet. When overbaked, they start to brown slightly and become very crunchy instead of crisp on the top with a softer interior.

Filling:
1/4 Cup of Butter
1 package of cream cheese
1 TBSP Vanilla
1 TSP Almond Extract
2 Cups Confectioners’ Sugar

SHOP

Use this edible pen HERE for making the cat faces!

hand mixer HERE….PLUS  alternate attachment beater HERE   or

Artisan Regular Mixer HERE

Silicone Baking Sheet like the one we used HERE

 

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