Christmas is my favorite time of the year and I’m always so excited to celebrate and make treats! This year, since Thanksgiving was so early, I feel like Christmas came early as well. This is actually my first Christmas DIY project of 2018 and you will love the story behind it! One day, out of the blue, I was contacted by a casting agent for major food show network. He invited me to participate in the Holiday Cookie Show! At first, I didn’t believe it at all. I thought it was definitely a scam. Can you imagine? Me?! On TV? I couldn’t believe it! I was so flattered that they would even consider me. I did my due diligence and found out it wasn’t a scam. Well, for the show application they wanted me to submit as many cookie photos as I could, preferably Holiday themed. The problem is that, I didn’t have any! LOL! So in the middle of summer, I had to start baking for Christmas. I ended up doing one more DIY and you will see that one soon. I submitted all my photos and did a skype interview. Let me tell you, that was the most nerve racking interview I have ever done in my entire life! I didn’t get chosen, but I certainly enjoyed the process. Who knows, maybe I’ll try it again sometime.
To make the Christmas Tree French macarons you will need:
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 ¾ cup powdered sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 3 egg whites, room temperature
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp salt
- Bright green food coloring
- Gold or red sugar pearls
- Christmas small sprinkles (non-pareils)
- Christmas snowflake or star sprinkles
- One batch of white buttercream (how to make firm buttercream frosting)
Macaron recipe from Tasty.co:
Combine powdered sugar, almond flour and half the salt at low speed, until extra fine. Sift the flour mixture. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites and other half salt until soft peaks form. Add granulated sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Beat vanilla and food coloring just to incorporate and to reach desired color. Add the almond flour mix, but don’t beat, just fold it in slowly with a spatula.
Transfer the macaron batter into a piping bag fitted with a large round tip. Pipe the macarons onto parchment paper or a silicon mat. Make 3 different sizes, small (1/2 inch), medium (3/4 inch) and large 1 ¼ inch). Tap the baking sheet a few times to release air bubbles. Let the macarons sit at room temperature for 30 minutes until dry. Preheat oven to 300F. Bake for 17 minutes or until macarons don’t stick to the paper. Cool completely. Macarons are very delicate and tricky to work with. Even though these look somewhat flat, I was happy with the results since I rarely make them. I’m going to have to practice more often.
To assemble the Christmas trees:
Pipe a swirl of buttercream using the star tip on the top part of the large macaron. Place the medium macaron on top, pipe another swirl of buttercream and add the top macaron. Pipe buttercream straight up on top of the tree. To add sprinkles and pearls on the sides you may need to delicately tilt the tree. Spread out the pearls to look like ornaments on the tree. Add sprinkles quickly before the buttercream dries. Add only sprinkles on top and a standing snowflake or star on the top.
And Voila!! You have one of the cutest Christmas treat around the net this year! These will be so much fun for the kids to put together in any cookie party. Which reminds me I have a Candy Themed cookie decorating party you can check out right here. As you know, I would love to receive any feedback, pictures or comments from you about this DIY. Don’t forget to live the CAKE life!!!!