Halloween Donut Macarons

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    Halloween Donut Macarons

    Macarons, they just make me very happy. Oh, let me rephrase it, French Macarons – they make me extremely happy! Well french macarons are different from macarons so I thought I would make it clear which macaron I am talking about! Oh and these cute little Halloween donut macarons made me extra happy. Seriously how cute are these! I don’t even feel like eating them, I only want to look at them! Whee!

    These are regular french macarons with a twist. They have a donut ring on top and thus we call them “donut macarons”.

    Donut Macarons

    With Halloween just a few days away, I wanted to make some treat which is fun to look at is also delicious at the same time. And thus I came up with these donut macarons. They not only taste incredible [well all french macarons do, duh!] they look so cute well. These are perfect for your Halloween party and I bet they will be a big hit with the kids.

    Which one if your favorite? I like this orange guy, look how he’s looking at me! Spooky!

    Donut Macarons Halloween

    For this recipe, I used my favorite macaron recipe which always works for me. I filled these cute macaron shells with Pumpkin Butter from Trader Joe’s. Have you tried this butter? I got it when I went grocery this weekend and oh my god, it’s so good! I have been eating it all the time ever since I got it and I can’t tell you how incredible it tasted inside these macarons. I ate 3 cookies already and I am somehow resisting the temptation to eat more but I don’t think it will last very long! But can you blame me?

    Halloween Donut French Macarons

    Have you made macarons before? If not, than this post might help you > French Macarons: The Basics. I wrote this post sometime back where I wrote about the techniques involved in making french macarons. Actually making them is really easy, don’t get intimidated by these complex steps. You just need to get it right once and once you understand the tricks and techniques then there’s no looking back.

    Halloween Macarons

    I decorate these donut macarons with spooky sprinkles and other Halloween decorative stuff.

    Halloween French Macaron

     

     

    French Donut Macaron

     

    Method

    In a bowl sift together almond meal and powdered sugar, also known as confectioners sugar.

    Sift them thrice, this will ensure that macarons have smooth top.

    Separate eggs whites [they are best separated when cold] and keep them at room temperature for an hour before you start working on them. You can even leave them for 24 hours, this recipe does not work if egg whites are not at room temperature.

    Halloween Donut Macarons-Recipe-Step-1

    Start beating the egg whites at high speed using the wire whisk attachment of your stand mixer or using your hand mixer When it begins to foam, add cream of tartar.

    Keep beating till it reaches a shaving foam like consistency and then add the granulated sugar.

    Beat more till the egg whites develop stiff peaks and are shiny.
    Halloween Donut Macarons-Recipe-Step-2Start adding the almond meal – powdered sugar mixture into the egg whites. Don’t add the entire thing in one go, do it in 2-3 parts.

    As you start mixing, the batter will be tough at first but will loosen up as you proceed. Do not undermix and do not overmix either.

    The batter should not be runny but should still fall down from the spatula in a blob.

    Halloween Donut Macarons-Recipe-Step-3

    Transfer batter to pastry bag fitted with a 1/2 inch round tip. Pipe the batter onto the sheet/mat making small blobs around an inch big. For the donut ring, make only the boundary. I used this silicone mat especially designed for making macarons. If you are using a cookie sheet, line it first with parchment paper and then pipe the batter. After you have piped all the macarons, let them sit at room temperature for 30-45 minutes, do not bake them immediately. If you bake them immediately, they will not develop their trademark “feets”.

    After 30 minutes, preheat your oven to 300 F degrees. Bake at 300 F degrees for 15-20 minutes [time may vary depending on your oven].

    While the macarons are baking, make the glaze by mixing together confectioners sugar and water.

    Divide the glaze into 4 parts. Color it in orange, black and purple. Leave the 4th part as such.

    Halloween Donut Macarons-Recipe-Step-4Once the macarons have baked, take them out of the oven and let them cool completely. Don’t try to remove them before they have cooled down.

    Once the shells have cooled down, take one of the base and pipe little pumpkin butter in the center. Now take the donut ring, and apply glaze over it. Decorate it with spooky sprinkles.

    Put the donut ring over the base to form “donut macarons”.

    Halloween Donut Macarons-Recipe-Step-5Decorate all the donut macarons similarly.

    Donut Macarons for Halloween

    Halloween Donut Macarons

    Serves: 25 donut macarons

    French "Donut" Macarons filled with Pumpkin Butter and decorated with Spooky Sprinkles! Perfect for Halloween party!
    Ingredients
    Macaron shells
    • 1 cup almond meal
    • 1.5 cups confectioners sugar
    • ¼ cup granulated white sugar
    • 3 egg whites, at room temperature
    • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
    Filling
    • ½ cup pumpkin butter
    Glaze
    • ¾ cup confectioners sugar
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • black food color
    • orange food color
    • purple food color
    • spooky sprinkles, for decorating
    Instructions
    Make the macaron
    1. In a bowl sift together almond meal and confectioners sugar thrice, this will ensure that macarons have smooth top.
    2. Separate eggs whites [they are best separated when cold] and keep them at room temperature for an hour before you start working on them. This recipe works only with room temperature egg whites.
    3. Start beating the egg whites at high speed using the wire whisk attachment of your stand mixer or using your hand mixer When it begins to foam, add cream of tartar.
    4. Keep beating till it reaches a shaving foam like consistency and then add the granulated sugar.
    5. Beat more till the egg whites develop stiff peaks and are shiny.
    6. Start adding the almond meal – powdered sugar mixture into the egg whites. Don’t add the entire thing in one go, do it in 2-3 parts.
    7. As you start mixing, the batter will be tough at first but will loosen up as you proceed. Do not undermix and do not overmix either.
    8. The batter should not be runny but should still fall down from the spatula in a blob.
    9. Transfer batter to pastry bag fitted with a ½ inch round tip. Pipe the batter onto the sheet/mat making small blobs around an inch big.
    10. After you have piped all the macarons, let them sit at room temperature for 30-45 minutes, do not bake them immediately.
    11. After 30 minutes, preheat your oven to 300 F degrees. Bake at 300 F degrees for 15-20 minutes.
    12. While the macarons are baking, make the glaze by mixing together confectioners sugar and water.
    13. Divide the glaze into 4 parts and color 3 parts with orange, purple and black food color.
    Completing the donut macaron
    1. Once the macarons have baked, take them out of the oven and let them cool completely. Don't try to remove them before they have cooled down.
    2. Once the shells have cooled down, take one of the base and pipe little pumpkin butter in the center.
    3. Now take the donut ring, and apply glaze over it. Decorate it with spooky sprinkles.
    4. Put the donut ring over the base to form "donut macarons".
    5. Decorate all donut macarons in whatever way you like.

     Halloween Donut Macarons

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    66 thoughts on “Halloween Donut Macarons

    1. These are beautiful Manali! I’m totally amazed with your creativity and I’m sure it took a lot of patience to create them but they are a winner! I want some macarons now! Might make some, but just the regular kind 🙂

    2. Hi Manali,

      I’ve just stared at the first picture for 5 minutes straight. I’m mesmerized. I seriously can’t get over the fact at how perfect they all look. I’m glad that macaroons make you happy. The pictures alone gave me the biggest smile 😀 Amazing recipe and picture!

    3. Wow, this is so creative! I like how you had the donut shaped top half on the round bottom half so you can decorate the macarons as eyes and such. The macaron that has the little candy pumpkin on it is super cute. What a great addition to a Halloween party!

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