My default recipe, used to pipe macarons in three different shapes, or if you consider two slightly different shapes for the trees, that would make four… I confess that the tree shape was not easy for me at all. After piping a few, I decided that “modernizing” the concept would be acceptable. And my mental sanity was preserved. Kind of .
Most of the macaron batter was dyed green, and a small amount red for the details. They need to be added right after piping the basic shape, so they will blend into it. The filling was a simple peppermint buttercream, which I think goes well this time of the year. In the composite picture below, you can see the two different takes on the Christmas tree concept. The simple triangle is a lot more forgiving, especially considering you will need to pair two shells and they need to match as precisely as possible.
I also made some in a wreath format, and maybe that ended up as my favorite…
I think all of them are very festive.
I know the straight triangle method would be way simpler for me. I failed Kindergarten Scissor Skills 101 so unless I had a cutter or template for the triangle no two would ever match.
The wreath is adorable. I like the curvy line you piped on it as well. I know this is one of THOSE questions that proves I have not mastered macarons but do you cut the circle in the center out after the cookies cool and then fill and sandwich together?
I saw this macaron this morning and thought you might like the idea:
Cheers and happy holiday baking,
I love pies and tacos – did you know she is also Brazilian-American?
as to the wreath, it is piped as a circle – the only thing to be concerned is making sure the batter is not too runny of the hole might get too small and end up more like a donut, which is fine but not what I wanted – so you pipe a kind of open circle.
Now it makes sense why it looked like there were a few desserts I knew you had posted about on her site. Pies and tacos…a cross cultural alliance I fully support!
Thanks for explaining how to make the wreath!