Hello Kitty French Macarons!
French macarons can be a little tricky, so this is not a project to attempt the night before a party. My first batch went straight into the trash. Okay, so maybe a few went into my tummy too. They tasted fine, but were lumpy on the top. No big deal for your everyday round macs, but not acceptable for a cute little Hello Kitty face! The problem was that I had under folded the meringue mixture with the almond flour mixture. You have to completely incorporate the two so that they flow in a ribbon from a spatula (but not too fluid either!). Don’t worry too much about deflating the egg whites.
To make the Hello Kitty shape, pipe circles of batter onto parchment. Then there are two ways to make the ears. One, you can use a toothpick to immediately draw out some of the batter into two points. Two, and the way I found easier, pipe two points with your pastry bag. You must have the right size tip to use this method however. About .5″ round tip.
Use food coloring pens to draw the faces on your kitties. These pens can be found at craft stores and most larger grocery stores in the baking aisle. This turned out to be a very fun activity for the birthday girl who loved drawing faces on some of the kitties!
As usual, I used Martha Stewart’s French Macaron recipe, so I’ll send you her way if you’re ready to make your macs. I made a vanilla buttercream for the filling.
Into the freezer these cuties go until next week!
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