Introduction: Lavender and Rose French Macarons

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Hey Momoluvers, It's Momo and today I'll be showing you how to make these elegant and delicious macarons. I stand by my statement of french macarons being the greatest snack of all time, and I love experimenting and trying new recipes. I recently purchased rose water and lavender extract and the first thing I made was these macarons. May I just say I was not disappointed! I absolutely loved the flavor and color. I made these yesterday for Mother's Day and she was so excited to see them. Nonetheless, these are great cookies for Spring and so fun to make. I hope you all enjoy making these macarons and remember to vote in the Purple Challenge and Snack Contest

Step 1: Ingredients and Supplies

For the lavender shell:

1. 3/4 cup of powdered sugar

2. 3/4 cup of almond meal

3. 2 eggs (room temperature)

4. 1/4 cup of granulated sugar

5. 1/4 tsp of lavender extract

6. Purple food gel dye

For the lavender filling:

1. 1/2 cup of powered sugar

2. 5 tbsp softened butter

3. 1/4 tsp lavender extract

4. 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

5. Purple food gel dye

For the rose shell:

1. 3/4 cup powdered sugar

2. 3/4 cup almond meal

3. 2 eggs (room temperature)

4. 1/4 cup granulated sugar

5. 1/4 tsp rose water

6. Pink food gel dye

For the rose filling:

1. 1/2 cup powdered sugar

2. 5 tbsp softened butter

3. 1/4 tsp rose water

4. 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

5. Pink food gel dye

For the box:

1. Template

2. Scissors

3. Glue

4. Tape

5. Plastic sheet

Step 2: Sift It Real Good!

Sift the almond meal and powdered sugar in small portions.

Whisk the sugar and meal together.

(Preheat oven to 295*F)

Step 3: Meringue

Put the eggs in a bowl of hot water to make them room temperature. When the water gets cold, switch it out. After about 2 or 3 times of doing this, your eggs will be room temperature and ready to use.

Put the egg whites in the electric mixer and whisk it on medium high. Continue until you have a foamy, frothy substance.

Gradually add the granulated sugar, still mixing on medium high until you have a stiff, fluffy meringue.

Add the lavender extract and the purple gel dye and mix until well combined.

Step 4: Macaronage

Macaronage is the process of combining the flour and almond mixture with the meringue.

Add about 1/3 of the almond flour mixture to the meringue and fold it in. Use about 15-20 strokes to combine it well.

Add the other 1/3 and repeat.

Step 5: Piping

Fill a plastic or piping bag with the batter. I prefer using a zilpoc bag, because my piping bag isn't very convenient.

Pipe the cookies onto parchment paper just over an inch in diameter.

Lift the try a couple inches off the table and drop it. This will help release any trapped air bubbles. Repeat this a few times.

Use a toothpick and just pop any more surface bubbles that remained.

Let the macarons sit out for about 30 minutes or until they form a hard crust.

Bake the cookies at 295*F for about 13 minutes.

Let cool.

Step 6: Filling

Add all of the filling ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix it on high.

Go through with a spatula and stir it a bit more.

Step 7: Sandwiching the Cookies

Put the filling in a plastic or piping bag.

Pipe a little circle onto a cookie and lightly sandwich another cookie on top.

Step 8: Rose Macarons

Repeat the entire process but with the rose water and pink food dye.

Step 9: Constructing the Box

Cut out the top and bottom box (I have added bases in post, but in the pictures, I did not have a base for the boxes.

Fold the edges.

Glue the tabs and fold them in to construct the box.

Fold the larger ends in to reinforce the box.

Repeat with the bottom box.

The two boxes should sandwich together nicely.

Take a sheet of clear plastic, I just happened to have this from a makeup palette I recently purchased, and cut it down so that it will fit the box size.

Tape the four edges and make sure that the tape cannot be seen through the circle hole.

Cut a piece of parchment paper to the proportions of the box to keep the box protected from the macarons.

Add your macarons and that's all!

Step 10: Finished!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I always love making macarons and I love sharing them with other people. These macarons are perfect flavors for spring and they are absolutely beautiful. I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial and please vote for the Purple Challenge and the Snack Contest. Thank you!

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