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Holiday Macaron Tower

by Frank Tiu

Inspired by thegunnysack.com

Ingredients

for 40 macarons

Macaron Batter

  • 3 ½ cups
    powdered sugar, sifted (420 g)
  • 2 ½ cups
    superfine almond flour, sifted (240 g)
  • 8 egg whites, cold
  • 1 cup
    granulated sugar (200 g)

Gingerbread Flavor

  • ½ teaspoon
    ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon
    ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon
    ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon
    ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon
    ground allspice

Red Velvet Flavor

  • ½ tablespoon
    cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon
    red gel food coloring

Macaron Filling

  • 1 cup
    unsalted butter, room temperature (225 g)
  • 1 cup
    shortening (225 g)
  • ¼ teaspoon
    kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon
    ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon
    ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon
    ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon
    vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons
    eggnog
  • 8 cups
    powdered sugar, sifted (960 g)

Special Equipment

  • 1 styrofoam cone, 5 in by 15 in (13 cm by 38 cm)
  • toothpick
    Calories 209
    Fat 15g
    Carbs 16g
    Fiber 0g
    Sugar 14g
    Protein 3g

Estimated values based on one serving size.

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Preparation

  1. Make the macaron batter: In a large bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and almond meal. Set aside.
  2. In a separate large bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric hand mixer until the egg whites stay stuck to the sides of the bowl when tilted.
  3. Add the granulated sugar and beat until soft peaks form.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the whipped egg whites and fold with a rubber spatula until just combined.
  5. Transfer half of the batter to another bowl.
  6. Make the gingerbread flavor: To one bowl, add the cloves, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice, and gently fold to combine.
  7. Make the red velvet flavor: To the other bowl, add the cocoa powder and red food coloring, and gently fold to combine.
  8. Transfer the batters to 2 separate piping bags or zip-top bags.
  9. Pipe a bit of batter in each of the 4 corners of the baking sheet, then lay a piece of parchment paper on top and press against the batter dots to seal. Pipe the batter onto the baking sheet in ¾-inch (2 cm) circles, spacing about ½ inches (1 ¼ cm) apart. Gently tap the baking sheet against the counter to release any air bubbles.
  10. Let the macarons rest at room temperature for 1 hour, until a skin forms on the surface.
  11. Preheat the oven to 300˚F (150˚C).
  12. Bake the macarons for 20 minutes.
  13. Make the filling: In a large bowl, cream together the butter and shortening until smooth.
  14. Add the salt, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and eggnog, and beat to incorporate. Add the powdered sugar, a bit at a time, and beat until well combined and the filling is smooth.
  15. Transfer the eggnog filling to a piping bag or zip-top bag.
  16. Pipe the filling onto a macaron, then sandwich with another macaron. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
  17. Let the macarons rest in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, or overnight.
  18. To assemble the tower, insert a toothpick into the styrofoam cone, leaving ½-inch (1 ¼ cm) exposed. Gently press a macaron onto the toothpick. Repeat around the rest of the cone with the remaining macarons.
  19. Enjoy!
 

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