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It is no secret that I love French Macarons. I have shared many recipes on here, including flavors like Birthday Cake and Margarita. But for some reason, this holiday season I was obsessed with the idea of making Candy Cane Macarons.
And not just Candy Cane flavor - I really really really wanted the shell to have a candy cane swirl effect. It was not easy, and it took me three or four major fails - but I finally figured it out.
This swirl effect can be created by drawing lines down the side of your piping bag with food coloring (see picture below). The trick is having a long enough lollipop stick or cocktail stirrer that enables you to reach all the way down to the bottom of the piping bag. Otherwise, things get pretty messy.
When you start piping, the first few macarons will have minimal red swirl, but as you keep going, the swirl will get better and better.
But the real flavor comes from the filling. I filled the swirled shells with a peppermint buttercream and added a little crushed candy cane to give it that extra crunch!
for the shells:
for the buttercream:
*Makes about 25 macarons
*Makes 25 macarons
These Macarons are stunning. I love peppermint and the addition of crushed candy canes to the filling is pure genius. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe and the technique that creates the gorgeous swirl. Sammie www.feastingisfun.com
Hi Sammie! I am so glad you like them and hopefully you will give the swirl technique a try!