What is the Correct Macaron Tip Size to Use

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The size of a macaron tip you want to use is a ½” tip.

How to use the tip to pipe macarons?

  1. Place the ½” tip into a large piping bag. Feed it down the bag until it’s at the end. 
  2. Make a mark on the bag where you should be cutting. This will be in the middle of the metal tip. 
  3. Put the tip a bit further back into the bag so you can easily cut it.
  4. Cut the bag. 
  5. Put the tip back to its proper area at the end of the bag. 
  6. Twist the bag and fold the tip under. 
  7. Then place the bag into a glass so it’s ready for you to put the macaron batter in. By twisting the bag, the batter doesn’t fall through the bag as you’re trying to add the batter to it. 
  8. Once you have the batter all in the bag, twist the top of the bag to close it. 
  9. Lift the bag up and out of the glass.
  10. Use your fingers to gently press the bag and pipe the macarons.
  11. Let the macarons dry for 30 min. Bake the macarons for the required time in your recipe.
pink macarons

How to Color Macarons

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Macarons are colored by using food coloring, tea, coffee, lavender, roses, or cookie crumbs to color them.

What kind of food coloring do you use to color macarons?

  • Gel food coloring
  •  powdered food coloring

*Do not use any water based food coloring as that will interfere. This is due to the macarons having a very specific liquid to dry ingredient ratio. By adding liquid to the macaronage this will throw off the recipe unfortunately making the macarons not turn out.

How to use gel food colouring to color macarons?

  • Use a toothpick to obtain a small amount of food colouring
  • Add food colouring to your initial egg whites
  • Add in your almond flour and icing sugar
  • Mix together until combined into a dark colour

 How to use powdered food colouring to color macarons?

  • Measure 1/4 teaspoon powdered food colouring
  • And food colouring to egg whites
  • Mix with almond flour and icing sugar until fully combined

How to use coffee, Oreo crumbs or cocoa powder in macarons for adding color and flavour to your macaron shells?

  • Add anywhere from ¼ tsp to 4 tsp of cocoa powder or coffee grounds to your egg whites
  • Mix with almond flour and icing sugar until fully combined
coffee macaron
coffee macaron

How to use tea in macarons?

  • Place the tea leaves in a mortar and pestle
  • Grind up the tea – not too much that it forms a powder. You still want to be able to see the tea leaves, but not for them to be in large pieces
  • Place the tea into the egg whites. Mix the leaves with the almond flour and icing sugar until fully combined

What other foods can you use to color macaron shells?

  • Rose petals
  • Basil leaves
  • Rosemary

When can you add sprinkles or a dusting of coffee or Oreo crumbs to the shells?

  • Add these items once you’ve piped out your macarons, do not wait to add these decorations. As soon as you’ve piped them, add the decorations. Then let them dry before putting them in the oven. 
macaron before baking

What can you use to decorate the macaron shell other than coloring after they’re done baking?

  • White/milk/dark chocolate streaks across the shell
  • Dipped in chocolate
  • Dipped in caramel
  • Dipped in chocolate and nuts
  • Chocolate streaks and then a dusting of sprinkles
  • Chocolate and pistachios

How can you use paint to color macarons?

Use a powdered food color, for example – gold dust. Add a pinch of it to a tiny bowl. Add a couple drops of a light extract where the flavor will not interfere too much with the macaron. Almond extract is my go to. Next, use a food safe paint brush to paint onto the macaron. Let it dry for 30 min before adding any filling to it.

unicorn macarons

Are there markers you can use on a macaron?

Use an edible marker to draw on the macaron shell to create your own designs.

polar bear macaron
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You can personalize your macarons by adding text for the person you’re making them for!

“Happy Birthday Abby!”

You can also paint faces of animals on macarons like our Bear Macarons or Unicorn Macarons.

Coloring macarons is fun to do when you have the right tools to do so. Add food coloring by using gel or powder food coloring, tea, coffee, cocoa, Oreo crumbs, or rose petals to the egg whites. Then add the icing sugar and almond flour and mix until the color has fully integrated into the macaron batter. To add color after the shells have cooled, you can add chocolate or caramel in streaks across the shells. Or, dip your macarons and add nuts, pistachios or sprinkles for an added touch of color.

pink macaron-with dark chocolate ganache filling
pink macaron with dark chocolate ganache filling

How to get Bright Colored Macarons

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Making bright colored macarons is easy to do with selecting the right type of food coloring. 

What type of food coloring to use for bright colored macarons?

  • Gel food coloring
  • Powdered food coloring
pink macarons

How to use gel food coloring for bright colored macarons?

  • Use a toothpick to obtain a small amount of coloring
  • Add the coloring to your bowl of egg whites
  • Mix the color with the almond flour, icing sugar and egg whites until fully combined

How to use powdered food coloring for bright colored macarons?

  • Measure out ¼ tsp of powdered food coloring
  • Add the powdered food coloring to the egg whites and mix together
  • Add the almond flour and icing sugar and mix until it’s fully combined

You cannot use water based food coloring when making macarons. The liquid interferes with the macarons ratio of dry and liquid ingredients you have measured out. Everything you have weighed, measured, sifted, whipped, etc. will be lost due to the liquid not being accounted for in the recipe. Your macarons will not turn out if you use liquid water based food coloring.

Can you make more than 1 color per recipe when making macarons?

  • No

You need to make each color separately with a different batch of macarons. 

If you’re wanting to create an array of bright colored macarons, you need to make multiple batches. Since macarons take a long time to make, consider making a couple batches each day and then freezing them until you have all of the colors made for your upcoming event. 

Another option is to paint the macarons with powdered food coloring. Use an edible paint brush to put the color on. Use a pinch of color, and add almond extract. Paint the color onto the macaron.

Macarons will keep well in the freezer for at least 3-4 weeks when kept in an airtight container. Each batch you make will be about ~40 macarons give or take. This will give you plenty of variety if you make 4-5 batches of macarons.

pink macarons

How to Make Dark Colored Macarons

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Making dark colored macarons involves selecting dark colored food coloring. Dark colored macarons would be navy, black, or dark brown

What kind of food coloring do you use for dark colored macarons?

  • Gel food coloring
  • Powdered food coloring

*Do not use any water based food coloring as that will interfere. This is due to the macarons having a very specific liquid to dry ingredient ratio. By adding liquid to the macaronage this will throw off the recipe unfortunately making the macarons not turn out.

How to use gel food coloring for dark colored macarons?

  • Use a toothpick to obtain a small amount of food coloring
  •  add food coloring to your initial egg whites
  •  add in your almond flour and icing sugar
  •  mix together until combined into a dark color

How to use powdered food coloring?

  • Measure 1/4 teaspoon powdered food coloring
  • And food coloring to egg whites
  •  mix with almond flour and icing sugar until fully combined

  Flavors of dark colored macarons

  • Licorice
  • Oreo cookies and cream
  • Coffee
  • Macchiato
  • Chocolate
  • Caramel
  • Salted caramel
  • Red velvet
  • Coffee and Bailey’s
  • Chocolate hazelnut
  • Blueberry
  • Blackberry
  • Dark chocolate truffle
  • S’more 

Being able to create dark colored macarons will give your array of colors some depth to your guests eyes when they see them. They will be eye catching and people will wonder how you got such a dark colored macaron. Add your dark food coloring by using either gel or powdered food coloring to your egg whites. Then add your icing sugar and almond flour. Mix well until it’s fully homogenized color comes through. Creating these dark colored macarons will be a welcomed new addition to your palette of macarons.

cookies and cream icing recipe
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When to Add Food Coloring to Macarons

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The best time to add food coloring to macarons is when you are starting to make the macronage. 

Initially, you are measuring and adding your egg whites to your bowl. Then add the food coloring. Mix the food coloring with the egg whites. It doesn’t have to be fully mixed together. 

Add your sifted, weighed and measured almond flour and icing sugar. At this point, you need to mix them all together until you obtain a fully homogenized coloring. 

pink macaron with sprinkles

When you are adding your food coloring, try to make the color much more intense than you initially planned for. Your color is going to be stretched much further than the initial color. You still have to add all of the meringue to your bowl, which will dilute out the color you have put into your bowl.

What kind of food coloring to use for macarons?

  • Powdered food coloring
  • Gel food coloring

You cannot use your usual water based colors. The liquid interferes with the macarons. Everything you have weighed, measured, sifted, whipped, etc. will be lost due to the liquid not being accounted for in the recipe. Your macarons will not turn out if you use liquid water based food coloring.

How to use gel food coloring for macarons?

  • Use a toothpick to obtain a small amount of coloring
  • Add the coloring to your bowl of egg whites
  • Mix the color with the almond flour, icing sugar and egg whites until fully combined

How to use powdered food coloring for macarons?

  • Measure out ¼ tsp of powdered food coloring
  • Add the powdered food coloring to the egg whites and mix together
  •  Add the almond flour and icing sugar and mix until it’s fully combined
coffee macaron
coffee macaron

How to use coffee, Oreo crumbs or cocoa powder in macarons for adding color and flavour to your macaron shells?

  • Add anywhere from ¼ tsp to 4 tsp of cocoa powder or coffee grounds to your egg whites
  • Mix with almond flour and icing sugar until fully combined
oreo macarons

How to use tea in macarons?

  • Place the tea leaves in a mortar and pestle
  • Grind up the tea – not too much that it forms a powder. You still want to be able to see the tea leaves, but not for them to be in large pieces
  • Place the tea into the egg whites. Mix the leaves with the almond flour and icing sugar until fully combined

Adding food coloring to macarons makes them desirable and eye catching. Try out making your own colored macarons at home using either powdered or gel food coloring after adding your initial egg whites. Mix the colored egg whites with your almond flour and icing sugar until it’s fully combined. 

pink macaron-with dark chocolate ganache filling
pink macaron with dark chocolate ganache filling

How to Sift Almond Flour Faster

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Sifting almond flour is tedious and difficult at the best of times. Using a medium mesh strainer or colander is a much faster way of sifting almond flour. Usually a regular sifter has fine mesh which makes the clumps of almonds difficult to separate into the fine, light almond flour that you need to make macarons. Macarons have a smooth texture, and melt in your mouth when you eat them. Sifting almond flour and icing sugar together give you that velvety texture you are trying to achieve.

If your almond flour is quite clumped together, you can use a food processor to grind up your almond flour to more of a fine powder. Then sift your almond flour after it’s a bit finer of a grind.

How to Sift Almond Flour Faster
sift almond flour faster by using a strainer or colander
oreo macarons

What is the best sifter to use for macarons?

ExcelSteel Heavy Mesh Colander

  • Medium sized mesh for easily sifting almond flour
  • Handles on both sides – easy to hold steady while sifting
  • Ergonomically friendly
  • Made so it can rest on the top of a bowl
  • Stainless steel – strong, resists wear and tear, dishwasher safe

How does a sifter work?

A sifter works separating clumps of food through a mesh. It falls through the mesh by gravity. Give the sifter a light tap to make the food fall through to your bowl below. Sifting almond flour of icing sugar for macarons creates air and increases the surface area. This makes the dry ingredients easily incorporate with the wet ingredients giving it an even distribution. 

After you’re done sifting your almond flour measure the amount on a scale to get an accurate reading. Always measure your sifted ingredients after you’ve sifted them. 

What’s the best almond flour to use for macarons?

The best almond flour to use for macarons is one that has been sifted already. Blue Diamond Almond Flour comes already sifted so you know you’re getting a fine ground. Be sure to sift the almond flour again when you’re using it to make macarons.

how does a sifter work with almond flour

How to sift almond flour and icing sugar for macarons?

  1. Place almond flour into your largest mesh strainer or sifter. It should be about ⅓-½ full. Don’t overfill the sifter because it will be impossible to use! It’s better to sift in small batches. 
  2. Tap the edge of the strainer until all of the almond flour has passed through that can.
  3. Excess almond flour that wont pass through-discard this portion.
  4. Weigh almond flour out to the proper measurement.
  5. Place almond flour into your mixing bowl.
  6. Sift icing sugar into a separate bowl. Discard any balls of icing sugar that won’t pass through the sifter-either that or use the excess for macaron filling later on.
  7. Weigh icing sugar out to the proper measurement.
  8. Place icing sugar into your mixing bowl with almond flour.

Do you need to sift almond flour for macarons?

Yes! If you do not sift your almond flour before weighing out your recipe, you are actually packing more into the recipe. This is because the almond flour packs onto itself after it’s been sitting for a while. That’s why you see it clumping in the bag. 

Icing sugar is the same way, it ends up in little balls instead of staying like a powder.  

When you sift your ingredients and take the time to weigh out your measurements, this is your chance of success when baking macarons.  

cookies and cream icing recipe
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How to make your own almond flour for macarons

Making almond flour for macarons is quite easy with the right tools. Obtain a large amount of blanched almonds. The skins must be removed. This is because there is quite a bit of oil in the skins, which will make the almonds more like a paste instead of a flour. With your blanched almonds, grind them into a fine powder using a food processor on high power. Pulse and blend them until you’re happy with the powdered consistency. Sift and measure out your almond flour for your macarons.

How to Harvest and Dry Lavender for Cooking

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Harvesting and drying lavender for cooking involves drying the lavender first.

lavender with stems

How to dry lavender for cooking?

Cut the stems just below the flowers when they are in full bloom. This time is the best time for harvesting lavender. The fragrance is the strongest when lavender is in full bloom. It will keep the fragrance and flavour when you dry it, if you’re harvesting during this time.

Bundle the lavender stems together with a string. Tie the lavender together and hang it upside down. Place a plate underneath them to gather up any droppings so it won’t make a huge mess.

Be sure to place your bundle of lavender in the darkest room in the house, even in a closet that doesn’t get opened too often. The darker the room, the more fragrance it will retain while drying. Leave the lavender to dry for ~ 1 week.

How to harvest lavender for cooking?

Here are 3 different ways to harvest them:

  1. Hold the stems. Put a plate under the lavender to gather all of the buds. Shake the lavender until the buds fall from the stems. 
  1. If you only need a few buds run your finger down the stem to remove the buds. 
  1. Place dried lavender in a sealed bag. Roll the bag until all the dried lavender buds have been removed from the stems. You’ll have to tip the bag at an angle to get them out from the bottom. Or, you can remove the stems from the bag and you are ready to store your dried lavender buds.
lavender buds

Once you’re finished harvesting your lavender, you can store the excess for your next cooking adventure with lavender. 

How to store your harvested lavender?

Store in an airtight container or resealable bag. Store your container in a dark area. The darker the area, the more likely the vibrant purple color will stay. If your lavender is exposed to light, the color will fade.

How to use lavender in cooking?

When you’re using lavender for cooking, you’ll be infusing the flavours like you do when you make tea. For making ice cream you boil the flavour to infuse it into the ice cream. Then you strain out the florets afterwards so it makes it a creamy lavender flavouring. 

If you’re using it with cookies, you’ll be grinding it up with a mortar and pestle into a fine ground powder as much as possible. You don’t want to be using the full floret, as that won’t give you the texture you’re looking for in your baking. Texture is incredibly important when you’re baking, so try to stick to your recipes and what they recommend on how to process it when you’re using lavender in cooking.

lavender-ice-cream

How to use lavender in a cocktail?

Use the full florets in a shaker. Add lime and a bit of sugar. Muddle the lavender so the flavour will be infused into your cocktail. Add a little more if you need more flavour.

How to use lavender when making a lavender mojito?

Put the lavender in with the mint, lime and sugar and muddle it all together at the same time. You’ll love this new twist to your mojito! 

13 lavender recipe ideas for your newly harvested lavender

  • Lavender lemonade
  • Lavender shortbread cookies
  • Lavender vanilla tarts
  • Lavender honey ice cream
  • Lavender lemon bars
  • Lavender thyme sorbet
  • Lavender mojitos
  • Lemon lavender cake with lemon icing
  • Lavender creme brulee
  • Blackberry lavender cake
  • Lavender latte
  • Lavender jelly
  • Lavender blueberry pie

3 Ways on How to Remove Lavender Buds from Stems

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lavender with stems

Removing lavender buds from their stems is very easy and only takes a few minutes of patience. Your hands will smell like lavender after touching your dried lavender stems. If you don’t want to smell like lavender, you might want to put on some gardening gloves for this.

Before removing the lavender buds, be sure to have the lavender fully dried. It takes about ~1 week for it to be fully dry and ready to remove the buds. To dry your lavender, hang the stems upside down. Use a rubber band or string to tie the stems together, then hang it on a nail on the wall for a full 7 days. Try to pick the darkest room in the house so the scent and color will hold as you dry it out.

How to Remove lavender buds from stems

  1. Hold the stems. Put a plate under the lavender to gather all of the buds. Shake the lavender until the buds fall from the stems. 
  1. If you only need a few buds run your finger down the stem to remove the buds. 
  1. Place dried lavender in a sealed bag. Roll the bag until all the dried lavender buds have been removed from the stems. You’ll have to tip the bag at an angle to get them out from the bottom. Or, you can remove the stems from the bag and you are ready to store your dried lavender buds.

How to store your lavender buds

Store in an airtight container or resealable bag. Store your container in a dark area. The darker the area, the more likely the vibrant purple color will stay. If your lavender is exposed to light, the color will fade.

How long do the dried lavender buds last?

They will last for over a year. Best to make new dried lavender annually so it’s as fresh as possible. The scent will deteriorate over time.

How to Store Dried Lavender Buds

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Store dried lavender buds by placing them in an airtight container. You can also place them into a sealable bag. Be sure to store your dried lavender buds in a dry place so they wont get wet. 

When to harvest lavender for drying?

Try to harvest the lavender when it’s most fragrant. This is when the buds are a vibrant purple color right before they open. Cut the lavender stems during a hot day. You don’t want to pick them when they have been recently rained on. 

How to dry lavender?

Dry the lavender by putting a rubber band around the stems and hang it in a dark warm area. By drying them in a dark area it will keep its vibrant color as much as possible. Put a paper towel under them to catch any that fall on the floor. They should be ready to store after about a week of drying.

Remove the buds from the stem of the lavender. Store the dried lavender buds in an airtight container in a dark and warm area until you’re ready to use them. 

You can use dried lavender for:

lavender buds

How to Dust Powdered Sugar

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Powdered Sugar is dusted by using a sifter to separate the powdered sugar into dust form. 

How to put a dusting of powdered sugar for a decoration on the top of your recently made creation:

  1. Put about ¼ cup powdered sugar into a sifter
  2. Place over your creation, touch the side of the sifter with a bit of force to let the sugar be dusted onto the creation
  3. Move the sifter to a different location until the whole item is covered to your liking.
how to dust powdered sugar with sifter

What is a sifter?

A sifter is used in the kitchen to separate clumps of food. It looks like a mesh bowl with a handle. It looks similar to a strainer, but it has a long handle. The mesh on a sifter is very fine, unlike a strainer which is a bit larger. This way, it will have to pass through very small holes creating only a tiny amount of icing sugar passing through at a time.

This creates the “dust” look on a dessert

How does the sifter work?

A sifter increases the surface area of the icing sugar by separating it. 

Sifters are made of stainless steel. They resist wear and tear, and you can put them in the dishwasher when they are very dirty. 

How to clean a sifter?

Tap the sifter on the garbage can, or into the sink to get the excess off. Wash with soap and water when you want to give it a good clean after a few uses.

Only use your sifter when it’s fully dry. Otherwise, you’ll have clumps of icing sugar that will not be able to pass through your sifter.

Dusting powdered sugar onto your dessert is easily done by using a sifter and about ¼ cup of powdered sugar. Tap the sifter gently to dust lightly onto the food. Add more as needed.

how to dust powdered sugar