Peppermint Macarons

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Peppermint Macarons are filled with peppermint white chocolate ganache and rolled in crushed candy canes. Textured macaron shells make them very festive for the Holiday season. These macarons are so much fun to make. Read my instructions below how to make perfect textured shells and check my You Tube Channel for videos.

Peppermint Macarons on the table.

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How to make this recipe

  • Make peppermint white chocolate ganache. Use good quality white chocolate.
  • Bake macaron shells. I used my French meringue recipe to make these macarons. I also have online video lesson on how to make macaron shells using no rest method. Both my recipes will work to make these textured macarons. If you prefer Italian meringue, the same rules will apply. To make textured macaron shells I use Wilton 4B pipping tip. The macaronage should be a little undermixed if you want macaron shells to hold the shape and do not top the baking pan after pipping shells.
  • Assemble macarons. Ganache and shells could be made a day ahead.
Peppermint Macarons on the table.

How to make Peppermint White Chocolate Ganache

In the small sauce pan warm up heavy cream and glucose syrup, do not boil. Pour warm mixture over white chocolate. Let it sit for a minute or two. Add a few drops of peppermint extract. Do not add too much of the extract. Emulsify the ganache with the immersion blender. Transfer into a flat container and cover with the plastic wrap “to contact”. Refrigerate ganache for 6-8 hours or overnight.

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How to make Textured Macarons

  • The first rule you need to know is that macaronage should be lightly “undermixed” when you want to pipe textured macarons.
  • The second rule is: Do not top the baking tray with piped macaron shells.

Paint two or three lines of red gel food coloring up the sides of the pipping bag. Add macaronage (macaron batter) into pipping bag. To make these peppermint macarons I pained one pipping bag with red color and another with greed food color. I used gel food coloring.

Tip from Marina: when you are painting pipping bag, make sure to paint pipping tip too.

pastry bag with batter.

How to assemble

Crush candy cane candies with the rolling pan. Pair up the round macaron shells with the textured shells. Transfer the ganache into a pastry bag with a round pipping tip. Pipe ganache on the flat side of the macaron shell and sandwich with another. Roll sides of macaron in the crushed candy canes. This is optional. Place assembled macarons in the air-tight container and refrigerate for 12 hours or overnight. Macarons need to mature before you can enjoy them.

pipped macarons on the baking mat.

Expert Tips

  • If you never made textured macarons, I would recommend making half of the batter undermixed and another half regular flow. Place them on two different pastry bags and bake on separate baking trays.
  • Do not top the baking tray after pipping shells. Shells may lose their texture and be flat.
  • Give pipped shells enough time to rest before baking. This may be different than regular shells.
  • The maturing time for textured macarons may be different than regular shells.

Recipe FAQs

Are macarons gluten-free?

Yes, macarons are naturally gluten-free cookies. Macaron shells are made of almond flour, egg whites, and sugar. Macarons are an excellent treat for those with gluten-free allergies.

Why do macarons need to mature?

The macaron shells will absorb moisture from the filling, allowing the shells to be more hydrated and have a soft and chewy texture.

Can I freeze macarons?

Freeze macarons in an air-tight container for up to 6 months. Defrost macarons in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. Do not defrost in the microwave.

Peppermint Macarons on the table.

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Peppermint Macarons

Peppermint Macarons

Marina
These textured Peppermint Macarons are filled with peppermint white chocolate ganache and rolled in crushed candy canes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
staibalizing ganache 8 hours
Total Time 9 hours 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 30 macarons
Calories 126 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 stand mixer or electric hand mixer
  • 1 immersion blender
  • 1 saucepan
  • 1 spatula
  • 2 pastry bags
  • 1 round pipping tip
  • 1 wilton 4B pippin tip

Ingredients
  

Peppermint White Chocolate ganache

  • 300 gr White Chocolate
  • 100 ml Heavy Cream
  • 20 gr Glucose syrup
  • ¼ tbsp Peppermint extract
  • ¼ cup Cruched candy canes for rolling (optional)

Macaron Shells

  • 125 gr almond flour (1 cup)
  • 150 gr powdered sugar (1 1/4 cup)
  • 100 gr egg whites room temperature (from 3 large eggs)
  • 100 gr white granulated sugar (1/2 cup)
  • 1 red food coloring
  • 1 green food coloring

Instructions
 

How to make Peppermint White Chocolate Ganache

  • In the small saucepan warm up heavy cream and glucose syrup, do not boil.
  • Pour warm mixture over white chocolate. Let it sit for a minute or two.
  • Add a few drops of peppermint extract. Do not add too much of the extract.
  • Emulsify the ganache with the immersion blander.
  • Transfer into a flat container and cover with the plastic wrap "to contact". Refrigerate ganache for 6-8 hours or overnight.
  • When you are ready to fill macarons, transfer the ganache into pastry bag with a round pipping tip.

How to make Macaron Shells

  • In the mixing bowl sift together almond flour and powdered sugar. Set aside. 
  • In the mixing bowl of stand mixer add room temperature egg whites and start whisking on low speed. Start adding sugar one tablespoon at the time.  Add red food coloring. Increase speed to medium-high and whip until stiff picks. This will take 10-15 minutes. 
  • Add dry ingredients and start folding the butter.
  • Paint two or three lines of red gel food coloring up the sides of the pastry bag. Add macaronage (macaron batter) into a pastry bag. To make these peppermint macarons I pained one pipping bag with red color and another with greed food color.
  • When macaronage drips down from the spatula “like lava”, transfer into pipping bags with round tip and wilton 4B.
  • Pipe macaron shells on the baking mat. 
  • Let shells to rest on the countertop until no batter sticks to your finger when you touch. 
  • Bake macaron shells in the preheated oven to 275oF (134oC) for 12-14 minutes. Oven temperature and baking time may vary, depending on your oven. 
  • Remove baked macaron shells from the oven and let it cool on the baking mat with a baking sheet pan.

How to assemble Peppermint Macarons

  • Crush candy cane candies with the rolling pan. Pair up the round macaron shells with the textured shells.
  • Transfer the ganache into a pastry bag with a round pipping tip. Pipe ganache on the flat side of the macaron shell and sandwich it with another.
  • Roll sides of macaron in the crushed candy canes. This is optional. Place assembled macarons in the air-tight container and refrigerate for 12 hours or overnight. Macarons need to mature before you can enjoy them.

Notes

Macaronage should be lightly “undermixed” when you want to pipe textured macarons.
Do not top the baking tray with pipped macaron shells.
Give pipped shells enough time to rest before baking. This may be different than regular shells.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1macaronCalories: 126kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 16mgPotassium: 38mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 52IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 0.2mg
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