Monday, August 27, 2012

Beary cute macarons

Bear Macarons

I finally decided to try to make macarons again. I made these last weekend as a possibility for Jenny’s virtual baby shower and halfway through I decided to make the baby cake pops instead. You might even recognize them as the inspiration for the bears I made on her baby cake pop bibs. : )

I wasn’t going to post these because I didn’t get them just quite right. The feet seemed too tall, they were too brown on some of the edges, but mostly they were too hollow inside. Too fragile.

But they were also too cute. So I finished decorating them because one day I will get these little guys perfect. I just have to figure out the right combination of factors to work in my favor. Macarons are finicky. You can have too much almond flour, egg white, or sugar. You can whip them too long. Fold them too long and a number of other things including humidity, oven temp and age of your egg whites. Guess I just need another hands on lesson from Tartelette – they worked great when I made them with her. But on my own. I haven’t had the inside texture work out how I want them.

I used the recipe and directions for the macarons from this post. It works. I just need to make some tweaks on my end.

Try it or use a macaron recipe that works for you. I’d love for you to share a link below if you have one you really like.

So anyway, here’s how I made them into little bears … they were inspired by the cutest little bunny macarons I found through pinterest.

Bear Template

First, I used a template to draw my bear shapes on parchment paper. Place the drawn side face down on the cookie sheet when you bake.

Here’s the template if you’d like it.

Macarons

Pipe your shapes and let them set for a few minutes. A skin will start to form on the top that creates the shell and feet once they bake.

Here’s a link to some helpful macaron info from Tartelette.

Piping Macarons

Last time I used a larger tip, but this time I used a Wilton #10 tip so I could control the size of the ears better. The batter flows pretty easily and I didn’t want jumbo ears.

Piping Macarons

If you let the skin form on the head for just a couple of minutes first, you can easily pipe the ears on either side. If you pipe everything at the same time, they won’t be as defined. They’ll look blobby. Blobby bears.

Piped Bears

Pipe and repeat.

And bake.

Blue Bear Macarons

Then when they hopefully come out great, you can just decorate.

In progress

You can use candy coating to pipe on the bottom half of the faces.

Chocolate chip noses

While it’s still wet, place a mini chocolate chip in position for the nose and let dry.

Bear Macarons

Then draw on the eyes and mouth with an edible ink pen and sandwich the macarons with chocolate ganache.

Even though these aren’t perfect, I hope the pictures will help you make some macarons that are beary cute.

I think they’d be adorable for a baby shower and so pretty in all pastel colors.

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Mackenzie said...

These are so Adorable!!! <3 them!

August 27, 2012 12:13 AM
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Lara said...

shut UP! Those are out of control cute!

August 27, 2012 12:16 AM
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jengd said...

They may not be perfect macaroons but they certainly look it! Adorable!

August 27, 2012 12:20 AM
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Kathryn said...

Oh these are just too cute!

August 27, 2012 12:22 AM
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Glory/ Glorious Treats said...

Oh my goodness, these are just too cute!!! I’m so glad you shared them! They look perfect to me!

August 27, 2012 12:30 AM
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Lib M. said...

These are lovely! I have never tried macaroons, but I do like to eat them. Perhaps one day I will make some of these.

August 27, 2012 12:33 AM
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Sandy said...

I love love love your site and I have learned so much from you, so I thought I would share my experience with macaroons, was like yours – very disappointing. Then I ran across this site:

http://foodnouveau.com/2010/03/29/destinations/europe/france/how-to-make-macarons-a-detailed-illustrated-step-by-step-recipe/

I fixed the 8 things I did wrong and now macaroons are popping out beautifully EVERY TIME!

Hope it helps, the bears are ADORABLE!

August 27, 2012 12:41 AM
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Megan @ Megans Munchies said...

Absolutely adorable! Love the color of these sweet treats

August 27, 2012 12:46 AM
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Cindy C said...

These are too cute! You have outdone yourself again! I would love to make these little bear cookies for a baby shower :)

August 27, 2012 12:48 AM
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Melissa @ Best Friends For Frosting said...

You’re brave. Last week I attempted making macarons with my friend Tessa (details on my instagram @BestFriendsForFrosting). We followed a recipe from Brave Tart. It tasted great but it didn’t have the full-on macaron consistency. Probably because we folded them too many times. I have to admit it was pretty close to the right consistency though. I know what you mean about tricky macarons can be. I feel like you have to make them a ton of times to really get to know them. Once you have it down it will be knowledge to cherish.

August 27, 2012 12:51 AM
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Kellie C. said...

These are absolutely ADORABLE!! I love making macarons and follow Tarlette’s recipe~ After about the 10th time, I think I finally got the consistency right~! Practice, Practice, Practice make them perfect!!

I can’t wait to make these for a baby shower!!

Thanks Bakerella for all your inspirations!!

August 27, 2012 12:59 AM
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Lindsey said...

Making macarons seems so difficult! These are adorable though. Now I’m craving macarons. Mmmmmm. :)

-Lindsey
Et tu, tutu?

August 27, 2012 01:05 AM
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melva said...

They ate too darn cute & adorable as always:-)

August 27, 2012 01:09 AM
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melva said...

They are too darn cute & adorable as always:-)

August 27, 2012 01:10 AM
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Sarah said...

These are too cute. I love macarons but haven’t attempted to make them on my own. There IS however, a chocolate shop in my town that makes wonderful ones, and they even make a macaron ice cream sandwich. It’s pass-out good.

August 27, 2012 01:15 AM
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Kristen said...

Too cute! I’ve never made macarons but yours are really cute.

August 27, 2012 01:17 AM
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mikky said...

This are so incredibly cute! Love macaroons and love them even more as blue teddy bears!

Great job.

:)
mikky
http://www.todaloos.com

August 27, 2012 01:34 AM
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Jeline said...

this is too adorable! i wanna try it out! <3

thedamselinadress.blogspot.com

August 27, 2012 01:49 AM
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Karen @ Sugartown Sweets said...

I have yet to make macarons. These are so perfect..I have to give it a try! Cute~Cute~Cute! :o)

August 27, 2012 01:50 AM
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Rebecca @ Sink Or Swim said...

So, so cute! I am seriously intimidated by macarons, but next baby shower I go to I must bring these! They are too adorable!

August 27, 2012 01:56 AM
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Sas said...

They are really cute. Thanks for the tip about letting the skin form before piping the ears. Without sounding too conceited (hopefully) I’ve posted a foolproof method of macaron making at my blog – http://www.eatcookcode.com/2012/02/15/macarons/. I make these almost every weekend and they come out perfectly. Give them a try!!

August 27, 2012 02:05 AM
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Conna said...

Your little bears are soooooo cute !!

I have to try baking macaroons! With your directions seem too easy !

August 27, 2012 02:10 AM
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Ckay said...

Thank you for sharing this great tutorial.
They are totally cute!
I love them!

August 27, 2012 02:34 AM
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Hankerie (@hankerie) said...

Bakerella, we do have the same idea, see my teddy bear macarons previously – http://www.hankerie.com/2012/05/teddy-bear-macarons.html

August 27, 2012 03:10 AM
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Alpha said...

These are just lovely!
Oh my God!

August 27, 2012 03:34 AM
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Jan J. said...

Adorable! With a capital A! These are precious and the color is just perfect.

August 27, 2012 03:58 AM
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holly said...

adorable! Love them! I’ll have to make them for my brothers 1st birthday.

August 27, 2012 04:13 AM
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Jess @ Bakericious said...

SO CUTE! I really love these bears!

August 27, 2012 04:28 AM
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Justin&Dorothy said...

Oh my God! Beautiful !! :)

August 27, 2012 04:42 AM
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popeyetalk said...

Macarons with ears!!!!!!! So cuuuuute!!!!

August 27, 2012 04:42 AM
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ThisBakerGirlBlogs said...

Aww how adorable! :D

August 27, 2012 04:44 AM
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BakingTray said...

These are so CUTE!!! I’ve also wanted to make bear macarons ^^ I’ve made panda ones~ hehe.. and also for a friends birth of a baby boy I made “babyrons” ^^ so baby face shaped macarons :) you can check them out on my blog~

August 27, 2012 04:50 AM
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Louane said...

They are so niiiice ! ? Wanna try to make it !

August 27, 2012 05:00 AM
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Marcela said...

Cute!

I use the recipe from Linda, from Call me Cupcake and it works perfectly every time.
http://call-me-cupcake.blogspot.com/2010/09/macarons-grundrecept-100-gram-skallade.html
Another great blog with tips is Brave Tart http://bravetart.com/recipes/Macarons

August 27, 2012 05:45 AM
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Alison Lawson Cakes said...

So adorable – I love each and every little bear!

August 27, 2012 05:47 AM
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Lori Bowring Michaud said...

Perfect-schmerfect, no such thing! They are absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing.

August 27, 2012 06:32 AM
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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

These melt my heart! Love it!!

August 27, 2012 06:52 AM
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Kelly W said...

You are soooo talented! Amazed by all of your posts and especially love this one! Precious!

August 27, 2012 07:22 AM
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Paulina said...

So cute!

August 27, 2012 07:43 AM
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Gwyn said...

Your macarons turned out amazing. I have used Mad About Macarons by Jill Colonna and had much success. Any time I try another recipe it doesn’t turn out and I go back to my book and get a perfect batch.

August 27, 2012 07:45 AM
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Jen @ Savory Simple said...

You’re like an evil genius!

August 27, 2012 08:08 AM
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Klementine said...

OK, those are seriously adorable! Even though I don’t like macaroons, they always look so good, and yours are spectacular…

August 27, 2012 08:33 AM
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Eat 2gather said...

Your links back to Tarlettes site don’t work.
These teddy bear macaroons just pushed it over the top. Jen is right you are genius!!

August 27, 2012 08:42 AM
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Barbara @ Barbara Bakes said...

Definitely “beary” cute!

August 27, 2012 09:35 AM
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Seanna Lea said...

I love macaron. They are such a wonderful showy treat. Yours look very cute and I’m sure they were delicious even if the texture wasn’t A+ perfect.

August 27, 2012 09:49 AM
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Lisa @hooplapalooza said...

Dang Angie! You could stand on your head with any cookie and it would be perfect!

August 27, 2012 09:53 AM
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Myra said...

I love these! Kudos to you for trying macarons. It’s so humid in Austin, TX, that I’m afraid to even try.

August 27, 2012 09:56 AM
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Tamara said...

You’ve done it again. These are too stinkin’ cute!!

August 27, 2012 10:01 AM
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evita0007 said...

beautiful bears :-)

August 27, 2012 10:12 AM
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Mari @ Mari's Cakes said...

They are adorable! It is a must do macarons. Thanks for sharing :)

August 27, 2012 10:22 AM
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Marian (Sweetopia) said...

They are indeed beary cute! xo

August 27, 2012 10:30 AM
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sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

oh these are so cute, and I totally saw your toys at walmart on Saturday, Hubby was all “they are for kids” so I will have to get them when he is not around

August 27, 2012 10:31 AM
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martha torres said...

creo que te quedaron pefectos

August 27, 2012 10:39 AM
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Paulette said...

Very cute! Gonna give these a try for sure

August 27, 2012 11:00 AM
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Cathy said...

OMG! you are just too creative! i love it. :) What flavor are the bears?

August 27, 2012 11:10 AM
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Cali @ http://perfectlyimperfectcali.blogspot.com said...

I would love to make these for the baby! I wish that they werent made with Almond Flour!! The baby is allergic to nuts. These would be adorable in pink or white; if you change the face shape and move the ears a little…hello kitty macarons. I need to find someone to make these for….

August 27, 2012 11:28 AM
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Júlia Mano said...

the sweetest thing i’ve ever seen!!!!!

August 27, 2012 11:35 AM
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Emily @ She Makes and Bakes said...

Seriously the cutest thing ever!!

August 27, 2012 12:00 PM
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shira-hime said...

so cute!! *.*

greetings from germany
shira ^^

August 27, 2012 12:11 PM
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Aimee said...

how creative, very cute indeed

August 27, 2012 12:20 PM
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Susan said...

So creative…..how do you keep coming up with new things. Love it!

August 27, 2012 12:24 PM
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Angie said...

wow are you kidding, I would be SO proud if I had managed to make these. They look gorgeous, very well done!

xo
Angie
sundaybelle.com

August 27, 2012 01:01 PM
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bakerella said...

Sandy, Sas, Marcela, Gwyn – thanks!

Kellie C – I hear you. This was only my second or third time.

Lindsey – the steps are actually very easy and you only need a few ingredients. Just a lot of things can affect the outcome

Hankerie – Beary cute too!

Eat 2 gather – Will fix. thanks.

Sue – YAY!

August 27, 2012 01:18 PM
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Stoich91 said...

REDONK ADORBS! :D

August 27, 2012 01:19 PM
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Ilan (IronWhisk Blog) said...

Bakerella,

I wrote a really thorough tutorial on making macarons recently that might help. Here’s a link:

http://www.ironwhisk.com/2012/05/french-macarons/

My method is completely different from all the other methods and it eliminates a lot of different variables like the speed of pouring in sugar and mixing and all that jazz. You should try it out – it’s much easier and works perfectly each time!

August 27, 2012 01:25 PM
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Jen K. said...

Wow, if this is your discard post…you don’t wanna see my good ones! ha! Love these bears!!!

August 27, 2012 01:27 PM
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Kelly-Jane said...

I’ve been toying with the idea of shaped macarons for ages now. Couldn’t have come up with such a cute idea though, love them :)

August 27, 2012 01:47 PM
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Amanda said...

These are too cute!! I love macarons, so glad you posted these!! :)

August 27, 2012 02:29 PM
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Janet B said...

Love the bears! I’ve made the bunnies and they were so cute too.

August 27, 2012 03:42 PM
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Stacey said...

I know someone has already said it, but http://www.bravetart.com has some awesome macaron posts!

These bears are amazing, but i know how you feel about wanting to perfect these – I’m still trying too!

August 27, 2012 03:59 PM
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Chung Nguyen said...

Are you kidding me? These are so amazing!

August 27, 2012 04:10 PM
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Maria @ All Things Luxurious said...

These are adorable! I just love the sweet little faces — the chocolate chip noses are so cute!

August 27, 2012 04:17 PM
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Amanda said...

I had the idea of making macarons for my own wedding despite never having made them before, and in my delirium I came across this trouble shooting guide for macarons: http://notsohumblepie.blogspot.com/2010/08/macaron-troubleshooting-new-recipe.html. For me, it served it’s purpose: talking me out of the crazy idea. For someone who knows what they’re doing (i.e. you), it might help perfect them, although they look awesome already!

August 27, 2012 04:20 PM
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Christine Witt (Brush Dance) said...

These are adorable. I’ve not tried making macarons yet, but may give them a go.

August 27, 2012 06:14 PM
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wenders said...

Bakerella – you are an amazing woman! I am still tooooooo afraid to attempt to make macarons, and here you make these adorable bear macarons! Even if they didn’t turn out the way you had hoped for – they truly are way too cute! Thank you for sharing your gift of baking! And the gift of art, because it is truly an art!

August 27, 2012 07:23 PM
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mindy1 said...

OMG how cute :D

August 27, 2012 10:07 PM
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bakerella said...

Jen K – Thanks – they look cute but when I bit into them the shell kinda shattered. Gotta get that fixed.

Thanks – Ilan, Stacey and Amanda for the links

August 27, 2012 11:45 PM
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Shelley said...

Bravetarts directions are fabulous! She even posted directions for NUT FREE maccarons using pumpkin seeds. My son has a tree nut allergy and they were very tasty. Your fun shapes are giving me the inspiration to make another batch. Thank you!

August 28, 2012 12:07 AM
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JulieD said...

They look so cute, Angie!!! Can we meet up and do a cake pop & macaron making party soon?? :D

August 28, 2012 01:11 AM
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Mariana said...

awww!! Too cute! :)

August 28, 2012 02:43 AM
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Julia said...

SO cute!

August 28, 2012 06:52 AM
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Maryam @ Maryams pastry said...

Omg! these are TOO cute to see!!
and too heartbreaking to eat!

Love how creative you went.
Berry berry cute!

August 28, 2012 11:30 AM
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Gina said...

I’m just now catching up with my emails and I saw this post and it’s so cute! I struggled with macarons myself and went through about a dozen batches before I ended up getting them perfect. I’ve posted the recipe here, in case you get a chance to check them out!http://blondieandbrownies.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/macarons/

August 28, 2012 11:32 AM
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Lezanne said...

Sooo cute!! What a clever idea!

August 28, 2012 11:37 AM
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Katie B. of HousewifeHowTos.com said...

Absolutely adorable, and what great instructions you’ve provided. Thank you for letting us know to wait for a “skin” to form. Now I have a shot at making macarons that are actually attractive!

August 28, 2012 01:45 PM
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melinda said...

Gosh those are cute, and I bet they taste yummy too!

August 28, 2012 08:07 PM
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JW said...

Too cute for words. You always take such care and effort in these sweet creations.

August 28, 2012 11:30 PM
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Mary Sanavia said...

Dear Angie:

after having some nightmare-inducing macaron failures, I decided to try the italian meringue method. It yields much better results every time! I would suggest using two baking sheets when baking because they seem to rise better and bake more evenly this way.
You can use Anita Chu’s recipe http://dessertfirstgirl.com/2010/10/making-macarons.html

Good luck!!

(you’re killing me with those bear macarons, they’re so cute I could never eat them)

August 28, 2012 11:59 PM
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Laura said...

Oh Bakerella… your idea of “not perfect” is absolutely amazing. These are too cute.

August 29, 2012 03:03 AM
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The diary of a cake maker said...

Those are so amazing. I think they just look so effective. Well done.

August 29, 2012 04:08 AM
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The BearFoot Baker said...

I am happy macarons are popping up in cute shapes. Your cute little bears are cute!!

August 29, 2012 06:06 AM
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ros said...

too cute to eat. but must be tasty and yummy

August 29, 2012 08:22 AM
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Ceej said...

too cute indeed!

August 29, 2012 10:20 AM
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Lisa said...

I love these. Even better turned into pops! :) I haven’t seen anyone get this creative with macarons!

August 29, 2012 10:28 AM
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Sandra said...

Is it OK to love to hate you, Bakerella? Because even your “failures” look fantastic. Teasing, of course.

I’m a macaron-maker myself and have had great luck with this recipe from Irina Kogan of PastryPal.com. Here’s a link to her Mastering the French Macaron PDF: http://www.pastrypal.com/2011/01/master-the-french-macaron/

I love exploring new, unexpected macaron shapes. This sheep is one of my favorites: http://www.projectdenneler.com/2012/03/mmmm-mutton.html

August 29, 2012 11:43 AM
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Lindsey said...

Hey:-) ! I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! If you want to accept and participate just click here and follow the steps!
http://lindseywanek.com/2012/08/29/one-lovely-blog-award/

August 29, 2012 12:46 PM
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Leila said...

They look so cute! I don’t see what’s wrong with them…:)

August 29, 2012 03:49 PM
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Emily @ ItBakeMeHappy said...

So cute!

August 29, 2012 07:20 PM
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Party Patisserie (Debbie) said...

Angie, these little guys are just so cute. Great job, but I know what you mean about it being so tricky getting it just right. Love them!

August 29, 2012 10:29 PM
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jessica?? said...

omg so cute…my friend would have loved these for her baby shower:D

August 29, 2012 11:21 PM
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