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.


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.

Anne said...

I love the bears! Now some in Pink and you can make a “Bear-Couple” :)

August 30, 2012 03:15 AM
Pastisset said...

so cute…… I have to try it!

August 30, 2012 04:21 AM
Andrea R said...

These are adorable!!!

August 30, 2012 08:57 AM
youngmi said...

are you kidding me!? these can’t be real. every time i visit your site, i think “oh wow. okay this is the best thing ever. it cannot get any better than this” and yet with each visit, you blow me away with your creativity and skills! yay bakerella!

August 30, 2012 04:50 PM
Mai said...

These are so cute! I can’t wait to try making these little creatures. Thanks for sharing. :)

August 30, 2012 07:17 PM
winnie dolderer said...

Soooo adorable. I bet pink ones would be cute too.

August 30, 2012 07:25 PM
aussiemarina said...

they are super cute !!!!!

August 30, 2012 11:32 PM

the macarons more beautiful that i saw! besos!

August 31, 2012 04:15 AM
Kaylees said...

They are too cute to eat. love them.

August 31, 2012 04:50 AM
shane said...

OMG!! they are sooo cute!

August 31, 2012 04:59 AM
Titia said...

Macarons have always intimidated me, possibly because i’m 13 and possibly because they’re macaroons. I did one batch and they were PERFECT!!!! The bears are no my list now :)

August 31, 2012 08:22 AM
Cle said...

they are sooooooo cuuuuuuuute OMG!!!

September 1, 2012 05:34 AM
Lindsay said...

They are so Cute!!! I make al lot of macarons:

Take a peek at my page:

September 1, 2012 10:58 AM
caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy said...

those are SO stinkin cute! love make macaroons!

September 1, 2012 11:49 PM
Rin said...

So so so cute <3

September 3, 2012 11:06 PM
Elizabeth @ The Collegiate Baker said...

I’ve never made macarons, so I don’t really know much about the inside and the consistency. But on the outside, these bear macarons are beyond adorable! They are so, so cute they’ve kind of inspired me to make some. Maybe I’ll attempt them some time soon. :)

September 3, 2012 11:26 PM
Lilia said...

I’ve made a lot of character macarons as well and the possibility is endless! I like using fondant for decoration as it is easier to handle than chocolate. Check out my mickey minnie, doraemon, and spiderman macs on this post:

Another character mac I often make is angry bird mac, but I just realized that I’ve never posted pics on my blog, prolly will post it soon :)

September 4, 2012 01:31 AM
bridget {bake at 350} said...

I’m so glad you posted these….they are DARLING!!! I swear, I’d love to live in your brain while you come up with all of these precious ideas. (I realize that sounds totally creepy.) ;)

September 8, 2012 09:50 AM
Naz said...

soooo cute! i love everything you make =)

September 12, 2012 11:07 AM
Tiffany @ LaBellaMiniCakes said...

Tottally Cutee <3 i will be making these :)

September 12, 2012 02:32 PM
Kelsey said...

I have tried making macarons multiple times, but they never come out. They taste AMAZING, but I don’t get the little feet and they don’t fluff up nicely.

Anyone have any tips?

September 13, 2012 11:45 PM
Lynn Heydenreich said...

To cute. If I only can get the recipe I would to try and make it myself

September 14, 2012 10:18 AM
Delphine said...

I’m dying of cuteness right now ! Those are so adorable, i wouldn’t even dare to eat them ! It’s a great idea that i’ll try to remind ;)

September 16, 2012 05:46 AM
Sabrina said...

Hi Bakerella,

I’m from Germany and I follow your blog for some time now. I really love your ideas and those cute and tasty things you show to us.
But theres a thing what makes me sad…I’m not able to get most of the ingredients you use for your recipes. :((
What a shame. Obviously German people don’t like that much candy stuff. For example candy melts…no chance. Theres nothing here what compares to that. Anyway, I stay tuned :-)

Love from Germany, Sabrina

September 20, 2012 08:59 AM
claudia maria cordeiro said...

Arte expressada em amor pela confeitaria não há outra forma para traduzir tamanha beleza e perfeição. Bravo!!

September 24, 2012 06:41 AM
judy sommer said...

My memories of baking were the learning times I had with my Grandmother and Mother growing up. Especially when my birthday came around and my Mother made my favorite cake – chiffon cake with cooked pudding icing. Mmmmm light and delicious! My brothers are our heritage (Hungarian) Dobos. Anywhere from 9-12 layers high. Time consuming but decadent. Many other pastries made in their kitchens (Mom and Grandmother) using my Grandmother’s Kitchenaid at her house, that she passed on to me. Treasured memories. Now I get to do pass it on with our Granddaughter. She likes the cake pops I’ve made at the holiday. We’ve made them and are short lived at her house. We will work on family recipes so she one day will pass it on (with her Kitchenaid one day).

September 24, 2012 10:37 AM
Karen Zeldin said...

My mother used to bake cookies around Christmas time for the neighbors. She didn’t have a fancy mixer, but got the job accomplished. The house smelled great and her cookies tasted fantastic. It’s how I got interested in baking. It was fun to put a selection of different cookies in tins and help her deliver them to the neighbors. Great memories.

September 24, 2012 10:32 PM
Eva said...

Trop cuuuute ! ?

November 4, 2012 05:50 AM
Emma said...

I loved the bears! My friends would really love it! It is so cute!!

November 21, 2012 07:08 PM
Melissa said...

These are gorgeous! I’m making some pink ones for my daughters 1st birthday but there are big cracks where the ears join the head. It’ll still use them cos they’re still cute but if anyone has any advice for me I’d appreciate it. It’s my first time making macarons so I’m a true novice. Thanks for inspiring me to give them a go!

February 22, 2013 05:29 PM
Christine said...

I made these today and they are so cute :) my only question is when i tried to pipe the candy melt on it didnt go on as smooth as in your pictures. Do you have any tips?

May 8, 2013 08:57 PM
Jennifer said...

These are so adorable, they would be the perfect treat for a baby shower!

May 21, 2013 02:28 PM
Ayelet said...

Thank you so much for the templates the inspiration and beautiful photos. please visit my facebook page to see the ones i have made;-) Thank you!!

June 1, 2013 05:17 AM
Sarah said...

Sooooooo CUTE macarons! Definetely adorable and perfect! I must try to cook them! Thank you for sharing! I had featured U in the post of Top 7 Charming Cookies with Pretty Appearance and Palatable Flavoron AllFreshRecipes. Except ur more creative Eats?

June 21, 2013 02:27 AM
Lantana said...

Aww, they are so cute! They would look great in pink or yellow, too! :-)

July 4, 2013 12:12 PM
Georgia said...

Hello! i need your help please!Could you tell me what colors you used for this lovely blue baby macarons?
I tried many I tried many colors but I can not do it!
Will really appreciate it if you give me answers. Thanks a lot

September 23, 2013 06:31 AM
Macaronstore said...

Your macarons are absolutely adorable.

November 12, 2013 09:52 AM
Carolynn said...

Angie, they’re great!!! I have no experience with Macarons, however these bears are adorable and i may need to give it a try!

May 1, 2014 05:19 PM
Greta said...

wow! such an artist! adorable yummy bears!

May 27, 2014 08:25 AM
Vanessa F. said...

The feet were too high, really?? They don’t look too high to me, but I’m a newbie to macarons, myself. I used BraveTart’s posts for mine, and they came out beautifully, ‘though it could have been beginner’s luck.

July 18, 2014 09:36 PM
Manoela said...

I made these and they looked adorable! I was pretty happy about my first batch. But I will try them again as mine had slight brown edges and I used Wilton Candy Melts for the faces but they didn’t get smooth enough. Regardless, I can easily serve these. I made them to put on top of a cake for a baby shower. Mine are light green. So cute! Thank you!

August 8, 2014 11:28 AM
kiwi said...

oh sweet…

September 18, 2014 12:13 PM
aurelie said...

your site is beautiful
by j i against a small thing to you request
fare for the white of the mouth of the bear you take it? the dough has sugar?
merc has your help !!
see you soon

October 25, 2014 01:55 PM
Abigail said...

wow oh snap these darn things are super cute

February 13, 2015 09:36 AM
mona said...


February 22, 2015 03:44 PM
Selin Leuch said...

this are soo adorable and cute and incredibly cute. made my day! thank you so much for sharing!!
I`m never gonna make them, but anyway i love them!

March 20, 2015 07:25 AM
socorro morales said...

son realmente lindos,me gustaron desde q los vi

June 18, 2015 07:30 PM
Julie said...

Great job—Those are adorable! How did you manage to get such a perfect baby-blue color? I use gel food coloring, and when I make them, the sky blue turns grayish, and I have to make more of an aqua/turquoise instead!

August 24, 2015 11:59 AM
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