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.
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.
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.
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.
Pipe and repeat.
Then when they hopefully come out great, you can just decorate.
You can use candy coating to pipe on the bottom half of the faces.
While it’s still wet, place a mini chocolate chip in position for the nose and let dry.
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.
What food coloring did you use to get the baby blue color? The bears are so ADORABLE! I want to try and make them but I just need to know what food coloring brand and color to get the baby blue. Thanks in advance.
I know this is a long shot but what gel coloring did you use to make that baby blue color?!
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!
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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!
wow oh snap these darn things are super cute
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fare for the white of the mouth of the bear you take it? the dough has sugar?
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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!
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.
wow! such an artist! adorable yummy bears!
Angie, they’re great!!! I have no experience with Macarons, however these bears are adorable and i may need to give it a try!
Your macarons are absolutely adorable. http://www.macaronstore.com/
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
Aww, they are so cute! They would look great in pink or yellow, too! :-)
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?
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!!
These are so adorable, they would be the perfect treat for a baby shower!
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?
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!
I loved the bears! My friends would really love it! It is so cute!!
Trop cuuuute ! ?
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.
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).
Arte expressada em amor pela confeitaria não há outra forma para traduzir tamanha beleza e perfeição. Bravo!!
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
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 ;)
To cute. If I only can get the recipe I would to try and make it myself
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?
Tottally Cutee <3 i will be making these :)
soooo cute! i love everything you make =)
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.) ;)
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 :)
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. :)
So so so cute <3
those are SO stinkin cute! love make macaroons!
They are so Cute!!! I make al lot of macarons:
Take a peek at my page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/My-love-for-Macarons-Cupcakes-and-Cakes/209547205750481
they are sooooooo cuuuuuuuute OMG!!!
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 :)
OMG!! they are sooo cute!
They are too cute to eat. love them.
the macarons more beautiful that i saw! besos!
they are super cute !!!!!
Soooo adorable. I bet pink ones would be cute too.
These are so cute! I can’t wait to try making these little creatures. Thanks for sharing. :)
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!
These are adorable!!!
so cute…… I have to try it!
I love the bears! Now some in Pink and you can make a “Bear-Couple” :)
omg so cute…my friend would have loved these for her baby shower:D
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!
They look so cute! I don’t see what’s wrong with them…:)
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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
I love these. Even better turned into pops! :) I haven’t seen anyone get this creative with macarons!
too cute indeed!
too cute to eat. but must be tasty and yummy
I am happy macarons are popping up in cute shapes. Your cute little bears are cute!!
Those are so amazing. I think they just look so effective. Well done.
Oh Bakerella… your idea of “not perfect” is absolutely amazing. These are too cute.
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
(you’re killing me with those bear macarons, they’re so cute I could never eat them)
Too cute for words. You always take such care and effort in these sweet creations.
Gosh those are cute, and I bet they taste yummy too!
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!
Sooo cute!! What a clever idea!
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/
Omg! these are TOO cute to see!!
and too heartbreaking to eat!
Love how creative you went.
Berry berry cute!
awww!! Too cute! :)
They look so cute, Angie!!! Can we meet up and do a cake pop & macaron making party soon?? :D
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!
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
OMG how cute :D
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!
These are adorable. I’ve not tried making macarons yet, but may give them a go.
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!
These are adorable! I just love the sweet little faces — the chocolate chip noses are so cute!
Are you kidding me? These are so amazing!
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!
Love the bears! I’ve made the bunnies and they were so cute too.
These are too cute!! I love macarons, so glad you posted these!! :)
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 :)
Wow, if this is your discard post…you don’t wanna see my good ones! ha! Love these bears!!!
I wrote a really thorough tutorial on making macarons recently that might help. Here’s a link:
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!
REDONK ADORBS! :D
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!
wow are you kidding, I would be SO proud if I had managed to make these. They look gorgeous, very well done!
So creative…..how do you keep coming up with new things. Love it!
how creative, very cute indeed
so cute!! *.*
greetings from germany
Seriously the cutest thing ever!!
the sweetest thing i’ve ever seen!!!!!
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….
OMG! you are just too creative! i love it. :) What flavor are the bears?
Very cute! Gonna give these a try for sure
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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
They are indeed beary cute! xo
They are adorable! It is a must do macarons. Thanks for sharing :)
beautiful bears :-)
You’ve done it again. These are too stinkin’ cute!!
I love these! Kudos to you for trying macarons. It’s so humid in Austin, TX, that I’m afraid to even try.
Dang Angie! You could stand on your head with any cookie and it would be perfect!
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.
Definitely “beary” cute!
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!!
OK, those are seriously adorable! Even though I don’t like macaroons, they always look so good, and yours are spectacular…
You’re like an evil genius!
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.
You are soooo talented! Amazed by all of your posts and especially love this one! Precious!
These melt my heart! Love it!!
Perfect-schmerfect, no such thing! They are absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing.
So adorable – I love each and every little bear!
I use the recipe from Linda, from Call me Cupcake and it works perfectly every time.
Another great blog with tips is Brave Tart http://bravetart.com/recipes/Macarons
They are so niiiice ! ? Wanna try to make it !
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~
Aww how adorable! :D
Macarons with ears!!!!!!! So cuuuuute!!!!
Oh my God! Beautiful !! :)
SO CUTE! I really love these bears!
adorable! Love them! I’ll have to make them for my brothers 1st birthday.
Adorable! With a capital A! These are precious and the color is just perfect.
These are just lovely!
Oh my God!
Bakerella, we do have the same idea, see my teddy bear macarons previously – http://www.hankerie.com/2012/05/teddy-bear-macarons.html
Thank you for sharing this great tutorial.
They are totally cute!
I love them!
Your little bears are soooooo cute !!
I have to try baking macaroons! With your directions seem too easy !
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!!
So, so cute! I am seriously intimidated by macarons, but next baby shower I go to I must bring these! They are too adorable!
I have yet to make macarons. These are so perfect..I have to give it a try! Cute~Cute~Cute! :o)
this is too adorable! i wanna try it out! <3
This are so incredibly cute! Love macaroons and love them even more as blue teddy bears!
Too cute! I’ve never made macarons but yours are really cute.
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.
They are too darn cute & adorable as always:-)
They ate too darn cute & adorable as always:-)
Making macarons seems so difficult! These are adorable though. Now I’m craving macarons. Mmmmmm. :)
Et tu, tutu?
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!!
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.
These are too cute! You have outdone yourself again! I would love to make these little bear cookies for a baby shower :)
Absolutely adorable! Love the color of these sweet treats
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:
I fixed the 8 things I did wrong and now macaroons are popping out beautifully EVERY TIME!
Hope it helps, the bears are ADORABLE!
These are lovely! I have never tried macaroons, but I do like to eat them. Perhaps one day I will make some of these.
Oh my goodness, these are just too cute!!! I’m so glad you shared them! They look perfect to me!
Oh these are just too cute!
They may not be perfect macaroons but they certainly look it! Adorable!
shut UP! Those are out of control cute!
These are so Adorable!!! <3 them!