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Just a real quick and basic alien french macarons. Cute little alien faces that are sandwiched with lime buttercream. they’re so cute for halloween and they are delicious too. It’s not necessary to make them into little aliens if you don’t want to or to even use lime buttercream either. You can make them into a basic french macaron or even try and make your own design!
Just know that making french macarons can be temperamental. They don’t like humidity and you have to whip the egg whites just right. Another important part is to make sure that you let the batter dry before baking. This is a crucial step! If you don’t follow it than the macarons will end up as pancakes.
Above are some products that I personally use and recommend for this recipe and to have for everyday use. One thing that I highly suggest getting when making french macarons is a silpat. A silpat is a reusable parchment paper and it’s such a great investment. I find it easier to use a silpat versus parchment paper when making french macarons because it doesn’t move around but it also makes it easier to remove the cookies too.
alien french macarons
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 3 fresh egg whites
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- pinch cream of tartar
- food coloring
- 1 stick salted butter
- 2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp lime zest
- 1-2 tbsp lime juice
- preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. whip the egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy and gradually add in the granulated sugar. whip until stiff peaks form then add in the food coloring. in a large bowl, sift together the almond flour and powdered sugar. gradually fold the egg whites into the dry ingredients. put the batter into a piping bag and pipe onto a sheet pan that is lined with a silpat into the shape of a teardrop (parchment works fine). bang the pan really good on the counter to release any air bubbles and then let the macarons sit to dry, about 30 minutes, or until it doesn't stick to your finger. you can test by lightly patting the tops, if it sticks then let it sit a little longer. once dry, bake for 16-20 minutes or until the bottoms of the macarons don't stick and come off the silpat clean. paint alien faces on with black food gel.
- place all of the ingredients into a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and whip until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.