Cranberry and white chocolate macarons. French macaron shells are filled with white chocolate swiss meringue buttercream and fresh cranberry sauce filling, for the perfect festive macaron. These gluten free treats are easy to make for a crowd.
Hi hi! Happy Thursday! Last weekend Mike and I went to Jase’s house for a little holiday macaron collab situation! The original plan was to make a shaped macaron, but the weather wasn’t on our side for trying something tricky (macarons hate humidity) so we stuck to what we are good at, and went with these cranberry white chocolate babies, which turned out to be a great decision.
I never used to think collaborating on something would be fun for me - I’m super picky, a bit of a control freak, and get stressed out when there are other people there when I am shooting, but it’s come to be something that is so fun, and an amazing way to hang out and get content at the same time! Jase, Mike and I had the best time (Jase and I bake together a lot and he just ignores my little stresses and then we laugh at me when I inevitably love the end product, every time), and I learnt loads from watching Mike shoot - spot the backlit photo in there! I can’t wait to play around with different setups a little more.
In terms of the macarons, we went with our standard vanilla shell - we have found it is easiest to keep the shell the same, mixing up the colour and the sprinkles etc on the topping, and then to mix up the filling to give the macarons flavour. The shells can be temperamental at best, so it is best to just leave them the same in order to get consistent results. We then filled them with a white chocolate buttercream and a tangy cranberry filling in the middle, for a classic white chocolate and cranberry flavour. I am not usually a big fan of white chocolate, but paired with something a little tart such as cranberry or passionfruit, the sweetness of the chocolate plays off well with the filling. These are a perfect festive take on a macaron, but would be delicious any time of the year.
A few wee tips:
All my macaron tips are here in this post!
We actually made two batches to get the colour variation - the recipe here is enough for one batch. We added sprinkles to some of the red.
You can make the cranberry filling ahead of time - it will just need a good stir before you use it!