I’m alive!!! I hate it has been so long since the last post so I promise this one will have been worth the wait. I’m giving my readers my most requested recipe……. My favorite macaron recipe. My Macarons have made an appearance at almost all events I have hosted and brought to the all events attended….. Most macaron recipes are terrifying but these are full proof….. Promise!
First I’m sharing all of the details that went into my Christmas party this year, feel free to adapt for New Years!
The Chalkboard wall….. My wall has been reprinted on Pinterest enough times that I think y’all are as excited as I am when I get to change it… So I reveal my Christmas wall…. Lights and all..
The tables were decked out
Dishes . Festive Glasses . Mason Jar Lanterns
Note the pillow on the coach below made into a Christmas pillow by tying a beautiful crushed velvet ribbon around it, easy DIY decor for about $3.50!
Please also note the ornament chandelier made using dollar store ornaments and some of the hubby’s fishing lines…. Another inexpensive DIY with scrap fresh greenery picked up at a nursery
The rest of the house was extra festive….
My favorite Christmas candle, Alpine Frost, made my whole house smell like a real tree (since I cheat with a fake one)
Now for the food set up…. I had everyone bring food but as all good hostesses know you need to be ready for all possibilities aka in case everyone forgets their food….
The grilled cheese bar was a hit and super easy, prep the tray to set out as guests arrive, and have a griddle ready in the kitchen for them to fry them up…
The Drink bar…. I used tea but really any drink you serve looks prettier with frozen fruit in it…..
Oh and more fake snow…. The only way to see snow in Houston 🙂
And everyone’s favorite set up…….. THE HOT COCOA BAR!
I used my chalkboard banner (made with chalkboard paper and cardboard), which has become another regular decor item for my parties, as well as green card stock cut out like holly leaves as labels for the toppings…. Add whatever you like in your hot cocoa! This is the perfect set up make it your own.
Best Cookie Cutter Ever.
5 cups Almond Flour
5 3/4 cups Confectioners Sugar
1 1/4 cups egg whites (7-8 large eggs), room temperature
2 Tbs. + 1 tsp. sugar
pinch cream of tartar
2 tsp vanilla
Combine confectioners sugar and almond flour in a bowl, pulse in batches in the food processor. This process makes for a lighter cookie and for the cook that likes a easy way out, is much easier than sifting…
Whip egg whites until they become frothy, then add cream of tartar and sugar while mixer is still going… Continue beating until egg whites for stiff peaks and look like this…
Fold in 1/4 of the dry mix with the egg whites and add vanilla. Add this mixture to the rest of the dry mix folding in and mix by pressing against the sides of the bowl (this makes a difference in the texture). Mix until just combined, over mixing will be the end of the cookie but you’ll be fine while mixing by hand..
Start prepping the pans (roughly three 9 by 13 cookie sheets). Line each with parchment paper and outline two inch wide circles (I used my espresso press).
Pipe the batter into the outlines… Then drop the pan on the counter a couple times to get out any bubbles..
Let these cookies sit in a cool dry place until they form a skin roughly about an hour then bake on 325 for 11 minutes, turn the pan and bake for another 10 minutes.. They should form the feet about half way through the cooking.
This is one of mine as I get ready to sandwich it with caramel and fleur de sel.
Fill these with what ever favor you like, jam, icing, caramel, ect…. I filled some with caramel and I mixed crushed peppermint with vanilla icing to fill others…
You can use a simple syrup (boil equal parts sugar and water) to brush on and decorate with sprinkles to make them more festive. This is a more rustic macaron than the traditional french but it is has more chew to it….. It is by far my favorite recipe and I have tried more than my fair share of macaron recipes…
These are perfect for all of your holiday or not so holiday gatherings… My friends and family always love them (it will make you look liked a french pastry chef)! The party was as big of a hit as the cookies.
I hope all of your holiday festivities are fabulous and Santa loves the macarons you set out for him! From our home to yours Merry Christmas!