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Funfetti Macarons

Funfetti Macarons

Funfetti Macarons, birthday macarons, or confetti macarons. Whatever you may call it. Here they are, in all their glory!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, French
Keyword funfetti, macarons
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 26 assembled macarons
Calories 60 kcal
Author camila

Ingredients

Funfetti Macaron Shells

  • 3 egg whites 100 grams, 3.5 oz
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar 100 grams, 3/5 oz
  • 1 cup almond flour 96 grams, 3.4 oz
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar 90 grams, 3.17 oz
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles of choice

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/4 cup cream cheese softened (56 grams, 2 oz)
  • 1/4 cup butter softened (56 grams, 2 oz)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar 127 grams, 4.5 oz
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Macaron Shells

  1. Before you start, get all of your ingredients ready. Prepare a large piping bag, fitted with a large round tip.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon mat.
  3. Under my parchment, I put a layout with circles that measure about 1 1/2 inches each. That’s how big I like to pipe my macarons.
  4. Measure out all of your ingredients.
  5. Sift powdered sugar and almond flour together. Set aside.
  6. Now you can finally start.
  7. Place egg whites and granulated sugar in a heat proof bowl or in a double boiler. Over a pan of simmering water, whisk the whites and sugar until frothy and sugar completely melted. It will take a couple minutes. You can test by touching the mixture between your fingers, and if you feel any sugar granules just keep whisking mixture over the water bath.
  8. Make sure the bottom of the bowl isn’t touching the simmering water.
  9. Transfer mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer. (I use my kitchenAid bowl when doing this, because it makes it easier)
  10. With the whisk attachment, whisk mixture on high speed for a few minutes until stiff peaks are formed.
  11. Best way to check this is to keep your eye on the whites. Once they get glossy and you start seeing streaks formed by the whisk, it might be time to stop.
  12. You don’t want to overbeat the mixture at this point, because you don’t want to add too much air to it. Just whisk until stiff peaks have formed.
  13. Pour powdered sugar and almond flour into stiff whites.
  14. Start folding gently forming a letter J with a spatula. Add the food coloring at this point, if using any (I didn’t).
  15. It’s time to stop folding when the batter is glossy and has a thick and flowing consistency. There are several ways to test this, and you might have to have a couple failed batches before you get this right.
  16. First, I pick up some batter with my spatula and try to draw a figure 8 with the batter that is dripping off the spatula. If you can form several 8 figures without the batter breaking up, that’s one indication that it might be ready.
  17. Then, I grab a teaspoon of batter and spoon onto my parchment paper or silicon mat.
  18. If the batter stays stiff and doesn’t spread out a bit, I start folding a little bit more, about 3 folds.
  19. Test again.
  20. Once the batter spreads out very slightly and starts to look glossy on the parchment paper, I transfer my mixture to the piping bag.
  21. You don’t want your batter to be too runny either. So be careful not to overmix. It’s always best to undermix and test several times until the proper consistency has been achieved.
  22. This is the most important part about making macarons.
  23. Once you’ve piped as many 1 1/2” circles as you could, bang the trays against the counter a few times each. This will release air bubbles that are in the batter and prevent your macaron shells from cracking.
  24. Sprinkle your sprinkles of choice over macaron shells, I only sprinkled half of mine, so the bottom shells of the assembled sandwiches wouldn’t have any sprinkles on them.
  25. Let your trays sit for a while so the shells will dry out a little bit. I usually leave about 20-40 minutes, depending on how humid the day is. You’ll know they’re ready when you gently touch the surface of a macaron and it seems dry.
  26. Pre-heat the oven to 325F.
  27. Bake one tray at a time.
  28. Bake for 4 minutes, rotate tray.
  29. Bake for 4 more minutes and rotate the tray again.

  30. Keep baking the trays for a total of 16-20 minutes each, rotating the tray in between to ensure even baking.

  31. When baked, the macarons will have a deeper color and formed feet.
  32. Remove from the oven and bake the other tray.
  33. Let the macarons cool down before proceeding with the filling.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Cream butter and cream cheese at medium speed in the bowl of an electric mixer for about 1 minute. With the mixer off, add all of the powdered sugar in.
  2. On low speed, beat the sugar, butter and cream cheese together. Once they are incorporated, turn speed to medium and cream for 1-2 minutes until very fluffy. Add vanilla in, beat for a another 30-45 seconds.
  3. If Frosting seems too thick, add a teaspoon of milk to thin it out. If it seems too thin, add a bit more sifted powdered sugar to make it stiffer.

Storage

  1. Store macarons in the fridge, in an air tight container for up to 5 days, and in the freezer for about 1 month.