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Gingerbread men shaped macarons

Gingerbread Men Macarons

Get the free template to make these cute Gingerbread Men Macarons, with a gingerbread spiced macaron shell, and also a Gingerbread Buttercream filling. Both recipes can be found on the Gingerbread Macaron recipe, here we will focus on how to pipe the shape of the gingerbread people.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas, gingerbread, macarons
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 20 macarons
Calories 70 kcal
Author camila


Gingerbread Buttercream

  • 1 1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar sifted 170 grams
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter softened 56 grams
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp molasses
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1-2 tbsp milk only if necessary to thin out the frosting

Royal Icing

  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar 312 grams
  • 2 tbsp meringue powder
  • 5 to 6 tbsp water
  • Gel food coloring


Piping the shapes

  1. Make the batter for the Gingerbread Macarons as instructed in the post and video.

  2. Place the free template under the baking mat.
  3. Pipe the head by placing the bag 90 degrees over the center of the circle, then pipe the arms and legs by dragging the piping tip from the edges to the center
  4. Tap the trays against the counter or against the palm of your hands to release any air bubbles, remove the template from under the mat, and also use a toothpick to pop any air bubbles on the surface of the shells.
  5. The best tip I can give you when making shapes is to make sure the batter is at the right consistency, under mixed batter, even if just slightly, will make the macarons bumpy on the surface, specially where the different sections of the shapes meet.

Gingerbread Buttercream

  1. Cream butter 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, mix the sugar and butter together. Once they are incorporated, turn speed to medium and cream for 1-2 minutes until very fluffy.
  3. Add vanilla extract, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  4. If the buttercream seems dry and stiff, add the milk. Mix for another 30-45 seconds. If the buttercream seems too runny, add more sifted powdered sugar until you obtain a firm, but smooth and creamy consistency.

Royal Icing

  1. Beat all ingredients together, except for the food coloring, for about 5 minutes on high speed.
  2. Divide into different bowls to make different colors. I made pink, red, and left one bowl white. Remember to always keep the royal icing covered, or it will start to dry out pretty soon.
  3. You might need to add more water to adjust the consistency, or maybe even more sifted powdered sugar, if your icing is too thin. The consistency should be flowing but not too liquidy.
  4. Place the icing in a piping bag and tie the end with a bag tie.
  5. I used tips number 1, 0, and 00 to pipe the decoration on the gingerbread men.


  1. To decorate the gingerbread men, I piped some white wave patterns on the hands and legs of the macarons, and then I drew eyes and a smiley mouth on the face, and lastly, made the cheeks out of pink icing, and the red buttons out of red icing.
  2. After the decorations have dried, you can pipe the filling on the bottom shells of the macarons and top with a decorated gingerbread men.
Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Men Macarons
Amount Per Serving (1 macaron)
Calories 70
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.