Last year, I completely missed out on making eggnog recipes during the holiday season. So, I’ve got a few different ones planned for this year, if I can squeeze them in. The first is eggnog macarons with eggnog buttercream frosting! I tried making French macarons for the first time last May. Then, I made a bunch of them for my sister-in-law’s wedding reception but haven’t made them since. Every time I made macarons, I get mixed results…some of them turn out and some don’t…but that is fine with me. We still eat the ones that aren’t perfect and they still taste great!
Like in my first macaron post, I didn’t do anything special to the eggs. Turn the basic macaron batter into eggnog macaron batter by adding a half teaspoon of nutmeg to the basic recipe. Pipe the batter onto parchment paper and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake at 300 degrees for about 18 minutes.
Allow the eggnog macarons to cool completely. Then, make the eggnog buttercream frosting and fill the macarons. I used a large drop flower decorator tip to make a swirled look with the buttercream.
When we got together to do some wedding prep for my sister, I brought some of these along to share and everyone loved them! Plus, they are now Zack’s favorite new treat and he is quickly finishing off the rest of the eggnog from the fridge!
- Line 2 pans with parchment paper.
- Sift the almond flour and powdered sugar together and set aside.
- Mix the egg whites, granulated sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and kosher salt on low for 3 minutes, then beat on medium speed for 3 minutes and finally on high for 3 minutes. The meringue should be very stiff.
- Add the almond and powdered sugar mixture and fold it into the meringue until it has deflated. It should look like molten lava that will hold its shape for a bit and then melt into the mixture.
- Pipe the batter into small circles on the parchment paper. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Hold the pan and firmly smack it against the counter a couple of times, turn the pan and smack it again to remove the air bubbles.
- Bake at 300 degrees for about 18 minutes or until the macarons can be easily removed from the parchment paper. If they stick or the shell comes off the but bottom sticks, bake them a little longer.
- Cool completely on the pan and then remove to add the eggnog frosting.
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp eggnog
- Beat butter, shortening until creamy and light in color.
- Mix in the vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon.
- Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, with the mixer on low speed. After the second cup, add one tablespoon of eggnog. Then, add the last two cups of powdered sugar and finally the last tablespoon of eggnog.
- Beat until light and fluffy.
Macaron recipe adapted slightly from Brave Tart. Be sure to check out her very detailed instructions, plus lots of tips and warnings.