Post # 1
Hello there bees!
Im over here debating (and asking for any advice you all may have) concerning French Macarons..
I am having 75 guests and was thinking of having some macarons at my dessert buffet. I am already having cake, a smores bar, pastel colored heart shaped/monogrammed cookies, as well as fruit topped cheesecake tarts (done by a vendor) But I would to have these in my colors (aqua, yello, hot pink) and these marons are just toooo cute! Everywhere I have looked the price for macarons are wayyyy out of my budget.
Has anyone ever done DIY macarons? Maybe a nice recipe for someone who doesn’t own a commercial kitchen ^-^? Also how many macarons per person should I make?
TIA ladies :)!
Post # 3
Trader Joe’s has macaroons $5 for a dozen. They come frozen, but they’re pretty good. Not sure if they have colored ones, though.
Post # 4
I’ve tried and tried. I’m a really good baker too. I can’t seem to get mine “nice looking”. I love macarons soooo much too so it’s a bummer.
Right now I make macarons like cookies (instead of sandwiches). They still have the same taste, but aren’t as cute as the little colorful sandwiched ones.
Try allrecipes.com for some inspiration. I tweak my recipes depending on what I have. Currently to make almond powder I grind my almonds really fine in my food processor. I couldn’t find almond powder in any stores near me.
Post # 5
@mrscheetos idk the Trader Joes macarons don’t taste the same to me. They’re nice, but missing that almond flavor.
Post # 6
My mom did this and I thought she was crazy! She made them for the guest favors for my wedding. She did 2 cookies per guest, plus trial and error runs, so she started baking them months before th wedding and then froze them. We iced and assembled them 2 days before the wedding. I think she ended up making something like 600 cookies (2 cookies per macaron, 2 macarons per guest, 125 guests). It was definitely a labour of love but to the end it really worked out. I’m not sure what recipe she used exactly but I know she looked at aa lot of video tutorials online.
Also, keep in mind that not every cookie from every batch will be perfect so you will have to account for that in your numbers. Definitely don’t leave the whole job for a few days before the wedding!
Post # 7
@Catherine: I really need to research how to freeze/store prior to the wedding. Do you know how she/you did this?
I am two months out and wanting to start ASAP. 🙁