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I have wanted to try my hand at baking macarons for a long time, so when the opportunity came up to create a sponsored recipe inspired by the Minions movie, I knew I had to give them a whirl.
An I think you’ll agree that the results are super adorable.
Did you see that Illumination Entertainment’s Minions movie was released on DVD and Blu-Ray recently? I decided to pair my minions macaron recipe with the movie for an epic family movie night. First, I ran to Target to snag a copy of Minions © 2015 Universal Studios. All rights reserved. It’s the perfect one-stop shop for all your movie night needs.
Then, I got busy baking.
Minions Macarons Recipe
While these minions macarons weren’t terribly difficult to make, they did take up a lot of time. Macarons are intimidating to make because they seem so gourmet and fancy. They’re versatile, though, and once you get the hang of them, easy to customize.
I made mine bright yellow, with yummy lemon curd sandwiched inside. The entire family loved them, and we will be making this special cookie again – maybe with chocolate ganache this time. Mmmmmm!
- 1 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1 3/4 cup Market Pantry powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 large Market Pantry egg whites (room temperature)
- 1/2 cup superfine sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon Archer Farms almond extract
- Lemon curd
- Gel food coloring
- Royal icing colored brown, blue, and black
- Preheat the oven to 300-degrees.
- Run the almond flour through a fine mesh sieve into a large mixing bowl, discarding any large pieces of almonds.
- Wisk the salt and powdered sugar together with the almond flour.
- Beat the egg white until they are frothy – about 2 minutes.
- Slowly add in the superfine sugar and almond extract, and increase the mixer speed to medium-high.
- Add in the yellow gel coloring. You’ll want to add more than you think you need, as the color dulls a bit when baking.
- Beat the egg and sugar mixture for 7-10 minutes, or until shiny, stiff peaks form.
- Fold the egg whites into the almond flour mixture until it is combined and the batter slowly falls off your spatula, sinking into itself in the bowl.
- Transfer the macaron batter into a pastry bag with a 1/2-inch tip.
- Pipe 1-inch circles onto a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet, about one-inch apart.
- Let the rounds sit out at room temperature for 45-90 minutes (depending on the humidity) until the tops are dry and smooth to the touch.
- Bake for approximately 20 minutes. The coloring can affect the exact baking time. You’ll want to gently try to remove the macarons from the parchment paper to see if they are done. If they remove easily, and have the signature foot, they’re done and can be moved to a cooling rack. If they start to pull from the bottom or stick to the parchment, put them back in the oven for another minute or two and try again.
- Once the macarons are fully baked, let them cool down completely.
- Spoon or pipe a small amount of lemon curd in between two cookies to make a sandwich cookie.
- Put the cookies in the refrigerator overnight to let the flavors meld and the filling firm up.
Decorating the Minions Macarons
Put the different colored royal icing into piping bags and cut the tip off each. You’ll need:
- Gray – goggles
- Black – goggle strap & mouth
- White – eyes
- Brown – eyes
- Blue – overalls
Pipe your minions onto your macarons.
Now, grab the Minions Metalpak Blu-ray/DVD deluxe combo exclusively available from Target (with its 40 minutes of exclusive content) a plate of minions macarons, and put up your feet for the best family movie night you’ve ever had.
And, if you’re looking for some other great minions-inspired treats to power up your epic family movie night, check out some of these ideas…