Unicorn Macarons for National Macaron Day
Did you know that the 31st of May is National Macaron Day? I seriously adore macarons! They are cute and the colors are lovely. Also that texture and crunch is super fun to eat. I think macarons can be disappointing at times especially if you are looking for big flavor. They can be bland. Luckily for you these unicorn macarons are totally flavorful and just wow! They disappeared so quickly at my house I was lucky to get pictures taken.
Technically my macarons are not true macarons but a meringue cookie with a cream cheese frosting. Holy cow they are delish! However, I feel like the taste is very similar and you don’t have to go out and buy almond flour. Perhaps I am wrong in thinking that the average home cook doesn’t keep almond flour around. And if they do the are probably gluten free. You can comment below if you disagree. Maybe I am the one who is behind and not buying almond flour regularly.
Well I finally jumped on the unicorn food bandwagon. I have been eyeing all those brightly swirled lovelies and I just couldn’t do it. My main pull back was/is the amount of dye in those things! For some reason I can’t get behind colorants and especially really garishly bright colors. When I imagine a unicorn I imagine a graceful and beautiful animal. Rather than an artificial crazy pants. My recipe reflects my vision of “unicorn food.”
Since I am a hippie dippy I decided to find a new option to bring color to the table without crazy dye. Finally it dawned on me that those freeze dried fruits that were sent to me to check out would be perfect. I knew the concentration of the dried fruit would impart a good color AND it would add amazing flavor. So out came my blender and Crunchies freeze dried fruit powder was born for my unicorn macaron colorant and flavor. My kids almost ate all the freeze dried fruit before I could get to it. I had to pry it out of their hands and promise them unicorn cookies to get it done. Crunchies by themselves are a fantabulous guilt-free snack. My kids are all, “my precious” over these!
Like I was saying before technically my unicorn macarons aren’t traditional macarons and I am ok with that. They are better and easier! You are not going to believe how easy these are. Nor are you going to believe what they are made out of. When I was a vegan to make eggs it was a process of soaking and blending flax it took forever and the results were meh. Well aquafaba has hit the mainstream and it is life changing. For me, mind-blowing. THE easiest vegan egg substitute I have ever seen. What is aquafaba? It is the water from cooked chickpeas. Yup save that water from your chickpeas because it can become an insanely fluffy whipped “egg white.” I am totally geeking out about this if you can’t tell.
I adapted my merengue recipe for my unicorn macarons from Aquafabulous by Rebecca Coleman. As you all know about my cookbook addiction this is my current “make everything in the book” cookbook. It is magical to see this bean water whip up and make stiff peaks. You can make a crazy amount of incredible vegan recipes from savory to sweet using aquafaba. AND now you are in the know about this crazy fun experiment using something you were throwing away before. This is a must try for any home baker or cook! You are going to be amazed!
UNICORN MACARONS RECIPE:
- 1 Cup of Aquafaba
- ½ Cup of Super-fine Sugar
- 3 Tbs Crunchies Freeze Dried Strawberries (Blended to a Powder)
- 3 Tbs Crunchies Freeze Dried Mangos (Blended to a Powder)
- 3 Tbs Crunchies Blueberries (Blended to a Powder)
- ½ Tsp Cream of Tartar
- 2 Tsp Vanilla
- Cream Cheese Frosting
- Finish with white edible sparkle dust (optional).
- Preheat oven to 200* F
- In a mixer add the aquafaba, sugar, and cream of tartar.
- Whisk on low speed for 2 minutes.
- Turn up the speed to medium for 2 more minutes.
- Finally turn it to high speed for 4 to 6 minutes.
- Stiff peaks should form.
- Pipe into circles on a silicone baking mat.
- Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- Remove and cool completely.
- Dust with edible sparkle dust. (optional)
- Once cooled take your cream cheese frosting and pipe a swirl in the center of each cookie. Add a second cookie on top and ta-da! Unicorn Macarons!