Valentine’s Day is the sweetest holiday. Quite literally! And with Valentine’s Day just over a week away, I wanted to share with you a yummy dessert that makes for the perfect sweet treat. I have always loved macarons, but have never attempted to make them. I have always heard how difficult the process is and the need for perfect weather conditions when baking, so in the past I have just bought the dessert. A few weeks ago, I gave these Valentine’s Day Macarons a try and was delighted at the finished product.
For the Love of Macarons
It seem like every few years, the latest “hot” dessert hits the market. A few years ago it was cupcakes and now macarons have been taking the world by storm. If you are unfamiliar with macarons, they are a sweet meringue-based dessert. Orginally from France that are light, airy and available in several flavors. The “cookie” part of the dessert is made with egg whites, sugar, almond flour and food coloring while the inside is usually stuffed with buttercream or jam. Macarons are a popular treat here in the D.C. area with several macaron shops within the city limits. However, these macarons come with a hefty price tag. At Ladurée, arguably the most famous of the macaron shops, one sandwich cookie costs almost $3!
Valentine’s Day Macarons
With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I knew I wanted to share a sweet recipe with you for the holiday. And since macarons have been on my cooking bucket list for some time now, I decided to give it a go. But, to make it more holiday appropriate, I made heart-shaped macarons for a fully festive Valentine’s Day treat! I can’t take credit for the recipe (see original here) but I am sharing the one I used below. Unlike most of the recipes I share, this is NOT an easy recipe. But, if you are in the mood for a challenge in the kitchen, these heart shaped macarons will live up to the challenge. It doesn’t hurt that they are pretty cute and taste good, too!