Peppermint Mocha Macarons
My Christmas dreams are always accompanied by sweet treats. It just isn’t a holiday without trays of cookies, but baking the variety I see in my imagination doesn’t always happen in the mad rush of the season. How to make the excitement happen?
One holiday season I nailed it. I don’t have mad Christmas cookie decorating skills but I’m no slouch either.
I baked for hours. I made several cookie recipes with only the finest ingredients and it took a few sessions in the kitchen.
I baked. I sprinkled. I frosted. I conquered.
Mike and Sam were delighted and their appreciation made it almost worth it.
But the baking and frosting lasted for hours. The cookies disappeared faster than snowflakes in an upturned palm.
What did that teach me?
Strategy. Choose your favorite recipe, use the finest ingredients. For me, that includes Burnbrae Farms Naturegg Simply Egg Whites. They’re quick and easy. They’re 100% pure egg whites with no fat or cholesterol. The Natureggs are packed with high quality protein and vitamins and minerals.
When I remember my cookies have protein and vitamins and minerals, let’s just say it drains the guilt right out of nibbling.
So make dozens of cookies assembly-line style. Then get together with friends for a cookie exchange.
You’ll have enough cookies to fuel everyone’s holiday fantasies. You’ll have more time for the other one thousand and one Christmas wishes on your list.
And the piece de resistance? Girlfriend time in the middle of busy holidays. That’s a sweet treat!
If you’re looking for a cookie recipe to surprise your gang, I can almost guarantee this Peppermint Mocha Macaron recipe will make everyone happy.
You can RSVP for the party here…
- 1 cup almond flour
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/3 cup egg whites (set out overnight)
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 heaping cups of chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon coffee
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- Before hand: Trace 1 ½ inch circles on parchment paper. Flip paper over when ready to pipe cookies.
- Make ganache first: in small sauce pan, heat heavy cream and butter until edges start to bubble. Remove from heat and stir in coffee, chocolate chips, peppermint extract. Let cool and thicken before piping onto cookies.
- In processor bowl, add almond flour, powdered sugar, cocoa powder. Turn on high and process until almond flour is fine.
- Pour into sifter and sift into bowl. Return mixture that was left in strainer to processor and process again. Sift through sieve again. If more than 1-2 tablespoons are left in the bowl, add back to processor. Repeat if necessary until 1-2 tablespoons remain in sieve.
- In clean bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat egg whites on high until they begin to foam. Add cream of tartar; continue beating. Once whites start to raise in volume, slowly add granulated sugar. Beat on high just until stiff peaks form.
- Gently fold 1/3 of flour mixture into egg whites. As batch starts to turn a dark chocolate color, add second batch. Gently fold into mixture. *
- Fit piping bag with a 1A tip and set into large glass. Fill bag with the cookie mixture and gently pipe onto template.
- Set on counter for 20-30 minutes until slightly dry to touch.
- Bake at 350 for 6-7 minutes.
- Allow to cool and gently pipe ganache on cookie; press another cookie on top.
- Roll edges in crushed peppermint candies or sprinkle on top.
- *I ended up using all but an eighth of a cup of the flour mix. The mixture was turning very thick and I didn’t want to over mix the merengue.
These are great fresh but even better after setting in the refrigerator a few days—if you can stand the wait!
Disclosure: I am participating in the Burnbrae Farms campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.
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Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.