Enjoy the holidays with this beautifully festive chocolate peppermint macarons. Perfect with your hot cocoa or as a delicious gift for that one person on your Christmas list!
Yes, more macarons because they are the best! I seriously cannot get enough of them. I had to try my hand at chocolate macarons and this ended up being trickier than the macarons I've made before because I had to balance getting enough chocolate flavor and keeping the integrity of this very finicky batter.
As you know, I am an ambassador for Rodelle because I love their products. One product in particular, (besides their rich and super chocolaty Dutch processed cocoa) the chocolate extract, really helped t o emphasize that chocolate flavor without really altering the batter in a big way. Seriously guys, chocolate extract is a must-have and I swear I'm not just saying that. It doesn't make anything you add it to a chocolate-flavored treat, but instead supports and emphasizes the chocolate flavors that are already there by bringing back those top flavore notes that are lost in the chocolate-making process.
I've been in full-on Christmas mode the past few weeks. My radio doesn't leave that one station that's been playing nothing but Chrismas muic. I've been slowsly Christmas shopping for my daughter (which is getting so hard since she never leaves my side and knows all the hiding spots in this house) and getting together some really nice homemade gifts for the rest of the family. So of course when making these chocolate macarons I knew I had to add a bit more Christmas spirit by pairing it with peppermint buttercream. Instead of using peppermint extract in the buttercream, I folded in crushed peppermint which not only gave you a really nice peppermint flavor, but the red in the canes dissolved to create some really nice swirls in the buttercream.
These chocolate peppermint macarons are the perfect holiday cookie. They are wonderfully delicate and full of bold Christmas flavor. It is surprisingly simple to make these chocolate peppermint macarons as long as you work with a delicate hand and really pay attention to what you are doing. Regardless if your macarons crack or don't form feet, you will still end up with a delicious tasty treat everyone will love. And if you do happen to have a few aesthetic flaws, they are easily covered with powdered sugar!