Tuesday, December 21, 2010

EPIC FAIL Macarons

Dang it!

It was beginners luck.

In my previous post, you may have read about my first attempt at making macarons. They came out absolutely perfect, and I was mighty proud. "What's the big deal," I thought. They're a snap!

Well, as the proverb says, "Pride goeth before the fall."

And boy, did my macarons fall.

After my first batch of lovely macarons, I decided to make more to impress friends and family, and in keeping with the Christmas theme, I decided this time to make green shells. I had visions of delivering boxes of macarons to colleagues, friends, and neighbors. I would watch the look of total amazement come over their faces as they bit into their first macaron. And then, I would humbly accept all their praise and compliments.

Ooops. I think there is a life lesson to be learned here.

I thought I followed the exact same method of making the macarons as before. But, something went horribly wrong. Even Ms. Humble's blog post dedicated to troubleshooting macarons could not explain...


As we say in Utah, "What the heck?!"
I give you my entry for the Ugliest Macaron Contest.

I won't tell you what my kids think is on top of that macaron on the right, but I bet you can guess. I have no idea what happened, but interestingly enough, the cookies tasted great. It didn't take any time at all for the family to finish them off, and we all had a good laugh.

Will that be my last attempt at macarons? Noooo. I'm planning to get back on that horse and try again. I will not be defeated! Macarons, here I come!

Stay tuned...


  1. Curtis, promise, if you try my French meringue macaron recipe, this won't happen.

    Well, maybe it will. But try the French style anyway. You need a kitchen scale though.

    Don't give up. The admiration is worth it (and your first batch were stunning!

  2. Fun cookies, eh!

    Your peppermint ones were beautiful, by the way.

    (p.s. the "cracked" macaron troubleshooting tips apply here. In my own kitchen, I've found Italian meringue to be slightly more prone to cracking than the French. Why? I haven't the foggiest)

  3. Mr. P and Ms. Humble (my food blog idols),

    If Santa doesn't bring me one, I'm buying a scale first thing Monday morning. And then, French macarons it is!

  4. Ooh, I like these ones better.

  5. Don't give up hope, I'm sure this was just a fluke! That being said, I've never actually made macarons...Good luck for next time though, your last ones looked brilliant!


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