Saturday, August 25, 2012

Mickey and Minnie Chocolate Macarons


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I’ve received a “special order” of shaped Chocolate Macarons recently.  I think they are just too cute.  But not too cute to eat, according to my kids.  Of course, besides the order that I need to fulfill, I’ve made some extras for my kids, and some round ones for my kids’ teacher.    

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The macaron shells are chocolate ones and I filled them with semi-sweet chocolate ganache this time.  These are simply divine.  If you need some tips on how to make perfect macarons, please refer to my tutorial post here.  These Mickey and Minnie Chocolate Macarons are perfect for kid’s birthday parties, baby showers, or any Disney fans who just can’t get enough of the mouse (such as my kids)!

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I hope you will enjoy today’s recipes. Until next time….

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Mickey and Minnie Chocolate Macarons: (Printable Recipe)
Makes: 24 filled (round) macarons (18 filled Mickey/Minnie Shape)

For the macaron shells:  
90 grams egg whites (about 3) preferably aged 3-5 days in the fridge
pinch of kosher salt
30 grams granulated sugar
180 grams powdered sugar
110 grams almonds
10 grams unsweetened cocoa powder

To Prepare the macarons:
Place the almonds, powdered sugar, and cocoa powder in a food processor and process until the nuts are finely ground.  In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites and salt on high, gradually add the sugar until stiff peak forms.  Add the almond mixture to the meringue.

Fold the mixtures carefully until you obtain a batter that falls back on itself after counting to 10. The entire process should not take more than 50 strokes. Test a small amount on a plate; if the tops flatten on its own after 10 seconds, the batter is ready. If there is a small beak, give the batter a couple more turns.

Fill a pastry bag fitted with a large plain round tip with the batter and pipe batter into 1.5-inch rounds onto parchment paper or silicone mats lined baking sheets. To pipe the Mickey or Minnie shape, simply pipe two small rounds on the top part on both left and right hand side. 

Preheat the oven to 280F. Let the macarons sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour to harden their shells a bit and bake for 20 to 22 minutes, depending on their size. Rotate baking pans once half way through baking.


For the Dark Chocolate Ganache:
4 oz dark chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon instant coffee granules

Place chocolate and instant coffee in a heat proofed bowl.  In a small sauce pan, heat the heavy cream until simmer.  Pour hot cream into the bowl of chocolate mixture and stir until smooth and shinny.  Let cool slightly before use.

To Assemble:


With a small teaspoon, fill 1 macaron shell with a teaspoon of cooled chocolate ganache and top with another shell.  Fill the rest of the macaron shells.  Place filled macarons in room temperature until chocolate ganache harden.

39 comments:

  1. I'm surprising my son with his first trip to Disney World the first week of September. This would be the perfect way to celebrate the countdown.

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    1. Oh...How nice. Wish you and your loved ones a fun and magical trip to the happiest place on earth. ;)

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  2. Oh these are way too adorable!! Disney is classic.

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    1. Thanks, Belinda. Happy Friday to you.

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  3. These are adorable! The ones for the teacher look like a fancy bakery made them. One lucky teacher!

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    1. Thanks, Geni. I'm sure my kids' teachers love me for all these treats from time to time! hahahaa....Happy Friday.

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  4. Awwww, those are too cute, and I bet just as good too...Christine

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    1. Thank you, Christine. Oh yes, these are really tasty as well. Quite addictive, actually. Wish you and your family a Happy Friday.

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  5. These are so cute especially with chocolate flavour. I'm sure my kids love these too!

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    1. :) Thank you. Yes, I don't think any kid can resist these cuties. hehehe...Happy Friday and wish you a wonderful weekend ahead.

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  6. I agree with Geni.. Totally adorable... yummmm lovely photographs ;-)

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    1. Thank you, my friend. :) Wish you a wonderful weekend ahead.

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    1. Thank you. Glad you like them. Wish you a Happy Friday.

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  8. So cute shape! Children would loves to eat this when they are baked in different shapes.

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    1. Oh yeah. That's for sure. But my kids eat them no matter what shape they are in too. hehehe...My kids love macarons. Wish you a wonderful weekend ahead.

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  9. These are so sweet! I especially love Minne's heart-shaped bow.

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    1. Thanks. :) Wish you a wonderful weekend ahead.

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  10. Where can I get some of those boxes that you packed the macarons in?

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    1. Sent you the answer in the email. Thanks for your question.

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  11. Bookmarked! If I had seen these beforehand, I would have made a batch before heading off to the happiest place on earth last week. As it is, next time I go (within a few weeks, if I'm feeling particularly patient), I am making darn sure I bring these. Thanks so much for sharing these adorable gems!

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    1. Oh...Hope you had a great time at the park. ;) Going in a few weeks again? I'm envy. hehehe....Have a great time and hope you'll take these along with you.

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  12. Such a fun idea! You should send a copy of your pic to Disney.

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    1. Thanks, Barbara. I'm glad you like them. Happy Friday.

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  13. That's such a neat shape for macarons! So much more interesting than the classic round ones for sure.

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    1. Hehe...yup. As if my kids were not crazy enough with my macarons! They love these even more. :) Happy Friday!

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  14. Oh Amy, these look so cute...love the "ribbon" on Minnie :)
    Hope you are enjoying your week!

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    1. Thank you, Juliana. :) Happy Friday and wish you a wonderful weekend ahead.

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  15. Those are amazing. Disney needs to hire you!

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    1. Thanks, Carolina. Wish you a Happy Friday and a beautiful weekend ahead.

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  16. They look so cute :)) and would look so cute near my Mickey cake :)

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    1. Oh yes. Most definitely. Love your beautiful Minnie cake.

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  17. These are so cute Amy.

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    1. Thanks, Thu. Glad you like them. :)

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  18. These are too adorable! You should set up shop at Disney World. They'd sell like crazy. ;)

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