Say that three times fast! It is amazing all the flavors you can squeeze into a tiny two-inch macaron, but you know what they say: “Go big, or go home!” (At least I think they say that.)
Unique Watermelon Dessert
I love the flavor of watermelon, but you don’t often find it in desserts. When my friend Karen mentioned a life-changing watermelon, berry, lime, and mint smoothie she had on vacation, I knew I had to recreate is somehow. Such an amazing flavor combination!
So I got to thinking…I can mac that! “Mac That” is a term I often use when I take a flavor not normally found in a macaron and create a macaron out of it!
How to Make Watermelon Macarons
First I found a watermelon extract (from where else: Orson Gygi). Add just a few drops to flavor up about two cups of buttercream.
I wanted to add some texture, so I knew I had to make the Sweet Mac Shop Lime Crumble to stuff in these macarons.
And then the last component: the wild berry flavor. I grabbed my very favorite jam, Bonne Maman Mixed Berry Preserves. A dollop of that in the middle creates the most amazing flavor.
How to Assemble Watermelon Macarons
Pipe the watermelon buttercream in a ring along the rim of the macaron. Pile in the lime crumble, then top it with the wild berry jam.
This macaron would be more than delicious if you stopped there. But if you want something even more special, you can make a delicious mint glaze on top.
And now for the grand finale, the Mint Glaze drizzle:
Mince 3 freshly picked mint leaves from your garden, and when I say finally minced, I mean it. Once minced, place into bowl with 1 cup powdered sugar and 2-4 tsp of water. Start with the lesser amount, as you want the consistency to be thick, but runny enough to drizzle. Add water as needed.
How to Decorate Watermelon Macarons
To make these adorable watermelon macarons, make pink and green macaron shells. Pair a green and a pink shell together. Draw some seeds on the pink shells using a black edible marker. I love to use these to decorate my macarons.
Watermelon Wildberry Macarons
- baker's half sheet pans: high quality baking sheets with rimmed edges
- KitchenAid stand mixer
- parchment paper or silpat baking mats (with macaron template)
- oven thermometer
- piping bag
- Wilton Tip #12
- food scale that will measure in grams or ounces
- scribe (a sharp, pointed tool), or a toothpick
- digital minute timer
- 160 grams egg whites room temperature
- 88 grams granulated sugar
- 256 grams powdered sugar
- 200 grams almond flour
- 1 tsp. clear vanilla extract
- Wildberry Jam
- Lime Crumble recipe below
- Watermelon Buttercream recipe below
For the macaron shells:
- Preheat oven to 285 for steel pans, or 300 for aluminum pans. Preheat for at least 10 minutes.
- Measure out your granulated sugar in a small bowl; set aside.
- Measure powdered sugar, almond flour together, then use a sifter to combine. This will make them smooth and lump-free. Set aside.
- Place your bowl on the surface of your food scale. Hit the "tare" button to zero out the weight of the bowl. Now measure the room temperature egg whites into the bowl of your KitchenAid stand mixer.
- Add the clear vanilla extract.
- Place bowl on mixer stand (this recipe is for the KitchenAid mixer), and attach the wire whisk beater. Set timer for one minute. Turn mixer to Speed 4, and slowly add sugar to egg whites, shaking it in a little at a time during that first minute.
- When timer goes off, set mixer to Speed 6, and set timer for 2 minutes.
- When timer goes off, set mixer to Speed 8, and set timer for 1 and 1/2 minutes (90 seconds). Coloring may be added just before this last mixing. Egg whites should look silky, yet stiff enough to hold the peak.
- Now we'll make the macronage: blend in dry ingredients, by moving a flexible spatula around the bowl, then cutting down through the middle, making sure to scrape the bottom for the flour and incorporate it into the meringue. You know you are done when the batter rolls off the spatula in a continuous ribbon. Batter will be thick…but can flow like a ribbon.
- BAKER'S NOTE: I have several videos of making macronage in my Instagram Highlights.
- Insert Wilton #12 tip into the small opening of your piping bag. Scoop the macronage into the bag, filling only half-way full, leaving room to twist the top closed in order to keep the batter from spilling out the top. Pipe the macrons by applying pressure until the batter flows out and just reaches the inner rim of the marked circle on your mat. Immediately release pressure and swirl tip to incorporate point back into the center of the cookie. See my tips on Instagram Highlights.
- NOTE: if you will be using parchment paper — search for online — then download a template of circles and place underneath your parchment paper. You'll remove this before baking.
- Once the full pan is piped, gently (or aggressively–no judgement here) bang the pan down onto the counter to release air bubbles. I usually place a towel on the counter before banging the pan. Use your scribe or toothpick to pop any large bubbles, in order to create smooth shells.
- PREP FOR BAKING, METHOD ONE: Place your parchment paper or silpat mat on the bottom of an upside-down baker's half sheet. Pipe your circles. Let rest about 5 minutes, bang (see above) then place them to bake in a pre-heated oven.
- PREP FOR BAKING, METHOD TWO: Place your parchment paper or silpat mat on the inside of a baker's half sheet (like normal). Pipe your circles. Let rest until your finger can glide across the top of the mac without stickiness, often up to 30 minutes. Bang (see above), then place them to bake in a pre-heated oven.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Once out of the oven, DO NOT — I repeat — do not remove from pan until they are completely cooled.
- This recipe yields 36-42 completed cookies (about 72-84 shells).
- Pipe a circle of buttercream around the rim of the macaron. Fill with lime crumble and a dollop of jam.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter Let sit on counter for 30 minutes.
- 250 grams powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. heavy whipping cream
- watermelon extract (add a few drops to taste)
- Place butter in bowl of mixer, and attach paddle flat beater. Mix on medium speed until butter breaks up and is starting to look smooth.
- Add vanilla and salt; mix for 30 seconds until combined.
- Add in heavy whipping cream.
- Measure powdered sugar on scale. Slowly add to the mixer, 1 cup at a time.
- PRO TIP: Start the mixer speed back up slowly after adding the cup of powdered sugar, otherwise, pull out the mop.
- Once ingredients are all mixed, turn the mixer to medium high and set timer for five minutes.
- Flavor the buttercream to your preference. Start with a few drops of watermelon extract and add more to your liking.
- NOTE: American Buttercream will keep up to two weeks in the fridge, and one day at room temperature.
- 1/2 cup sugar (100 g)
- 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar (25 g)
- 3/4 cups cake flour (90 g)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder (2g)
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt (2 g)
- 2 tbsp sprinkles (20 g)
- 1/4 cup grape seed oil (40 g)
- 1 tbsp lime extract (12 g)
- Heat oven to 300F.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle beater, whisk together the sugars, flour, baking powder, salt, and sprinkles.
- Add oil and lime extract. Mix until clumps form.
- Spread the mixtures on a parchment lined (or Silpat lined) sheet pan. Bake for 20 minutes, breaking them up occasionally. The crumbs should be golden brown and still slightly moist to the touch; they will dry and harden as they cool.
- Let the crumbs cool completely before using in a recipe or eating. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week. For storage up to one month, store in the refrigerator or the freezer.