Does you ever wonder how to add sprinkles to macarons? Is it before they bake? Or are they added after the macarons bake? Well, let’s help clear it up with a little order of operations. Yep, we’re kicking it back to our elementary math days for you.
To be honest, once you figure out when the perfect time to add the sprinkles you will literally have that “ah-ha!” moment. Next you will be adding cereal, cookies and maybe even the kitchen sink. (I know, you won’t really add the sink.) Here is the breakdown on when to add sprinkles.
First: Make macarons as instructed. Our SweetMacShop Macaron Shells recipe has given many mac bakers great success.
Next: After making the macronage, pipe and tap out air bubbles.
Once you have used your scribe to pop the bubbles, this is when you will add in your food safe sprinkles to the top BEFORE the drying step. The sprinkles need to cling to a moistened surface, which is why we add them before our macs are dry.
We use several companies that have a wide range of sprinkle products. We probably use Orson Gygi brands the most. (Use our code SWEETMACSHOP to save you 10% on your total purchase)
Sweetopolita is also on our top favorites list. Many of their of their sprinkles don’t contain items like spaghetti. Does that sound weird? We know.
Decorettes (formerly known as Jimmies) are also perfect for shells. Nonpareils, or small tiny balls, also work perfectly.
The one and only sprinkle we don’t recommend are the larger dragées (often referred to as large sugar pearls). They will actually burn a hole right through the top of your mac because the sugar will heat up and melt. Now, if that Swiss cheese look is what you are going for, then AMAZING! — these guys are here for you.