macaron making is my fave

May 21, 2014

macaron making party

Yes, I know macarons have been replaced with donuts as the it dessert but I’ve wanted to try making them for years (mostly because it pains me to pay $2 a piece for them). I’ve looked at numerous recipes and articles but usually give up when I get to the part where the author states that they are notoriously finicky. I decided if I was going to do it, I was going to do it right. I contacted Emily (who I swear knows every person in the Denver area) and she connected me with Samm Sherman, a local pastry chef, who was willing to spill her secrets. So I gathered up some lady friends and we made a little party out of it.

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Samm used a basic recipe for the cookie. Here are a few tips she shared in the process:

– use a scale for accuracy in measuring out your ingredients
– do not skip the sifting step
– the trickiest part is folding in your dry ingredients, be careful not to overmix
– after piping, let the batter sit until only slightly tacky (about 10 minutes) before baking

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macaron recipe

She also treated us to two different fillings (that’s where the flavor comes in), a chocolate ganache and caramel macchiato buttercream  made with Starbucks® Discoveries Iced Café Favorites™ – Caramel Macchiato.

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macaron box

It’s easy to pull together a party when it’s centered around an activity that can triple as the refreshment and favor. I had these boxes set out to fill with finished macarons for the taking.

macaron making party

We learned. We chatted. We munched and sipped. A perfect little lady gathering. After seeing how simple it was all to put together, I’ve resolved to make it a regular occurrence.


Bonus! I’ve put together a box to go along with this party. And it’s up for grabs today! It includes:

– theo chocolate bar
– stripe twist scarf
I Love Macarons
textured mug
macaron card
– $25 Starbucks Discoveries Iced Café Favorites™ coupons

To enter, simply comment on this post before eod Friday, May 23rd. Winner will be randomly chosen then notified by me via email. Good luck!

*No purchase necessary to participate or win. Void where prohibited by law. Open to legal US residents eighteen (18) years of age or order, except employees and the families of (“Sponsor”) or any company or agency responsible for the sweepstakes or any prize provided (“Sweepstakes Participants”). Enter by posting comment on the Site from May 21 – 23 A winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries. The prize is a variety of goods valued at $100. One entry per person, per email address. All determinations by Sponsor are final. Winners will be notified by email and must respond within 48 hours or another winner may be chosen. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. No cash substitutions for prizes and prizes are non-refundable and non-transferable except at sole discretion of Sponsor who reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. Entrant’s name and entry may be used for promotional purposes without additional compensation unless prohibited by law. Winners release Sweepstakes Participants from all claims and damages associated with the Sweepstakes and use of the prize. Subject to all federal, state and local laws. Winner is responsible for any taxes on prize.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Starbucks Coffee Company. All opinions are my own.

photos: Jennifer Little


  • On May 21, 2014 , Charisse said:

    I love macaroons but have been intimidated to make them. This seems so simple. Thanks!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Sashi @ Get Off the Couch and Cook said:

    I’ve never had macaroons but they are so cute! I cna only imagine that they taste as good as they look. 🙂

  • On May 21, 2014 , LeAnn said:

    I have some egg whites in the freezer just waiting for a dry day to make some macarons!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Morgan said:

    I am so amazed by anyone that can make these perfect little desserts. They are the perfect boost of “fancy” and I can’t help but feel a little more special anytime I am treated to one!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Rachel Taylor said:

    I’ve always wanted to try them! Looks great!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Erin said:

    I hadn’t had a macaron until a year ago and I feel like I really need to make up for lost time 😉

  • On May 21, 2014 , No said:

    I too love macarons! Such a fun day you had! Love the giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to win these items!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Courtney said:

    I just took a Macaron making class and bought some materials to start…..however, I can’t figure out what flavor. This box will definitely help me on my way!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Kate said:

    I don’t know if I could successfully make macarons but I’d sure like to win this giveaway!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Allison said:

    You’re making me want to throw a macaron party!

  • On May 21, 2014 , karly r. said:

    Looks great! Desserts are always close to my heart.

  • On May 21, 2014 , kate said:

    Perfect kind of party! Maybe I’d even try to pull it off in my teeny nyc kitchen.

  • On May 21, 2014 , dianne a said:

    Thank you so much for this post, I have wanted to try my hand at macaron making and now I wlll.

  • On May 21, 2014 , Jen N. said:

    You’ve inspired me to try these. They’ve always seemed so intimidating!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Lucy said:

    These look delicious. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • On May 21, 2014 , DOD said:

    They still seem a bit intimidating to make, but they’re so delicious that I may have to try!

  • On May 21, 2014 , aimee said:

    I have been dreaming of macaroons – might be the weekend project!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Linda said:

    Would LOVE to learn how to make macaroons!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Shelley T. said:

    I hate paying $2 each too! Great box!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Danielle said:

    I spend endless amounts every time I step foot in a place with macarons. This is would be such a win!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Lisette said:

    What an unexpected idea for a party. Great suggestion!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Megan said:

    I finally had my first macaron about a month ago, after dreaming about trying them for years! It definitely lived up to my expectations! Unfortunately, there are very few places to get them where I live, even if I was willing to shell out $2 a piece.

  • On May 21, 2014 , sydney85 said:

    I love macarons. I think they are the perfect sweet taste. I would love to be able to make macarons and share with friends and family.

  • On May 21, 2014 , Ann said:


  • On May 21, 2014 , MEL said:

    What a fun time! And the goodies in the box look pretty wonderful too. 🙂

  • On May 21, 2014 , Agnes said:

    Thank you for this giveaway. My fave place to get macarons is Miette in San Francisco.

  • On May 21, 2014 , Natalie said:

    I adore macarons! I make them often in the springtime and would LOVE to put together a party for some friends who have been dying to learn.

  • On May 21, 2014 , Stephanie O. said:

    Ooh, how lovely. Not only visually appealing, but delicious and tasty as well. 🙂

  • On May 21, 2014 , Erica Renee said:

    I’ve actually never had a macaron! I need to rectify that ASAP.

  • On May 21, 2014 , Jean said:

    i LOVE macarons. love love love them!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Erica said:

    Love macaroons so so much and I love you for having this giveaway!! 🙂

  • On May 21, 2014 , Cindy Pastorius said:

    I’ve never had a macaroon. I hear they are delicious but I’ve just never tried them. I am really interested to though!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Eva Mijes said:

    I love macarons too… but it also pains me to pay $2! On my way home from work I pass by the French Market and it is so easy to go in and grab one, but it gets pricey!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Erin said:

    Looks amazing!!! My lack of skill in the kitchen makes macaroons terrifying to me! 😉

  • On May 21, 2014 , Janssen said:

    What a fun party. Invite me next time (and. . .I’ll try to move closer).

  • On May 21, 2014 , Aida said:

    sounds like a lovely afternoon!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Laura said:

    What a great idea for a girls’ hang out! I may just get my gals to do the same.

  • On May 21, 2014 , Elizabeth said:

    Those look delicious! And Theo chocolate bars are my absolute favorite!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Kelly Smith said:


  • On May 21, 2014 , Cassie said:

    Oh pick me!! I’ve never actually had a macaron

  • On May 21, 2014 , Evelyn said:

    Ah, I so want to try and make macarons, but at the same time I am so completely terrified to do so. This box looks like a good motivation to get in the kitchen.

  • On May 21, 2014 , ver said:

    wow these are perfect! macarons are the absolute best 🙂

  • On May 21, 2014 , Brandilyn said:

    Cute! I love taking on challenging baking projects!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Hwang said:

    Oh! I would love this!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Mandy Gross said:

    I love making macarons! Lovely post and giveaway!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Carrie said:

    What an adorable gift box! I love macarons, too!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Paige Hansen said:

    Yum! Almost too pretty to eat! But I’ll eat them anyway. 🙂

  • On May 21, 2014 , Emily R said:

    Amazing! Macarons have been a favorite of mine for a long time. I vow someday I’ll make some myself!!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Catey said:

    I love baking. I’ve never made French macaroons but I think they’re tasty!

  • On May 21, 2014 , amyks said:

    I love macarons and twisty scarves and fun packaging!!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Emily said:

    You make macarons look so easy! Must try.

  • On May 21, 2014 , Lesley said:

    Macarons really are my fave! The greatest of all are from Laduree in Paris, but now maybe I’ll have to attempt to make my own. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Alivia said:

    I love me some macarons!

  • On May 21, 2014 , brigita said:

    we have a baking group once a month with a theme and it’s always fun to get together and share what we’ve made! looks like you had a great time and were a wonderful hostess.
    thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  • On May 21, 2014 , Christine said:

    I love macarons! I can’t wait to bake some! 😀

  • On May 21, 2014 , Candace said:

    What a lovely idea for a party! – Fun giveaway too!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Karly K said:

    Macarons are perfect year-round cookies. They can so easily be customized to fit any dessert theme & I’m looking forward to making them!

  • On May 21, 2014 , katie said:

    great giveaway! ive always wanted to try making macarons too but i am too nervous to do so. i dont want to put all that time into soomething that probably wont turn out right! hehe

  • On May 21, 2014 , Elise @ Sunday Charm said:

    Mmm, macarons!!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Whatever DeeDee Wants said:

    Ok, now I want to learn how to make macarons!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Sara said:

    Sounds like a fun day- I’d love to try making macrons, but like you, feel a little intimated by the process. Such a lovely box of goodies you’ve put together!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Sara Christensen said:

    That box looks fabulous! And thanks again for the invite. So fun and inspiring!!

  • On May 21, 2014 , MC said:

    I love macarons. I was so thrilled to discover frozen macarons at Trader Joe’s!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Carissa J said:

    This looks amazing! I love Theo chocolate, macaroons, and swoon basically everything about this post!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Kristina M said:

    i’ve always been too scared to attempt macarons myself, but these look amazing. maybe i will give it a try!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Megan said:

    How adorable! 🙂 love this post!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Kathryn H said:

    I fall into the too scared camp. That caramel machiatto ganache may just inspire to attempt it though!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Kathy said:

    Hope I win!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Volcano E Cig said:

    Good day! I could have sworn I’ve visited your blog before but
    after looking at many of the articles I realized it’s
    new to me. Nonetheless, I’m certainly happy I
    stumbled upon it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back often!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Sandy said:

    Such a cute giveaway! I love macarons!!

  • On May 21, 2014 , sharon stanley said:

    well, I’m almost, almost convinced I could do this…till then, I’m loving reading about it! another winner!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Su said:

    I love love macarons! I’ve made them before but have skipped the sifting step. 🙂 I will try that next time!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Karen A said:

    I’m inspired yet again 🙂 Thanks, Melanie!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Andrea Springer said:

    They look so yummy!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Kimberly Bury said:

    My mom just returned from Paris with a special to-go box of macaroons just for me…yummy!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Carolyn Hyslop said:

    Now that is my kind of party! So fun!!

  • On May 21, 2014 , Elysia said:

    These look great! I want to start making macarons again– I’ve been a bit discouraged since my first batch. From far away they looked like uncooked burger patties. 🙁 Thanks for the motivation!

  • On May 21, 2014 , lois said:

    i have always been so scared to make them i just spend the $2! these look wonderful.

  • On May 22, 2014 , Stephanie May said:

    I love this whole set soooo much! The best macarons I’ve ever had were from Ladurèe in Paris. Oh, how I miss them❤️
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • On May 22, 2014 , Michelle said:

    Love this!

  • On May 22, 2014 , Vanessa K. said:

    I tried making macarons once but failed. Your post has inspired me to get back up and try again!

  • On May 22, 2014 , Lindsey K. said:

    Fell in love with some salted caramel macarons and now I can make my own version. I toured the Theo chocolate factory in Seattle. It’s my fave.

  • On May 22, 2014 , Anne said:

    <3 I love it!

  • On May 22, 2014 , Janet said:

    I have never tried to make macaroons but this is truly an inspiration to do so 🙂 Thanks. The pictures are pretty!

  • On May 22, 2014 , Shanna said:

    Your pictures are fantastic! If you can believe this, I’ve never had a macaroon. I know they are quite the treat…so I hear! I’m enjoying them through my screen for the moment 🙂

  • On May 22, 2014 , Heather said:

    It’s been a while since I’ve made macarons – thanks, you’ve inspired me to make them again soon!

  • On May 22, 2014 , Hannah said:

    My macaron-making needs a lot of work! Thanks for the great giveaway 🙂

  • On May 22, 2014 , Collette said:

    I love your ideas/projects! I’m really inspired by your creativity.

  • On May 22, 2014 , Alexis H. said:

    Wow!! that looks amazing! better than how mine turned out. :/ But I guess practice makes perfect! 🙂

  • On May 22, 2014 , Courtney K said:

    This is so cute!

  • On May 22, 2014 , Vicky M. said:

    How fun! I’ve heard that they’re notoriously finicky, so that’s why I’ve avoided making them too! Thank you for the tips!

  • On May 22, 2014 , Vicki said:

    I totally want to have a macaroon-making party now!

  • On May 22, 2014 , Laura said:

    Ummm…SO FUN!! We have a monthly dessert night with all us military wives-this would be so fun!

  • On May 22, 2014 , Dana Higgs said:

    I love macarons! And haven’t had much success making them, but I think I’ll try weighing the ingredients…unless I win this, then I can hold off for a little while longer.

  • On May 22, 2014 , Jessica (bakecetera) said:

    making macarons is also one of my favourites! i love the box you put together – it’s beautiful!

  • On May 22, 2014 , Tina said:

    Thanks for the tips. Making macarons will be a success now for me.

  • On May 22, 2014 , Laura B said:

    I love macarons. I live in San Antonio TX, and I just went yesterday to Bakery Lorraine to get some

  • On May 22, 2014 , Mallory said:

    Thank you so much for this post! I have really been trying to find a recipe that works with out being too finicky!

  • On May 22, 2014 , Donna said:

    You’ve managed to put two of my favorite things together – macarons + get-togethers with girlfriends – into a single post! Making macarons is on my summer to-do list.

  • On May 22, 2014 , Emily said:

    Macarons are my fave!

  • On May 22, 2014 , KatieK said:

    what a great idea! I love macarons as well, but have always thought they were too complicated. maybe I’ll try them…

  • On May 22, 2014 , jessica said:

    can you believe I’ve never had a macaroon!! i think its about time I did! Looks like a blast…and love me some starbucks!

  • On May 22, 2014 , natalie said:

    Such a great party idea! I love it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • On May 22, 2014 , Mandy said:

    Cutest giveaway ever. I’d love to learn how to make them!

  • On May 22, 2014 , Jenni said:

    Yum. I haven’t tried making macarons but this post certainly makes them less intimidating!

  • On May 22, 2014 , summer said:

    I absolutely LOVE this gift box!!! I want everything!!

  • On May 22, 2014 , Crystal said:

    Looks amazing! I now have a new weekend recipe to try with the kids. Thanks!

  • On May 22, 2014 , Nicole said:

    Macarons are the prettiest cookies!

  • On May 22, 2014 , lily Edelman said:

    so pretty! I would love this box, such a perfect gathering or beautiful (and tasty) treats!

  • On May 22, 2014 , Glenda Lissette said:

    I would absolutely love this! I’ve been wanting to try making macarons since forever 🙂

  • On May 23, 2014 , Rachel said:

    Macarons are my favorite!

  • On May 23, 2014 , Carolyn Z said:

    Thanks for the macaron post! I’ve been wanting to try making these!

  • On May 23, 2014 , Carmen L said:

    I am so excited to try this recipe! And throw a girly macaron party!

  • On May 23, 2014 , Becky D said:

    I want to make macaroons for my sister’s bridal shower. Thanks for your tips!

  • On May 23, 2014 , Becky D said:

    I want to make macarons for my sister’s bridal shower this summer. Thanks for your tips!

  • On May 23, 2014 , Giao said:

    I love macaroons, especially the ones at Miette in Hayes Valley San Francisco. Looking forward to trying out the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  • On May 24, 2014 , elise said:

    I love macarons but have had several attempts with mixed success. thank you for the process pictures, so much better than just words

  • On May 24, 2014 , Lindsay said:

    So glad you posted this! I’ve always been intimidated by macarons, but I really want to try making them now.

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    Thanks for the macaron post! I’ve been wanting to try making these!

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    I love macarons.

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