Monday, 18 April 2011

Mac Attack #18 - Oreo Easter Macarons

This months Mac Attack Challenge is all about chocolate, a theme that is always OK by me and great for Easter. 

 I decided to make Oreo Macarons, a flavour I have been meaning to try for a while, the shells are a simple dark chocolate Macaron but I used a recipe I hadn't tried yet.  For the filling I have taken the yummy middle out of two whole packets of double stuffed Oreos and added a little butter, milk and icing sugar to make a very simple buttercream.

Once my Macs were sandwiched together with filling I used a paintbrush to brush a ring of melted chocolate on the top of each Macaron.  I crushed Oreos to ruble and using the chocolate as an adhesive sprinkled the rubble over my Macarons to create a yummy ring of mud.  I love that Oreos make such great mud!

I made little fondant carrot tops and affixed these to the centre of each Macaron using more melted chocolate. 

If you love Oreos you will love these and although I doubt the French would approve of my creation they really are delicious. 

These cute Macarons are great for Easter and children and adults alike will love the novelty of them but as the shells are plain chocolate you could easily make half a batch with Oreo filling and the rest with something slightly more adult and less sweet so that everyone is happy.

Oreo Macarons 
Basic Macaron Recipe adapted from Mad About Macarons

150g organic egg whites
100g fine caster sugar
180g ground almonds
260g icing sugar
20g unsweetened cocoa powder

2 x packets double stuffed Oreos
1 tbsp softened butter
4 tsp milk
6 tbsp icing sugar

Preheat oven to 150 C. Sift together the icing sugar, ground almonds and cocoa powder.

Whisk the egg whites until half stiff, sprinkle the sugar over and whisk until very stiff but not dry. Gradually fold in the sifted ingredients.

Pipe small rounds, a couple of cm apart onto your lined baking sheet, using a plain 1 cm nozzle. Rap the baking sheet hard on the counter top to flatten the batter before baking.

Let them sit for 30 minutes to form a skin.

Bake for 12 - 15 minutes: you want them dry on top but, but still chewy underneath. Remove from the oven and let cool on their sheets for a few minutes before removing and placing on a wire rack.

For the filling:

Using a knife remove the filling from your double stuffed Oreos, reserving the cookies to decorate if you wish.  In a medium bowl combine the Oreo filling, milk and butter, beating until well combined.  Add the icing sugar a tablespoon at a time until you reach piping consistency.

For the decoration you will need:

30g dark chocolate, melted
a handful of Oreo cookie shells, crushed
orange and green fondant.

Simple paint a ring of chocolate onto the top of each sandwiched Macaron using a paint brush, sprinkle with crushed Oreos and affix small fondant carrot tops to the centres.

I'm so glad to get back into the Mac Tweets challenges after a few missed months and can't wait to get stuck into some summery Macaron flavours, I've been meaning to make lemon Macarons for months.


Pink Fairy Vicky said...

Oreos make awesome mud! Taking the middles out of the cookies must have taken ages :-0

Katie said...

Great idea! I just bought black cocoa powder, so I might have to copy you this week! Oh man, I love oreos.

Sarah-Jane - SiliconeMoulds.com said...

Hey Astral.

Nice feet on your macs. I love the carrots and mud on top.

Do message me your address again - I've got a package to send you to do some playing and photos sat on my desk. Can't find it from last time !

Butter Hearts Sugar said...

Nothing beats a cookies and cream combination. The new recipe looks like it worked out perfectly. The little carrots are such a cute easter adition.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

These look delicious! I'll bet they're great with a glass of ice cold milk! Yum, thanks for sharing!

Corrine said...

Those are freaking adorable!! I'm seriously jealous of your macaron skills, I can make vanilla but that's it, if I add anything they never turn out.

Lora said...

These are just fantastic! The carrot is so cute and cracks me up and that Oreo filling..yuuuummm.

briarrose said...

Wicked cute toppers!

LadyMacaron20ten said...

OMG I looove the little carrots they are sooo cute.

Paris Pastry said...

So adorable! Two of my favorite cookies combined in one :D!

Deeba PAB said...

Everything about these macs is a winner! Oreos in a macron are indeed novel, and I love that they make perfect mud. Also love your attention to detail ... thank you for joining us at MacTweets!

Jill@MadAboutMacarons said...

Just seen your gorgeous oreo macarons! They look fantastic, great job! One of these days I'll have to try an oreo :-)

hicookery said...

Wow! Your Easter macs are sooooo creative and so festive. Looks too perfect to eat but I bet they are yummy with the chocolate and Oreo filling.