These Red White and Blue Macarons are so fun to make for the 4th of July! They are so bright and festive and full of every American’s favorite colors: red, white and blue! They are the perfect dessert to celebrate America’s Birthday!
Not to mention, they totally look like Captain America’s shield to me. And who doesn’t love Captain America?
Red, White and Blue Macarons
Bright red macarons filled with a blueberry blue frosting and topped with a giant white sugar icing star are the perfect way to celebrate the 4th of July.
What Flavor Are These Macarons?
These red, white and blue macarons are flavored blueberry!
Not only are blueberries blue, of course, but they are wonderfully ripe and in season every July. Not to mention, blueberries are one of America’s most iconic fruits and easily recognizable. They were an obvious choice for this patriotic cookie!
How Do I Make Red, White and Blue Macarons?
That is a huge question, and one that I couldn’t possibly answer in this post! Macarons are such a beautiful treat, but they are not for the impatient, nor for the apathetic. It takes time, dedication and especially trial and error.
Helene Mcsweeney of the blog Tartelette is the absolute master at macarons. She has an ebook called Demystifying Macarons, and has numerous blogs about each of her flavor creations.
Bakerella learned from her, and also offers a great tutorial.
Many have come after, but she is the original – and the best!
Extra Tips for Making Macarons
Watching several YouTube videos is the next best place to learn when exactly to stop whipping your egg whites, and how exactly to fold your macronage.
Always double up on your cookie sheets to prevent the bottom from burning, and also place a cookie sheet on the top rack of your oven to mitigate the browning on the top of your cookie as well.
And lastly, get to know your oven. That’s the last step to the puzzle. Bakerella stays to bake at 280° Fahrenheit for 18-20 minutes, but after bags of wasted almond flour I figured out that was way too low for my altitude, humidity and oven. I have to bake at 325° Fahrenheit for 18-20 minutes.
Red White and Blue Macarons
- 200 g powdered sugar
- 110 g almond flour
- 100 g egg whites
- 50 g white granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
- Pinch of salt
- Wilton’s Red Food Gel to preferred color
- 8 oz powdered sugar
- ¼ cup butter
- 2 tablespoons half and half
- 1 tablespoon Lorain’s Blueberry Oil
- Wilton’s Royal Blue Food Gel to preferred color
- Separate your egg whites and leave out overnight
- Sift powdered sugar and almond flour together until fine and airy
- Discard any big chunks
- Whip egg whites until ribbons start to form in the bowl
- Slowly add granulated sugar, cream of tartar and salt while mixing
- When you’ve reached soft peaks, add food coloring
- Continue to whip until stiff peaks
- The tip of the egg white should not bend over at all at this stage
- Pour half of your sugar and almond flour mixture into the egg whites and gently fold
- When you can no longer see the sugar and almond flour mixture, add the rest of the flour
- Continue to gently fold into the egg whites until you can no longer see the flour
- Then begin to scrape the egg whites against the side of the bowl, making sure to incorporate more of the batter with each turn
- Continue to fold until batter is smooth and thick and runs off your spoon like thick lava
- Transfer to a piping bag with a round #1A tip
- Pipe uniform circles onto parchment paper until batter is gone
- Tap sheet against your counter top to release any bubbles
- Preheat oven to 325° Fahrenheit
- Let macaron rounds sit out for 30-60 minutes before baking
- Bake at 325° Fahrenheit for 18 minutes
- Allow to cool completely before removing from pan
- Match similar sized cookies an place frosting on one side of the flat side of the cookie
- Sandwich frosting between cookies
- Store in the fridge overnight for the best results
- Whip all ingredients until smooth and delicious
What Food Coloring Did You Use?
I really love how Wilton food gel doesn’t react or taste, no matter how much you use.
For the macaron cookie I used some of Wilton Color Right, and some of Wilton Red Gel. The Color Right was a waste of money – all you need is the gel.
And, for the frosting I used Wilton Royal Blue Gel.
How Much Red Food Coloring Do You Need?
I added one drop of Wilton crimson, and 1 drop of Wilton red to my egg whites. That did nothing but turn everything bright pink! So then I just dropped a big dollop of Wilton red food gel into the macronage.
That did it!
It’s a lot, which I know isn’t precise, but if you are looking for an exact measurement go with more than you think you need! They are so vibrant and perfect!
Where Did You Get The Sugar Stars?
I thought sugar stars would be so easy to find, but in my small little town I almost resorted to buying cupcakes from Target and peeling off the white stars in the frosting.
But instead, my husband suggested I try the local grocery bakery section. That is exactly where I found these beautiful sugar icing stars! Except they weren’t for sale, they were actually decorating the cakes they were trying to sell for the 4th of July.
I asked if I could buy some, and they agreed! They came in red, white and blue, and they had fireworks painted on them. I just purchased the white and flipped them upside down for $.20 each!
The best I could find online were these:
What Blueberry Flavoring Do You Use?
My kids literally licked the frosting bowl, it was so good. These extra strength oils pack a lot of flavor and taste really authentic!
Make These Captain America Macarons!
If you make these Red, White & Blue Macarons tag @Fahrenheit350sweets on Instagram so I can see it! And I’d love it if you left a review and a comment below!