Mac Attack

Food trends come and go, but there are some that just seem to take a hold of the general public and refuse to die out. Take cupcakes, for example; They may not be the run-away smash hit that they used to be, but you’d be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t foster at least an ounce of love for the miniature cakes. More recently, I’ve noticed a new player step up to the game, and while it’s taken some time for them to catch on to more mainstream venues in the US, I think they’re another tend-setter in the making. I’m talking about macarons, the French sandwich cookies typically made primarily of egg whites and almond meal. These aren’t your awkward, bumpy, coconut-laced macaroons that are more common of American bakeries, but instead elegant and refined morsels that come in every last flavor one could dream of.

For the longest time, I’ve sat back and watched as other bloggers whip up scores of these brilliantly colored and creatively flavored gems, and lacked the confidence to give them a whirl myself. At long last, after diving right in and experimenting with vegan alternatives, I’m thrilled to finally present to you my own version…

Okay, so they still need a bit of work in the flavor department, but look at those lovely feet! That perfect ratio of filling to cookie! They’re real beauties alright, and I can see how addictive they can be to create. With so many opportunities for creative variations, it’s hard to stop thinking about how to make the next batch, even after finishing a dozen.

Better yet, they’re so small, they’re truly a guilt-free indulgence! Yes indeed, macarons will definitely be sticking around, at least in my kitchen (and crafts!)

**Edited to add: These are indeed made of felt.  I didn’t think I really needed to clarify after categorizing this post under “sewing,” but it seems that more people than usual are missing that small detail.  I’m flattered that anyone would think my stitches are that well hidden!

29 thoughts on “Mac Attack

  1. This is the one thing I tell people trying to be vegan who have a hard time givng up one thing or another: Many things can be made the vegan way and are are tasty. It just takes using substitutes and experimenting.. I experiment and create and love it when the final product is one I can not wait to make again. I commend you for getting in there and whipping out those macaroons..

  2. Hannah, these macarons are too pretty!! Not to mention that they are very sweet, I won’t feel guilty having these instead.

  3. At first glance I did think they were edible ones and was curious how you veganized (veganised?) them. They look so cute that I could eat them :)

  4. Nice!! I bet all your beautiful sewed confections look great all together… the macarons, the cake slices… It would be a wonderful feast (for the eyes)!

  5. Those are so cool, Hannah! By the way, we’re going to be in Brooklyn next weekend at the Renegade Craft Fair – you should stop by! Here’s their website for the details and stuff …

  6. Really nice. I want to eat them! :)

    Thanks for the comment on my blog. That’s funny that your dog sleeps between rooms. I trip over my cats and dogs as well.

  7. Aw what awesomely adorable little macarons!! I’ve been dying to make some (bake not sew – I’m not that talented!)

  8. I must say, your work is always adorable, but this just tops it. So cute! The colors you used are brilliant. It actually took me a minute before I realized they aren’t actually edible.

    Or ARE they? ;)

  9. I’m not gonna lie, Hannah.. I thought they looked a little too perfect and … strangely ruffled, but I thought they were real until I read on! That’s so awesome!

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