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Hot Cross Bun Macarons

How cool are these hot cross bun style macarons with a spicy cream filling.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 120kcal
Author foodnessgracious

Ingredients

Macaron Batter

  • 3/4 cup of almond meal flour I've been using Bob's Red Mill - so far so good
  • 1 cup powdered confectioners sugar
  • 2 egg whites at room temp
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • Pinch of cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg

Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting, adapted from Joy The Baker

  • 8 oz cream cheese at room temp
  • 1 stick butter at room temp
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1-2 drops of orange oil
  • Beat cream cheese until soft. Add the butter and beat until blended. Scrape down and add the brown sugar and molasses and beat for about 30 seconds.
  • With mixer on low add the powdered sugar, spices, vanilla and orange oil and mix. Scrape down again and mix until well blended.
  • in I like to keep it the fridge for an hour or overnight before piping. It will stay fresh for up to 7 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

Instructions

Macaron Batter

  • Sift the confectioners sugar and the almond flour into a bowl along with the cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Whisk the whites on medium until they get foamy. Add the cream of tartar and mix a little more.
  • Add the sugar gradually - when all added, crank up the mixer to high and whisk until you get stiff peaks. If you want to color your macarons, this is where you would add a couple of drops.
  • Take your bowl from the mixer and sift the flour/sugar mixture again into the egg whites. Start folding the mixture with a large flat spatula, gently turning about 50 times.
  • Transfer the mix to a piping bag with a half-inch plain tip and start piping onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. I pipe to about the size of a quarter and then drag the tip to the edge quickly to avoid leaving a peak on the macaron.
  • Once they are all piped, leave them sitting at room temp for at least 45 minutes until you see them become dull and are dry to touch on top (gently). Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Put them in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, turning once after 5 minutes. Leave to cool for a couple of minutes when they come out of the oven, and then gently lift the whole paper sheet from the tray to your counter.
  • Have your filling ready and fill once they are cool.

Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Beat cream cheese until soft. Add the butter and beat until blended. Scrape down and add the brown sugar and molasses and beat for about 30 seconds.
  • With mixer on low, add the powdered sugar, spices, vanilla and orange oil and mix. Scrape down again and mix until well blended.
  • I like to keep it in the fridge for an hour or overnight before piping. It will stay fresh for up to 7 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

Nutrition

Calories: 120kcal