Red Velvet Valentine Macarons

 

Impress your Valentine with these Red Velvet Heart Shaped Macarons filled with cream cheese frosting.  The melt in your mouth texture make them a perfect treat any time of year.

 

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If you are still looking for ideas on what to make for Valentine’s Day, these Red Velvet Macarons are the perfect way to ask that special someone to be your Valentine.

Nothing says “I   you” more than heart-shaped cookies.

Especially when the cookies are macarons.

 

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These Red Velvet Macarons start with the classic crunchy outer shell and a chewy melt in the mouth texture inside.

Just like the Red Velvet cake, there is a hint of cocoa powder to give them the right touch of chocolate flavor and a cream cheese buttercream makes the perfect filling.

 

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These cute little cookies definitely take some practice to get right.

I have a love-hate relationship with these little guys since I started making them last spring after Love and Olive Oil’s Macaron Kitchen Challenge.

 

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If you have never made macarons before, Brave Tart and Food Nouveau are both excellent sites to start off with and have great step-by-step tutorials.

Some tips that I find have helped me when making macarons are:

  • Be sure to have a kitchen food scale when following any macaron recipe as it ensures the right amount of ingredients.
  • I usually use aged egg-whites (in the fridge for about 3 days) since I find this helps with developing the “feet” to my macarons but a lot of people skip this step since they are still able to produce perfect macarons without aging them.  I think I’m just too chicken to try it for fear of another “failed” macaron batch but feel free to use what method works for you :)
  • Sift all your dry ingredients at least three times
  • Using a printed macaron template will help you pipe the macarons into uniform sizes and shapes
  • Make sure you rasp the cookie sheet hard on the counter a few times after you have piped the macarons
  • Let the piped macarons sit out on the counter for at least 20 minutes before baking them in the oven
  • Macarons usually taste best the next day after they have been filled so that the flavors have had a chance to meld together.

 

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Even though they take time and effort to get right, they are worth every single bite and the perfect treat to show that special someone how much they mean to you.

 

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Add in some red sugar crystals and a few  ♥ heart  ♥  sprinkles to make them even more festive and cute :)

 

Red Velvet Heart Shaped Valentine Macarons with Cream Cheese Filling

Yield: About 24 filled macarons

Red Velvet  Heart Shaped Valentine Macarons with Cream Cheese Filling

Impress your Valentine with these Red Velvet Heart Shaped Macarons filled with cream cheese frosting. The melt in your mouth texture make them a perfect treat any time of year.

Ingredients

    Macarons
  • * 107 grams egg whites, (I used 3 eggs aged for 3 days in fridge)
  • * 70 grams of superfine sugar, sifted
  • * 118 grams almond meal, sifted
  • * 177 grams powdered sugar, sifted
  • * 1.5 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
  • * 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • * 1 teaspoon red food coloring (I used Americolor Food Gel in Super Red)
  • Cream Cheese Filling
  • * 4 oz cream cheese, cold, cut into cubes
  • * 1/4 stick of unsalted butter, softened
  • * 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar, sifted
  • * 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • * 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • * pinch of salt
  • * 1-3 teaspoons of whole milk (optional depending on consistency desired)

Instructions

    Macarons
  1. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat - if using a template, slide underneath parchment paper before piping. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl sift together almond meal, powdered sugar and cocoa powder.
  3. With a stand mixer or hand mixer, whisk egg whites at medium speed until the egg whites begin to foam. Slowly sprinkle in superfine sugar.
  4. Slowly increase speed to medium-high and beat until a firm meringue forms with stiff glossy peaks.
  5. Beat in the vanilla extract and red food coloring. IMG_2382.jpg
  6. Use a rubber spatula, gently fold the almond meal mixture into the egg whites. Only fold the batter in one direction by sliding the spatula into the center of the batter, then lifting it up and letting the batter fall back onto itself. It generally takes about 40-45 strokes to work the batter, but this number isn’t as important as how the batter looks. The batter is ready to pipe when it has a smooth, shiny surface and flows like lava in one large ribbon off the spatula. An easy way to tell if the batter is done, use a rubber spatula to lift and drop the batter onto itself - if the ribbon gradually disappears into the batter within 30 seconds, it is ready. If not, keep folding a bit longer. IMG_2385.jpg
  7. Transfer mixture to a pastry bag with a plain round tip. (I used the No. 12 Wilton tip)
  8. Pipe hearts or rounds onto prepared baking sheets following the templates if using them, leaving space between the macarons to allow batter to spread IMG_2400.jpg
  9. Once all macarons have been piped, pick up baking sheet with both hands and tap it firmly on counter several times. This will remove any air bubbles.
  10. Let macarons sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on humidity levels. The macarons are ready to bake when tops are no longer sticky to touch. Gently slide or remove paper templates from underneath before baking.
  11. While you are waiting, preheat oven to 325 F. When macarons are dry to the touch, lower the oven temperature to 295 F and bake *both trays at same time (*if your oven has room, otherwise bake one at a time) for 14-16 minutes, rotating trays once. Let macarons cool completely on parchment paper before removing. IMG_2408.jpg IMG_2410.jpg IMG_2425.jpg
  12. Filling
  13. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream butter until lightened up, for about 3 minutes.
  14. Add cream cheese 1 cube at a time and beat until fluffy and incorporated.
  15. Add the remaining ingredients and beat on high for 3-4 minutes.
  16. Transfer to a pastry bag for piping or you can simply use a butter knife or spoon to fill the macarons.
  17. Assembly
  18. Match up the cooled macaron shells with similar sizes and shapes.
  19. Pipe filling onto a macaron shell and sandwich together with a second matched up shell. Repeat until all shells are used. IMG_2463.jpg
  20. Store in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, for 24 hours.

Notes

Some Helpful Tips:

Be sure to have a kitchen food scale when following any macaron recipe as it ensures the right amount of ingredients

Sift all your dry ingredients at least three times

Using a printed macaron template will help you pipe the macarons into uniform sizes and shapes

Make sure you rasp the cookie sheet hard on the counter a few times after you have piped the macarons

Let the piped macarons sit out on the counter for at least 20 minutes before baking them in the oven

Macarons usually taste best the next day after they have been filled so that the flavors have had a chance to meld together.

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Comments

  1. Kelly, I am so impressed that you were able to make heart-shaped macaroons! They’re beautiful.
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  2. I have never made macaroons before and I am too chicken to try – but will gladly help you dispose of any “failed” batches – as I bet your failed batches are super tasty still! Speaking of tasty – these take the cake! Or the macaroon… they are gorgeous Kelly!
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    • Haha, you always know how to make me smile Shashi :) Thanks so much for your sweet comments as always my friend and hope you have a wonderful week!

  3. The sandwich cookies I really wanted to make for Valentine’s Day were macaroons, but I didn’t have time to tackle those. Yours are so beautiful, and I love that they’re heart shaped! What a perfect treat for Valentine’s day, much better than an old box of chocolates. haha Great job, Kelly! :)
    marcie recently posted…Homemade Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies

    • Aaw, you’re so sweet, thanks so much Marcie :) I love your sandwich cookies, they look and sound fantastic and I can’t wait to give them a try :)

  4. Well, these cookies look just precious. It beats me though, how you were able to pipe those heart shapes??! They look amazing. Beautiful work! :) ela

    • Hehe, there were definitely a few bad ones and took some practice to pipe the heart shapes but I used a Wilton round tip #12 and a printed heart shaped template as a guide piping one side of the heart and then the other side :) Thank ou and so glad you like them and hope you have a great week Ela :)

  5. Such fun photos Kelly! My mom is obsessed with macaroons, I’m going to have to make her up a batch of these :) Hope you had a good weekend!
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    • Thanks so much Chelsea, we did, it was a busy one visiting family in the city but always nice:) Hope you had a good weekend and you got your sink fixed yesterday. That is so thoughtful and sweet of you if you make them for your mom, she will love them as I know they will turn out amazing with your talent girl:)

  6. I’m so impressed – these are gorgeous, Kelly! Sounds like you need to start teaching a macaron class soon!

  7. These are lovely, Kelly! I relate to your love-hate relationship with macarons. I have been thinking of making a batch since I don’t want to get too rusty…not that I have a lot of experience but the few times I’ve made them, something different always goes a little wrong! Luckily, they taste so good! These are definitely worth the effort for a special occasion!

    • Yes, I love eating them but dread making them too since there’s so much prep work and time involved to get it just right and so many things can still go wrong. Thanks so much Monica, you always have the nicest and most encouraging things to say:) Hope you have a wonderful week and stay warm :)

  8. These are so beautiful Kelly! I’ve never made macarons. I worried I would surely mess them up. But your recipe makes them sound so easy. Can’t wait to make these!
    Natalie @ Tastes Lovely recently posted…Five Things for Friday

    • I felt the same and messed up quite a few batches over the months and still do sometimes. BraveTart and Love & Olive Oil’s site are both great places to start researching as they give very detailed instructions and rules to follow – lots of prep work but really worth the effort :) Thanks so much Natalie, so glad you like these and hope you have a wonderful week :)

  9. These are darling Kelly. And you gave such great instructions on how to make them. I love it!!

  10. These are ridiculously cute!! I have made macarons several times but always scare away from shapes. But your detailed instructions have inspired me to branch out. Love love these red velvet guys :)

  11. You so so great at baking Kelly, I always look forward to your posts. These loo delicious and I love the rich color!
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    • You are always so sweet my friend, thank you so much :) I feel the same and love reading your adorable posts seeing your awesome creations and stunning photography :)

  12. These are so fun! I loved that you made macarons into little hearts- super impressive and cute!

  13. I have never attempted macarons yet, these are gorgeous!! PINNING!!
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  14. They look so delicious! I’ve attempted to make my own macarons twice now, but each time I’ve had a little bit of trouble. I’ll have to try out this recipe!

    • Thanks so much Graham – I know what you mean – I’ve made quite a few bad batches over the months too. Hope you have better luck with them soon and have a great week!

  15. Ok, truth be told I’ve actually never had a macaroon. I’ve heard they are amazing so I totally need to try them. I think this Red Velvet recipe is the perfect place to start, love this and how festive they are Kelly! :)

    • Thanks so much Krista :) Oh my, you’ve gotta try them girl – they have a light crispy outer texture and totally melt in your mouth and the sky is the limit for the fillings :) Gotta warn you first that you might not be able to stop at just one though ;)

  16. These look lovely! I’ve never made macaroons before, but your pictures sure do make me want to give them a try. :D

  17. These are adorable! not to mention they look delicious.

  18. WOW girl–I am IMPRESSED. I have yet to try my hand at macarons, and these are stunning!
    Erin | The Law Student’s Wife recently posted…Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls {Overnight}

    • Aaw, thanks so much girl, yours will totally rock if you make them! I’m still drooling over your RV cinnamon rolls – wish I had those for breakfast today :)

  19. I can never get the feet! I never heard of aging the egg whites. I think I am going to try it :) I love the color so much lovely recipe Kelly! Have a great week :)

    • Thanks Shundara – I had trouble with the feet too. I found aging the egg whites for about 3 days in the fridge really helped me and sifting all the dry ingredients at least 3 times :) Hope you have a great week too!

  20. These are so adorable Kelly and they are the perfect Valentine’s treat. I love all the tips that you’ve included as well, it’s so much more helpful to use a kitchen scale, the difference ends up being so significant! Have a great week :)
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  21. Hi Kelly,

    Your intensive-red stunning-looking heart macarons are screaming Happy Valentine’s Day to me! I hope that you have a great time celebrating this day too :D

    Zoe
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  22. Ah, macarons are making me miss Paris a lot! Genius idea on these heart-shaped macarons! My goodness…you are an amazing baker…I wish I can bake as much as you! xx

    • Yes, the macarons tasted incredible in Paris – yum! Aaw, you are always way too sweet my friend – hope you have a great week and safe travels for your upcoming trips!

  23. Kelly, these are so cute! I love how you made heart macarons, so pretty!
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  24. I have wanted to try making macarons forever now!! I just never seem to get around to it – but these may push me over to just doing it. Red velvet is my favorite and in macaron form?? Kelly you outdid yourself with these – they are so cute in the little heart shape!
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    • I know what you mean, they take a bit of prep work and time but Brave Tart and Food Nouveau have some awesome step-by-step pictures and tips. My first batch back in April failed and scared me off for a few months until Christmas when I finally tried again and made my first decent batches. Thanks so much Ashley, so glad you like these :)

  25. Kelly, great job – these definitely do impress! I’ve never tried macaroons before… they look hard but maybe not? Perfect for Valentine’s Day!
    Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner recently posted…Monster Sweetheart Cookies

    • There is some prep work involved and took me some time to practice but Brave Tart and Food Nouveau have great step-by-step photos. Thanks so much Deb, so glad you like these and hope you have a great week!

  26. These Macarons look amazing! I love that deep red color!! Another one to add to my valentine’s day collection!
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  27. Oh my gosh, these are adorable!
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  28. they look adorable!
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  29. Kelly, these are gorgeous! I tried to make macarons once. It was a disaster! Pinning these. Hope you have a great week!
    Julie @ This Gal Cooks recently posted…Lentil Tagine with Whole Wheat Couscous

    • Thanks so much Julie :) I’ve had a few disasters making these over the months too and still do once in a while! Thanks so much for pinning and have a great rest of the week girl :)

  30. Nice. I like how you broke away from the traditional red velvet cake.
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  31. Kelly, these are the most perfect, most beautiful macarons I’ve ever seen! You are so talented. I’ve never tried making them before… now you’ve inspired me!
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  32. THESE ARE AWESOME!
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  33. Yum, these sound delicious, and so perfect for Valentine’s Day! I haven’t made macarons in so long, you’re look so pretty.
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  34. Your heart shaped macarons look so cute…I yet have to try to make macs…they are sure perfect for Valentine’s Day.
    Thanks for the recipe and have a great week Kelly :D

  35. So impressed that your feet are so pronounced! I’m way too afraid to try macarons but these look gorgeous and vibrant! I included them in my Valentine’s Day roundup :)

    • Thanks so much Jessica :) I have definitely had my share of bad batches with no feet hehe. Thanks so much for including me in your Valentine’s Day roundup, your cake looks incredible and I can’t wait to try it one day :) Hope you enjoy the rest of the week!

  36. Oh Kelly, these look SO wonderful! I still have not tried making macarons at home because I’m nervous that they won’t turn out well, but you’ve got me thinking it might be time to try them. Yours look SO perfect and delicious!

  37. I cannot believe how perfect these look! I want all of them :) So pretty!
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  38. Kelly, if I didn’t know better I’d think you’re posting all these yummy red velvet recipes for me! I’ve never made a macaroon before, but your red velvet and cream cheese recipe will be the first ones I make!

    I hope you are doing great, Kelly!
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    • Hehe, you are too sweet Chastity :) Thank you, I am and hope you, sweet Baby Lulu and her brother and sister are doing great and enjoy the rest of the week!

  39. Super impressed with your macaron baking skills. I could never bake macarons, no thanks to the lame humidity in Florida.

    Pinned!
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    • Aaw, thank you so much Kiran! I am always super impressed with your gorgeous creations and stunning photography :) Thanks so much for pinning too my friend and enjoy the rest of the week!

  40. These are the most adorable thing ever! I’m not sure I have the skills to make them though!
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    • Thanks so much Krystle, you are too sweet :) It took me a few failed batches but I have faith anyone can make them if I can :) Thanks for stopping by and hope enjoy the rest of the week!

  41. I feel just the same way about macarons, Kelly! I hate when they fail me, but when I have a success it’s such a victory! These are absolute perfection, and I just love the heart shape! So perfect for Valentines!
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    • Thanks so much Allie, it’s funny how we can get so excited about these little guys when they bake up properly – as soon as I see the feet rise with no cracks I do a little dance haha. You’re always so nice, I’m so glad you like these and hope you have a wonderful week!:)

  42. I don’t think I’d attempt macarons since they seem difficult but I’ll pin the recipe for my followers to see and use :). Happy V Day! Hope it is as sweet as this dessert!
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    • Haha, totally understand girl – they are definitely finicky and time consuming little treats to make. Thanks so much for pinning Lisa and hope you have a wonderful V-Day and rest of the week!:)

  43. Gosh, heat shape macarons!!!! These are so adorable! I always think macarons are really hard to make, especially for a beginner baker like myself… but I always want to make and eventually I’ll do it. Heart shape red velvet macarons sound great even tho it’s not Valentine season… :)

    • You are an incredible baker Nami and I know your macarons would be perfect if you made them. All your food and desserts look like a work of art to me :)

  44. My daughter has made macarons before, but I have always been too chicken. :) They look so adorable Kelly, one of these days I will give them a try. Thank you so much for sharing them with us at Best of the Weekend! :)
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    • I am still chicken every time I decide to make them since they are so finicky hehe. Thank you so much Lisa and thanks for hosting a great party – happy Friday and hope you have an amazing weekend!

  45. I’ve always been to scared to try making macarons, but these look worth getting over the fear! Love the heart shapes- too cute. With all your tips, I think I may be ready to try making some :)

    • I still have a little bit of fear whenever I make them since they can be so finicky but they are definitely worth the effort and sense of accomplishment:) Thanks so much Christin and hope you are enjoying your weekend so far :)

  46. These look so beautiful I love macaroons so much, I have never added a little cocoa powder to give them that subtle chocolate taste. I really like that idea, I tend to eat mountains of these when I am over in France as there are patisseries that specialise in them…. heaven! I haven’t made any in ages I must give them a go again soon :) Happy Valentines Day!

  47. thanks for this great recipe Kelly!

  48. Sounds like a lot of work…but these beautiful macaroons definitely look like they’re worth it! Thanks so much for sharing them with us at Saturday Night Fever, Kelly!
    Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling recently posted…Black, White & Red Velvet Valentine’s Day Desserts

    • Thanks so much Cathy, they definitely take a little bit more time to make hehe. Thanks so much for hosting and hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend Cathy :)

  49. Another adorable and gorgeous looking recipe! I struggle with macaron making, so I tip my hat off to you – they look perfect :-)
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