Tropical Punch & Blue Raspberry Lemonade Macarons

by Shawnda on January 31, 2012

in Cat in The Hat,Cookies and Bars

Tropical Punch & Blue Raspberry Lemonade Macarons

When I was planning our daughter’s Cat in the Hat birthday party, I wanted to do a dessert table in red and blue. As you already know, there aren’t many naturally-colored foods that come in blue. There are blueberries. And then there are… no, that’s pretty much it. Blueberries.

I also wanted to make macarons (actually, I wanted to buy them but my party budget had other ideas). After doing a little research, it seemed best to opt for powdered food coloring over liquid for such a vibrant colored cookie, so as not to risk disrupting the temperamental high maintenance delicate moisture balance in the macaron shells.

So I put Kool Aid into delicate, fancy French cookie batter. Because powdered food coloring was nearly $10/bottle.

Tropical Punch & Blue Raspberry Lemonade Macarons

It’s a little bit of sacrilege topped with a whole load of blasphemy. It’s kind of like… putting Kool Aid in macarons :P

I’m pretty sure I haven’t had a glass of Kool Aid in at least 15 years. At least. But it has powdered food coloring so it took care of both flavoring and coloring the macaron shells a pretty red and blue (I did add a pea-sized drop of Americolor Red Red to the Tropical Punch and the tiniest drop of Americolor Yellow to the Blue Raspberry Lemonade to get more of an aqua color than light blue). It’s a very, very odd experience to open your oven and get hit with the smell of hot tropical punch but the cooled cookies are filled with a lemony buttercream – fun, fruity, and matched the party’s color scheme perfectly.

And I mean exactly perfectly – I joked on Twitter that I must have been a paint color matching machine in a previous life because my macarons matched the blue Jelly Belly candies perfectly.

Tropical Punch & Blue Raspberry Lemonade Macarons

I wished that talent carried over into decorating… our old house had 5 different shades of yellow/tan downstairs. And only two of those were supposed to be different.

Tropical Punch Macarons

Powdered drink mix yields a fun, fruity, vibrant-colored macaron.

Ingredients

  • 110 grams almond flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
  • 200 grams confectioners sugar
  • 100 grams egg whites (from 3 eggs, separated 24 hours in advance or microwaved for 8-10 seconds)
  • 50 grams granulated sugar
  • 1 envelope Kool Aid
  • 1-2 drops food coloring, optional
  • 1/2 cup buttercream frosting

Instructions

  1. Pulse the almond flour and confectioner's sugar several times in your food processor until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Place your aged egg whites in the bowl of your stand mixer and whisk until foamy.
  3. Add the sugar and turn the mixer to high, whisking until you have a glossy meringue.
  4. Add the Kool Aid and food coloring, if using, to the egg whites and let the mixer run a few circles through the batter to distribute.
  5. Fold the dry ingredients into the egg whites gently, briskly at first to break up the meringue a bit, until thoroughly mixed. The batter will be a little lumpy but will relax.
  6. Transfer the batter to a piping bag fitted with a large round tip and pipe rounds of 1.5 inches along two parchment-lined baking sheets.
  7. Let sit one hour at room temperature.
  8. Heat oven to 300. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool completely and remove from the pan.
  9. Not more than 24 hours before serving, pipe 1-2 tsp of frosting onto one cookie and top with the other, gently pressing down.
  10. Store tightly covered and serve the next day.

Notes

Yields: 24 filled cookies

Adapted from Tartelette's "Demystifying Macarons" master recipe

Estimated time: 2 hours

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Elena January 31, 2012 at 1:15 am

It seems easy to make. My two daughters will be thrilled.

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2 branny January 31, 2012 at 4:29 am

How creative!

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3 M January 31, 2012 at 5:12 am

they look so cute! and very creative! perfect for a children’s party :)

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4 Katrina January 31, 2012 at 5:24 am

These are so pretty! Awesome.

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5 Blog is the New Black January 31, 2012 at 6:45 am

You are so talented! Love the colors!

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6 Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) January 31, 2012 at 7:01 am

I love these! I’ve never tried my hand at macarons due to their fickle nature. But I would totally try it for something as fun as this! Adorable.

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7 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef January 31, 2012 at 7:35 am

these are so cute! the colors are spot on to cat in the hat! great job.

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8 Krystal R @ {Mrs. Regueiro's Plate} January 31, 2012 at 8:52 am

Oh man, you hit the money spot on the blue kool-aid!! I absolutely love them, and how cool would these be for 4th of July!!! Looks like one amazing birthday party, and I’m pretty sure these macarons were the talk of the party…on top of everything else that you did!!!

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9 Erin January 31, 2012 at 9:11 am

Love that there is koolaid in these.

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10 Living The Sweet Life January 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

Wow Koolaid in macarons!! I think you just earned the mom of the year award – – the party looks amazing … these macarons are stunning …. your daughter it one lucky little lady :)

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11 Suzanne @ Kokocooks January 31, 2012 at 10:19 am

These are just too adorable! Perfect for a Cat in the Hat theme. Can’t wait to see how the party turns out!

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12 christina @ ovenadventures January 31, 2012 at 12:03 pm

awesome! i’ve actually thought about adding kool-aid to something but i’ve never done it. i love the cat in the hat party idea. we read Cat in the Hat every night before bed.

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13 Kimiko January 31, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Wow, I love your creativity and resourcefulness; who would’ve ever thought of using Kool-Aid in macarons! I am really tempted to try this on Saturday!

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14 Marjorie (Sugar for the Brain) January 31, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Yum they look delicious! And those flavors really tempt me!!!

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15 Ann P. January 31, 2012 at 6:47 pm

love the tropical punch flavor it looks positively juicy, if a macaron could ever be called that! :)

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16 Life of a Modern Housewife January 31, 2012 at 7:05 pm

These are fabulous! Love the originality of the flavors. I’m terrified to make a macaroon…I have a book on them and everything…Hopefully I’ll get the confidence you have to do them!!

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17 Joanne January 31, 2012 at 8:22 pm

So now you’re basically either a macaron heretic or a macaron rockstar. Or both. I love it.

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18 Tracey January 31, 2012 at 9:23 pm

The colors are so vibrant! I am impressed with your use of the kool-aid, I never would have thought of that :)

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19 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts February 1, 2012 at 9:55 am

These are awesome! I love the idea of flavoring and coloring them with kol-aid; especially for a kids party! Great job!

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20 sara February 1, 2012 at 11:46 am

These are totally amazing! I’m in love with them, so pretty…great, great colors! :)

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21 vanillasugarblog February 1, 2012 at 6:18 pm

i cannot believe you made these.
do you know i have yet to make these?
i’m soooooo scared.

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22 jazzycupcakes April 23, 2012 at 2:17 am

oh man! i cant wait to try these for my sons cat in the hat party this weekend!! i hope they come out as beautiful as yours :)

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23 Lisette June 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I love these!! Do you have the conversion measurements for the sugars and the flour? How many cups do the gram measurements equal? Thanks!!

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24 Jamie July 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm

I just made these for a kids birthday party. You have to add a lot of red food coloring to get them the correct color. Most people found them too sweet and the flavoring a bit strong. Not sure if the concetrated flavoring of Kool-Aid was a bit much. Might suggest using only half the packet.

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25 Nancy January 25, 2013 at 9:06 am

Ingenious!

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26 Bessie September 13, 2013 at 12:00 am

I was making Kool-Aid earlier today and thought to myself, “I wonder if I can use Kool-Aid to color and flavor macarons.” So I Googled it and found this blog. Great to know that it wasn’t a bad idea! haha

I’m definitely going to have to try this out!

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