While my sister and I agree on most things, what to eat for dinner, weekend activities, and TV shows (as siblings, we cohabit extremely well together), we cannot agree on coffee. I love it and cannot get enough of it. My favorite time is a weekend early morning. I enjoy sitting on the porch, reading, and having that first sip of the day.
Elizabeth can’t stand coffee. No amount of cream, sugar, or pumpkin spice in the world could make her drink the stuff. She doesn’t even like tiramisu! Shocker!
So, when I suggested coffee macarons, she groaned in protest, stating that I am “ruining a perfectly good dessert” by adding “that bitter rubbish.”
I Love Serving These With Iced Coffee or Dalgona Coffee!
After that, I set out with a new challenge to make a recipe that was definitely coffee tasting in nature, but wasn’t so overpowering that my sister would gloatingly hate it. Honestly it wasn’t very easy. When baking, if I added too much coffee the texture would be all wrong, too little and I couldn’t call it a “coffee” macaron. Then, when it came to the filling, I couldn’t settle on any coffee flavor. Everything I tried was too overpowering and bitter. Even I couldn’t stomach it. Instead, I fell in love with a vanilla buttercream that complimented the coffee in the macaron shells. To me, it was the perfect balance of the creamy vanilla, nutty almonds, and a hint of bitter coffee.
In the end, when I was fully satisfied, I proudly presented the macarons to my sister. She was definitely wary, turning up her nose and giving it an uncertain sniff. When she finally conceded and tasted a macaroon, she made sure to let me know she was doing it under protest. To both her surprise and mine, she liked it!!!
I think I can count that as a little sister win for me! Do you like French coffee macarons? Let us know all about your favorite macaron recipes below!
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