DIY Edible Gold Macarons — Dress up your macarons with our tutorial on how to make DIY Edible Gold Macarons! They’re definitely picturesque.
Depending on how you look at it, I could technically call these “no-bake edible gold leaf macarons” on account of the fact that I bought them instead of actually making them.
I needed something quick and cute to bring to a potluck party. If you know me, I still wanted to bring something one of a kind.
So your average macarons just weren’t going to cut it. And being in a time bind, I couldn’t (but would’ve) baked my own homemade macarons.
Luckily, a local bakery and kitchen store can change that around pretty quickly by combining edible gold leaf and the prettiest cookie on earth into one little handful of happiness with these DIY Edible Gold Macarons.
Ingredients And Tools Needed To DIY Edible Gold Macarons
- Edible gold leaf — I used two 4″x4″ sheets that I purchased at Sur La Table to decorate 12 cookies. Gold leaf sheets are also available online in different sizes and colors and even precut.
- An unused food (or paint) brush
- Sharp small knife
How To Make DIY Edible Gold Macarons
Edible gold leaf is SUPER fragile. If you breathe too hard, it seriously will fly away. So you’ll definitely need a delicate touch for this DIY.
However, all you have need to do is slice a bit of gold from your sheet.
Then, use the brush to place it randomly onto the macaron.
Tap it down gently to make it stay.
To really smooth out the edges, you can just use clean dry hands by tapping it down quickly.
Don’t touch the gold directly from the sheet (or any other surface) because it will stick to just about anything.
Once you’ve got the hang of it, you can finish the rest of the macarons.
I liked the worn look that placing the gold randomly gave, but you could also try stenciling!
And seriously, that’s all you need to do!
What To Pair With Your Macarons
As beautiful as your macarons are, they can’t stand alone on a dish. They look lonelier than the main at a table for one. So what is there to pair with your macarons? Sweet treats! We all know how sweet goes well with sweet, so here are some ideas on what to serve alongside your macarons.
Tea – Duh, right? But pairing your macarons with tea ensures that all of your guests can enjoy them how they’d like best. You can do a straight-up black, a refreshing green, or a sweet herbal infusion. The flavor choices are endless! Or you could go all out and serve coffee instead.
Ice Cream – Again, duh! Ice cream made with the same ingredients you used to make your macarons is spectacular. This pairs especially well if you have a sorbet flavor in your ice cream, so be sure to ask. I recommend something fruity or floral for best results.
Wine/Beer – You absolutely can pair macarons with wine or beer, but it depends on the flavor. If you’re pairing with a heavy dark beer, go for something chocolatey so there isn’t any awkward contrast between flavors. The bolder the alcohol content, the more bitter or spicy your macaron should be.
Liquor – This is probably the most fun to pair with macarons because you can really go out of the box and be creative. My personal recommendation: flavored liquors! I love green apple and peach schnapps in my champagne, so imagine the flavors in your favorite dessert wine! You could also do a liqueur or cordial. Lavender goes well with your favorite dessert wine, and you can pair it with either your favorite macaron flavor or flavor combination.
Fruit – Nothing helps cleanse the palate like fruit! It’s refreshing and it balances the flavors of your macarons. Plus, they’re just so good for you!
Don’t forget to pair with your favorite beverage of choice! Just make sure to serve some water or tea first since macarons are known for their sweetness. Don’t want anyone on a sugar high!
Tips and Tricks
- When working with gold leaf, you’ll notice that it adheres to your fingertips – always use a brush, tweezers, or cotton gloves when handling it.
- Don’t forget that gold is a metal, so don’t put it in the microwave!