Gingerbread macarons packed full of winter spices of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. The filling is an easy gingerbread spice white chocolate filling. Stable at room temperature, they travel well.
Easy Gingerbread Macarons for the Christmas Holidays
This very easy gingerbread spice macaron recipe for the winter season was inspired by all the busy moms out there who are baking holiday goodies while taking care of their little ones. Ever since I had Bibi earlier this year, I have really come to appreciate delicious recipes that are easy to execute at the same time. This is especially so during this time of year because there are just so many obligations like Christmas parties, shopping, decorating and the like.
I'm really happy to bring you this new recipe for ginger spice macarons, the filling of which is very easy to prepare. Some of my past gingerbread macaron recipes had more complex filling pairings (like Gingerbread Baileys Cream Macaron or the Gingerbread Baileys Chocolate Macaron) but this one I'm showing you today requires only a few ingredients that you can find easily at the grocery store. What's more, it can be made with a just few simple steps.
Ingredients for Holiday Macarons
Gingerbread Macaron Shells
- Icing sugar - also referred to as powdered sugar by some. Note: icing sugar in North America usually contains corn starch as an anti-caking agent.
- Almond flour - I prefer to make my own almond flour via this tutorial but many bakers have used this brand successfully.
- Castor sugar - Castor sugar is an extra fine granulated sugar also known as berry sugar. Castor sugar is easily dissolved, making it preferable for meringues. It can be substituted with granulated sugar.
- Aged egg whites (measure before aging)
- Cream of tartar - its used to stabilize the meringue and usually found by the spices in the baking aisle. It can be substituted with lemon juice or vinegar in double the amount. Or left out completely if you cannot find it.
- Ground ginger - see below for spice alternatives
- Ground Cinnamon - see below for spice alternatives
- Ground Nutmeg - see below for spice alternatives
- Ground Cloves - see below for spice alternatives
Gingerbread Spice Macaron Filling
- White baking chocolate - use a good white chocolate intended for baking as chocolate chips and other ready to eat white chocolates contains additives that makes it less stable for use as a ganache filling.
- Heavy cream
- Room temperature butter
- Ground ginger
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground cloves
- Vanilla extract (optional)
Gingerbread Spice Subsititutes
The shells for these gingerbread spice macarons are infused with classic gingerbread spices of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. The first 3 spices are commonly found in most home spice racks because they are often used in a variety of recipes. If you don't have them yet, it's worth investing in. However, if you would rather not buy a few bottles of spices that you might not use again, you can substitute all the spices in the recipe with an equal amount of a manufacturer's Gingerbread spice blend like the one I've linked below. Lastly, if you have all three spices except for cloves, you can also substitute it with allspice or cinnamon.
White Chocolate "Ganache" at Room Temperature
Besides being very delicious - think sweet with aromatic spices that warm you up during the winter season - this filling is a great pick for macarons that need to be left out at room temperature during a holiday party or get-together. I found this filling to be very stable at room temperature. I even experimented with keeping them out overnight (although, I don't advise you to do this for food safety reasons) and the filling didn't stick to my fingers. All in all, it's a scrumptious and hardy macaron filling that you can use for macarons that you'll need to travel with during the holiday season.
I'm looking forward to my first Christmas with Bibi and I'm working hard to prepare for it. Please join us for some behind-the-scenes look at our holiday prep and our life in Vancouver on our Instagram accounts: IndulgeWithBibi and IndulgeWithMimi. I wish you a very productive run-up to the festive winter season too. Let me know if you have any questions or comments below.
Gingerbread Man & Christmas Macaron Templates
If you want to be a little more adventurous with your macaron baking this holiday season, try piping the macaron batter in these festive shapes. There are a variety of winter themed templates available for download once you subscribe to be a newsletter subscriber and receive the password to the member's only area. Enjoy!
Step By Step
Chop up chocolate into slivers. Add spices to cream.
On a medium heat, heat up cream with all the spices. Stir to combine. Once steam and a few bubbles appear, take off heat. Do not let boil.
Pour hot cream over chocolate. Let sit for 1 minute. Stir to combine.
Once, homogenous, add butter and incorporate.
Taste test and add a few drops of vanilla extract if desired, stir to combine.
If time allows, let it set at room temperature until it reaches a pipeable consistency (about 2-3 hours). To speed up this process, it can be placed in the fridge. Place a piece of plastic wrap on top of the chocolate filling to prevent a skin from developing on the surface. Place in fridge to firm up slightly for piping. Do not let harden or it will become too hard for piping. Check on it every 15-20 minutes. The filling lightens up as the white chocolate cools and starts to set.
Gingerbread Macaron Shells
- 62 grams icing sugar
- 60 grams almond flour
- 45 grams castor sugar (see Note 1)
- 50 grams aged egg whites (measure before aging)
- 1/8 tsp cream of tartar (see Note 2)
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp cloves
Gingerbread Spice Macaron Filling
- 130 grams white baking chocolate
- 65 grams heavy cream
- 10 grams room temperature butter
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- a few drops of vanilla extract (optional)
Gingerbread Macaron Shell Instructions
- Set aged egg whites out at room temperature.
- Print out free macaron template in the Subscriber's Only Area.
- Pulse almond flour, icing sugar, and spices together in a food processor.
- Sift dry ingredients. Discard big pieces of almond that can't be sifted.
- IF YOU ARE NEW TO MAKING MACARONS, please read the instructions to my BEST MACARON RECIPE before attempting to follow the rest of the instructions since it is condensed for the advanced macaron baker.
- With the balloon whisk attached, whip the room temperature egg whites on low-medium speed.
- Add cream of tartar when it becomes foamy.
- Turn up the speed to medium.
- Once the whisk starts to leave tracks in the egg whites, add sugar a little at a time.
- Turn the speed up to medium-high and whip until stiff peaks. Read: How to Make Meringue for Macarons
- Fold the almond flour and meringue together until the batter becomes a "lava" or honey-like consistency. Use the "Figure 8" test to determine when to stop folding. READ How to Fold Macaron Batter.
- Transfer batter into piping bag fitted with a round piping tip.
- On parchment paper or silicone mats, pipe the round macaron shells.
- Wait until the shells have developed a "skin" and have become completely dry before baking. This is critical to prevent cracking.
- Bake at 325F for 12-14 minutes. Every oven is different, you may need to adjust your own temperature settings. Please read How to Use Home Oven Properly for Baking Macarons if you are unsure.
- Macaron shells are done when they no longer wiggle and the feet doesn't indent when gently nudged.
- Once baked, let cool completely before removing from the baking mat/parchment paper.
Instructions for Gingerbread Spice Macaron Filling
- Set butter out at room temperature.
- Chop up chocolate into slivers.
- In a small sauce pan on medium heat, heat up cream with all the spices. Stir to combine. Once steam and a few bubbles appear, take off heat. Do not let boil.
- Pour hot cream over chocolate. Let sit for 1 minute.
- Stir to combine.
- Add butter and incorporate.
- Add a few drops of vanilla extract if desired.
- Let cool.
- Place a piece of plastic wrap on top of the chocolate filling to prevent a skin from developing on the surface.
- Place in fridge to firm up slightly for piping. Do not let harden or it will become too hard for piping.
- Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a round tip. (e.g. #10)
- Find two similar sized macaron shells.
- Pipe a dollop of gingerbread filling onto one of the shells.
- Assemble with the other shell.
- Place in an airtight container and let mature for 24 hours before eating.
1. Castor sugar is an extra fine granulated sugar also known as berry sugar. It can be substituted with granulated sugar.
2. Cream of tartar can be found in the spice area of the baking aisle at most grocery stores. It can be substituted with twice the amount of lemon juice.
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McCormick Ground Cloves, 0.9 oz Shaker
Simply Organic Nutmeg Ground CERTIFIED ORGANIC 2.3oz. bottle
McCormick Ground Cinnamon, 7.12 oz
McCormick Ground Ginger, 1.5 oz
India Tree Superfine Caster Baking Sugar, 1 lb. bag
RYBACK Stainless Steel Egg White Yolk Filter Separator Cooking Tool Dishwasher Safe Chef Kitchen Gadget
Callebaut White Chocolate Chunks 16 oz
McCormick Gingerbread Spice (Pack of 2)
Ateco Disposable Piping Bags, 12-Inch, Pack of 100
PaperChef Culinary Parchment Multipurpose Non-Stick Paper, 205 sq ft
Gel Food Coloring AmeriColor Junior Kit, 8 Colors.75 Ounce Bottles
Food Processor for Almond Flour
Heavy Duty Rimless Baking Pan for Macarons
Toaster Oven Size Silpat Non-stick Silicone Baking Mat
Regular Sized Silpat Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat
Bob's Red Mill Super-Fine Gluten Free Almond Flour, 3 Pound
Amount Per Serving Calories 164Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 8mgSodium 16mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 3gSugar 10gProtein 3g
This information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although indulgewithmimi.com attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.