Strawberry Macarons + Kitties

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For every friend I have that is a dog lover, I have one that is a cat lover.  Though I own neither, I always thought I would be a dog person if I had to chose [largely based on my allergies and the options for hypoallergenic dog breeds].  However, over the years, I’ve learned to love cats [and I think, so has my allergies].  On a cuteness scale, both furry faces are adorable but I gotta give it to the felines for their independence and their lower maintenance care.  So, when a cat crazed friend of mine was celebrating a birthday, I thought if perfect to gift her a batch of macarons that suited her obsession.

 

S T R A W B E R R Y  K I T T Y  M A C A R O N S

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COOKIE RECIPE

STRAWBERRY BUTTERCREAM
[Note: this recipe will likely make more than you need so I suggest cutting it in half]

1/2C fresh strawberries | puréed
3/4C butter | cube and @ room temp
3C icing sugar | with more on hand to thicken if needed

combine strawberries + butter in a stand mixer
add icing sugar 1 cup at a time with the mixer on low-med speed
continue to add icing sugar until you reach a more firm than runny icing consistency
increase speed
mix until a smooth texture is achieved 
transfer icing into a pipping bag with star tip
fill macarons and sandwich 

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TO DECORATE….

To transform my macarons into a kitties, I used royal icing and created shapes forming the face.

ROYAL ICING
[I also suggest making half this recipe]

16oz icing sugar
2.5tbs meringue powder
1.5tsp of vanilla or almond extract

combine all ingredients in a stand mixer with a whisk attachment on med speed for 7mins
separate into 3 portions | leave 1 portion white and colour the other 2 pink and grey
transfer each into a pipping bag with a fine pipping tip

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on a piece of parchment paper draw out triangles to your desired cat ear size and circles to your desired cat snout size
[I attempted pipping whiskers but ultimately decided that would be too tedious and fragile to use so I abandoned that idea]
flip the parchment over and start pipping out the ears and the snouts | similar to how you would ice a sugar cookie, use a toothpick to smooth out the icing and fill in the holes
let the pipped pieces completely dry before attempting to remove them from the parchment

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To assemble the faces….

insert the ears into the buttercream 
to attach the snout onto the cookie, use a dot of the icing as glue to adhere
lastly, pipe 3 whiskers onto each side of the snout
allow the whiskers to dry before serving

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These kitties turned out pretty damn cute; the purrfect gift for a crazy cat lady!

 

madelaine

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