Spending the holidays in Paris this year? Me neither. BUT you can bring a little piece of that beautiful city to your own kitchen—with a holiday twist of course. Macarons are delicious and also make for a beautiful Instagram post. They actually look way more complicated to make than you'd think. So let's crank up the holiday music and get baking.

Eggnog and Candy Cane Macarons

  • Prep Time:1 hr 30 mins
  • Cook Time:15 mins
  • Total Time:1 hr 45 mins
  • Servings:8
  • Medium


  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 2/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • buttercream frosting
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • candy canes
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  • Step 1

    Sift together almond flour and powdered sugar, making sure the ingredients are well mixed.

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  • Step 2

    In a separate bowl, beat egg whites with a mixer until white and foamy.

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  • Step 3

    Gradually add granulated sugar and continue mixing until meringue is thick and has hard peaks.

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  • Step 4

    Quickly add in dry ingredients and fold in to the meringue.

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  • Step 5

    Put batter in a pastry bag and squeeze into circles on a baking tray that's been lined with parchment paper. Let the tray sit out for an hour at room temperature.

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  • Step 6

    Once the cookies have a thin 'shell' (you can touch it without the batter sticking to your finger), bang the tray against the counter to get out air bubbles and bake at 285° F for 10-15 minutes.

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  • Step 7

    While the shells are cooking, divide buttercream frosting into two separate bowls. In one, add cinnamon and nutmeg; stir well. This is your eggnog-flavored frosting.

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  • Step 8

    Once shells have cooled, fill half with the eggnog-flavored frosting. Fill the other half with plain frosting and then roll them in crushed candy canes (don't roll eggnog macarons in the candy canes).

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