Celebrate Valentine's Day, (or any day really) with these sweet tart inspired macaron cookies!
When I think of Valentines day I always think about the class parties we used to have in elementary school. Everyone had to bring little valentines cards for everyone in the class and it always came with candy (obviously).
Thinking back on all of the candies that I used to get, I think sweet tarts were always my favorite. I mean how can you deny a sweet and tart combo? Also I was a sucker for anything tart and sour.
This memory was the inspiration behind these sweet tart macaron cookies. But what exactly is the sweet tart flavor?? After a ton of different flavor experiments...I finally figured it out.
What is the Sweet Tart Flavor?
If you're an OG sweet tart lover like me, you probably remember the way they used to come. Little disks of pink, yellow, green, blue, and purple all stacked and wrapped up together into a long stick.
Each color corresponds to the appropriate flavor:
- Blue- blue punch
- Pink- cherry
- Purple- grape
- Yellow- lemon
- Green- I believe was lime but I think they changed it to green apple!
Now, how do we achieve the sweet tart flavor with so much going on???
Easy...COMBINE THEM ALL.
But how do you even get all of those flavors together?
Sweet Tart Flavored Buttercream Ingredients
- Butter- I think this one speaks for itself 😉
- Powdered sugar- without the sugar it would be a butter frosting! (ew)
- Grape Koolaid- part 1 of our sweet tart flavor
- Lemon Koolaid- part 2 of the sweet tart flavor...and also what gives it that tarty ZING that you get when you eat a real sweet tart!
- Cherry Koolaid- part 3
- Strawberry Koolaid- part 4, the final flavor of our sweet tart!
You can find all of these koolaid flavors at pretty much any grocery store. You want the packets of dry mix! I think I bought all 4 for about $1!!!
Get the Basic Recipe for the Macaron Shells
If you didn't already know this, most macarons are made with an unflavored shell! That means that you can use the exact same recipe for multiple different macaron flavors.
The only difference in the macarons themselves is the filling in the center, and any coloring added to the shells!
The recipe for the basic macaron shells can be found here!
More Macaron Recipes....
Sweet Tart Inspired Buttercream
- 1 1/4 stick butter (about 10 tablespoons), soft
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- pinch salt
- 1/8 tsp cherry koolaid
- 1/8 tsp grape koolaid
- 1/8 tsp lemon koolaid
- 1/8 tsp strawberry koolaid
- In a mixing bowl, add the room temperature soft butter and mix it on medium with the paddle attachment for 2-3 minutes.
- With the mixer running on low, add the powdered sugar a little at a time by the spoon full. Combine completely before adding the next spoon full.
- When all of the powdered sugar is added, turn the mixer to high and whip for 3 minutes, or until the buttercream is super light and fluffy.
- Add the koolaid flavors to the buttercream and mix until combined completely.
- Fill into a piping bag and pipe onto each macaron shell.
For the Macaron Shell
- Follow the basic macaron shell recipe. Add a few drops of yellow food coloring when mixing for a pale yellow color, and sprinkle with a few white non perils once the shells are piped!