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Out of the box macaron inspiration

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Sheep macarons

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Sheep macarons

Mmmm.... mutton. To make these sheep look "wooly" leave the macaron batter a little stiffer than usual. Then, pipe small clustered dollops of batter into circles.
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Sheep macarons

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Sheep macarons

To make these sweet little lambs, use mini Oreos for the heads, small candy eyes (found in most hobby and craft stores), a heart decorator candy for the nose,  black frosting for the ears, and black licorice for the legs.
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Blue bird macarons

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Blue bird macarons

Give yourself easy guidelines for piping your macarons. Draw or print out templates of shapes, and place them under your parchment paper. 
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Blue bird macarons

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Blue bird macarons

These blue bird macarons are filled with Nutella - a chocolate hazelnut spread found in the peanut butter aisle of most grocery stores. 
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Bumblebee macarons

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Bumblebee macarons

A simple yellow macaron becomes a bumblebee when you use black, edible food coloring markers. To make a stinger, just add a chocolate chip.
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Bumblebee macarons

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Bumblebee macarons

Some macarons look even better at a different angle. Carefully consider how you plan to plate and present your macarons if you're making them for a party.
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Bumblebee macarons

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Bumblebee macarons

Try arranging them on a plate in different ways until you like the results.
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Assorted Easter macarons

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Assorted Easter macarons

Springtime provides the perfect pastel color palatte for Easter macarons of any shape - eggs, flowers and of course, bunnies.
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Candy corn macarons

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Candy corn macarons

Macarons can be multicolored and multi flavored too, like this candy-corn inspired version.
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Carrot in dirt macarons

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Carrot in dirt macarons

The crushed Oreo "dirt" on top of this chocolate macaron is sprinkled over a mound of salted caramel filling. The carrot is an orange Mike & Ike candy with some green icing for the leafy tops.
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Carrot in dirt macarons

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Carrot in dirt macarons

Macarons can become edible art on the right canvas - choose unique and unexpected plates.
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Carrot macarons

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Carrot macarons

A small white colander works perfectly for holding and displaying these macaron carrots with green licorice tops
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Colorful macarons in paper cone

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Colorful macarons in paper cone

Mini, bite-sized macarons are delightful. They're like potato chips - you can't eat just one.
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Easter egg macarons in carton

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Easter egg macarons in carton

When you pipe egg-shaped macarons, it helps to start in the middle and swirl your batter to the outside. 
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Easter egg macarons in carton

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Easter egg macarons in carton

Get creative with your packaging. Macarons don't always have to go on a plate.
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Easter egg macarons in carton

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Easter egg macarons in carton

They look super cute in an egg carton!
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Green and yellow swirled macarons

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Green and yellow swirled macarons

Experiment with mixing colors. Before putting the macaron batter in your pastry bag, paint 3 or 4 vertical lines of gel food coloring on the inside of the bag. Fill with your batter and pipe to see what you get.
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Green and yellow swirled macarons

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Green and yellow swirled macarons

Clear packaging really helps show off colorful macarons. Lots of cool options can be found at craft, hobby and party stores.
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Green and yellow swirled macarons

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Green and yellow swirled macarons

If there's one lesson I've learned from making macarons: expect imperfection. It's OK if you don't always get the ideal size, shape or color. Each one is unique and delicious.
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Ground hog macarons

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Ground hog macarons

Attach a mini chocolate chip to the face of a chocolate Teddy Graham with frosting, and add some white decorator candies for the teeth. Voila, you've got yourself a mini groundhog. The "dirt" on top of the macaron is a mixture of chocolate frosting and crushed Oreos.
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Ground hog macarons

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Ground hog macarons

Any plain, round macaron can go from cute to clever with the addition of seasonal or themed toppings.
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Hello Kitty macaron

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Hello Kitty macaron

To make these Hello Kitty macarons, draw or use a computer to make a template. Place it under your parchment paper, and use the shapes for a guide to pipe uniform macarons.
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Hello Kitty macaron

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Hello Kitty macaron

Draw Hello Kitty's face using edible color markers. Add a bow using pink triangle decorator candies.
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Humpty Dumpty macarons

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Humpty Dumpty macarons

Humpty Dumpty starts out as a white, egg-shaped macaron. Add the eyes and mouth using edible color markers. Dab a cotton ball in pink food coloring to make the rosy cheeks. Fill in the bottom half with teal royal icing. Add a line of white frosting for the belt. And use orange, triangle decorator candies for the bow tie.
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Humpty Dumpty macarons

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Humpty Dumpty macarons

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
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Humpty Dumpty macarons

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Humpty Dumpty macarons

Even a broken macaron is delicious.
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Itty bitty blue macarons

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Itty bitty blue macarons

Everything's cuter in miniature form, especially macarons.
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Itty bitty purple macarons

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Itty bitty purple macarons

These tiny, purple macarons are even sweeter topped with a little love.
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Jar full of macarons

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Jar full of macarons

Wanna really surprise someone on their birthday? Give them a jar full of colorful macarons!
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Macaron book packaging

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Macaron book packaging

Packaging macarons is an art form too. Hobby and craft stores have all kinds of great paper mache boxes you can use.
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Macaron book packaging

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Macaron book packaging

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Mickey Mouse macarons

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Mickey Mouse macarons

Mickey Mouse macarons are simple and fun. Just make a circle and add two small dollops of batter on top.
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Mickey Mouse macarons

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Mickey Mouse macarons

When making black macarons, start with a chocolate batter and add black gel food coloring.
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Purple ombre macarons

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Purple ombre macarons

Graduated colors - often called ombre - are a popular dessert trend.
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Purple ombre macarons

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Purple ombre macarons

To achieve ombre colors, split your macaron batter into three or four bowls and mix the colors separately.
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Purple ombre macarons

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Purple ombre macarons

Graduated colors are beautiful from the side, as well as the top.
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Rabbit macarons

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Rabbit macarons

Turn a simple, white macaron into the Easter bunny. For the ears, cut a mini marshmallow in half, dip the sticky cut edge into pink sanding sugar and attach the bottom to the macaron with a dab of frosting. Add eyes with a black edible food marker and attach a pink triangle decorator candy for the nose.
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Rabbit macarons

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Rabbit macarons

Bunny macarons. They're cute alone, or with friends. 
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Red bird macarons

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Red bird macarons

To get deep, rich, dark colors, use gel food coloring. Add it to the whipped egg white mixture before you add the almond flour and powdered sugar.
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Red bird macarons

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Red bird macarons

Remember, if you're going to do a shaped macaron like these birds, you need to pipe right and left images (reflective). Otherwise you'll end up with all tops, and no matching bottoms. 
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Snowmen macarons

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Snowmen macarons

Snowmen macarons are easy to decorate with edible food markers.
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Snowmen macarons

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Snowmen macarons

If you want to make your snowmen macarons stand upright, put a dollop of frosting on the bottoms to help "glue" them in place.
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Teacups filled with macarons

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Teacups filled with macarons

Mix macarons with assorted candies and you've got an extra-sweet treat.
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Turkey macarons

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Turkey macarons

Guests will gobble up these chocolate turkey macarons.
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Turkey macarons

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Turkey macarons

Sweet supplies needed for these turkeys include: candy corn, orange triangle decorator candies, red icing gel and edible food markers.
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Turkey macarons

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Turkey macarons

Chocolate ganaché is an easy, delicious filling for any macaron. Don't let the fancy french name fool you, ganaché is simple to make. 
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Very hungry caterpillar macarons

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Very hungry caterpillar macarons

Bring a classic children's book to life with this macaron version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
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Very hungry caterpillar macarons

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Very hungry caterpillar macarons

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is made with green and red macarons. The legs and antennae are shaped Tootsie Rolls. The nose is a mini chocolate chip. And the eyes are yellow oval decorator candies, colored with a green edible marker.
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Yellow chick macaron

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Yellow chick macaron

Cut a yellow jellybean in half, and you have wings for this little yellow macaron chick. Add some small candy eyes and a little orange beak, and he's good enough to eat.
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Yellow chick macaron

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Yellow chick macaron

A simple trick to keep macarons in place on a plate, if you ever need to transport them: Put a small dab of frosting on the bottom. It's like an edible glue.
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Carrot in dirt macarons

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Carrot in dirt macarons

Macarons can become edible art on the right canvas - choose unique and unexpected plates.
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