I have a friend and coworker whose love of sweet treats is rivaled only by her love of cute things. When I found out she was transferring to another location, I knew I had to create something adorably delicious for her as a promotion present. With a request for macarons and this fresh in my mind, I set to work.
While they look pretty involved, they’re really not much more work than your standard macarons. I used this recipe, throwing in a couple teaspoons of cocoa powder for a little color, and subbing a few tablespoons of ground sesame for almond flour to give it some additional flavor. A sprinkle of sesame seeds on top of each freshly piped macaron really makes them burger-like. Each burger patty is really a dollop of whipped chocolate ganache; the lettuce is just green-tinted coconut flakes; and the ketchup and mustard are drizzles of colored royal icing.
To make the fries (which you may have not noticed are natural cut, skin-on fries), I made a batch of shortbread dough. I pulled off about 10% of the dough and kneaded in some cocoa powder until it was the same brown as a baking potato. I rolled it paper thin between two sheets of waxed paper, then wrapped it around the dough without cocoa in it, covering it completely. The rest is pretty self explanatory: slice your dough potato into fries, sprinkle with sugar, and bake.
These are almost too cute to eat– almost. And they were the perfect gift for Mallory. I’ll miss you!
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