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Star Wars Macarons

Written by Mike Tamplin May 4, 2014


Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you! If you regularly follow this blog you know I like to do something special on this special day. This time around I wanted to push myself with a challenging dessert… the french macaron. For those unfamiliar, a macaron is a little cookie sandwich that has crunchy exterior, but chewy interior, shells and a dessert filling in the middle.

My cookie friend, Tiffany of Snickerdoodle Sweets & Events, recently gave me a copy of Mindy Cone‘s book, Gourmet French Macarons, and I’ve been chomping at the bit to give macarons a try. Mindy’s book shows pages and pages of creative ways to decorate an otherwise typical macaron. I used her great tips and tricks to attempt my version of Star Wars macarons.

Now macarons has a reputation of being challenging because their baking process can be very temperamental. I used Mindy’s macaron recipe she includes in her book, but because I’m a visual learner, I also watched a number of YouTube videos to see the process in action. The two videos I found most helpful was one by Honeysuckle Catering (below)

and the other by Entertaining with Beth (below).

Using the tips and strategies from all three sources, I was able to achieve some decent results. The macaron recipes can be found in the videos posted above, as well as a few links I provided at the bottom of this post.

For the Star Wars macarons, I decided to do three different designs fans of the series will hopefully recognize. After the macaron shells were baked, I decorated the tops with royal icing. The picture below shows the steps to create a simplified representation of Chewbacca and his iconic metal sash.

Star Wars Macarons- decorating Chewbacca

These Chewbacca macarons were made with chocolate macaron shells and a chocolate ganache filling.

Star Wars Macarons- Chewbacca

Another Star Wars macaron design is of one of my favorite characters of the series, R2-D2. They are made of white, almond-flavored macaron shells with a vanilla buttercream center that I tinted blue.

Star Wars Macarons- R2D2

Lastly, I had to complete my Star Wars macarons set by representing the Dark Side. These treats were made to look like the Imperial’s Death Star. Similar to the R2-D2 macarons, they were lemon-flavored macaron shells with a vanilla buttercream filling.

Star Wars Macarons- Death Star

If you would like to try your hand at macarons, here are a few helpful links to guide you through the process:

For more Star Wars related treats, be sure to check out these links:

May the 4th be with you!

Star Wars Macarons by Semi Sweet Designs


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44 replies on “Star Wars Macarons

  1. How did you get the R2D2 macarons so white? Mine always come out cream colored.

    1. Low oven. 300 degrees on traditional, 275-250 on convection.

  2. I’m hosting a birthday party and would love to have this as a treat . Do you take orders?

    1. Sorry, I don’t take orders.

  3. Hi Mike,

    I intend to make it for my son’s star war birthday party this weekend.
    I am making a test tomorrow.
    Few questions:
    1. When you mention the different flavors, what did you add to get those. I watched only one of the video’s which seems simply but not sure what need to be added to make lemon flavor for example.
    2. Where did you find silver / grey food coloring I have been looking all over.
    3. What did you add to make grey macaroons.

    I wish you were selling those. For now I need the force to be with me tomorrow when I try it out.



    1. Hi Ayelet, sorry for the delayed reply! To get different flavors, I just added different flavor emulsions or extracts to the batches. I also did different flavored for the buttercream and chocolate ganache fillings. To get the grey color, just add a tiny bit of black food coloring. I used Americolor Super Black.

  4. Wow! These Macaroons are amazing! How creative! We love the designs of all 3. We just had to include it in our favorite Star Wars Treats for May The 4th!

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