12 Days of Cookie Christmas: Day 12 – Peppermint Macarons


Cecilia Ashenuga '24

A plate of delicious peppermint macarons and an assortment of other Christmas cookies.

We Did It! We Did It! We Did It! Yeah!  We made it to Day 12 of the 12 Days of Cookie Christmas, and today we are ending it off with a challenge. Macarons are one of the most challenging cookies I’ve personally ever made (so don’t be surprised if it takes a couple of tries to get it right).  For the Christmas season, I decided to go with a twist on these delicious cookies. I found a Peppermint-Chocolate macaron recipe on Tasty and I fell in love. The peppermint macaron shells, the delectable chocolate ganache filling, and crushed up peppermint sticks- What’s not to love? Because these cookies are complicated and hard to master I highly suggest watching Tasty’s video on macarons to get an idea of how to go about making these cookies. And with that, I leave you to get baking and I hope you enjoyed the 12 Days of Cookie Christmas!



for 15 macarons


  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • A pinch of salt


1 ¾ cups powdered sugar

1 cup finely ground almond flour

1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

3 large egg whites, room temperature

¼ cup granulated sugar

¼ teaspoon peppermint extract

red gel food coloring


  • 8 candy canes, crushed



  1. Make the ganache filling: In a medium bowl, combine the chocolate chips, heavy cream, and a pinch of salt. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between, until melted and smooth, about 1 minute total. Set aside to cool for at least 1 hour.
  2. Make the macarons: In the bowl of a food processor, combine the powdered sugar, almond flour, and ½ teaspoon of salt. Process on low speed until very finely ground. Sift the almond flour mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, beat the egg whites and the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt with an electric hand mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually add the granulated sugar until fully incorporated. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form (you should be able to turn the bowl upside down without anything falling out).
  4. Add about ⅓ of the sifted almond flour mixture at a time to the beaten egg whites and use a rubber spatula to gently fold until combined. After the last addition of almond flour, add the peppermint extract. Continue to fold slowly until the batter falls into ribbons and you can make a figure 8 while holding the spatula up.
  5. Set a piping bag or zip-top bag fitted with a round tip in a tall drinking glass. Dip a skewer or toothpick in the red gel food coloring and paint 2 stripes on opposite sides of the inside of the piping bag. Transfer the macaron batter to the bag.
  6. Pipe 4 small dollops of batter in each corner of a rimmed baking sheet, then lay a piece of parchment paper over it, using the batter to help adhere the parchment to the baking sheet.
  7. Pipe the macarons onto the parchment paper in 2-inch (5-cm) circles, spacing at least 1-inch (2.5-cm) apart.
  8. Tap the baking sheet on a flat surface 5 times to release any air bubbles. If there are any points on the top of the macarons, let sit for 5 minutes after tapping the pan, then, with a slightly moistened finger, lightly pat down the peaks.
  9. Let the macarons sit at room temperature for 30–60 minutes, until dry to the touch.
  10. Preheat the oven to 300˚F (150˚C).
  11. Bake the macarons for 20 minutes, until the feet are well risen and the macarons don’t stick to the parchment paper. Transfer the macarons to a wire rack to cool completely before filling.
  12. Transfer the cooled ganache to a piping bag or zip-top bag fitted with a round tip.
  13. Pipe a dollop of ganache onto a macaron shell. Top with another macaron shell to create a sandwich. Repeat with remaining macarons and ganache.
  14. Roll the edges of the macarons in the crushed candy canes.
  15. If desired, place the macarons in an airtight container for 24 hours to “bloom” before serving, or serve immediately.
  16. Enjoy!    


Cecilia Ashenuga ‘24, Food and Wellness Editor