Crisp shells and melt in your mouth ganache paired with espresso make these mini mocha macarons a decadently delicious treat!
This is a LONG post… but it’s going to be worth it, I PROMISE! So sit back and enjoy… cause there’s lots of fun stuff in here including a recipe, DIY printables, super fun pictures, and a great giveaway at the end!!
I made my first macaron in October of last year and it was a big success. The Macaron has always been a dessert that has kinda scared me. It is super fancy and I’ve really only seen them in bakeries since I’ve lived in Europe. So when Rachel of Glitter & Bow and I started talking about doing a collaborate post together, we both instantly thought that this decant Parisian dessert should be included!
Rachel is a fashion, lifestyle and DIY blogger at Glitter & Bow. She’s also an Army Wife, lives about 30 minutes from me and has become a good friend here in Europe. We come from two completely different worlds, but our love of food (more me), fashion (more her) and blogging has brought us together.
Rachel has helped to me to be able to be more confident in my own skin. She’s taken me shopping for new clothes and make-up as well as give me make-overs and help me with my fashion styling! She even did my hair for this photo shoot and helped to put my super cute outfit together! I really value our friendship because she inspires me to do more than just throw on a pair of jeans and a sweatshirt, but to really try to look my best. And after having a baby in my 30′s that’s not always easy to do!
I had so much fun the day we got together to take the photos of the macarons and the prizes for the giveaway. Rachel’s design aesthetic and my photography skill joined together produced some amazing pictures. There were really so many more great shots… too many actually that it made it hard to choose which to include in this post!
The macarons I made for this collaboration were inspired by a recipe I saw on Diary of a Mad Hausfrau. Lora has so many amazing macaron recipes on her blog that I knew which ever one I chose to make, it’d be a winner! And boy was I right. These mocha macarons are so incredibly good!
If you love espresso, you’ll love these macarons. They have a very strong espresso flavor, but are not bitter at all. They are sweet and the dark chocolate mocha ganache in the filling is a perfect pairing.
A must make.
Rachel has outdone herself with these super cute boxes & gift-tags for our macarons! Head on over to Glitter & Bow for a FULL TUTORIAL on how to make these boxes and tags and get the FREE PRINTABLES to make them yourself!
Photo by: Glitter & Bow
As a sweet THANK YOU to our readers for being so great and because macaron and all things fashion are just to sweet not to giveaway, Rachel & I have put together this sweet giveaway for you!
One lucky reader will win:
Macaron Bakery tea towel by H&M (retail $5)
Treats tea towel by Home Goods (retail $5)
Macaron lip balm in ‘Lychee flower’ by MOR Cosmetics (retail $10)
1 set of 48 Capacity Macarons Mat and Decorating Flower Tools (retail $13)
Gourmet French Macarons: Over 75 Unique Flavors and Festive Shapes (CD Included) by Mindy Cone (retail $20)
Pave link bracelet by J.Crew (retail $125)
Mindy Cone, the author of Gourmet French Macarons & blogger at Creative Juice, will personally send you a copy of her new book! This book is so amazing! It’s full of easy to follow recipes and has a CD included that has a template for each macaron in her book. This is probably one of my most favorite new cookbooks of 2013!
I have had my eye on this J. Crew pave link bracelet since I saw Rachel wearing it once when she came to my house to get some cupcakes. I fell in love. It really was one of the things that inspired me to want to do a collaborative post with her! Her style and love of fashion has truly inspired me to invest more time and effort into making myself feel better… both inside and out. My hope is that wearing this bracelet will do the same for you!
Rachel is a lover of every thing make up. So when she told me she found macaron lip balm I knew that this giveaway was going to be super special! I opened up and took a quick sniff of this lip balm and oh my gosh it smells so good!
We really hope that you’ve enjoyed our collaboration post as much as we enjoyed putting it together! To win all of these great prizes, simply fill out the Rafflecopter widget below!
Contest ends Feb. 14, 2014 at 11:59 PST. One winner will be chosen by random on Feb. 15, 2014 and will have 24 hours to respond to an email from Betsy. A new winner will be chosen if there is no response.
Contest is open to those with USA mailing addresses and Europe addresses only.