Spotlight: Caramel Apple Macarons

Nothing says Fall like a good caramel apple! And nothing says “perfect treat” like a caramel apple in MACARON form :) Naturally, I wanted to combine two of my favorite things, and share the goodness with you all. This macaron is a delicious bite size treat which is great because they’re so good you can’t just have one!

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Apple Buttercream:

150g unsalted butter (preferably high % fat content) 

170g confectioner sugar (continue to add 1/4 cup until desired consistency and sweetness is reached)

2 tsp Apple extract (I like to start with 2 tsp but if you like it stronger, continue to add 1/2 tsp at a time) 

Directions:

Beat butter for about 5 mins until a light, pale color (almost white) 

Add in about half of the powder sugar, and continue to beat for another 5 mins 

Add in the rest of the powder sugar, and continue to beat until sugar is incorporated and reached pale color 

Slowly add in extract (and food color if desired) to reach slightly thick consistency

**Make sure to not add too much extract as it could separate your buttercream** 

Caramel Filling:

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup heavy cream

Pinch of salt to taste

Directions: 

Swirl sugar and water at medium low heat

Color will start to turn to a dark amber after about 10-15 mins

Continuously swirl so that sugar doesn't burn

Remove from heat, and slowly stir in heavy cream (I like to briefly heat the cream in microwave for about 10 seconds, so that it is not too cold where it will harden the caramel)

If caramel starts to harden, put back on still warm burner to help melt the caramel and heavy cream 

Mix in pinch of salt! 

Pour in heat safe container and can keep in fridge for later! 

Once all filling items are complete, pipe buttercream around the edges and fill center with homemade caramel. Sprinkle with small, chopped pieces of apple over caramel if desired. Garnish with caramel and slices of apple for a finished touch!