Chocolate Raspberry Donut Macarons

Chocolate Raspberry Donut Macarons | The Blonde Buckeye

It’s macaron time again! More specifically, Chocolate Raspberry Donut Macarons. Since I’m planning on making  bunch of macarons for the upcoming holidays, I made this batch of macarons for “testing purposes”, but added a little fun to them. My first test was to see if I could freeze the shells before I fill them for a few days, so I can make them on a Sunday, but they’ll be eaten on Thanksgiving. They tasted the exact same; success.

My second test was for flavored chocolate ganache. I wanted to see what chocolate worked well, and also how much extract I wanted to use to add some other flavors to the ganache. I used Trader Joe’s Pound Plus (Dark Chocolate) and a raspberry extract this time. It was rich, creamy and just tasted so divine! I also made my macarons a little smaller, so I could make more. Plus they’re just so cute and little.Continue Reading

Mini Chocolate Tarts with Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust

Mini Chocolate Tarts with Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust | The Blonde Buckeye

I had an internal struggle deciding if these were cookies or tarts. What category should they be in!? Ultimately, I think either one would work, but I ended up on tart. These are tarts for a chocolate chip cookie lovers. It’s a chocolate chip cookie tart shell, filled with a silky chocolate ganache. Kinda dreamy right? I think these were inspired by A.) my love of hybrid foods. And B.) we just went to the Orange County Fair. It got my creative juices flowing. I mean, when someone thinks to deep fry Kool-Aid, I felt like I needed to step up my game & think outside the box a little.Continue Reading