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My kids are minion addicts! They loved the Despicable Me movies and were SO excited to hear that Illumination Entertainment was releasing Minions© 2015 Universal Studios. All rights reserved. When their awesome Aunt T took them to see the Minions movie, they were so excited. They adored the movie and of course loved all the little minions. In fact, my younger boys often speak in minion and I have to remind them that regular English works better for me!
When the Minions movie came out on December 8th to DVD and Blu Ray, I knew I had to get it for my kids. You can visit the Minions website to find out which store closest to you carries the DVD/Blu Ray combo! I also knew that I wanted to make a special treat to go with it for our family movie night. I bake a lot…A LOT. So my family was a little over done on cupcakes, cakes, puddings, etc. I wanted to try something new and make it fun with. Because lets be honest, minions are pretty much the cutest thing ever. So I knew I wanted to incorporate them in my treat. I decided that it would be fun to make Lemon Coconut Minion Macarons. By coloring the macaron shell with yellow food coloring, I made them into adorable, little minion faces. My family thought they were the best thing in the world and I was excited to give them something a little out of the ordinary.
Lemon Macaron Shells
3 egg whites, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon lemon flavor
1 cup almond flour
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt
5-7 drops yellow food coloring (optional)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside. In medium bowl whisk or sift powdered sugar and almond flour. Make sure there aren’t any lumps. In stand mixer, beat egg whites. Once they get foamy, slowly add sugar. Continue to beat at medium high speed until stiff. Remove bowl from mixer, add cream of tartar, salt and food coloring. Depending on how bright you want your yellow, will determine how many drops of food coloring you use. I used 6 in mine. Add almond flour mixture and fold in. You will want to start folding quickly and then slow down. You want your mixture to not be too thick. If you drag your spatula through the batter, it should take 5-7 seconds for the line to fill in.
Using a pastry bag with a round tip, pipe your macarons out on the lined baking sheet. Let macarons dry for 20-30 minutes until hardened. Bake on the center rack of the oven for 18-20 minutes. Depending on your oven, you might want to place an empty baking sheet on the rack above the macarons to make sure the tops don’t brown. You’ll know they are done when they peel easily off of the parchment paper. Set on cooling rack, and let cool completely.
Coconut Buttercream Filling
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
1/8 cup milk
1/8 cup cream of coconut
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1/3 shredded coconut, chopped fine
2-4 drops blue food coloring, optional
1 tube black icing
1 package candy eyes
In stand mixer, combine butter, 2 cups powdered, and cream of coconut. Add coconut extract and food coloring. Add the rest of the powdered sugar slowly until combined. If too thick, add a little bit of milk at a time until you reach your desired consistency. Mix in shredded coconut until well combined.
Match up same sized macaron shells and fill with buttercream. Using small dabs of black icing, place candy eyes to macarons. Press the candy eyes down onto the dab of icing and it will push the black icing out to make the goggles. Then make goggle straps on either side of the candy eyes. Use the black icing to make hair and mouths.
Let black icing harden before arranging on a serving tray.
See! Aren’t these guys just the perfect treat for your Minions family movie night!? They were so much fun to make and of course the kids loved them! If you’re looking for some more great ideas to make your family movie night extra special, head over to Minions Movie Night and share your favorite with us!