Macarons are notoriously intimidating, fussy, and finicky. So why would you ever want to make them yourself instead of buying them from a fancy French bakery? Because they make the perfect, heartfelt Valentine's Day gift.
Seriously. Nothing says "I love you" like a batch of homemade macarons. It means you went to the trouble of using all sorts of kitchen gadgets like a scale and candy thermometer; that you painstakingly sifted almond flour and whipped egg whites to perfect stiff peaks.
And not only do these macarons look impressive, with their gold paint-splattered pink shells, but they also have a surprisingly delicious filling: pink peppercorn buttercream and chocolate ganache.
If you're really trying to impress your loved one this year — be it your sweetie, your best friend, or your mom — these macarons are just the ticket.
→ Get the Recipe: Valentine Macarons with Valrhona Chocolate from Style Sweet CA