Even the simplest macaron is often too pretty to eat. The French treat — made up of two meringue-based cookies sandwiched together with an array of fillings like ganache, fruit curd, buttercream, or jam — always feels like a luxury. If you've ever attempted to make macarons yourself, you know they can take all afternoon to create.
But head to Pinterest and you'll find macarons that look more like little masterpieces. You'll be blown away by what talented bakers and bloggers are inventing.
Trust me: I had to pull myself away after too many wasted minutes of scrolling and scrolling. Here's just a sampling of some of the most impressive macarons on Pinterest. Whether you're looking to take your macaron-making to the next level or you just want to be seriously wowed, here are a few of our favorite discoveries.
1. Cereal Macarons with Cereal Milk Frosting from The Busy Spatula
Inspired by kid-approved cereals like Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Lucky Charms, consider this all the permission you need to eat macarons for breakfast.
2. DIY Emoji Macarons from Studio DIY!
Emojis step out of the phone screen and onto your plate in these fun, extra-animated lemon macarons.
3. DIY Marbled Macarons from Sugar & Cloth
Made by dipping the tops in colored whipped cream, these watercolor-inspired macarons are almost too pretty to eat.
4. Cookie Monster Macarons from Raspberri Cupcakes
How can this little macaron not put a smile on your face? Plus, there's a bonus dessert in the form of that chocolate chip cookie that Cookie Monster is munching on.
5. Cactus Macaron from Foodiggity
Made by NYC-based pastry chef Ayako Kurokawa this cactus macaron is more of a beautiful composed dessert than a two-bite treat.
6. Hand-Painted Macarons from Bakers Royale
You might not think what's inside these little works of art matters, but it does when delicate and floral white tea flavors the filling and the meringue of these tasty macarons.
7. Smoked Salmon Macarons from Thirsty for Tea
Who says macarons have to be sweet? This fun twist turns them savory with a smoked salmon mousse filling and herb-dusted meringue shells.
8. Blueberry Elephant Macarons from Raspberri Cupcakes
Because they're elephants and purple and incredibly adorable.
9. Brunch Macarons from Sugar & Cloth
A whole brunch spread in a dozen macarons — waffles, eggs, donuts, and even grilled ham.
10. Strawberry Shortcake Macarons from The Beach House Kitchen
These two-bite versions of classic strawberry shortcake might just be even better than the original.