Macaron Gingerbread Houses- a Christmas treat that perfectly combines an old childhood tradition with the trendy macaron.
My friend Chelsea and I have been making gingerbread houses together since before we started kindergarten. It is harder to make this an annual tradition since we live in different states now, but gingerbread houses will always remind me of our friendship. I hope these gingerbread macaron houses remind you of your own childhood traditions and become a new holiday baking tradition.
These gingerbread macaron houses are just a tad bit more challenging to put together than the pre-made kits…okay, maybe a lot more complicated, but the effort is well worth it! When you’re finished you’ll have delicious little houses filled with gingerbread cheesecake and the satisfaction of making everything from scratch. Plus, while you’re baking you can watch as many cheesy hallmark Christmas movies as you want.
I know macarons are infamous for being finicky and complicated to make, but I promise once you get the technique down they will be your favorite treats to make. The walls of our macaron gingerbread houses are made with ginger spiced macaron shells. The shells on their own are well worth making. They are slightly spicy and have a hint of chocolate in them. They’re so good I may or may not have eaten a bowl of extra shells for breakfast this morning.
The interior of the houses or the filling of the macarons is a delicious gingerbread cheesecake filling. The filling is slightly spicy from the ginger powder and perfectly rich and creamy. It is the perfect compliment to the crispy and chewy macaron shells.
I traced this cookie cutter onto a piece of paper for the template of the houses and freehand piped the little gingerbread men. After baking up your macaron shells, simply decorate them with some royal icing. The hardest part of this recipe was not going over board with the decorating. I have a tendency to want to get overly detailed so I purposely limited myself to one color of royal icing and two sprinkle options. Let the decorations dry and then it’s time to assemble!
To assemble, simply glue the front, sides, and back of the house together with royal icing. Let them dry and then begin filling your houses with cheesecake filling, a layer of crumbled macaron shells, more filling, more shells, and finish with a generous pile of cheesecake filling. Finally, stick your roofs on the top of the filling and voila perfect little macaron houses!
My favorite part of these macaron gingerbread houses is finally being able to eat them. They are so fun to break into and you get a perfect balance of crunchy shell and creamy filling. I imagine these would be a huge hit for a holiday party. You could use the gingerbread houses as place card settings or serve them as perfectly portioned individual desserts.
If making these macaron gingerbread houses seems too complicated then try making the recipe as traditional round macarons instead! They will be delicious in any shape or form and the blend of spices make them the perfect Christmas dessert. You have to give this recipe a try. Happy Christmas baking!