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Mar 17, 2011

Hot Cross Macs

Traditions, shmaditions! ....heh, kidding. I'm all for traditions but I'm also one who'll take it and turn it into something else just for the sake of being different .... and fun!

Since I've already posted the Hot Cross Buns waaaay too early, I thought I'd come up with something a little out of the ordinary but something not too weird that folks today can relate to. And, VOILA! Hot Cross Macs! ......with the same spices in the traditional hot cross buns, except maybe for the addition of chocolate for color and for the filling. And, believe me ... the combination of the spices and the chocolate works beautifully!

The crosses are just painted on with food dye but it can also be achieved by piping a cross on the top using a plain macaron mixture (without the chocolate and spices) before the crust sets. I preferred painting the crosses as there is more control over the size of the design since it will spread some when piped and may turn out a little uneven.


50g egg white (aged overnight)

40 g caster sugar

1/4 tsp fresh lemon juice

65g almond meal

80g powdered sugar

1 - 2 tbs cocoa powder (this is basically for color altho I used 2 tbs)

1/8 tsp mixed spice / apple pie spice

1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

white color paste



Combine almond meal, powdered sugar, spices and cocoa powder in a food processor and give it a quick whirl to mix it up evenly. Sift.

Beat egg white and lemon juice in a clean bowl until soft peaks. Add in caster sugar in 3 lots, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until shiny and smooth.

Gently fold in sifted ingredients until well combined.

Pipe out into 2 - 3 cm rounds on parchment paper / silicon baking mats.

Allow to dry for about 1 hour or until the tops are dry to the touch.

Bake 12 - 15 mins in a 150ÂșC oven.

Cool on rack completely before painting on the crosses.

Filling of my choice: chocolate ganache.

PS: Actually, I thought the macs look like they have bandages on! Oh well ...


  1. Very creative. Edible bandages?:)

  2. I LOVE your hot cross macs!
    Yes, it's a flavour that people can relate to ;-) Love the stripes (bandages? No way) Just fabulous. I want Easter NOW...

  3. looks gorgeous! loved the recipe

  4. Thanks everyone for your kind comments.

    3Cookies: Edible bandages .. that's a great idea except I don't think anyone would want to eat them after it's been used. Eeeww...

    Jill: Haha! I'm glad you didn't think they looked like bandages! Maybe I should've named them "First Aid Macs".

  5. They look so cute! I thought they were "boo boos" and you bandaged them up, haha! I love the spices you put into these. I still have not jumped on the macaron bandwagon... I haven't even tried one. They do look yummy though!

  6. Beautiful job on these. What a great flavor.

  7. Pretend Chef: Haha! They do look bandaged, don't they? I really should have an alternate name for this post .... so far, it's "first aid macs" & "boo boo macs". :D

    Briarrose: Thanks! This is by far my favorite flavor. Thay work so well together and with a cuppa coffee .... mmmm.

  8. Anyone who can pull off macarons is a great chef in my book. I love the imaginative flavor combo and presentation!

  9. Ping, you are full of surprises lately! What a marvelous name for a new twist on macarons. You have become a pastry chef extraordinaire, I must say! If I ever see macarons with a white cross I know they got it from you! Cheers!

  10. Kristen: Hahaha... thank you and blush blush but no way am I a great chef. Imagination I have plenty tho :D

    Michelangelo: thank you sooo much for appreciating my weirdness! :P

  11. I think these are brilliant little macarons. Thanks for sharing them with us!

  12. those are perfect little macaron's, I'm with you on the filling too, chocolate ganache is wonderful!

  13. OMG you're a GENIUS!! This post is so worth tweeting about.. in fact, I'm gonna tweet this now!! I loveee it!!

  14. Kita, Chef Dennis: Thanks! :D

    Kimberly: Thanks for the tweet!

  15. Tweeted & Buzzed & Liked and more :)) they look great, these little bandaged macarons :))

  16. SomethingGood: Hehe ... thanks for all the tweets, buzzes, likes and more! That sounds like a better title for the post ... Little Bandaged Macarons!

  17. Don't know if I have the guts to try making macarons. But If I do, will definitely try this version with or without the cross. I can just imagine it with a good cup of coffee!

  18. Maria: Hi! So glad to see you're back on earth :D Macs are not that difficult to make. With your expertise in nyonya kuih making ... should be a cinch.
    And yes, this happens to be my favorite flavor for macs ... I'm so addicted to it. Just made another batch.