Cute dog macarons sandwiched with a peanut butter chocolate filling! The template is simple—each dog is just a plain circle with ears, made with white batter. All of the decorations are added post-bake with melted milk + white chocolate.
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*If this is your first time making macarons, check out my more in-depth post on how to make macarons. You can find more pictures, GIFS, and macaron templates on that page! I also recommend reading Mimi’s macaron post.
About these dog macarons
My cow macaron recipe reminded me of my family’s dog, Miley, since she’s a moo moo pit bull. And since she’s such a good girl, I thought I’d make macarons completely inspired by her! Here’s one of my favorite pics of her, ever. I took this about a week after we got her.
Since Miley has brown spots, I wanted to fill these macarons with a brown-ish filling. My brother has been asking me for a Reeses-inspired treat, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity!
The macarons are sandwiched with a ring of peanut butter cheesecake filling and a chocolate ganache center. They’re not too sweet, a bit chewy, and of course, super adorable.
And if you’re new here, I love making recipes that can be easily recreated at home. To make the macaron process a bit simpler, I made the shells solely using white batter, so you don’t have to worry about splitting the batter into multiple colors. All of the decorations are done post-bake with pink luster dust and melted chocolates.
Whether you decide to just use the template, the filling recipe, or both, I hope you have lots of fun! Happy baking!
Dog macaron template (2.33 W x 1.8 H inches)
Dog template based off my moo moo pitbull, Miley!
Tips for baking and decorating
Use a kitchen scale
Macarons are incredibly finicky. A kitchen scale allows you to measure all the ingredients correctly and helps you create consistent, full, sturdy shells. AND, if you use a cute kitchen scale like this heart-shaped one, it’ll increase your overall happiness by at least 10%.
Decorating with melted chocolate
You can use a piping bag, cookie scribe, or toothpick to add on the details. I used a piping bag for these guys.
For the white chocolate, you’ll want to use oil-based food coloring or the chocolate will seize up and become lumpy. However, if you don’t have oil-based food coloring, you can try mixing in a tsp of neutral oil (canola, vegetable) at a time! The chocolate should come back together. Maaagic.
Storing the kawaii cookies
Store the peanut butter chocolate macarons in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can also freeze them for up to 1 month. Eat at room temp.
Other cute macaron recipes
Check out this link for chocolate bunnies, Thai tea bears, strawberry cheesecake Kirbys, Oreo bears, lemon duckies, chocolate pigs, and more!
Dog Macarons with Peanut Butter Chocolate Filling (French Method)
For the French macaron shells:
- 50 g egg whites, room temperature
- 40 g granulated sugar
- 60 g almond flour, sifted
- 50 g powdered sugar, sifted
- gel food coloring (purple)
For the chocolate ganache:
- 20 g chocolate chips
- 20 g heavy cream
For the peanut butter cheesecake filling:
- 2 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2.5 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tbsp powdered sugar
For the decorations:
- edible pink luster dust, optional
- 3 tbsp white chocolate or butterscotch chips, melted
- 1 tbsp milk or dark chocolate, melted
- brown oil-based food coloring if using white chocolate, see steps
- Put printed macaron templates on baking trays. Place silicone baking mats or parchment paper on top of templates.
- Set up one large piping bag with a small-medium round tip. If you do not have a round tip, you can just snip the end of the bag before piping.
For the French macaron shells:
- In a medium bowl, mix the sifted almond flour and powdered sugar.
- Pour the egg whites into the bowl of a stand mixer. Set up a stopwatch to time how long to whip the meringue. (These times are listed to help beginner macaron makers. With practice, you can go by eye.)0:00 – 4:00 minutes: Mix on medium-low for 4 minutes (Kitchenaid speed 4).4:00 – 9:30 minutes: Turn the mixer to medium speed (Kitchenaid speed 6). Add a third of the granulated sugar. After 30 seconds, add another third. After another 30 seconds, add the last of the granulated sugar. Keep mixing at medium speed until you have reached a total of 9:30 minutes. The meringue should be balled up onto the whisk, very thick, glossy, and have stiff peaks. If not, keep mixing at 30-second intervals at Kitchenaid speed 8 until it is.
- Using a toothpick, knife, or cookie scribe, swipe in a very small amount of purple food coloring. This will offset the yellow tint of the almond flour, yielding white macarons.
- Add all of the powdered sugar, almond flour to the meringue. Gently fold the macaron batter, often scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl. Continue folding, adding more food coloring as needed.
- Fold the batter until it reaches a thick, glossy consistency and flows off the rubber spatula into ribbons. To test if it is ready, allow the batter to flow off the spatula and into the batter. If the ribbons do not melt into the rest of the batter after 30 seconds, continue folding. Be careful not to over mix. When it passes this test, transfer the batter to your piping bag.
- Pipe about 20 round shells onto your silicone mats/parchment paper, using the macaron template as a guide. Make sure there is leftover batter for the dogs' ears for half of the shells.
- Tap the trays against the counter a few times to get rid of air bubbles. If there are bubbles on the surface, you can use a toothpick or cookie scribe to pop them. Popping the air bubbles helps stop them from cracking when being baked.
- Use the remaining batter for the ears on half of the shells. You can use a toothpick or cookie scribe to move the batter around if needed.
- Allow the macarons to sit out at room temperature to dry for at least one hour. They will be ready to bake once the surface of the macaron is matte and dry to the touch. If it is a really humid day, it can sometimes take 2 hours for them to dry.
- Preheat the oven to 325F. Place an empty baking sheet upside-down on the middle rack.
- Place the baking sheet with the macarons on top of the upside-down baking sheet. The upside-down sheet will help the macarons bake more evenly, decreasing the chances of cracking. Bake for 10 minutes, then rotate and drop the temp to 310F. This will help prevent browning. Bake for another 5-10 minutes.To test if they are done baking, gently push the side of one shell. If it wiggles on the sheet, they need to be baked longer.
- Remove the macarons and place them on a wire rack. Bake any remaining macaron shells.
- Allow macarons to fully cool before peeling them off the parchment paper or silicone mats.
For the chocolate ganache:
- In a small-medium microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate chips and heavy cream.
- Microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until chocolate chips melt. This should take about 1 minute.
- Store in fridge for about 20-30 minutes and stir every 10 minutes, until ganache thickens.
- Transfer to a piping bag. Snip a medium tip.
For the peanut butter filling:
- In a medium bowl, whip the softened cream cheese until smooth.
- Add in the peanut butter. Whip until mixture is smooth, light, and a bit fluffy.
- Mix in powdered sugar until just combined. Try not to over mix, or the cream cheese filling will become loose.
- Transfer filling to a piping bag and snip a medium tip.
- Match the macaron shells, lining up each pair on your work surface.
- For the optional pink blush, you can use a food-safe paintbrush.For the chocolate details, you can use a toothpick, cookie scribe, or piping bag.
- Use the paintbrush to lightly apply the pink luster dust around the snout and inner ear area.
- If using butterscotch chips,use them for the brown spots. If not, dye white chocolate with brown food coloring. If you don't have oil-based coloring, your chocolate will seize and become lumpy. To counter this, add in a tsp of neutral oil (canola, vegetable), and mix until it comes back together.
- Use melted milk or dark chocolate for the noses and eyes. Optional: use white chocolate for 'lil eye sparkles.
- Pipe a ring of peanut butter filling on the bottom shell, leaving the middle empty for the ganache.
- Pipe the ganache in the middle of the peanut butter ring. Top macaron with matching shell.
- Leave macarons in an airtight container in the fridge for at least 2 hours before eating. This allows them to mature, making them softer, chewier, and more flavorful. Eat at room temperature.
- Store the macarons in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can also freeze them for up to one month! Eat at room temperature.