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Top 10 Halloween Macaron Ideas

Looking for some spooky or delicious inspiration as Hallowe’en creeps up on us this October? Then here are my Top 10 Halloween Macaron From fun, surprise flavours, easy creative ideas, to simple Autumn or Fall flavours. So take your pick and join the party!

black cone witch's hat with chocolate macarons with eyes and spider liquorice legs

Top 10 Halloween Macaron Ideas

It’s funny. Every year the French become a little more accustomed to Hallowe’en. When I arrived here in 1992, it was a total non-event. Gradually, however, over the years with tourism, Autumnal shop windows have been embracing the Hallowe’en spirit too. We’re seeing marzipan and chocolate pumpkins with the odd spider lurking around.

Perhaps my biggest surprise was last year, when our local fromagerie cheese shop in Saint-Germain-en-Laye put out a life-size witch who, whenever was touched, would hackle.  Even the buffiest of teenagers who past were spooked. It was far from cheesy!

white smarties with a dot in middle to look like an eye in m

Make your Own Edible Eyes

Mini and regular smarties are great for making quick and easy edible eyes. Create a one-eyed monster’s bloodshot look using black and pink edible pens.

Stick them on with a dab of melted chocolate. It’s what I did to create the Witch’s Hat Macaron Tower. Don’t be scared to make a mess, either, as too much chocolate ‘glue’ can make them look like black eyes!

bright orange pumpkin macaron sandwiched cookies

Hallowe’en Macaron Recipe

Just looking for flavours for fall macarons? Then these are Autumn on a plate! Get the recipe for these Pumpkin Spice Macarons with Roasted Red Kuri Squash (potimarron).

Unlike the macarons in my books, this filling recipe can be eaten the day they are made. Many pumpkin macarons just use pumpkin spice but these ones actually contain delicious roasted pumpkin. They have a good hint of pumpkin spice too.

Looking for pumpkin recipes? There are plenty more on the French pumpkin page.

chestnut pumpkin macarons

Macaron Skeleton Faces

Here’s an idea from Fortnum and Mason’s in London. They have some Hallowe’en treats with names like Pick your Poison. These rum macarons have skeleton faces, done using a stencil for large quantities. However, for smaller quantities at home it’s just as easy to draw them on by hand using edible food ink pens.

It’s easy to create your own simple spooky faces using a jet black edible pen. These are available in all good specialist cake shops. If you have any of your favourite stores with good quality products, leave me know in a comment below and I’ll share it.

Top 10 Halloween Macaron Ideas skeletons

Hallowe’en Black Macarons

I use good quality black food gel to make liquorice macarons extra black. Again, available in good baking specialist shops, my favourite brand in Paris is DecoRelief but many others are good from any of the Parisian stores on Rue Montmartre.  I have found that gel is better than powder for creating black macarons.

black macarons with spider and cobwebs pumpkin

liquorice macarons from Jill’s first book, Mad About Macarons

Drawing Faces on Macarons

colourful macarons with Halloween faces on black plate with ghost

I’m not much of an artist but if you are, then I’m sure you can do more elaborate Hallowe’en decorations on your macarons.

Edible Glitter Look

brushing on edible glitter on macarons

Brush on some edible glitter (lustre) – such as bronze or deep pink – to make your macarons extra shiny. They’re particularly good on salted caramel, rose and chocolate macarons.

Surprising Macaron Flavours to Die For

Top 10 Halloween Macaron Ideas

Exploding Sugar

Add some extra exploding sugar (sucre pétillant) to top these already fizzy Orangina or Fanta macarons.

The recipe is in Teatime in Paris and is easily adaptable to make Coca-Cola macarons too, making it a spookily black filling!

edible red white striped macarons with spray can

Pistachio, Coconut and Wasabi Macarons are definitely my favourite macarons to die for. The recipe is in Mad About Macarons with flavours inspired by Michelin starred chef, William Ledeuil from tasting these flavour associations in a pistachio and wasabi ice cream dessert years ago.

Did I say WASABI? Yes, this fiery Japanese mustard packs a punch. There’s just enough wasabi to add some intriguing heat in that macaron filling. Yet the sweetness of the macaron puts out the fire!

Although it looks like a whopping load of wasabi in the ganache recipe, the right dosage of white chocolate, coconut cream, vanilla and pistachio makes a perfect Hallowe’en concoction. The surprising mixture cuts out the fire just leaving the hint of wasabi behind on the tongue.

2 green macarons with eyes and smarties as tongues

Speaking of tongues, I should have made the smarties tongues green, I know! You’ll do a better job, I’m sure. Give them angry faces.

Savoury Macarons: Witch One?

Mini savoury macarons create a real element of surprise (there’s a whole chapter on them in Mad About Macarons).

Serve little cups of this mushroom cappuccino soup with mini savoury mushroom macarons with a hint of truffle. They’re so much fun!

coffee cup of creamy mushroom soup served with a mini truffle macaron

Have you tried the curry tikka mac’sala mini macs with creamy cauliflower soup, known in France as Crème Dubarry, for example? Curry macarons are great fun served with drinks – partnered with a Gin & Tonic for an adult Hallowe’en party!

Alternatively, what about these Thai Green/Red Curry mini savoury macarons? They are HOT! Great fun too. Yes, that’s snow in that photo. It was so cold around Paris that we needed some heat via spicy macarons.

mini green and red macarons on white plate in the snow

mini green and red savoury Thai curry macarons

More Hallowe’en Flavours

More ideas around flavours and colours. Replace orange carrots with purple carrots – try this purple carrot cake, for example. Why not also replace purple versions of vegetables in soups (replace regular potato with Vitelotte; cauliflower with purple cauliflower – yes, it exists! It’s natural too).

Moreover, for some purple fun serve mini beetroot and horseradish macarons (from Mad About Macarons) with a fun and fiery spicy beetroot and horseradish risotto.

beet risotto with macaron and glass red wine

There are also Bloody Mary macarons to choose from for a real trick AND treat. For more, see my post on what to serve with savoury macarons.

Witch’s Hat Macaron Tower

Meanwhile, back to the sweet side, these spider macarons are far from creepy.

  • How to make spider macarons: cut up some liquorice shoe-lace or coils and stick them into the ganache before placing the macaron shell on top.
  • Marzipan strips stuck with melted chocolate also helps make Mummie decorated macarons.

This Hallowe’en macaron tower is in my 2nd recipe book’s macaron chapter in Teatime in Paris: A Walk Through Easy French Pâtisserie Recipes.

halloween black witch's hat covered in macarons with eyes and liquorice spider legs

Have you made any of the recipes from le blog, my books, or fancy sharing any of these Top 10 Halloween Macaron Ideas?  Please leave a comment below or take a picture and hashtag it #MadAboutMacarons on Instagram or Facebook.

A Hallowe’en Macaron Birthday Party!

Did you know that Mad About Macarons is celebrating its 12th birthday and still going strong? So a huge Merci et THANK YOU with all my heart for your support: for following, for liking, for taking the time to comment and for leaving a review on my recipes. It means so much.

Santé – and cheers to you for joining the party!

Top 10 Halloween Macaron Ideas

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This post was first published 26 October 2018 but has now been updated.

Halloween Flavours

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10 responses to “Top 10 Halloween Macaron Ideas”

  1. Jill, I took a break from editing my Halloween Teeny Tea photos to read your super-fun blog post! So many great ideas for Halloween!!! I know this holiday is not as popular in France as it is here in America yet, but it’s just so much fun that I hope it catches on more at some point. Wishing you a very fun Halloween, Jill!

    • Thanks so much for taking the time to pop in, Betty. Yes, it’s not popular here – it’s the American and UK expats that come around the doors and celebrate it, mainly. However, it is gradually catching on especially with the younger generation. Have a super Hallowe’een. Have been enjoying your creativity on IG in the countdown to Hallowe’en with your super drawings and teeny teas.

  2. Great news Jill that Mad about Macarons is on its 10th reprint. I think you have great ideas and are very artistic. I can’t begin to choose my favourite but if I had to it would be the pumpkin spice ones using the inside of the lantern I need to make.

  3. You have no shortage of creative ideas in your brain, Jill! You have Halloween covered in a most delicious way!!

  4. Wonderful ideas, Jill, and none of them are gross (that’s a good thing)! haha! Love the spider macarons the best, though! Has trick or treating caught on in France? No clue what the tradition is there!

    • Thanks, Christina.
      I didn’t want to be a kill-joy mentioning the French tradition here since there really isn’t one. Only recently it has been commercialised in the shops but the older French generation still don’t celebrate it. Some of the local children come dressed around in our neighbourhood but many neighbours pretend to be out! That said, we see a lot more pumpkins earlier in the market with face stickers on them. IKR?
      I may even have the courage to make your Trolls’ Toes since I’m more of a twinkle-toes.

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