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Rainbow Macarons


What could possibly be better than finding that pot of gold at the end of a rainbow? St. Patrick’s Day is on the way, and when we think of leprechauns, we definitely think of rainbows! Today we have Mindy Cone of Creative Juice here to share how to make Rainbow  Macarons!

Bright, colorful rainbows make us think of spring, and being a kid again. When I made these fun Rainbow Macarons, I just couldn’t help but smile. I love using sprinkles and candy to give traditional macarons a more modern and whimsical look, and that’s just what I did with these festive treats. Serve these colorful macarons at your St. Patrick’s Day get-together, or your upcoming spring barbeque, and you’ll be sure to shine.


Rainbow Macarons

You’ll need:

  • Plain white macaron shells (One of my favorite recipes is from Bravetart)
  • Vanilla Bean Buttercream
  • Mini M&M’s
  • Edible white or pearl luster dust
  • Food paint brush
  • White nonpareils
  • White sugar pearl sprinkles
  • White royal icing



  1. Pair similar sized macaron shells and fill them with vanilla bean buttercream. Place them in the refrigerator in an airtight container to chill for an hour. While this is not a necessary step, it will help keep the macarons from sliding around as you handle them during decorating.
  2. Remove your macarons from the refrigerator. Using the royal icing, pipe a small rainbow shaped semi-circle directly on the top shell.
  3. Using red, orange, yellow, green, and blue mini M&M’s, create the rainbow shape.
  4. On each side of the rainbow, pipe a small amount of royal icing, and use a combination of white nonpareils and sugar pearls to create the cloud. As you layer the sprinkles, it will create a 3D cloud effect.
  5. Allow the icing to set and then use a damp food paint brush to apply the edible luster dust to the macaron shell for an added iridescent shine.


See? You can’t help but smile!

What dessert makes you think about your childhood and makes you smile?

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