Thursday, October 8, 2015


By Talia Christine

Sweet. Soft and crunchy. Gooey insides yet light as air. Heavenly bliss. 

I thought: Why not try and bake macarons? You only live once. Plus, how hard can they be? 

Well, kinda tricky I guess, but not all THAT hard. I invited my pretty friend, Petra, to come over for a baking adventure. And you know what? I think we did pretty well. We're determined to perfect and hone our macaron baking skills. Because sometimes you just need pretty cookies in your life. 

Well, at least I do.

We baked three trays in all. Our first tray cracked and collapsed mostly. Our second, we switched things up a bit and had more success. Our third tray was picture perfect. 

We baked a raspberry cookie and made a raspberry buttercream filling. Divine. 

I searched the internets high and low for a recipe that I felt comfortable trying and landed on this one. It's excellent. The recipe worked out well for us and there are GREAT troubleshooting articles on the website. Brilliant!

It CAN be done, folks!

Go on, give it a try. Conquer your baking fears.

Talia lives in New Zealand with her husband, Mr. Philip van der Wel and their 3 children. Talia writes a self titled blog which is a snapshot of their daily lives and her crafty side. She is also a blog designer (responsible for many recreations of The Beetle Shack) and tech guru with infinite knowledge around blogging and design. When writing for The Beetle Shack, Talia will share craft and sewing tutorials along with other helpful household hints.


  1. I have always wanted to make them but they seemed too tricky - great pictures! x

  2. Oh I've been so scared to try making some. I've heard the horror stories and seen/tasted them too haha...Yours have turned out perfect! Ok I'm going to try!! :)


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