Sunday, 11 September 2016

Mon Dessert Macaron Making Kit

Mon Dessert Macaron Making Kit blog reviewWhenever I find myself in an apron,  I'm usually in the middle of making something sweet.  However, I'm by no means a magician in the kitchen.  It's because of this I've been in an endless cycle of baking some of the easier sweet treats everyone enjoys such as cookies and sponge cakes, and turning my back on the harder (and undeniably more exciting) recipes. Something I've been dying to try my hand at for months now is macarons, though scared myself off the idea after watching videos online cursing 'pre-separated egg whites' and 'inaccurate almond ratios'.  That's where this perfectly curated gluten-free Macaron Making Kit c/o by Mon Dessert comes into play, including pretty much everything you need to reach a delicious outcome.  Oh, and did I mention the kit includes gold dust?
Macaron Making Kit by Mon Dessert
Mon Dessert Macaron Making Kit Ingredients
French-inspired Mon Dessert is run by Samina, an incredibly talented Londoner attracted to the 'luscious world of authentic patisserie'.  One thing is for certain, Mon Dessert's sugar-coated website is a total treat for those with a soft spot for special sweets; fine pâtisserie and talk of delicious cracking caramel used in Samina's wedding cakes' Croquembouche truly sets the scene. Focussing on the Baking Kits, there are two types available:  Framboise Rose Edition and Chocolat Noir & Gold Dust Edition. Surprise surprise, I opted to receive the latter to share on A Glass Of Ice - partly because my heart belongs to chocolate, and partly because I just really like glitter.  So, what's included in the embellished tin?


All ingredients are 100% organic and gluten-free!


The only ingredients you need to rummage for are 50g egg whites (2 medium eggs) and 50ml double cream.  Easy.
Spinkling gold glitter over chocolate macarons
White shabby chic french style tray
Sprinkling gold glitter over macarons
Making macarons at home in ovenThe beauty of Mon Dessert's Macaron Making Kit is that from the very beginning, each step of the process is mapped out for you within the included recipe book, along with small illustrations and precise seconds/minutes recommendations.  As strange as this may sound, I got a real sense of satisfaction every time I turned and 'unlocked' a new page - try the kit and you'll know exactly what I mean!  After reading the recipe book first from beginning to end (so as to always think one step ahead), I set about creating the meringue mixture before sieving some of the included ingredients together until a 'treacle-like ribbon' of batter had been reached.

Fast forward to piping circular disks of the mixture onto the macaron baking mat and my inexperience made itself known; for future reference I'd take more care of shaping them more like traditional macarons, featuring flatter dimensions and a wider circumference. Nevertheless, there was no time to wallow as the tasty ganache (using Samina's provided 61% organic raw dark chocolate) was in need of preparation!  This was another new experience for me and one that went as smoothly as you can imagine thanks to the detailed recipe book - speaking of which, it's definitely something i'll be filing away to keep forevermore!
British lifestyle blogger baking in french apron
Chocolat Noir and Gold Dust macarons by Mon Dessert
Mon Dessert chocolate macarons made from homeThe most exciting part of the creative process had to have been sprinkling gold dust over the baking sheet.  There's enough provided to cover each macaron entirely and well, surely there's nothing dreamier than chocolate macarons submerged under a light sheet of gold dust?!  Surprisingly, that part of the recipe actually takes place before placing the macarons in the oven, though it sure does guarantee a pretty transformation.  Once the ganache has had 2 hours to cool and thicken, it can be piped onto half of the macaron shells and sandwiched between another.  It was at that point it dawned on me I'd just made macarons for the very first time - hooray!

Fill your feeds with pastel-coloured macarons and impressive wedding cake designs by following Mon Dessert on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  Plus, Samina from Mon Dessert is now on Youtube - check out her first video below, you'll adore her! 

Idyllic kitchen scene with prosecco
Making Macarons from home with Mon Dessert
Display of chocolate macarons by Mon Dessert
Although I could have demolished them there and then (and believe me, I wanted to), Samina recommends enjoying them 24 hours later.  Having compared the two, in my opinion they taste one million times better the next day - the organic raw chocolate, in particular.  If kept refrigerated, the kit's macarons can be enjoyed for up to 5 days, though I'm ashamed proud to admit, it took me less than a day or two to devour them!  They were AMAZING.  Each macaron's exterior was crisp yet with no signs of shattering (a pet peeve of mine when buying) and the centres were gorgeously rich and chewy.  With every glittery bite I found myself wondering how on Earth I'd be able to explain how good they were.  So, just do your best to overlook my slightly subpar piping and focus on the texture, mmm...

Psst!  If you try one of Mon Dessert's delicious macaron making kits for yourself, be sure to share your gorgeous results via social media, tagging @MonDessert.  You can get 15% off refills and other products!
Baking macarons from home with Mon Dessert kit
White countryside kitchen baking apron scene
Gooey chocolate macaron cut in half
Having tried this Macaron Making Kit c/o by Mon Dessert for myself, I'm not at all surprised it's also sold by Fortnum & Mason; consider it a (rather luxurious) stamp of approval.  My first attempt at making macarons went far more smoothly than I was anticipating thanks to Samina's kit, and speaking as a chocolate-fanatic, I've definitely got my fix!  If you're considering treating yourself or a loved one to a Mon Dessert Macaron Kit, you can redeem free delivery here and then all that remains is to pop your apron on and get whisking!


With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. Yumm, it looks delicious!

    xo
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  2. Well done on your first attempt making macarons! I failed badly twice, as I used liquid colouring for the shells and apparently you're meant to use colouring paste instead as the liquid upsets the dough too much. It is quite a skill so well done!

    Caz | Style Lingua

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  3. Well done and they looked awesome! I love baking, but I never tried making macarons yet. One of these days I'll make one :)

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  4. These look so yummy, i am a fan of ur baking skills!! the apron is very pretty and u look very pretty in it!
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  5. These look amazing. I totally understand how proud you must have been after making them. I once went to macaron making class. Although my macarons were far from perfect, I felt a sense of accomplishment.

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  6. That looks perfect to me. I like them! So cute! Great job gabrielle!

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  7. Great tips! And oh, we should be friends. I love sweets.

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  8. Oh those macarons look delicious!! And the gold dust is the perfect finishing touch. I've never attempted to make macarons on myself because I heard they were a bit tricky, but I love the fact that this recipe book came with such precise intructions. Last but not least, the photography on this post is stunning as usual. <3
    xx

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  9. Yummy! this looks so delicious pretty. I love it.

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  10. How fun is this?! I've always wanted to try and make macaroons!
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    Molly
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  11. This looks like so much fun and sooo delicious! I too love glitter!!! I want some macarons now. heehee...

    Regina
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  12. Sponge cake? Beginners? What! Sponge cake is so damn hard to master Gabrielle, I think you need to elevate your baking status to PRO! And attempting macarons. Even if they're in a kit, yes, PRO status indeed! <3

    Sxx
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  13. This looks so amazing! I cant wait to try <3 you photographed everything beautifully!

    Jac Fleurant
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  14. Your macarons turned out fabulously Gabrielle! The gold dust is such a nice detail. I always assumed macarons would be difficult to make but it seems like this kit really helps to walk you through the process. And how cool that the ingredients are organic. I could see this being a lovely gift for yourself or others.

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  15. These are such pretty bakes, dear! Love the entire kit especially the gold dust. xoxo

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  16. These look wonderful Gabrielle. This kit certainly makes it a lot easier to make beautiful macarons. I've only handmade macarons a couple times and both times were quite tedious without mini moulds. I love that pretty much everything is provided for you in the helpful kit. Have a lovely week! x/Madison

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  17. I enjoy baking quite a lot, but was always too scared to try macarons. That kit sounds perfect.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  18. I am so impressed with your macarons! They turned out perfectly. I am loving the kit, it is so cute!

    Ash | Liakada

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  19. How cool that you had the chance to make macarons on your own? I thought it's a difficult process, but it seems that it is feasible even at home. Love how you made them, although they are not perfectly shaped, they do look soooo delicious. I had no idea you have to wait 1 day to consume them at their finest, that's an interesting fact. Sounds like a lovely book!

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  20. Gabrielle, these look So delicious and perfect and all d clicks are so amazing hun....xoxo, Neha

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  21. I'm obsessed with your pictures!! Your pictures are all so beautiful! What camera do you use?
    I love macaroons :-) such a great idea to make them yourself♥
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    Selina | Selinas Inspiration

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    1. Thanks very much! At the moment, I am using a Canon EOS 100D with a few different lenses. Let me know if you want further info :)

      Gabrielle x

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  22. They would never last 5 days at my house either lol. They look absolutely delicious!

    XoXo Noma

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  23. che meraviglia! complimenti per al cura dei dettagli e poi..devono essere stati buonissimi!
    Lalu

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  24. They look lovely! Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Oh wow, this book sounds absolutely beautiful! And how gorgeous are your pictures? (as always!) Macarons are my fave <3

    Elle
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  26. Mmmm....delish!I love Macarons. I'd prob be too scared to try my hand at making them myself but this kit makes the process look very easy. Oh, and there is nothing wrong with your piping! Have an excellent week Gabrielle!

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  27. this was the cutest post-the gold sprinkle dust! As well as your adorable apron-it all looks like a spread from a story book! Save me one!
    ~Katelyn
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  28. What a fabulous kit! It would make a lovely gift for Christmas or a fun treat for yourself! Loved your photos Gabrielle. Have a great week.

    Gemma x
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  29. Oh my! That looks heavenly. Macarons are my favorite dessert! Although the ones from Laduree are too overrated in my opinion. The ones you made look so tasty!! <3

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  30. Those macaroons look incredible! What a fun idea.
    Alexander @ Mr Essentialist

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  31. Wow, I want to purchase this kit now because who doesn't want try their hand at making macaroons, when all the ingredients and steps are provided for you!? Yours looks so good and delicious for this being your first time making them! Thanks so much for sharing, I'll definitely be bookmarking this post and trying to get my hands on this kit, especially for the upcoming holiday season! I hope you're having the best start to your week so far, beauty!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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  32. I'd be nervous to make macarons too so it's lovely to see a recipe that simplifies the process. And I would definitely opt for the chocolate ones too - yum! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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  33. Beautiful photos! They turned out amazingly! I need to give this a try! :) xx

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  34. Woow they look so good !
    I tried macarons once but they didn't look nice like this. They're pretty damaged haha.
    Good job!
    xx,
    Margot
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  35. What amazingly beautiful little sweets! I would love to have something like that at my next dinner party - and with gold dust? Extra special! Thank you for sharing! XO
    Janea
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  36. There's such a thing as a macaron making kit? Signed me up because those little devils are hard to bake! LOL! And you should totally send a batch over to me, Gabrielle, I'll pass you my address. :-P

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  37. OMG yes, this is exactly what I need in my life! Macarons are so difficult to bake and the way everything is pre measured and weighed, I'm sure it would be hard to go wrong! You really did a fabulous job and I love the dusting of gold glitter :)

    X

    Anjelique

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  38. Can't wait to shop at Fortnum & Mason when I visit London!! I've taken a few macaron classes and they're so hard! I can't imagine doing them at home myself! Yours turned out great and love the gold dust!

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    1. Hi Wheetnee, Take advantage of free shipping for AGOI readers! You could buy directly from my site http://www.mondessert.co.uk/shop-baking-kits. To get the code by signing up .. http://scourtin.photobiz.com/form/free-delivery-on-baking-kits1

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  39. Amazing, would love to learn to make these :) Yummy!

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  40. Oh WOW, these look so delicious! My boyfriend bought me a macaron kit years ago and I (being a terrible gf) still haven't tackled it yet - I was too intimidated haha. You make it look so easy!

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  41. They look so good! i need to get me one!

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  42. Have done macarons a couple of times and even though they're hard to make, they're so yummy! And these are so gorgeous haha, love the sprinkle!! Xx

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  43. These macaroons look so delicious, and I'm sure they tasted heavenly.
    Nina
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  44. These look soo cute! I tried to make some once, failed miserably, but I ended up with the most delicious 'cookies' I've ever made haha!

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  45. Amazing work Gabrielle, They look absolutely delicious. Just a reminder to all AGOI reader. You get free delivery on the kits by following this link... http://scourtin.photobiz.com/form/free-delivery-on-baking-kits1

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  46. Ooh they turned out so lovely!! I made macaroons once before, but definitely want to try my hand at it again sometime!

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  47. These turned out so good- YUMMY and gorgeous!

    -Ashley
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  48. Wow this looks and sounds so yummy :) Hope you having a good tuesday hun xx

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  49. such an awesome kit! love the images too. thanks for sharing it! xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.com

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  50. This looks stunning. I am not good at baking but would love to try this.
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  51. This Macaron Making Kit sounds like a pretty sweet thing to have. I love how that little kit includes both the ingrediants we need for making macarons (all gluten free and natural- that's a great plus as well) and the actual recipe with illustrations. I think this little recipe book looks very cute too! Such a clean design.

    Back to baking...your macarons look divine. I'm sure they taste as wonderful as they look. You also look fabulous with an apron...a natural beauty!!!! like those lovely flowers on your kitchen table.

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  52. Love this post babe!

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  53. those look delicious, nicely done

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  54. Oh WOW how impressive is this? Gorgeous, I am not big on macarons as they are too sweet for me, but other people like them so I would love to make these for the holidays!

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  55. These came out really nicely and it looks delicious.

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  56. I've never tried making macarons, but I've heard it was really difficult. You did an amazing job with these, they look perfect!!

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  57. Wonderful photo! Cookies looks so tasty))
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  58. Oh yum! these look tasty and well done, great for a first time, the kit makes it seem so easy. You got some lovely photos too :)


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  59. I never made Macarons myself since they seem so difficult to make, but the kit makes it seem so easy!

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  60. Okay WOW! I've got to get my hands on this! I've been so afraid of making them as well, but this kit sounds perfect. And that shot of the gold dust being poured, yes Gabrielle! So dreamy!

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  61. Gluten free macarons? WHAT?! These are my dream! I've never dared attempt to make macarons but this kit makes it seem so straight forward and attainable. They turned out beautifully Gabrielle!

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  62. Omgosh this is the coolest kit ever! So awesome that you got to try it and your macarons turned out beautiful! Great photos to capture the process too!

    Tina
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  63. What a great idea! I agree, they always seem a bit too fiddly to make but this makes it look easy!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
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  64. Edible glitter! So pretty - your pictures are divine and I almost wish you'd invite me for sweets next time. Hahaha

    - Che

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  65. wow!! so much glitter and chocolate in one post! I am so loving this, even though I am not a huge fan of macarons, to be honest, but no harm staring at these gorgeous visuals of yours, haha *_^

    I totally love the apron! The reason I don't quite fancy them is that they are often too sweet for my preference. But I was told by a friend that actually "real" macarons from Paris or overseas taste really good and way better than those we have here in malaysia. haha I will just have to take her words for it till I taste one in the future.

    Looks like you had a blast whisking up the recipe! Too bad you had devoured all of them in two days, or else, I would have asked you to send some along over to me, please dearie. haha

    Have a lovely week, Gabrielle *_^

    With love,
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  66. I love macarons but I would never try to make them. Kudos to you for giving it a try and succeeding. The end result looks so yummy. Loving your chic and pretty apron and linens. Love a great toile print.
    LaToya
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  67. I almost can taste them. I've never tried to bake macarons, it seems so difficult. Well done!

    Jasmine xx

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  68. Wow this looks great! Especially with the gold dust! Well done Gabrielle! xoxo

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  69. This looks amazing! I love how sweet they look :-) Your apron is lovely as well. Thanks so much for sharing this, I need to try this out myself. I am not perfect in the kitchen either but I love to try out new treats. Have a gorgeous week xx http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2016/09/more-issues-than-vogue.html

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  70. YOUR PICTURES ARE ALWAYS AMAZING! Loved this post and now I want to eat something sweet too! :)

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  71. You're kidding! What is a word that comes after perfection because this post would be it. WOW do those look delicious and I swear, only you would look this good making them! It'd be a sloppy mess over here! So, so, so pretty! And that presentation!!
    xoxo, simona and indre

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  72. This kit is such a great idea. I think out of the 50 times I’ve made macarons, they’ve turned out perfectly once... Your ones are so pretty & that gold dust does look fun to sprinkle over the tops of them!

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  73. They look absolutely delicious! And so pretty! Looks like so much fun

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  74. There is something so beautifully relaxing about looking at your photos! This macaroon making kit sounds great and yours turned out wonderfully

    Rachel xx
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  75. You make it look so easy, Gabrielle - and the end result looks delicious!

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  76. WOW love how the photos in this post are tastefully taken Gab! Your apron and outfit looks so good and didn't know you're so good in the kitchen too :) I might burn my kitchen down if I were to attempt to make anything too complicated :x

    xx Aldora
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  77. The Mon Dessert kit's look beautiful - the Chocolat Noir & Gold Dust Edition would have been my choice as well. The gold dust on top looks so glamorous! I think they would make for great gifts as well!

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  78. These look delicious, I love Macarons :)

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  79. this looks so delicious <3 love the pictures

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  80. These look AMAZING - did they taste good?! I need an at-home Macaron kit in my life ASAP!

    Hayley xo
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  81. I've actually never had a macaron :D It's probably crazy :D But these look soooo cute... I love the glitter on top :) You did an amazing job! x

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  82. How do they look both yummy and chic? I would def eat those!!
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  83. The result looks very impressive! Macarons are one of the trickiest desserts to make. Well done!

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  84. I think the kits are absolutely perfect! I'm not the greatest baker however the kit really does simplify it! Macaron's aren't the easiest for me, haha.

    Lima
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  85. Nice kit, looks so delicious ... I love the macarons

    xx LL

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  86. I have never made Macarons myself before - these look absolutely delicious! Love the gold dust that comes with the kit.
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  87. I know it's like a blogging crime to admit this but I've actually never had macarons before. I know it's a shame! The gold dust is the perfect extra special touch though and if I ever see gold dusted macarons somewhere I'll make sure to give them a try!

    -M

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