I have a new obsession. I’ve learned how to make macarons. And they are life changing, y’all.
So, I had been seeing macarons ALL over blog word, especially in staged photos, and they are such a beautiful little cookie…and not only did I desperately want to try them to see what all the fuss was about, I also wanted to use them in staging photos for my eBook cover. I set off to find them locally in a bakery somewhere, but the only ones I could find easily around here were in the freezer case at Trader Joe’s. Those were yummy, but I still wanted to try a real, fresh macaron. I started researching recipes, but they all sounded so complicated and difficult. A mini macaron lesson…first of all, these are macaRONS, not macaROONS. Macaroons are a coconut cookie made with egg whites. Macarons are these dainty little sandwich cookies made with egg whites, almond flour, and powdered sugar (they are naturally gluten free!). And it turns out, macarons have a reputation for being really difficult to make! Then I happened to stumble upon this online class and decided to buy it to give it a try. I am NOT a baker at ALL, so I figured the only way I could even attempt a recipe like this was with step-by-step video instruction. Well, I’ll let the photo speak for itself – this was my first try at making macarons!
No joke, I did a little dance in my kitchen when I pulled these out of the oven. And they tasted even better than they looked! I owe it all to that class. The instructor walks you through the process step-by-step with really great tips and a thoroughly tested recipe. I put the video on my laptop in the kitchen and literally made my macarons along with the instructor, and they turned out wonderfully. They are filled with vanilla swiss buttercream (also from the same class) which is absolutely DIVINE.
Well, after that first batch, I was hooked. I started browsing Pinterest for different macaron flavor combinations, and holy cow. There are so many possibilities with macarons!! You can flavor the shell with any kind of extract or powder (i.e. freeze dried fruit), and you can use almost anything you want for the filling. French toast flavored macarons with maple syrup buttercream, mango macarons with white chocolate ganache, blueberry marscapone macarons, mojito macarons, s’mores macarons, pink lemonade macarons…AHHH! You guys! I want to TRY THEM ALL!
Well, I certainly couldn’t stop at just one batch…but I also couldn’t justify making more batches without giving most of the cookies away, lest I eat them all myself…so quickly came up with the inspired idea to make two more batches and give them away to Addy’s preschool teachers as an end-of-the-year thank you gift. But you see, macarons are so delicate and beautiful, there’s no way I could just wrap them up on a paper plate or toss them in a paper bag to give away. They needed to be shown off! And with macarons, it’s all about the presentation…you have to show them off! So I set to work creating pretty little boxes to gift them in, which of course meant turning to my trusty Silhouette Portrait.
I designed my box and then cut it out of pretty floral card stock. I included a window in the lid so that you can see those pretty cookies!
To cover the window, I used my Scotch ATG (LOVE that thing) to run some double sided adhesive around the edges…
…then stuck on a piece of thin cellophane.
I used my ATG to put adhesive on the tabs, then assembled the box.
Time to fill it up with pretty cookies!
Oh! I didn’t tell you about my other batches of macarons. I made a strawberry macaron with more vanilla swiss buttercream, and then I did a coffee macaron filled with chocolate ganache. Ohhhh so good!
Back to the boxes. I whipped up some stickers to hold them shut, using Silhouette’s printable adhesive kraft paper.
They were a perfect personalized addition to the boxes!
The final touch was a bit of baker’s twine. Ta-da!
So darn pretty! *Almost* too pretty to eat :-)
I made four for Addy’s preschool teachers, and 2 extras just for staging some of these photos. It was really fun to just have those two extra boxes in the fridge to give away “just because!” I passed them along to two of my mommy friends with strict instructions NOT to share with their kiddos. ;-)
If you have a Silhouette Portrait or Cameo and want to whip up some macaron boxes of your own, I’d love to give you this cut file for free! Just enter your email below and you’ll receive an email with instructions to access my Silhouette Cut File Library, where you’ll find not only the macaron box cut file, but dozens more cut files for other projects!
I think these are going to be my go-to gifts from now on! They have a big visual wow-factor and are such a special treat. They would make terrific party favors, too. And there are so many variations! I’ll definitely be revisiting these for Christmas gifts – they will be perfect to give to neighbors, teachers, and friends.
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These sound awesome – and I LOVE macarons, thanks to being introduced to them by my granddaughters. I’ll try your video class. And – I hope I can make or buy some boxes since I don’t have a Silhouette. Thank you!
I have to warn you, Jan, once you make one batch, you won’t be able to stop!! I am addicted already! Hehe. I hope you enjoy the video class as much as I have. And I’m sure you could purchase treat boxes somewhere (I know Michael’s has some of different sizes, maybe not the long skinny rectangle like this one but they have square ones I think), or you could make some yourself and cut it with scissors! I actually just came across a template on Pinterest that I think would work well, here’s the link – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/261982903302679601/
Just wanted to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed this post (several times). I’m just now starting to make macarons and am a paper crafter. I found your page on Pinterest while looking for macaron boxes for Cricut. I’m busy trying to rebuild your clever template. Thank you for sharing your talents with the world!
Thank you SO much for your sweet words, Dawn!! I’m so glad you found the post helpful. I hope you’re able to make the boxes with your Cricut.
Would you be able to share your cricut template? It would be much appreciated!!
I received your email for the Silhouette macaron box file but nothing happened when I clicked on the link. The page was blank. Perhaps the link needs to be updated?
Hi Cindy, I just went through the library page, the cut file link, and the file itself and those all seem to be working. Can you tell me what link you’re talking about and what page was blank so I can help you troubleshoot?
I tried it again today and it seems to be working. Thank you.
I just made your macaron box and it’s perfect. Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much.
Do you have files for other boxes for baked goods? I’ve used the cupcake boxes on the Silhouette site and they are either too big or too small.
Thank you again.
I’m so glad you got it to work, Cindy! Sorry to be so slow in responding to you. I don’t have any other boxes for cupcakes, but if you have other files from the Silhouette store you should be able to resize them to be bigger or smaller!
I’ll give that a try.
BTW, I’m having so much fun making these boxes. Making a lot of them to have on hand. Thank you again.
How did you make the Macaron boxes, and what did you make them out of?
Hi Alissa, I cut them out of card stock using my Silhouette machine – all the details are in the post above!
Hi Meredith! I love love the template!! I’m trying to download it for my Cameo, but it isn’t working. For some reason it is going to something called box.studio which requires a membership. Is this accurate? I’m lost! Thanks in advance.
Ok. I figured out how to download it. The problem I am having now is that when I try to open it in my studio, it will not print correctly. I’m new to my Cameo, but I tried troubleshooting to the best of my ability and it is only printing certain parts of the template. :( Sorry to bug you!
Hi Bre, are you trying to cut it or print it? If you’re trying to print the outline to cut by hand you’d need to add “weight” to the lines, otherwise they won’t show up when you print. But if you have a Cameo, you shouldn’t need to print it at all, send it to cut and your machine will cut out the template itself – does that make sense? Hope that helps!
Can I use this file for the macaron box with my Cricut Maker?
Thanks in advance.
Hi Laura, all the files in my Silhouette library are Silhouette Studio files, so they aren’t compatible with Cricut’s software. Sorry!
OHHH MMMMMM GEEEEEEEEEEEEE!! I am over the moon about finding this info!! I discovered Macaroons this summer and fell in love!! They looked a little intimidating to make, so thankful I found your info!!! Cant wait to make these or at least attempt it ;)
Hi! thanks for the download, what kind of paper do I use for the box?
I used printed card stock from Michael’s – any kind of card stock should work!
Thanks so much for the quick reply, I meant what size of paper?
Depends on the size box you want…I used 8.5×11 because I was using a Silhouette Portrait and couldn’t use a bigger size, but if you have a Cameo or Cricut you could use 12×12 paper to make a bigger box.
I’ve been looking for a diy macaron packaging/boxes and found you. These packaging are really pretty. I have a question, where did you get those pretty floral cardstock? And do you have a video tutorial showing how you made these? I would love to see it if you do have. I’m a macaron lover and I am hooked as well to making them. Yay!
Hi Patrick, the card stock was from Michael’s – I’m sure you could find something similar at any craft store. Or yes, you could print a floral design on a piece of card stock at a print shop…the design wouldn’t go all the way to the edge of the paper though, due to print margins, but you could trim that off. I don’t have a video, sorry…but I used my Silhouette (a craft cutting machine) to cut the box. If you don’t have a Silhouette you could still cut a similar box shape by hand. Hope that helps!
Also, do you know if I can print your cardstock at Office Depot or OfficeMax? Any idea? I do not have any of those printers you mentioned.
Hi Meredith, I love this macaron box, it is so adorable!! When I have some troubles trying to download it,instead of it, it just appeared a white page and no file. Hope you can help me out. Thanks, and greetings from Mexico.
Hi Luis, thanks so much! Are you talking about the download page? It does show a blank white page but that’s just because it can’t preview the file, you should still be able to click the “download” button and open it in Silhouette Studio. Let me know if you’re having other trouble and I can try to help. Also, can you send you send some sunshine northward to Pennsylvania? We had snow flurries here this morning!!
Macaron gift box template
I would love to get the macaron box template. Thank you in advance!
Hi Chia, instructions on how to access the .studio and SVG files of the macaron box for your Silhouette or Cricut are in the blog post above! :-)
I would love to get the macaron box template too! Thank you!
Hi Betty, instructions on how to access the .studio and SVG files of the macaron box for your Silhouette or Cricut are in the blog post above! :-)
Hi! Looking for that box silhouette. Entered the password but couldn’t get access! Any help would be appreciated. Love this idea!
Thank you so much for sharing the free svg file for this box. Used it in my Cricut and it worked perfectly. The box turns out really lovely and elegant looking. I look forward on future projects which I’m sure will also turn out to be as lovely as this macaron box.
I also have a Cricut and it’s not uploading the score lines as score lines but cut lines. Did you have to do anything special to make it score correctly?
What dimensions should the image/finished box be? I uploaded the SVG into my program and it was way too small. Any guidance would be appreciated.
I sized mine as large as I could to fit on an 8.5×11 sheet of card stock…but you can make it as big or as small as you want!
Where is the svg file located? I love macarons, and would love pretty boxes to put them in. TIA
Hi Wendy, the file is inside my Silhouette Library (which is free!) – instructions for how to sign up for access are in the post above.
Will it work for scan n cut
I know nothing about Scan n Cuts, sorry! I have .studio and SVG files available in my library.
I have a cricut, can I use the file on there instead of the silhouette? I entered my email but I didnt receive anything from you yet. Thanks
Hi Danielle, yes the file is available in my library as an SVG which you can use with your Cricut! I just searched for your email on my list and didn’t find it, so maybe it didn’t complete the sign-up for some reason…can you try again? You should receive an email immediately after you subscribe with instructions on how to get in the library and access all the cut files.
Hey 😊 how long can they last in the boxes, before they go stale or bad? I want to make macaron in these giftboxes as a Christmas gift (I know it’s a bit early, but I also need to learn how to make them haha), but I don’t know how long before I should give them? Thank you!
Macarons freeze beautifully and last in the freezer for several months. I always make my macs in advance (especially at Christmastime) and freeze them in an airtight container…then load them into the boxes straight from frozen. I have actually loaded them in the boxes and then put the boxes inside a larger airtight container to stick back in the freezer for a few days until I’m ready to gift. How long they last at room temp will depend on your filling (if the filling needs to be refrigerated or not) – if it’s buttercream or ganache they’ll last in the boxes at room temp for a few days but I wouldn’t store them in the boxes for long, since they’re not airtight. Hope that helps!
Thank you so much! Do you freeze them with or without the filling? And what is the length and heigh on the boxes?
Yes, freeze with the filling. The size of the box will depend on what size you cut it. I don’t know the size of the box as it’s sized in the file, sorry!
I love how easy this is! I’m a new freshmen, and baking helps me de-stress most of the time (I was taught from a very young age, by my grandfather who sadly passed a while ago)…
Here’s my question, on a guess, how much would all of this cost? Not much, I’m assuming, but I would rather not run my mom dry from buying all the stuff to make, decorate, and store these adorable little cookies!
Hi Kaylee! I love how special baking is to you. I think you’d really enjoy macarons! They are definitely not an easy or inexpensive cookie, though, as far as cookies go. Almond flour isn’t cheap, and you’ll also need a lot of eggs and powdered sugar, plus whatever you’re using for your filling (high quality chocolate to make ganache, or lots of butter for buttercream, etc). But one package of almond flour should get you several batches of macarons! You’ll also need a piping bag and the right piping tip, if you don’t already have those on hand. And of course, it’s a lot more cost effective to make your own rather than buy them at a bakery. Hope that helps! Have fun baking!
When I cut this out using the SVG file I get a gap on the ends (where the lid and the other three flaps should come together. Any suggestions?
What size macarons do you make?
I use a Silicone baking mat that has circle guides on it, but I believe they are 2″ in diameter. You can resize the boxes to be larger or smaller, though!
Hello. Thank you so much for this! I can’t wait to try making one. I’ve gotten into macarons during quarantine and haven’t been able to stop! Lol I tried entering my email but it kept saying there was an error so I am unable to get the template. How can I access it?
Hi Ciara, that’s really odd! I’m not sure what the problem might be. If you’re still having trouble, feel free to send me an email (meredith at unoriginalmom dot com) and I’ll get the file to you.
What were the dimensions of the box when you cut it? I uploaded the SVG file & it’s much too small as is.
I size as big as I can to fit on an 8.5 x 11 piece of card stock.
Thank you so much for the SVG!! I was wondering if you have the stickers template as well?
Thank you in advance :)
You’re welcome, Kim! I don’t have the stickers template, since they’d require customization anyway. I’m pretty sure I just drew an oval shape, then used a laurel branch design from the Silhouette Design store and added it at the bottom of the text.
Amazing work, I would love to have the template of this box
hi there! how do i access this template? i have already subscribed.
Hi Brenda! The cut files for Silhouette and Cricut are inside my Silhouette Library, you should have received a password via email. If you can’t find it, feel free to send me an email and I’ll send it to you!
Do you have a template for a regular printer? I don’t have a cutting machine so I was hoping to cut by hand with an exacto knife.
Hi Rachel, I’m sorry, I don’t have a printable template.
Meredith, the link to the class is broken. Was it a youtube video ?
Thanks for letting me know, I’ll update it! It’s this online class from Craftsy