I love to make desserts that have a “wow” factor when given as gifts during the Christmas Season. Often I challenge myself to bake a special batch of cookies that travel well enough to ship to all my family and friends outside of California. I found myself watching one of my favorite Miyazaki films “Spirited Away” for the umpteenth time when the striking visual of the character ‘No Face” hit me as inspiration. Can you imagine opening a cookie box to find this contrasty little guy staring you in the eye?
If you’ve never made macarons before, it’s best to start with a basic macaron recipe (link here) first before you attempt this. Macarons are very finicky and it’s best to get down the basics first. I’ve listed all the materials I used to make this, simply click on the links below to check them out.
These macaron silicone mats are awesome, it’s much easier to pipe onto one that has a template.
I used Wilton Extra Fine Tip Edible Color Markers because I was able to find them locally, but there are a bunch of other options on Amazon.
I used Black Dutched Cocoa Powder for the buttercream, not only is it a great coloring agent, the flavor is amazing – it tastes like Oreo cookies. This brand makes the darkest black cocoa powder.