Macaron Apple Crisp

#17 Rescuing Failed Macarons

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Hi there! Today I’m sharing what I did with a failed macaron batter.

Why I tried this recipe

I had initially set out to make some French macarons. They are notorious for being tricky to make perfectly. A tiny mistake could lead to the entire recipe failing. Since this would be my first attempt at it, I watched multiple recipe videos and read numerous articles online for reference before beginning.

Experiences from trying to rescue some Failed Macarons

Unfortunately, my batter failed because I had overbeaten my egg whites by accident. The moment I noticed some liquid separate from the egg whites, I immediately stopped my mixer as I knew I had went too far. 

Not wanting to start all over or waste the egg whites, I decided to continue with the original recipe first to see how they turn out. Needless to say, they did not turn out anything like macarons. The excess moisture from the overbeaten eggs caused the batter to be too liquidy even after folding in the dry ingredients.

Since the failed macarons seemed slightly biscuity still, I decided to use it as a topping of an apple crisp.

Overall thoughts about rescuing Failed Macarons

I found the macaron cookie extremely sweet. Hence, I decided to just use some chopped apples as the filling. The natural sweetness from the apples would be enough for me and there was no need to add any extra sugar to the filling.

Failed Macaron Apple Crisp
Failed Macaron Apple Crisp

Overall, they came out better than expected. The macaron topping was slightly crunchy and provided a good textural contrast to the soft apple filling.

As such, I would rate the Failed Macaron Apple Crisp as follows:
(1 being the poor, and 5 being the best)

Ease to make

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Failed Macarons Apple Crisp

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Apple, Crisp, Macaron
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • Ramekins


  • 250 g macaron shells
  • 5 medium apples 600g
  • 1 tbsp orange zest optional
  • 1 tbsp butter for greasing ramekin


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease the ramekins well with some butter.
  • Roughly chop the apples into chunks. Mix in the orange zest if using. Divide them equally into the prepared ramekins.
  • Place the ramekins into the preheated oven and bake for 35 minutes.
  • Remove the ramekins from the oven and add the butter into each ramekin. Top them with the failed macaron shells now. You may break the macaron shells into clumps if you wish. Return them to the oven to continue baking for 25 minutes more or until golden brown.
  • Remove the apple crisps from the oven and let them cool slightly before digging in.


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6 ounce ramekins 

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