Check out the yummy cross-section! Nice crisp outer shell, soft chewy insides and lovely lemon and chocolate filling! My kids loved it!
You can find the recipe in my panda macaron post along with baking tips for light-coloured macaron shells. What I am going to highlight here is how to pipe complex shapes like Snoopy.
Firstly, use a template. This is a must. You may choose to pipe a mirror image shell for the bottom piece or a circle.
Under-fold your batter a little during macaronage. The batter should move slowly when you tilt the bowl but it may fall off the spatula in a slightly discontinuous manner. Your batter should be slightly runnier if you are piping round shells.
Don't fill out your template completely as macaron batter spreads a little after piping. Any corners will be rounded and filled out so do leave extra space unfilled at those places.
Break up your model into circles. Macarons are piped in round circles. To create a complex picture, imagine it being made up of circles. E.g. Snoopy's head can be broken up into circles piped at the snout, forehead, ear and the space in between.
Use a toothpick to pull the batter to fill any corners or small pointed features. E.g. Snoopy's neck, which I tried piping for one of the heads.
Use a toothpick to paint in small details of batter. E.g. Snoopy's eye and mouth
Macaron shells just before baking
A better view of the feet
Filling the shells with lemon smbc, lemon curd and chocolate ganache!
Thank God the macarons were well received!