Strawberry Macarons

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour + standing Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling

Makes

30 macarons

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
These strawberry macarons have a sweet surprise in the filling: strawberry jam. To keep the jam contained, pipe the frosting around the outer edge before adding the jam in the center. —Josh Rink, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Strawberry Macarons Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • MACARON SHELL:
  • 1-1/3 cups almond flour
  • 2-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 4 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • Pink gel food coloring, optional (do not use liquid food coloring)
  • BUTTERCREAM FILLING:
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon strawberry powder
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Pink gel food coloring, optional
  • 7-1/2 teaspoons seedless strawberry jam

Directions

  1. Place the almond flour and 1-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar in a food processor; pulse until thoroughly mixed to ensure almond flour is very fine. Pass almond flour mixture through a fine-mesh sieve; discard any large pieces that remain.
  2. Place egg whites and salt in a very clean bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment; whisk on medium-low speed until frothy. Slowly add superfine sugar; whisk until dissolved, 1-2 minutes. Slowly add remaining 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar; increase speed to high and whip until meringue is glossy and stiff peaks form, 1-2 minutes. If desired, add in enough food coloring to achieve desired color.
  3. Gently fold the almond flour mixture into meringue, a third at a time. Using the side of a spatula, smooth batter up sides of bowl several times to remove air bubbles and ensure there are no lumps; do not over mix. Run spatula down the center of the bowl; the line in the batter should remain visible for a moment before mixture runs back into itself.
  4. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat oven to 300°. Transfer batter into a pastry bag fitted with a #7 or #10 round tip. Pipe 1-3/8-in. rounds onto a parchment-lined tray about 1 in. apart. Tap tray against counter 2-3 times to remove excess air bubbles. Let macarons rest until no longer wet or sticky to the touch, 30-60 minutes. Bake, 1 tray at a time, until cookies rise about 1/8 in. to form "feet," 14-16 minutes, rotating tray halfway through baking. Remove tray and let macarons cool completely; repeat with remaining trays. Once macarons have cooled completely, remove from parchment.
  5. To make filling, cream butter in a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment; slowly add confectioners' sugar until incorporated. Beat in strawberry powder. Add heavy cream, vanilla, salt and, if desired, enough food coloring to achieve desired color; mix until smooth. Pour frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip; pipe a circle of buttercream onto the bottoms of half the macarons. Place 1/4 teaspoon strawberry jam in center of each frosting circle. Top with remaining macaron shells. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve.
Strawberry Macarons Tips

How do you make strawberry powder for strawberry macarons?

The strawberry powder used in strawberry macarons is made from freeze-dried strawberries. You can either buy it pre-ground in powder form, or make your own from sliced, freeze-dried strawberries. Just pop them in a blender or food processor and pulse until you get a fine powder. Different freeze-dried fruits can be used to create different macaron flavors.

Can you use regular all-purpose flour instead of almond flour to make macarons?

French macarons are known for their light, airy, delicate texture, not to be confused with macaroons, which are chewier. (Make sure you know about all the differences between macaroons and macarons.) Macarons are made with almond flour, which is higher in fat than all-purpose flour, and soaks up less moisture. Unlike wheat flour, almond flour also contains no gluten. If you want to create a macaron's signature texture (and flavor, of course), it's important to only use almond flour.

How should you store strawberry macarons?

If you've ever bought Trader Joe's macarons or cookies from a French bakery, you know that they can be pricey (learn why macarons are expensive), so keeping them fresh for as long as possible is really important. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving. Or, if you're making your own, store unfilled shells in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

Peggy Woodward, Taste of Home Senior Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 macaron: 106 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 28mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.