Lemon Macaron Recipe - How to Make Macarons - Frugal Mom Eh! (2024)

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This Lemon Macaron Recipe is will help you learn how to make macarons for beginners with easy and detailed instructions for the best macarons!

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I’m sharing all the tips and tricks you need to make gorgeous lemon cookies successfully.

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I love macarons.

Macarons are pretty with their smooth round tops, cute ruffled feet and filling sandwiched between all that. Honestly, they are gorgeous cookies.

With a little patience, practice and the right technique, you can whip up a batch of your own and stun your family and friends with your skills.

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How to Make Macarons for Beginners

All the tips and tricks you need to know for how to make french macarons are included in the recipe card directions you can print off and reference.

Let me quickly summarize though how to make macarons, and all the little tricks and tips I have learned making them myself. This should make following a french macaron recipe simple for even the most novice baker.

Your goal when making Macarons is to create perfectly round shells with feet at their base and smooth, shiny tops and bottoms, and this should be consistent across your batch of macarons.

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How to make perfect round macaron shells

To get perfectly round macaron shells you need to start off by preparing a guide for piping your macaron batter.

Personally, I love to use silicone macaron mats but you can also trace circles onto parchment paper and that works equally as well.

How to make macarons with perfect feet and shiny tops every time

The key to this is to ensure you do not over-mix anything when making the batter. Be careful to do only just enough.

The batter should be rather thick. If it has gotten runny, you have over mixed and need to start over again. This is an expensive mistake to make, so please do not get overzealous with mixing.

After piping your batter onto your prepared baking sheet, you absolutely need to rest your macaron shells, uncovered, in a dry, cool place for 20-40 minutes.

You will notice the piped batter will become dull as the shells form a “skin”.This is absolutely critical in making macarons.

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Oven temperature matters when making macarons!

I’m going to assume that if you are attempting this that you have actually baked things before and thus know that oven temperature is relative.

Normally not a huge problem, but it is with macarons as they need to bake at a somewhat low and consistent temperature.

Your macarons are not going to turn out until you figure out the heat of your oven. You may need to adjust cooking times and oven temperature before you achieve success.

I’ve noted the oven temperature as being 275 degrees F but that is just a baseline. It should be anywhere between 250 and 300 degrees F, but for more ovens, 275 degrees F should be spot on.

If you oven has poor air circulation the temperate will get too hot, if that is the case then prop the door open slightly while they bake.

Can I bake Macarons on a humid day?

Avoid making macarons on a humid or rainy day until you get a good handle on it.

Humidity may cause issues with the shells so it is best just to avoid it altogether if possible while you are learning how to make them.

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Can I fill these Lemon Macarons with Lemon Curd?

Yes! This is such a delicious upgrade to lemon macarons. Simply pipe your buttercream filling around the outside edge of the macaron shell and spoon in your desired amount of lemon curd.

You can use store bought curd or use my favourite recipe for homemade lemon curd.

How to Store French Macarons?

You can freeze french macarons filled with buttercream for up to two months in an air-tight container. When you want them, thaw at room temperature for about 20 minutes.

If you are eating them right away and not freezing, you will want to keep them in an air-tight container in the fridge. They will keep nicely in the fridge for up to a week.

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Lemon Macaron Recipe

Just remember, when making these lemon macarons, you want room temperature egg whites, thick and consistent batter, time to let your shells rest before baking, and even oven temperature.

Makes: Approx. 12 Macarons

Special Equipment:

Macaron Silicone Mat x 2

Piping Bag with a round tip (or cut the end off a small freezer bag in a pinch)

Ingredients:

3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
3/4 Cup Ground Almonds
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
2 Large Egg Whites, room temperature
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
6 drops yellow food colouring

For the Filling:

3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
1/4 Cup Butter, Softened
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Either Line 2 small baking sheets with the silicone mats OR with parchment paper.

If using parchment paper, trace a small cup or shot glass with a pencil to make guides for piping the macarons. Turn the parchment paper over (so the pencil marks are on the back) and use it to line the baking sheets. Set aside.

Mix together the ground almonds, powdered sugar and zest in a medium bowl. Whisk together until smooth and set aside.

With a stand mixer, whisk the egg whites in a large metal bowl until stiff peaks form. Add the sugar and food colouring and whisk until well incorporated, being careful not to over-whisk.

Fold in the almond mixture with a flexible spatula, one spoonful at a time by repeatedly scraping around the bowl and moving towards the middle. Be careful not to overmix.

The batter is just right when it runs off your spatula slowly but consistently. If it gets as thin as pancake batter you have mixed it way too much.

Transfer the batter to your piping bag, and holding the bag vertically, pipe the batter into the centre of each circle.

Rest your macaron shells, uncovered, in a dry, cool place for 20-40 minutes. The batter will become dull as the shells form a “skin”. Do not skip this step.

Heat your oven to 275 degrees F*. Bake in the middle of the oven for 15 minutes or until the shells have formed “feet” and the tops have set. Allow to cool on sheet for 15-20 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the filling, cream the butter then whisk in the powdered sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract until smooth.

Transfer into a piping bag and pipe frosting onto the flat side of one of the macarons and sandwich with another.

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Yield: 12 Macarons

Lemon Macarons

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Inactive Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

This Lemon Macaron Recipe is will help you learn how to make macarons for beginners with easy and detailed instructions for the best macarons!

Ingredients

Special Equipment

  • Macaron Silicone Mat x 2
  • Piping Bag with a round tip, or cut the end off a small freezer bag in a pinch

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Ground Almonds
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 Large Egg Whites, room temperature
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 6 drops yellow food colouring

For the Filling

  • 3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Butter, Softened
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Either Line 2 small baking sheets with the silicone mats OR with parchment paper. If using parchment paper, trace a small cup or shot glass with a pencil to make guides for piping the macarons. Turn the parchment paper over (so the pencil marks are on the back) and use it to line the baking sheets. Set aside.
  2. Mix together the ground almonds, powdered sugar and zest in a medium bowl. Whisk together until smooth and set aside.
  3. With a stand mixer, whisk the egg whites in a large metal bowl until stiff peaks form. Add the sugar and food colouring and whisk until well incorporated, being careful not to over-whisk.
  4. Fold in the almond mixture with a flexible spatula, one spoonful at a time by repeatedly scraping around the bowl and moving towards the middle. Be careful not to overmix. The batter is just right when it runs off your spatula slowly but consistently. If it gets as thin as pancake batter you have mixed it way too much.
  5. Transfer the batter to your piping bag, and holding the bag vertically, pipe the batter into the centre of each circle.
  6. Rest your macaron shells, uncovered, in a dry, cool place for 20-40 minutes. The batter will become dull as the shells form a "skin". Do not skip this step.
  7. Heat your oven to 275 degrees F*. Bake in the middle of the oven for 15 minutes or until the shells have formed "feet" and the tops have set. Allow to cool on sheet for 15-20 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. For the filling, cream the butter then whisk in the powdered sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract until smooth.
  9. Transfer into a piping bag and pipe frosting onto the flat side of one of the macarons and sandwich with another.

Notes

Note: I'm going to assume that if you are attempting this that you have actually baked things before and thus know that oven temperature is relative. Normally not a huge problem, but it is with macarons. Your macarons are not going to turn out until you figure out the heat of your oven. You will likely need to adjust cooking times and oven temperature before you achieve success. I've noted the oven temperature as being 275 degrees F but that is just a baseline. It should be anywhere between 250 and 300 degrees F. If you oven has poor air circulation the temperate will get too hot, if that is the case then prop the door open slightly while they bake.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1 Macaron

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 183Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 86mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 3g

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Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!

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