Macarons are a specialty cookie that can be made with a variety of fillings including chocolate ganache, buttercream icing and jam.
Macaron shells can also be flavored with extracts, coffee, cookie crumbs, and dried fruits.
You can make your own macaron flavors by taste testing your macaron fillings using these recipes as a base to go off of.
Avocado Matcha Macarons
Avocado matcha macarons are made with matcha powder mixed into the macaron shells. The center filling is a white chocolate ganache mixed with avocado puree. The green tea and avocado white chocolate ganache is the perfect flavor balance of bitter and sweet together.
Raspberry macarons are made with a buttercream based filling. The buttercream is mixed with raspberry jam to create a raspberry buttercream macaron filling. If you’re wanting a more concentrated burst of flavor, add a bit of jam to the center of the raspberry macaron
Pumpkin Spice Macarons
Pumpkin spice macarons are made with a flavored outer shell. The outer shell has all-spice, cloves, and nutmeg mixed into the almond batter to give the macarons the “spiced” part of pumpkin spice. The pumpkin spice macaron filling is made with a butter cream base. Pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg are added to the buttercream filling. When assembling the macarons, the filling is a ring of pumpkin spice macaron filling, and then the center is a small amount of caramel sauce. These pumpkin spice macarons have a little bit of a sweet finish with the caramel sauce center.
Lemon macarons are made with a buttercream based macaron filling. The buttercream is made by adding lemon juice and lemon zest to create the tart buttercream icing. Liquid food coloring can be added to the lemon macaron filling for more of a vibrant yellow color if desired.
Caramel Apple Macarons
Caramel apple macarons are made with an apple flavored outer shell. Granny smith apples are freeze dried, and then blended in a food processor to get a fine apple flavored powder. The powder is places into the almond flour base and mixed into the macaron shell. Once the batter has been made and piped, a sprinkle of apple powder is dusted on the tops of the macarons to let them dry into the macaron shells. The center filling is made with making a caramel sauce. There is an option of making the caramel sauce into a salted caramel sauce if desired.
Cookies and Cream Macarons
Cookies and cream macarons are made by dusting the tops of the macaron shells with cookie crumble. The buttercream based filling is made by adding vanilla extract, crushed Oreo cookies, and Oreo cookie crumble. The mixture is blended until smooth and piped into the macaron shells.
Apple Pie Macarons
Apple pie macarons are made with an apple sauce filling and a cream cheese icing. The apple sauce filling is made with apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. The sauce is thickened and cooled prior to piping. The cream cheese icing is vanilla flavored. The cream cheese icing is piped around the edges of the macaron to make a ring. The apple sauce is placed in the center of the macaron. These macarons have a spiced apple and cream cheese flavor, creating apple pie tasting macarons.
Pumpkin macarons are made with a flavored pumpkin outer shell. The outer shell is flavored with pumpkin spice bakery emulsion. An emulsion is similar to an extract in that it gives the flavor to the baked good. The filling is made with a buttercream flavored with pumpkin puree and cinnamon for the perfect fall macaron treat.
Chai Tea Macarons
Chai tea macarons are made with a hint of cinnamon in their outer shells. The filling of the chai tea macarons is made by heating heavy cream with chai tea. The tea is left to steep for 30 minutes to infuse the chai flavors into the heavy cream. The cream is strained, and then poured into a stand mixer with butter and powdered sugar. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, vanilla extract, and ginger are added to create the chai buttercream filling for these chai tea macarons.
Cinnamon Roll Macarons
Cinnamon roll macarons are made with cinnamon and nutmeg in their outer shells. The center filling is made with a cream cheese buttercream icing. To add a little bit more sweetness, there is a caramel sauce filling to the center filling as well.
Orange and Dark Chocolate Macarons
Orange and dark chocolate macarons are made with a vanilla bean outer shell. The center filling is a orange zest infused dark chocolate ganache. Orange dark chocolate macarons have a rich and citrus flavor. The outer shell is colored with orange gel food coloring or powdered food coloring to give it the vibrant orange color against the dark chocolate filling color.
Smoked Salmon Savory Macarons
Smoked salmon macarons are made with chives or dill on the tops of the macaron shells.
The filling of the smoked salmon savory macarons has a base of Boursin cheese, smoked salmon, lemon juice, chives, dill, and pepper to taste.
The filling is quite thick, therefore you can use the star piping tip to pipe the filling into a fancy design for your savory macarons.
Tomato Basil Feta Macarons
The filling is made by creaming together cream cheese, feta cheese, basil leaves, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Diced tomatoes are folded into the cream cheese savory macaron filling.
The macarons are assembled by placing 1 macaron shell, then adding a basil leaf, the cream cheese filling, and another macaron shell to sandwich the savory macaron together.
Smoked Salmon and Wasabi Macarons
Smoked salmon and wasabi macarons are made with a cream cheese based filling.
The wasabi powder is mixed with a small amount of water to emulsify it.
Next, the cream cheese is beaten until fluffy, and then the wasabi paste mixture is added to it.
Soy sauce, milk, and green onions are added to the cream cheese base to make this savory macaron filling.
To assemble the smoked salmon and wasabi savory macarons, the cream cheese filling is piped onto the macaron shell, and then is topped with a strip of folded smoked salmon. A small amount of cream cheese macaron filling is piped on to of the smoked salmon for the other macaron shell to hold it closed.
These macarons are not able to be frozen, and it is recommended you assemble them right before serving.
Goat Cheese Macarons
Goat cheese macarons are made with a fig compote. The figs are chopped, heated, and then cooled.
The filling is made with mascarpone cheese, goat cheese, and black sesame seeds creamed together.
To assemble the goat cheese savory macarons, pipe a ring of the creamy goat cheese mixture around the edge of the macaron shell. Add the fig compote to the center of the macaron. Top with the other macaron shell and sandwich together.
Pimento Cheese Macarons
Pimento cheese macarons are made with a mixing pimento cheese with heavy cream in a food processor until fully combined. You can even make your own pimento cheese at home for a more intense flavor for your savory macarons.
Bacon macarons are made with a buttercream based filling. Butter is creamed with powdered sugar, and then a hint of maple syrup and vanilla extract are added. Mix in chopped pieces of bacon to create your savory macaron filling. Pipe inside your macaron shells and sandwich together for a savory bacon macaron.