Lemon French Macarons ~Sweet & Savory by Shinee

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Lemon French Macarons

Lemon French Macarons- perfect spring-flavored confections with zesty lemon buttercream that you can make right at home with my new video tutorial!

Lemon French Macarons- perfect spring-flavored confections with zesty lemon buttercream that you can make right at home with my new video tutorial!

I’m so glad that we don’t have any bakeries close by that sells French macarons. I probably would be spending way too much to satisfy my cravings. Instead when the craving hits me, I bring out my mixer and get to whipping the egg whites. Did you know that you can make these delightful confections yourself way cheaper than $2/each?

Lemon French Macarons- perfect spring-flavored confections with zesty lemon buttercream that you can make right at home with my new video tutorial!

Yeah, sounds pretty exciting, but you might say that you’ve been putting it off because it’s too difficult, or intimidating. Well, fear no more! I’ve made a video tutorial to show you how I fold my French macaron batter to make perfect little macarons!

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In this video, I wanted to show you how the batter consistency changes with each fold. Therefore, I opted not to cut anything out, but instead I simply sped up the folding process in some places. The whole folding process took about 3 minutes.
 

I hope after watching the video you’ll start whipping those egg whites and sift the almond flour!

Lemon French Macarons- perfect spring-flavored confections with zesty lemon buttercream that you can make right at home with my new video tutorial!

I’m personally not a huge fan of basic buttercream. However, I’m totally head over heels about this lemon buttercream. It’s so light and zesty, sour, yet sweet. Absolutely awesome filling for my lemon french macarons. If you didn’t know, the french macarons taste way better on 2nd or 3rd days. The flavors from the filling really soak into the macaron shells and the whole thing becomes just absolutely heavenly! And the bonus, it won’t break the bank! It’s always cheaper and better when it’s homemade!

Lemon French Macarons- perfect spring-flavored confections with zesty lemon buttercream that you can make right at home with my new video tutorial!Enjoy! 
By the way, have you tried my Mint French Macarons yet?

Lemon French Macarons

Lemon French Macarons- perfect spring-flavored confections with zesty lemon buttercream that you can make right at home with my new video tutorial!

Yield: 28

Ingredients:

For macaron shells
  1. • 1 cup (100gr) almond flour
  2. • 1 cup (130gr) powdered sugar
  3. • 2 large egg whites (about 80gr)
  4. • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  5. • ¼ cup (55gr) sugar
  6. • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  7. • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  8. • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  9. • Yellow gel food coloring
For lemon buttercream
  1. • 3 tablespoons (40gr) unsalted butter, softened
  2. • 1 cup (130gr) powdered sugar
  3. • 2 teaspoons heavy cream
  4. • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  5. • 1 teapsoon lemon zest
  6. • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  7. • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. 1. In medium bowl, sift together almond flour and powdered sugar twice. Set aside.
    2. In a large mixing bowl with whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar and continue to beat. Slowly add sugar one tablespoon at a time. Increase the speed to medium high and beat until hard peaks. Add lemon zest, vanilla extract, lemon juice and yellow food coloring. Beat on medium speed for one more minute.
    3. Sift the almond flour/powdered sugar mixture over the whipped egg whites. Gently fold the mixture running the spatula clockwise from the bottom, up around the sides and cut the batter in half, as shown in the video above. The batter will look very thick at first, but it will get thinner as you fold. Be careful not to over mix it though. Every so often test the batter to see if it reached the right consistency. To test the batter, drop a small amount of the batter and count to ten. If the edges of the ribbon are dissolved within ten seconds, then the batter is ready. I repeat, do NOT mix again. If you still see edges, fold the batter couple more times and test again. I posted a few pictures above to show you how just couple of folding changes the consistency of the batter. This step is so crucial, so please make sure to test often to ensure not to over mix the batter.
    4. Transfer the batter into a pastry bag with a round tip.
    5. Pipe out 1.5-inch rounds about an inch apart on two baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
    6. Tap the baking sheets firmly on the counter a few times to get rid of any air bubbles. If you don’t release the air bubbles, they will expand during baking and crack the beautiful macarons shells. And who wants cracked macarons, right?
    7. Let the macarons rest and dry for 15-30 minutes. On a humid day, it might take an hour or so. To see if it’s ready to be baked, lightly touch it. If the batter doesn’t stick to your finger, then it’s ready. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
    8. Bake the macarons for 18-20 minutes. To check the doneness, remove one macaron. If the bottom does not stick, they are done.
    9. Transfer to wire rack to cool for 15 minutes, and then remove from the baking sheets.
    10. While macarons are drying, prepare the lemon buttercream. In a mixing bowl with whisk attachment, beat the butter until fluffy. Add powdered sugar, heavy cream, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla extract and salt and beat until well combined.
    11. Transfer the buttercream into a pastry bag and fill the macarons.

If you make this recipe, don’t forget to take a photo and share it with me using hashtag #sweetandsavorybyshinee. Your creations will be featured on the From Your Kitchen section on my blog.

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69 Responses to “Lemon French Macarons”

  1. Jessica — May 5, 2014 @ 11:15 pm (#)

    This looks SO delicious!! I’ve never made my own macarons (or even dreamt I would) but I love lemon macarons so much and you just made it look so easy. Now I HAVE TO try! thanks for sharing!

    • Shinee — May 6, 2014 @ 11:40 am (#)

      Jessica, you should definitely make these! I’m obsessed. They’re really not that hard to make, and the reward is the best!

  2. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — May 6, 2014 @ 11:04 am (#)

    Beautiful! Love the lemon! I’ve been too intimidated to try making them at home but maybe when equipped with your video tutorial, it’ll be a success!

    • Shinee — May 6, 2014 @ 11:43 am (#)

      Thank you, Lindsey! I hope my video is helpful. No reason to be intimidated, the macarons are too good to pass!

  3. dina — May 6, 2014 @ 12:03 pm (#)

    they look lovely!

    • Shinee — May 6, 2014 @ 4:02 pm (#)

      Thank you, Dina!

  4. Jan — May 9, 2014 @ 12:08 am (#)

    Will definitely try it out. All the while I thought it was a difficult task but with your video, it’s sure going to be simple. Tks for sharing.

  5. Jan — May 9, 2014 @ 12:09 am (#)

    apologies, typo error in my email add. it should read as jan.chau@bauerfe.com

    • Shinee — May 9, 2014 @ 7:55 pm (#)

      Hi, Jan! I’m glad you found my video helpful! It’s really not that difficult. Good Luck!

  6. andrea — May 14, 2014 @ 5:56 pm (#)

    What do you mean by “fine sugar”? Am I using regular white sugar or powdered??
    Thank you!

    • Shinee — May 14, 2014 @ 6:15 pm (#)

      Hi, Andrea. Sorry for confusion, it’s white granulated sugar with smaller granules. You can substitute with regular sugar. The only thing is fine granulated sugar dissolved faster.

  7. Becca from ItsYummi! — May 18, 2014 @ 8:48 am (#)

    Shinee, your macarons are beautiful! I’ve got baking macarons on my culinary bucket list, but I’m SO afraid of screwing up the process! Your video will come in so handy :) Pinned and Stumbled this post for later use!

    • Shinee — May 18, 2014 @ 10:07 am (#)

      Becca, thank you so much! Im glad that you found my video helpful! I think the folding technique is the most important and the rest is pretty easy. Good Luck! :)

  8. Christina — May 29, 2014 @ 6:33 am (#)

    If I refrained from frosting these bad boys, do you think I could freeze them successfully for a later date?

    • Shinee — May 29, 2014 @ 8:06 am (#)

      Hmm, I never froze macarons, so I have no idea. Sorry, Christina.

      • Christine — June 27, 2014 @ 7:46 am (#)

        Freezing works perfectly! Like you say, with a buttercream filling it is better to freeze the shells by themselves. With a chocolate ganache or jam filling, you can complete the macarons and freeze them. 15min in the fridge, and they are ready to be served again. Check out my macaron blog for more tips: en.1001makron.com :)

        • Shinee — June 27, 2014 @ 8:40 am (#)

          Awesome tips, Christine! Thank you so much for letting us know about freezing! :)

  9. Elephantsun — June 24, 2014 @ 2:58 am (#)

    can i replace heavy cream with whipped cream and how to make the lemon zest?

    • Shinee — June 25, 2014 @ 9:45 am (#)

      Hmm, I’ve never tried using whipped cream, but you can use heavy whipping cream though. To make lemon zest, just grate the lemon on the small grater, or zester.

  10. Melanie — July 10, 2014 @ 2:49 am (#)

    My second ever attempt at macarons…they look amazing! Thank you so much for this recipe, instructions were perfect and I can’t believe how fantastic they look. Not to mention, taste great :)

    • Shinee — July 10, 2014 @ 8:22 am (#)

      Melanie, I’m so happy for you! I love these lemon macarons, and I’m glad you had success with my recipe! Thank you for your feedback as well. It made my day!

  11. Candra — July 19, 2014 @ 5:51 pm (#)

    I’m having trouble keeping macarons yellow.. I tried first with a few drops, then they turned brown. I tried a second batch, uses extra food coloring and they are still brown.. They are not over cooked at all so I’m so confused.. I make perfect pink macarons all the time.. Any idea what I’m doing wrong? The only difference is I use a yellow gel food coloring vs the red liquid coloring.. Did you use gel coloring for this reciepe? Thanks!!!

    • Shinee — July 21, 2014 @ 8:03 pm (#)

      That’s really weird, Candra! I have no idea what causes that. I also use gel food coloring. I even tried liquid food coloring, but it didn’t turn out perfect.

  12. Carire — September 28, 2014 @ 9:02 am (#)

    As a first timer, I have a few questions. Can I make macarons using a hand held electric mixer or is the KitchenAid mixer really the only way to mix it to get the best consistency? I’ve read that the egg whites must be aged, does your recipe call for that? Lastly, where can I purchase the square slotted macaron dish you have pictured above? Thank you for your help. I look forward to trying this recipe.

    • Shinee — September 28, 2014 @ 9:53 am (#)

      Hi, Carire! Yes, you can use handheld mixer. In fact, I’ve made my very first macarons with handheld mixer. It’s a little challenging to add the sugar with one hand and hold the mixer with another, but it’s possible. I’d advise to place a rag under the bowl, so that the bowl won’t move while you’re trying to whip the egg whites with one hand. :)
      As far as aged eggs, it never made any difference for me. I get farm fresh eggs from my MIL, and I’ve never had any problem. Just make sure they are at room temperature.
      I got that slotted dish from a thrift store. On the bottom of the dish, it says Indoor Outfitters/ Over and Back Inc. Not sure if it’ll help.
      Good luck with macarons and let me know how they turn out!

  13. Carire — September 28, 2014 @ 10:48 pm (#)

    Thank you so much for your help. I’ll be sure to let you know how they turn out. Hopefully, I’ll have a good report.

  14. Angie — October 12, 2014 @ 7:15 am (#)

    hi,love this, thanks for sharing…. Can you please tell me, when you said it yealds 28, does this meen 28 sandwitched macoroons or individual macorons? Thanks a million.

    • Shinee — October 12, 2014 @ 10:22 am (#)

      Hi, Angie. You will get about 28 sandwiched macarons, 56-60 individual cookies.

      • angie — October 12, 2014 @ 2:02 pm (#)

        Thank you very much. Have a good one. 😉

  15. Heidi — January 4, 2015 @ 3:54 pm (#)

    Love this recipe! My first batch wasn’t pretty so I order a mat to help me make uniformed cookies. Just set out to make my second batch and boy does the sifting part really make you want to give up.
    Any suggestions on making the sifting part easier?

    Thanks for sharing!

    Heidi

    • Shinee — January 4, 2015 @ 8:04 pm (#)

      Hi, Heidi. Yeah, sifting multiple times is annoying, isn’t it? I totally hear ya. What kind of sifter do you use? I use this one and it makes the process a lot easier. Hope you’re enjoying your macarons. :)

  16. Sarah — February 1, 2015 @ 2:19 pm (#)

    Can you replace the lemon flavor with other things? If so, how much would I need?

  17. Camilleq — February 24, 2015 @ 12:09 pm (#)

    About how many does this recipe make ? And do you have any more flavor recipes? Very excited to attempt these! 

    • Shinee — February 24, 2015 @ 4:57 pm (#)

      Hi, Camilleq. This recipe makes about 28 macarons (or 56 shells). Yes, I have 3 other flavors. Here are all my french macaron recipes.

  18. Wan Ting — February 28, 2015 @ 11:55 pm (#)

    I failed it… why?
    first time i’m bake it nicely but the second time i failed it..
    i used the same ingrediants and method..

    • Shinee — March 1, 2015 @ 1:08 pm (#)

      Hi, Wan. So sorry to hear that, but macarons are quite temperamental. Even the smallest things affect the final result. Without knowing how your macarons failed, I can’t really chime in with advise.

  19. Nadia B — March 10, 2015 @ 3:10 am (#)

    Hello,

    Your recipe looks amazing! I would like to try it out, but my cousin is allergic to all types of nuts. Is there a substitution for the almond flour? Such as baking flour? 

    Thank you :)

    • Shinee — March 10, 2015 @ 10:21 am (#)

      Hi Nadia! Unfortunately, there is no substitution for almond flour here. The whole point of macarons is using a nut-flour, the regular flour just won’t create the texture, flavors and characteristics of macarons. Sorry.

  20. Maya — March 12, 2015 @ 4:04 pm (#)

    Love this recipe! Made it at school and turned out great! Although the yellow food gel didn’t really work would it still be okay to use food coloring drops?

    • Shinee — March 12, 2015 @ 9:27 pm (#)

      That’s awesome, Maya! Thanks for reporting back. :) I’m sure liquid food coloring will work. I always use gel ones without any problem though.

  21. Kristi — March 14, 2015 @ 1:37 am (#)

    Can you replace the heavy cream with regular whole milk for the filling? 

    • Shinee — March 14, 2015 @ 8:01 pm (#)

      Sure, just add 1 teaspoon of milk.

  22. tina — March 22, 2015 @ 4:38 pm (#)

    Mine came out chewy.does that mean I didn’t cook them long enough or did I mix it too much?

    • Shinee — March 22, 2015 @ 11:41 pm (#)

      Hmm, yeah, it might be due to undertaking them. I don’t think it’s due to mixing too much, unless you had other issues like hollow shells, etc.

  23. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life — March 24, 2015 @ 11:25 pm (#)

    That lemon buttercream sounds amazing!! Actually your whole recipe looks fantastic! And your photos are just stunning! Pinning…at some point I will get the nerve up to try these…I know they are tempermental. 

  24. Viktoria — March 28, 2015 @ 7:59 am (#)

    Hi Shinee!

    I stopped by to say special thank you for your wonderful recipe and tutorial. My macaroons came out better than I expected! Now after I discovered that I can do it, I am going to experiment more with different flour, flavors and fillings! :-)

    • Shinee — March 28, 2015 @ 8:35 pm (#)

      Viktoria, I saw your beautiful macarons. They turned out perfect! I’m so glad that you gave my recipe a try. I have a few other flavors, if you want to try more. Have fun!

  25. Kelsey — May 1, 2015 @ 2:50 pm (#)

    Hi Shinee! I’m just wondering, do you think I could use this exact recipe but substitute the lemon juice/ zest for lime?? Thanks! :)

    • Shinee — May 2, 2015 @ 8:00 am (#)

      Yes, you can, Kelsey. Have fun!

  26. Colleen — May 12, 2015 @ 12:49 pm (#)

    I had my first go at macaroons today and these came great! I only wish the made recipe made more. I’m really fighting the urge to eat then ask right now!

    • Shinee — May 13, 2015 @ 10:43 am (#)

      That’s awesome to hear, Colleen! If you took a photo, I’d love to see it. :) You can e-mail it to me, or share on Instagram with hashtag #sweetandsavorybyshinee. Thank you for trying my recipe!

  27. lina — May 14, 2015 @ 7:18 am (#)

    hi for the sugar, do we use icing sugar?

    • Shinee — May 14, 2015 @ 10:28 am (#)

      Nope, just regular granulated sugar.

  28. Janet — May 15, 2015 @ 9:33 pm (#)

    My niece is getting married in September and wants these french macrons for her shower in July. We have a long weekend in Canada this wknd so I will try and try until I get this recipe right over the 3-day weekend. I may go through a lot of almond flour and icing sugar but practice makes perfect. Like so many others who commented I, too, am intimidated a bit but it will be a good challenge for myself. Thank you for sharing. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

    • Shinee — May 16, 2015 @ 11:18 am (#)

      You’re so right, Janet! Practice makes perfect. Have fun baking, and let me know how it goes. Fingers crossed. :)

  29. Stephanie L. — May 17, 2015 @ 2:43 pm (#)

    i can’t wait to practice this recipe for a bridal shower i’m throwing!  one question….where did you purchase the serving tray that’s in the first photograph? 

    • Shinee — May 17, 2015 @ 8:34 pm (#)

      Hi, Stephanie, I’m so excited for you to make these macarons. I got that dish from a thrift store. On the bottom of the dish, it says Indoor Outfitters/ Over and Back Inc. Maybe try googling it and see if you can find it online.

  30. Emily — May 24, 2015 @ 10:18 pm (#)

    They turned out absolutely marvelous! One of the best macaron recipe I’ve come across, thank you.

    • Shinee — May 25, 2015 @ 11:10 am (#)

      Aww, thank you so much, Emily! I’m happy you loved them. :)

  31. Kenzi — May 31, 2015 @ 1:58 pm (#)

    Hi!

    I made the shells yesterday and will be serving them tomorrow evening.  Is it okay if I go ahead a put the frosting in them?  

    I’m really excited about these little sunshine beauties, I’m going to be serving them with lavender iced lattes.  It’s hot in Texas! 

    • Shinee — May 31, 2015 @ 5:37 pm (#)

      That sounds awesome, Kenzi! Yes, go ahead and frost them and store in the fridge. It’s actually better the next day, as the flavors from filling will soak into the shells. :) Enjoy! And if you have a photo, I’d love to see it.

  32. Tha P — June 1, 2015 @ 11:30 pm (#)

    Hi, I have a silly question, maybe, when you are making multiple batches, do you use a new sheet of parchment paper for each batch? or do you reuse them until you are done baking all of the macarons? I trippled your recipe (whipped each one separately) and my first one worked great! all of the macarons came out “feetly” fine…. but the second one …. :(:(:(:( they have no feet :(:(:(:(:( i cant think of any other reason why they wouldn;t work :(  

  33. Olivia — June 10, 2015 @ 2:18 pm (#)

    I’m 11, and I made these for my mother’s birthday. They were a big hit! I overcooked the shells a little, but I think I like them that way. I also added more lemon to the filling. Anyway, they turned out really great. Thank you so much for the recipe. I would send a photo, but they were gone before I could take a pic!

    • Shinee — June 10, 2015 @ 7:29 pm (#)

      Olivia, thank you so much for your comment! I’m so glad your macarons were a hit, and what an amazing gift for your mom!

  34. Jules — June 21, 2015 @ 7:29 pm (#)

    Beautiful web site, terrific recipes, very nicely done. So glad I just found your site. I especially like the idea for the cream cheese, jalapeno won tons, can’t wait to try those. I love won tons!!! Here in Oregon a restaurant I used to frequent makes spinach, feta cheese won tons, served with a gourmet mustard dip, those are also quite nice. Just wanted to take a moment, to mention what a terrific site you’ve got here…., I’ll be back!!

    • Shinee — June 22, 2015 @ 7:03 am (#)

      Aww, thank you so much for your kind words, Jules! Those cream cheese wontons are my favorite! Thanks for stopping by!

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