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Strawberry Macarons

These adorable little heart-shaped strawberry macarons are infused with strawberry flavor in every layer (no artificial flavoring)! So good, you wouldn't want to share!

These adorable little heart-shaped strawberry macarons are infused with strawberry flavor in every layer (no artificial flavoring)! So good, you wouldn’t want to share!

These adorable little heart-shaped strawberry macarons are infused with strawberry flavor in every layer (no artificial flavoring)! So good, you wouldn't want to share!

Have you ever had freeze-fried fruits?

They’re melt-in-your-mouth light and unbelievably intense in flavor! Unlike air dried fruits, they don’t really shrink in size, and they become ultra-light and crisp. I was first came to know them while traveling through Korea. I got a box of whole freeze-dried strawberries dipped in white chocolate at the Incheon airport. Yes, white chocolate! It was heavenly! I’ve savored each and every one of them like there’s no tomorrow.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything similar in the U.S., and living in a small town didn’t help at all.

One day I was shopping at our local health store, and imagine how excited I was to see a shelf full of freeze-dried fruits. Not the chocolate covered ones, but it didn’t matter. There were strawberries, raspberries, banana, kiwi, mango, you name it! I got them all!! Ok, I’m lying, I didn’t get freeze-dried kiwi. Don’t care for them much.

After inhaling my first round of purchase, I went back to the store and got more freeze-dried strawberries and made these beautiful macarons!! And guess what? You can find these freeze-dried strawberries on amazon.com! Duh, is there anything that you can’t find on amazon? Probably not!

Anyway, these macarons, my friend, are infused with strawberry flavor through and through. In the shell, in the buttercream and there is even strawberry jam hidden inside!!

These adorable little heart-shaped strawberry macarons are infused with strawberry flavor in every layer (no artificial flavoring)! So good, you wouldn't want to share!

Have you watched my video tutorial on how to make macarons? If not, watch it now and let’s bake these pretty heart-shaped strawberry macarons.

First, we’ll crush the freeze-dried strawberries into a fine powder. I used a rolling pin here, but pestle and mortar, or even coffee grinder will work too. Then sift the powdered strawberries (sounds so weird), almond flour and powdered sugar together couple times.

And the rest is the same as any other macaron recipe. Since I’ve written a comprehensive Macaron 101 for you already, I won’t go into details again here. Go ahead and read this post before you start making the macarons.

Strawberry macarons- step-by-step photo recipe

To make the heart shapes, I used smaller round piping tip than my regular A1 tip that I usually use for my macarons. It gave me more precision.

I also made this template to create the uniform size macarons. To make the heart shape, pipe the batter as if you’re drawing two hooks facing each other, tracing the template. I promise, it’s not as hard as it might seem. Trust me, I was a bit intimidated too. The macarons were little bit closer than I like it, but it worked just fine. Without the template, I wasn’t able to achieve the perfect heart shapes, so it’s definitely helpful. If you’re using this template, please be careful not to overbeat the macaron batter. Otherwise, it will get too runny and all the macarons will run into each other. Not what you’d want!

To assemble the macarons, we’ll pipe some strawberry buttercream with a drop of strawberry jam in the middle. A little sweet surprise, you know!

These adorable little heart-shaped strawberry macarons are infused with strawberry flavor in every layer (no artificial flavoring)! So good, you wouldn't want to share!

These adorable little heart-shaped strawberry macarons are infused with strawberry flavor in every layer (no artificial flavoring)! So good, you wouldn't want to share!

These beauties freeze really well. In fact, I’m enjoying one right now as I type this! So very good and cute!

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Strawberry Macarons

These adorable little heart-shaped strawberry macarons are infused with strawberry flavor in every layer (no artificial flavoring)! So good, you wouldn’t want to share!

Yield: About 25 filled macarons

Ingredients:

For macaron shells:

  • ½ cup (10gr) freeze-dried sliced strawberries (Yields about 3 tablespoons of powdered strawberries)
  • 1 cup (100gr) almond flour
  • 3/4 cup (100gr) powdered sugar
  • 2 large egg whites (about 70gr)
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¼ cup (50gr) sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Red gel food coloring

For filling:

  • 3 tablespoons (40gr) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup (100gr) powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons heavy (whipping) cream
  • 1 tablespoon strawberry jam, plus additional 2-3 tablespoons for the filling
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Place the freeze-dried strawberries between two sheets of parchment paper. Using a rolling pin, crush the strawberries into a fine powder. (Alternatively, you can use pestle and mortar, or coffee grinder.)
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together almond flour, powdered sugar and powdered strawberries twice. Set aside.
  3. 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 form. Add vanilla extract and red food coloring. Beat on medium speed for one more minute.
  4. Sift the almond flour 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. 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 about 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. This step is so crucial, so please make sure to test often to ensure not to over mix the batter.
  5. Transfer the batter into a pastry bag with a round tip. (I used this Wilton #12 plain round tip.)
  6. Place the template with hearts under the parchment paper on a baking sheet. Pipe the batter as if you’re drawing two hooks facing each other, tracing the template. You’ll get about 58 single shells on 2 baking sheets.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C).
  10. Bake the macarons for 18-20 minutes. To check the doneness, remove one macaron. If the bottom does not stick, they are done.
  11. Transfer to wire rack to cool for 15 minutes, and then carefully remove from the baking sheets.
  12. While macarons are drying, prepare the strawberry buttercream. In a mixing bowl with whisk attachment, beat the butter until fluffy. Add powdered sugar, heavy cream, strawberry jam, vanilla extract and salt and beat until well combined.
  13. Transfer the buttercream into a pastry bag and fill the macarons, leaving a small hole in the middle. Using a small spoon, drop a small amount of strawberry jam in the hole. Cover with the other shell and done!
  14. It’s best to serve macarons the next day.
  15. Store the filled macarons in airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze the filled macarons in airtight container for up to 5 months.

For additional tips and notes, read the post above.

For more tips and visual troubleshooting guide, check out this post.

You can now watch a full macaron tutorial video here

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43 comments

  1. none of the testing techniques worked but they came out with not a single cracked one but they were burnt because they kept sticking to the bottomm

  2. My macaroni shells are almost flat. What do you think I did wrong?

    • Hi, ZM. It’s really hard to tell the reason why they turned flat without any details. But this troubleshooting guide may give you some answers. If you still have questions, please give me more details and we can try to find the culprit.

      • Hmm….I might know why. When I was crushing the frozen strawberries, it wasn’t exactly a powder, it was more of this kinda juicy blob. Do you think that’s why? If it is, what can I do to fix it?

      • Ha! Yep thats it. I thought they would be the same. Are freeze-dried strawberries rare to find in a public store? Like, Walmart maybe? Or Sobeys? If I can find it there, then it would still be in the freezer aisles right?

  3. I had same problems as everyone above. No way that this makes 56 individual cookies. Just looking at the quantities, the batter is basically 330 grams divide that by 56 cookies that’s 5 grams a cookie. That’s a TINT freaking cookie. The batter was so thick it never thinned out. I think with some tweaks it has potential but as it stands this is it a good recipe at all. 

  4. Garbage. Gummy. Wrinkly. Nasty. I knew when I piped them it was way to thick. Get a job. You have no idea what is correct. 

    • This makes me really sad. Not because your macarons didn’t turn out well, but because how insulting and disrespectful you are. I just would like you to know that there’s a real person with real feelings behind this screen, reading this comment. And I’m not a robot.

      As for recipe, I can only say that there’re people who have tried this recipe with great success, some even shared photos, which you can find here. I receive e-mails from readers daily with photos and feedback, both positive and constructive. Macarons don’t always turn out great for one reason or another, so I have gotten e-mails from readers with questions and we’ve troubleshooted on multiple occasions. I totally understand your frustration though, because I’ve had my fair share of failures (and still do). But that’s never an excuse to insult someone. I wish the best!

  5. are macarons supposed to be dry and crunchy and also the recipe only yields about one dozen macarons filled not two.

    • Macarons have thin crispy shell and are chewy inside. As you can see in my step-by-step photo in the post above, I have more than 2 dozen macarons lined and being filled. And I can assure you I didn’t double the batch (I never double a batch of macarons!).

  6. I also got only about 10 macarons total assembled so about 20 shells piped. Otherwise it worked out perfectly.

    • How big were your macarons? Did you use my template? It’s very possible you’ve got 10 jumbo macs. My macarons are no bigger than 1.5 inches in diameter, so they’re little ones.

  7. Not sure if this has anything to do with Michelle’s trouble, but the recipe lists the almond flour as 1 cup and the powdered sugar as 3\4 cup, but each say 100 grams? Depending on which measurements were used, cup or grams, it seems like one may be incorrect and maybe yielded less-than-exciting macs? Can you clarify on this?

    • Hi, Jamye. The measurements are correct. The difference in measurements of those two ingredients is that not all dry ingredients of the same volume weigh the same. Powdered sugar has higher density, so it takes less volume to reach the same weight.

  8. Boo hoo!  I had such high hopes. I watched the video several times, thoroughly washed/dried utintils prior, weighed my ingredients and made sure they were at room temp, sifted 3 times, and checked and double checked everything!  The batter was thick and grainy. At 50-60 folds it was still very think. But, the more I folded it seemed to actually get thicker. And of course when I baked them they all cracked and had no feet. Also, it only yielded 21 (individual, not assembled). Where did I go wrong?! 🙁

    • Hi, Michelle. So sorry to hear yours didn’t turn out, but I hope you didn’t give up. It’s interesting that the batter got thicker as you folded. Never heard of that before. I’m curious what kind of almond flour did you use? And when you sifted the dry ingredients, you tossed the chucky almond flour bits, right? And the amount of batter you got completely make no sense to me. You said you weighed your egg whites, right? It seems like you may had less egg whites. So weird. I look forward to hearing back from you.

    • I had the same issue. Just keep getting thicker. Made 3 times and all 3 thick and grainy. I have better luck with another recipe I use. Pefection ever time.

  9. Hey just so people know, I live in Ohio, and I found freeze-dried strawberries at CVS for $2 a bag!!! However, the bags are only one oz. But I was happy to know that if I don’t have time o order them, I can find them there!

  10. I made macaron last night! However, at 15 mins the macaroons started browning  on the sides.  Should I lower the temperature?

    Thanks

  11. I have always wanted to try making macarons. These are beautiful. Thank you for linking up to The Creative Exchange. We will be featuring your project this week.
    xo,
    Laura

  12. Oh my goodness, Shinee! These are gorgeous, and my mouth is watering right now just looking at the pictures. The thought of making macarons intimidates me a little, but you completely nailed this. I really want to try making these. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  13. So cute!! Come by and link them up at #WelcomeHomeWednesday! Party opens at 7a CST on Wednesday.  Hope to see you there! 

  14. Shinee, these are PERFECT!!!! love!!

  15. They look pretty and yum for sure. I never tried macarons before but love to try it soon 🙂

  16. I haven’t yet tried macarons, but when I do, I am definitely going to do it Shinee-style, watching your videos and tips before I start. These strawberry lovelies are amazing and so are all your other macarons. 

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