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White Chocolate Raspberry Macarons

These white chocolate raspberry macarons are bursting with fresh juicy raspberry flavor through and through. Macaron shells are flavored with freeze-dried raspberries, and white chocolate raspberry buttercream filling turns this sweet dessert into a heavenly one.

Easy to follow, detailed, step-by-step recipe for white chocolate raspberry macarons. You'll love biting into these heavenly treats bursting with flavor! #frenchmacaron #macarontutorial #raspberrymacarons #macarons

Out of all the macaron flavors I’ve made over the years, I think these raspberry macarons are THE BEST! I mean, they burst with juicy raspberry flavor through and through!

Instead of messing the batter with fresh juicy raspberries, which will clearly add too much moisture into the delicate batter, I opted for freeze-dried raspberries instead.

And note, we’re not talking about regular dehydrated raspberries here. Freeze-dried raspberries are different!

Easy to follow, detailed, step-by-step recipe for white chocolate raspberry macarons. You'll love biting into these heavenly treats bursting with flavor! #frenchmacaron #macarontutorial #raspberrymacarons #macarons

What’s freeze-dried raspberries? And how they are different from regular dehydrated raspberries?

Freeze-dried raspberries are raspberries that were quickly frozen and then slowly heated in a vacuum chamber, drying the fruits by evaporating ice before it turns into water. The end result is beautiful dried berries in its original shape and color, that’s feather-light. Dehydrated raspberries are berries that were dried by evaporating moisture through heating process, which yields withered and harder berries.

Freeze-dried raspberries are secret to perfectly flavorful white chocolate raspberry macarons. #frenchmacaron #macarontutorial #raspberrymacarons #macarons

Now to use these beautiful freeze-dried raspberries, we’ll need to crush them into fine powder by processing them in a food processor, or with a rolling pin. I included the directions in the recipe below. I find that this raspberry powder has lots of seeds, so I go extra mile and sift them through a sieve to remove those seeds.

A few tips on how to make sturdy French meringue:

  • Make sure all the utensils for beating egg whites are completely grease-free. Just a touch of oil has power of ruining your meringue. Some advise to wipe the bowl and whisk with vinegar, but I don’t really bother with that. Just washing and drying with a clean towel does the trick for me.
  • Be careful not to include even the smallest drop of egg yolk in the egg whites. Egg yolk=oil. See the above note.
  • Don’t beat the egg whites on high speed right away. Instead start on medium low speed then slowly increase the speed for sturdy meringue.
  • It’s best to add food coloring when the meringue reaches soft peaks. I highly recommend avoiding liquid food coloring, because it adds more liquid. Gel and powder food colorings are your best bet!
  • And it’s crucial to stop beating the meringue as soon as it reaches stiff (hard) peaks. Because over-mixed meringue is #1 reason for hollow macaron shells. You know your meringue reached hard peaks when you lift the beaters, the meringue holds its shape pointing up without drooping.

How to whip perfect french meringue for macarons. #frenchmacaron #macarontutorial #raspberrymacarons #macarons

Easy to follow, detailed, step-by-step recipe for white chocolate raspberry macarons. You'll love biting into these heavenly treats bursting with flavor! #frenchmacaron #macarontutorial #raspberrymacarons #macarons

Easy to follow, detailed, step-by-step recipe for white chocolate raspberry macarons. You'll love biting into these heavenly treats bursting with flavor! #frenchmacaron #macarontutorial #raspberrymacarons #macarons

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White Chocolate Raspberry Macarons

These white chocolate raspberry macarons are bursting with fresh juicy raspberry flavor through and through. Macaron shells are flavored with freeze-dried raspberries, and white chocolate raspberry buttercream filling turns this sweet dessert into a heavenly one.

Yield: 23-25 filled macarons


For raspberry macaron shells:
  • ½ cup (10gr) freeze-dried raspberries (Yields about 3 tablespoons of powdered raspberries)
  • 1 cup (100gr) almond flour
  • 3/4 cup (100gr) powdered sugar
  • 70gr egg whites
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar, optional
  • ¼ cup (50gr) sugar
  • Red gel food coloring
For white chocolate raspberry buttercream:
  • 1/3 cup (80gr) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup (50gr) powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup (60gr) white chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon (5gr) freeze dried raspberry powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt

For dipping:

  • ½ cup white chocolate chips


  1. To make macaron shells, place the freeze-dried raspberries for both shells and filling in a ziplock bag and roll with a rolling pin until fine powder. (Alternatively, you can place freeze-dried raspberries between two sheets of parchment paper and crush them with a rolling pin.)
  2. Sift the crushed raspberries through fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together almond flour, powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons of powdered raspberries. (Reserve 1 tablespoon of raspberry powder for the filling.) Sift everything one more time and set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl with whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium speed until foamy.
  5. Add cream of tartar and continue to beat. (Cream of tartar is optional, and is added to stabilize the egg whites.)
  6. Slowly add sugar one tablespoon at a time. Increase the speed to medium high and beat until hard peaks form.
  7. Add food coloring and beat on medium speed for one more minute.
  8. 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. Again do NOT mix again at this point. But 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.
  9. Transfer the batter into a pastry bag with a round tip. (I used this Wilton 1A plain round tip.)
  10. Pipe out 1-inch rounds about an inch apart on two baking sheets lined with parchment paper. You’ll get about 46-50 shells.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C).
  14. Bake the macarons for 18-20 minutes. To check the doneness, remove one macaron. If the bottom does not stick, they are done.
  15. Transfer to wire rack to cool for 15 minutes, and then carefully remove from the baking sheets.
  16. To make the filling, in a mixing bowl with whisk attachment, beat the butter and powdered sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  17. Melt the white chocolate chips in microwave according to package directions. (I microwaved mine for 1.5 minutes at 50% power. Stirred and microwaved for another 30 seconds at 50% power. Stirred again and microwaved for 15 seconds at 50% power.)
  18. Add the melted white chocolate, raspberry powder, lemon juice and pinch of salt to the whipped butter mixture. Beat until the filling is smooth and well combined.
  19. Transfer the buttercream into a pastry bag and fill the macarons.
  20. To make white chocolate coating, melt white chocolate in microwave as described above. Dip macarons half way and place on a wire rack. If desired, sprinkle more raspberry powder.
  21. Macarons are best when served the next day. 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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  1. So I tried these and the first batch was a fail. Like many of the others I ended up with a very stiff paste like batter. However…..I was determined. So I troubleshot and tried a second time. I decreased the amount of raspberry powder to 5 grams and increased the egg whites to 72 grams. I also added a fourth tsp raspberry extract. Worked beautifully and had great flavor. I oive the challenge of macarons and appreciate your recipes!!

    Rating: 5
  2. Tried these today because I love the red velvet ones.  I had some trouble. I used Trader Joe’s freeze dried and used rolling pin to crush.  The batter had a nice consistency when folding so I piped them out and beat the pan a few times. Let them dry so they had a nice skin. However they cracked and didn’t have good feet. I know it was user error but can’t figure it out. 

    Rating: 3
    • Hi, Melanie. Thank you for your feedback. So this one is SO tricky with freeze-dried raspberries, and I didn’t realize this until people started making this recipe. My suspicion is that it’s a lot to do with the humidity. I have no problem with it and I live in a relatively dry climate. Couple questions for you to troubleshoot:
      1. Did you crush the freeze-dried raspberries right before sifting? And did you make the batter right away? Or did you crush the berries/ prepare the dry ingredients in advance?
      2. Did your shells have soft wrinkly top? Or just cracked and no feed, but with nice hard crust?


  3. Agree with others. I was so excited to use this recipe and something isn’t right. I thought it was me,but, tried it two days back to back and each time no feet, dark brown, and all cracked. I weighed the ingredients every time. Before attempting the second time, I even watched the video you recommended and then read the tips. Still the second batch was terrible. Luckily they were only a garnish to my cupcakes, but, would not recommend someone make these having wasted the ingredients and time. 

    Rating: 1
    • Hi, Jake. I appreciate your feedback. I’d love to troubleshoot the issue, if you’d like. What brand of freeze-dried raspberries did you use? And how and when did you crush it? How was the consistency of the batter? From your description, your macarons came out dark brown, which leads me to suspect your oven may run hotter? Hope to hear back from you.

  4. Excellent recipe! Thank you for the precise instructions and for creating such a carefully written and tested recipe. My kids and I made these today and they turned out beautifully.

    Rating: 5
  5. Unfortunately, as others have commented, this was not a great recipe. I had a similar cement like paste (even after making sight variations three different times). I love the raspberry/white chocolate combo, but I’ll need a better base macaron recipe.

    Rating: 1
    • Such a bummer!! These raspberry macaron shells are truly the most flavorful shells I’ve ever made. I’d really appreciate if you could provide some more details, so I can try to recreate the issue and help to troubleshoot it. What kind of freeze-dried raspberries did you use? And how how did you turn it into a powder? With a rolling pin, or a food processor? Also how much in advance did you prepare the raspberry powder? And one last question, is it super humid in your area?

  6. I see that this recipe has gotten some flak… so wanted to pop in and say I had no issues! And that’s coming from someone who has only just gotten into baking and had no idea how to make a macaron before this. I had no issues with the thickness when I followed the recipe. It does take a while, but I think the end result is worth it! Great recipe!

    Rating: 5
    • Melanie, thank you SO much for your feedback! I’ve been so bummed that many have so much trouble, but it’s really good to hear that yours turned out great! Thank you again!

  7. I made these (but used the buttercream filling recipe from the strawberry macarons, as I didn’t have any white chocolate on hand) and they turned out great! I didn’t use any food coloring, and the raspberry powder itself was enough to tint them a very pretty pastel pink. I loved that the raspberry flavor came through so strongly!

    Rating: 5
    • Ah, Heather, you can’t imagine how happy I’m to read your feedback. Lots of people have no luck with this recipe, which makes me so sad, because the flavors are SO good! And I’m beyond excited that you made these beauties successfully. Thank you again for your feedback!

  8. this is literally the worst recipe i have ever attempted. the proportions are wack and the batter is like cement. whoever tested and retested this recipe must’ve been absolutely drunk or cracked out. highly disappointed.

    Rating: 1
    • Boy, I sure hope you’re not this rude in person, Sarah! And I don’t know if you realize or not, but there’s a real human behind the screen. That being said, I understand the level of frustration failed macarons can cause. Believe me, I’ve been there. Now, if you haven’t been so RUDE, I’d have loved to help you troubleshoot the issue. 🙁

    • Your comment is really uncalled for Sarah. Maybe you should actually look at what you did wrong instead of blaming the creator of this recipe because apparently other people had no trouble making these macarons. I hope whatever caused your misery and unhappiness you deal with it instead of taking it on others.

  9. as others have said, the batter for these was far too thick. ended up adding a little extra beaten egg white (as per advice on the internet) in an attempt to loosen the batter, which seemed to work, but the macarons ended up flat as pancakes – no doubt because i’d overmixed it trying to get the batter to the right consistency. i’ve only made macarons once before so i don’t have a lot of experience, but they worked pretty well with the other recipe i used and i could tell the batter was not right with these. not sure what the problem was but it seemed like the proportions of dry ingredients was too much and they could have done with more egg whites from the start?

    Rating: 1
    • Hi, Ryan. Thank you for your feedback. Sorry yours didn’t turn out. The ratio is correct, it’s basically same as my basic macaron recipe. However, in this recipe the freeze-dried raspberry makes a huge difference. May I ask if you crushed your freeze-dried raspberries with a rolling pin, or in a food processor? Or did you use ready raspberry powder?

      • I crushed them with a rolling pin as suggested, and then sieved out the seeds.

      • The ratio is definitely off. Another recipe that I’ve had success with is 170g icing sugar, 160g almonds, 160g granulated sugar, and 4 eggs’ whites. Your recipe is working out to about 2.5 eggs’ whites. Although there’s correspondingly smaller amounts of sugar. I think the main issue is that it’s way too easy to lose moisture in the mixing process and you’re working with such small amounts that the recipe becomes really sensitive to that.

        I’d recommend increasing the size of the recipe and maybe going with a bit more egg than written.

        We followed the recipe exactly as written, and I’d say that the “concrete” comment is a bit off, but these are far too dry to turn out well. You’ll never get to the proper consistency folding this in.

  10. Hello! I love your lemon and red velvet macarons and plan on trying these this weekend. They look so pretty and I would love some guidance on how you decorated them—did you put the raspberry powder on the macarons prior to baking and then again after dipping into the white chocolate or just after the white chocolate? Thank you!

    • Hi, Christina. I’ve done it both ways. But I don’t recommend dusting the raspberry powder before baking, because they turn dark brown during baking. For beautiful bright decoration, dust raspberry powder over dipped macarons.

  11. I’ve had moderate success with your lemon macaron recipe (great flavor in those), but these came out as chewy cookies – never developed feet or became the typical light and airy macaron shell. The batter never flowed super smoothly off my spatula in the macaronage stage, but I was worried about overmixing, so I went ahead and piped them onto cookie sheets . Not sure where I went wrong. I carefully weighed all the ingredients, and used the same methods at each stage that I’ve tried with other macaron recipes (including your lemon one).

    Rating: 2
    • Hi, Page. Sorry you had trouble with this one. Quick question. How did you prepare your freeze-dried raspberries? Did you use a rolling pin to crush it, or used a food processor? And was the raspberry powder kind of sticky? I had a reader commented that when she used a food processor to crush the berries, they came out slightly sticky and the batter was thick. After she tried again with manually crushed berries, it turned out much better.

      • I did use a food processor to crush them. I will try manually next time.

        • Thanks for letting me know, Paige. I’ll update the post to recommend not to use food processor. And please let me know if you try it this recipe again with manually crushed berries.

  12. 1) I love the your idea of using freeze dried raspberries! I made them today and they turned out well. 2) One way to get inexpensive almond flour is grind it yourself with a spice grinder. I used my electric Cuisinart Spice and Nut Grinder (costs about $36 on Amazon) today to grind the almonds into flour, and it turned out beautifully fine and fluffy. Much better than using my food processor, which made more of an almond meal when I tried it on my previous batch. 3) To figure out the exact right amount of mixing, I spooned some batter onto my parchment paper at a few different points when I knew the batter was not quite mixed enough. It was interesting to see how the batter behaved then (the bumps did not sink into the rest) and how it looked after baking. It was a fun bit of experimentation! Now I feel more confident about how exactly the batter should look – I can see why learning this in person is a big help. 4) I thank you for all your tips, instructions and recipes!!!

  13. I’m no Martha Stewart but I’ve made a few batches of macarons before and never have they turned out quite as bad as these. The batter, as good as it tasted was thicker than concrete no matter how much I mixed it. After struggling for at least 20 minutes a gave up and started piping, only for the piping bag to literally explode because of how hard I had to squeeze to get it out. I ending up shaping them into small balls, plopping them on a tray, and hoping for the best. I’ve followed other recipes of yours, including other macaron recipes and needless to say, I am disappointed.

    Rating: 1
  14. How should i measure egg white

  15. Its looking so pretty and testy

    Rating: 5
  16. Hi,
    Do these require 3 tbsp of raspberry powder in addition to 1 tbsp for the filling? The ingredients list only requires 3 tbsp but the directions for the shells say to use 3 tbsp of powder for the shells and 1 tbsp for the filling. Which in total would be 4 tbsp

  17. I tried making these, macarons, and followed the recipe exactly but i think there was a mistake with the egg whites. I added 70 grams but after trying to fold it for 5 minutes straight i noticed it was waaaay too thick. If you make this recipe i would recommend adding another egg white. Mine turned out wrinkly and had no feet at all. I have quite a bit of experience with macarons to know that the recipe was not right. Flavor was there, but they did not look the best/

    Rating: 2
    • Hi, Mina. This recipe has been very carefully tested and retested multiple times. And 70gr of egg whites is the correct amount. How did you measure the dry ingredients, Mina? It does sound like your macarons had excess moisture issue, which yields soft wrinkly shells.

  18. Hi,
    These look great! Could I make these with freeze dried strawberries instead (and keep all other ingredients/quantities the same)?

  19. Finally made these today and OMG, I agree these are the best tasting Macarons ever!!!  The freezedried raspberry powder made the perfect addition and the white chocolate filling and dip was the perfect compliment.  I will be making these again

    Rating: 5