Macaron Recipes

I love macarons! They are gluten free, yummy, come in tons of varieties, and are just plain gorgeous. Last year when I was in NYC, I made sure to stop at Bouchon Bakery and sample several.

(Below is a picture of my friend Kathleeen showing off her seamstress work on her dress while holding some lovely macarons.)

However, if you’ve ever purchased macarons, then you know they’re not cheap!

Laduree, perhaps the most famous macaron makers, are also the most expensive. (FYI, they recently opened a store on Madison Ave in NYC.) One macaron will set you back at least $5.


via Colorful Daydream

So if macarons are so delicious but so expensive, why don’t we just do what we always do? Mmmmm hmmmm. Let’s DIY some macarons!

I have rounded up some of the best macaron recipes for us to try. Now I hear that macarons can be fussy and difficult to make, but these ladies make it look easy! I’m hoping that with all of these great tutorials, I will be able to whip up a batch for Christmas.

Sparkly Vanilla Beach Macarons by Kevin and Amanda. Amanda offers lots of fantastic tips for macaron making and man does she ever make it look easy! A food scale is necessary in perfecting measurements for this recipe.

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picture by Kevin & Amanda

Assorted and Colorful Macarons for Christmas by Gourmet Baking. Bertha supplies a fantastic basic recipe and then gives several detailed recipes for delicious fillings.

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picture by Gourmet Baking

Pistachio Macarons by Tartelette. Helene from Tartelette actually has an entire ezine devoted to Demystifying Macarons. It’s an excellent guide for beginners like myself!

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picture by Tartelette

How to Make Macarons by Eat. Live. Travel. Write. She offers some great step by step photos and shares some other links to recipes she has tried.

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picture by Eat. Live. Travel. Write.

So how about you? Have you ever tried making macarons? Did they turn out? Have a favorite recipe to share? Talk to me!

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  1. aimee says

    My bff sent me some in the mail yesterday from my favorite shop in New Orleans, Sucre. I’m wanting to learn to make them for the same reasons…they are so expensive!! Thanks for putting this post together full of easy tutorials!

  2. Karen S. says

    I actually have made macaron’s, and I’ll tell you the most frustrating part: I tried multiple recipes, and each time, when I thought I was “onto something” that resembled success, I couldn’t duplicate it to make it successful a second time! But let me tell you, when you do have a batch that turns out, the feeling is so rewarding and the little treats are amazing. So, don’t give up! Try and try again! Even the experts will say that they’re tricky, but oh so worth it!!

  3. says

    I love them, too! It’s so nice to be able to grab a gf treat that’s pretty, too, at a bakery. They are a bit tricky to make, but even the ones that aren’t as pretty looking still taste amazing. Thanks for sharing all the tutorials.

  4. mombomommy says

    I have never even seen these before. They look simply amazing and flavor combinations seem almost endless. I will be trying my hand at these soon, thank you so much…may I ask, what is your favorite flavor combo?

  5. says

    I used to make delicious macarons using a recipe basically identical to Stella’s when I still had a Kitchen Aid mixer but have been afraid to try since I have changed over to a Bosch universal (older 3 speed model.) Oddly enough as much as I loved Kitchen Aid, well I burnt up several motors because it couldn’t handle the whole grain breads I make. And the Bosch isn’t so good with merengue (at least not that I’ve found.) But now I am determined more than ever to figure it out as macarons are one of my favorite cookies and no one local makes them. :(

    • Beth @A to Z says

      Good point Peggy. A good mixer can make all the difference in the world. Hmmmm. Let me know how it goes!

  6. Iszy says

    I just made my 4th attempt at macarons, and this is only the 2nd attempt to get to the oven, and my first doing it without my Mom in her big fancy pro-kitchen. I have tasty meringue/almond cookies, but they are NOT macarons – they didn’t grow their foot, and they didn’t get a smooth shiny top. They’re very chewy, too. For the life of me, I cannot figure out what I’m doing wrong – it’s not like I’m an inexperienced baker, I can normally whip out most fancy pastry and baked stuffs with little stress – but these buggers THESE BUGGERS!!! *arg*

    • Beth says

      I hear ya. So many factors seem to make them go wrong. I just keep buying mine but would love to master making them.

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