Mardi Gras Lemon Filled Macaron Recipe

Mardi Gras Lemon Filled Macaron Recipe

Italian Macarons made with hot sugar syrup slowly drizzled into whipped egg whites to achieve its meringue. A candy thermometer  or a Thermapen to monitor the temperature of the sugar syrup is necessary in making these meringues.  Shells are colored by food gel, leaf green and violet. Lemon buttercream frosting and purchased lemon curd fill the cookies.

Macron Recipe Inspired by -Bouchon Bakery



212 grams(13/4 cups) almond flour-sifted

212 grams(13/4 cups) confectioner’s sugar, sifted

82 grams egg whites(1/4 cup + 1 1/2 tablespoons) room temperature

90 grams egg whites(1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons) room temperature

236 grams (1 – cup + 3 tablespoons) granulated sugar

158 grams (2/3 cup) water + pinch of sugar- 1/4 teaspoon

Lemon Buttercream Frosting

1/4 cup butter, softened

2 cups confectioner’s sugar

4 tablespoons whipping cream or half and half

1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1 drop yellow food gel

1/2 cup purchased lemon curd


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F convection or 375 F standard oven.
  2. Clean mixing bowl with white vinegar to ensure it is grease free before whipping egg whites.
  3. Trace circles onto baking parchment paper desired size- 1-1/4″ or use template
  4. Sift almond flour and confectioners sugar three times to remove lumps or nut pieces and place in large bowl,  make a well * in the flour mixture and add 82 grams egg whites. Mixture will be stiff and thick to make a paste.
  5. Divide the almond paste into two separate bowls. Add food gel- leaf green drops to one bowl and violet to remaining. Stir to blend.  Do not add flavoring.
  6. In large stand mixing bowl with whisk attachment, add 90grams egg whites and beat on low speed until eggs are frothy.
  7. In large saucepan mix water and sugar over medium-high heat until the syrup reaches 205 degrees.  Let syrup continue to cook while you whip the egg whites.
  8. Add a pinch of sugar to the egg whites and beat until soft peaks form. Check on syrup, when it reaches 248 F, remove pan from heat.
  9. Gently pour the hot syrup down the side of mixing bowl while whipping egg whites on low speed.  Meringue will deflate, increase speed to medium and whip for 5 minutes or until the whites hold stiff glossy peaks.  Meringue should have cooled down even though the bowl may be warm, continue to beat whites until cool.
  10. Divide whipped meringue in half between two bowls of colored almond paste. Fold meringue into almond mixture into the meringue a little at the time until mixture maintains a ribbon shape, like a figure 8, when batter is lifted from the spatula or folding spoon.  Ribbon means the batter will fold over on itself with a steady stream not to thick and not to thin.  It should have movement but not thin.  It’s better to have a thicker batter than too thin. (If you stir the mixture and not fold, you will ruin the batter and if you over- fold the batter it will be too thin to make perfect macarons.) 
  11. Transfer meringue into pastry bag with 1/2″ tip.  Hold bag upright and pipe in the center of the macaron template.
  12. After piping all macarons, tap or bang the baking pan a couple of times on your counter to remove air bubbles/pockets.  Hopefully any dimples or peaks will level out.  Don’t use your finger with water for during baking this area will rise and buckle.
  13. Bake 9 minutes for convection oven at 350 or bake 9-12 minutes for standard oven.  Feet will form during baking. If you don’t get feet the oven may not have been hot enough. Set pan on cooling rack to cool.
  14. Pipe remaining meringues and bake then cool completely.
  15. Match shells as to sandwich together to get same size lined up.  Fill with selected filling.  Wrap and freeze for up to 2 weeks.  Thaw before serving.

Frosting Instructions:

In medium mixing bowl, whip butter and add confectioners sugar, half and half.  Beat to mix throughly.  Add lemon juice and food gel, stir to blend.  Add more confectioner’s sugar if needed to make a smooth frosting.

Fill 2 piping bags with round tips.  Fill one bag with lemon curd and the other with lemon buttercream.  Pipe lemon curd in center of one cookie  then pipe a buttercream around the lemon curd and edge of cookie.  Sandwich cookies.


  1. You will need a candy thermometer or a Thermapen, pastry bags with 1/2″ round plain tip for meringues and 3/8″ tip for filling.
  2. Bake in convection oven if possible and on a shiny baking sheet. Standard oven may cause specks in the tops of the macaron, sifting flours three times will also help avoid the speckles.
  3. If using a standard oven after baking first batch, preheat the oven again to 350.
  4. Age egg whites 24 hours in covered container and refrigerate, bring to  room temperature before making macarons.

Keywords: Macarons