Lavender Lemon Macarons

Lavender Lemon Macarons – Lavender macaron shells with a touch of lemon filled with a light lemon honey filling.  An elegant dessert that tastes incredible!

These macarons might just be my favorite dessert I have made this summer! The combination of flavors is so perfect! I think lavender and lemon are perfect together plus adding a touch of honey takes it to a whole new level! I ended up making a double batch of them because they were so tasty!


I think that macarons are worth the difficultly to make.  It is so easy to mess them up but when you have a good macaron that has the perfect amount of crunch on the outside and lightness on the inside, they are heavenly.

If you love these macarons, make sure to check out my Red Wine Macarons and Lavender Lemon Earl Grey Ice Cream!

Lavender Lemon Macarons with Lemon Honey Buttercream Filling

Ingredients

Lavender Lemon Macaron Shells

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp lavender extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Purple gel food coloring (optional)

Lemon Honey Buttercream

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • Yellow gel food coloring (optional)

Other:

  • 2 large pastry bags
  • Extra large piping tip
  • Medium piping tip

Directions

  1. Into a medium bowl, sift almond flour and confectioners’ sugar thoroughly twice.
  2. In a large stand mixer bowl with a whisk attachment, add in egg whites and mix until frothy.  Slowly add in granulated sugar and cream of tartar.  Whip until there are hard peaks.  Add in lavender extract, lemon juice, and lemon zest.  Continue to mix on low until combined.  The amount of purple food coloring you use is up to you and how deep you want the color to be!
  3. Sift in the almond flour and confectioners’ sugar mixture to the egg white mixture.  Use a spatula to fold in the almond flour/confectioners’ sugar.  Continue to do this until well combined but DO NOT OVER MIX.  To test, drop batter and and if the edges still appear after 10 seconds, then mix a bit more and try again.  If the edges do not appear, then the batter is ready to go.
  4. Transfer batter into a pastry bag with the extra large piping tip.
  5. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, pipe out 1.5 inch rounds.  They should be at least 1.5 inches away from each other.
  6. Tap baking sheet a few times to a hard surface to pop any bubbles inside to macarons to avoid cracking in the oven.
  7. Let the macarons dry for 20-30 minutes before baking.
  8. Heat the oven to 300°F and then bake for 17-19 minutes.  The macarons are done when you can easily remove one of the tray.
  9. Let cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to continue cooling.
  10. While the macarons are cooling, start on the filling.  In a large bowl, whip butter using a mixer.  Add in the powdered sugar, salted butter, honey, lemon, and food coloring and continue to whip until well combined.
  11. Transfer frosting to a pastry bag with the medium piping tip.  Fill the inside of half of the macarons before placing the remaining macarons on top of the filled macarons.

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