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This Lemon Macaron is a masterpiece – and with it you too can make French Meringues worthy of any bakery! I’m sharing all the tips and tricks you need to make gorgeous lemon cookies successfully.

Macarons are pretty cookies with their smooth round tops, cute ruffled feet and filling sandwiched between all that.  Honestly, they are gorgeous cookies.

There are many pieces to this recipe that will make or break you. Follow my instructions and you should be set.  Just remember, room temperature egg whites, thick and consistent batter, letting your shells rest before baking and even oven temperature!!

Slightly chewy, yet crunchy – sweet and yet tart.  This lemon macaron recipe is heavenly.  Enjoy!

Ingredients :

  • 3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Ground Almonds
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 Large Egg Whites, room temperature
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 6 drops yellow food colouring

For the Filling:

  • 3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Butter, Softened
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions :

  1. Either Line 2 small baking sheets with the silicone mats OR with wax paper.  If using wax paper, trace a small cup or shot glass with a pencil to make guides for piping the macarons. Turn the wax paper over (so the pencil marks are on the back) and use it to line the baking sheets.  Set aside.
  2. Mix together the ground almonds, powdered sugar and zest in a medium bowl. Whisk together until smooth and set aside.
  3. With a stand mixer, whisk the egg whites in a large metal bowl until stiff peaks form. Add the sugar and food colouring and whisk until well incorporated, being careful not to over-whisk.
  4. Fold in the almond mixture with a flexible spatula, one spoonful at a time by repeatedly scraping around the bowl and moving towards the middle. Be careful not to overmix.  The batter is just right when it runs off your spatula slowly but consistently. If it gets as thin as pancake batter you have mixed it way too much.
  5. Transfer the batter to your piping bag, and holding the bag vertically, pipe the batter into the centre of each circle.
  6. Rest your macaron shells, uncovered, in a dry, cool place for 20-40 minutes. The batter will become dull as the shells form a “skin”.  Do not skip this step.
  7. Heat your oven to 275 degrees F*.  Bake in the middle of the oven for 15 minutes or until the shells have formed “feet” and the tops have set. Allow to cool on sheet for 15-20 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the filling 

  1. Cream the butter then whisk in the powdered sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract until smooth.
  2. Transfer into a piping bag and pipe frosting onto the flat side of one of the macarons and sandwich with another.

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