11 Macaron Recipes That Make the Case for Best. Cookie. Ever.

Pineapple Filled macaroons
Macarons (the meringue-based sandwich cookies sometimes called French macarons, not coconut macaroons) are adorable sandwich cookies perfect for bridal showers, birthdays, or really anytime a cute cookie recipe is in order. The airy cookies are made of whipped egg whites and sugar (and often nuts) and filled with all kinds of things, such as fruity jamlike flavors or creamy peanut butter fillings. You can customize macaron recipes any way, but here are 11 ideas to get you started.

Pumpkin-Almond Macarons

Never again let the fall season pass without making these pumpkin-filled macarons. We worked pumpkin-related flavor into both the cookie, in the form of pumpkin pie spice, and the filling, with our new favorite use for pumpkin butter. If you love pumpkin and you love cookies, it’s your perfect match.

Pineapple-Filled Macarons

It’s tropical paradise in cookie form! With this macaron recipe filled with flavors of macadamia, coconut, and pineapple, you might as well be lounging on a beach in Hawaii. Enjoy the fabulous cookies whenever you want by making and freezing unfilled cookies up to three months.

Cocoa-Hazelnut Macarons

Not all macaron recipes have to be light and fruity. Instead try this combo of cocoa-flavored shells and luscious chocolate-hazelnut spread for the filling. You’ll probably need to hide these from the kids, though, or you won’t get to eat any.

Filled Cherry Macarons

Need a cookie recipe for a baby shower for a little girl? These cherry macarons couldn’t be more perfect for the occasion (or for when you're just craving a macaron)! Don’t let the cherry flavor fool you into thinking this is a light and fruity dessert; the cherry filling is an irresistibly decadent buttercream. Mmm.

Salted Caramel-Ginger Macarons

It’s two trends in one—salted caramel and macaron cookies! The classic macaron batter is made with ground almonds, egg whites, and powdered sugar as expected. But we amped it up a notch with the addition of ground ginger. The creamy caramel filling gets a generous sprinkling of sea salt before sandwiching for an extra flavor dimension that’ll keep you coming back for seconds, thirds, fourths…

French Filled Macarons

We took half the work out of this French macaron recipe by offering a couple options for purchased fillings. Tangy lemon curd or sweet raspberry jam make absolutely lovely pairings with the almond-filled and coconut-sprinkled cookie. And just look how cute they are!

Easy Flower Macarons

Pipe the batter of this macaron recipe to resemble a daisy flower, if you’re feeling fancy. Or if you choose to make a basic circle, we won't tell. No matter the shape, the lemon curd, lemon zest, and lemon juice in the filling will perk up your taste buds.

Lemon Macarons with Cranberry-Mascarpone Filling

The cookie in this macaron is just a basic macaron batter, with the addition of a touch of lemon zest for brightness. Where the cookie recipe really shines is in the sweet creamy filling. Mascarpone, honey, sugar, and dried cranberries combine with more lemony ingredients for a macaron recipe that’s not the norm.

Pistachio Macarons with Cannoli Cream

Give your usual macaron recipe a major update by using pistachios instead of almonds. Then the filling—oh my, this filling. It really is like it’s straight out of a cannoli. Cream cheese, sugar, ricotta cheese, and chocolate chips are so tasty together you’ll want to eat the mix by the spoonful, but it's unbeatable sandwiched between the pistachio cookies.

Double-Almond Macarons

If you asked an almond-lover to dream up a macaron recipe, this would be that dream come to life! The cookie is made with almond flour and almond extract, and the filling uses almond extract, too. This macaron proves that sometimes simple is best when it comes to flavor.

Vanilla Bean Macarons with Salted Maple-Pecan Buttercream Filling

Try this macaron recipe during the holiday season for something truly special. Vanilla bean, sea salt, dark amber maple syrup, and pecans fill the cookie with flavors of the season and look like a special-occasion dessert.

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