Just when I thought French Macarons couldn’t get any better, I made these Lemon Blueberry Macarons! Wow, I think these might be my favorite cookies ever! A lemon flavored French Macaron shell sandwiched with lemon buttercream and a dollop of Blueberry Lemon Preserves.
I was inspired to make Lemon Blueberry Macarons while I was making a batch of Blueberry Lemon Preserves. I love the lightly lemony flavor of the preserves and thought it would make a nice cookie filling.
I considered making a jam thumbprint cookie, or a linzer cookie, or filled shortbread, but then I figured it was time to make another French Macaron. Since the preserves are too soft to stay in a sandwich cookie, I devised a way to put the preserves in the middle of my typical French macaron buttercream filling.
The result was even better than I’d imagined. I have made many a delicious French Macaron over the years. Some of my favorites have been raspberry-rose, cardamom and chocolate. As of now, Lemon Blueberry Macaron is my new favorite macaron.
Not only are they insanely delicious, Lemon Blueberry Macarons are so pretty. When you take a bite, the purple preserves burst out of the yellow cookie. Lovely!
Watch the recipe video to see how to make Lemon Blueberry Macarons.
For more helpful tips and photos to help you achieve French macaron success check out this post.
Macaron Base Mix
- 6 oz (170g) Almond Flour
- 2 oz (55g) granulated sugar
- 8 oz (225g) confectioner's sugar
- 3 large egg whites, aged overnight in the refrigerator (see note)
- 1.5 oz (40g) confectioner's sugar
- 12 oz (340g) Macaron Base Mix
- 1 teaspoon Lemon Extract
- Yellow gel food color
- Blue nonpariels or sprinkles
- 4 oz unsalted butter, room temperature
- Remaining Macaron Base Mix
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- 1 tablespoon limoncello (optional)
- zest from 1 lemon
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup Blueberry Preserves (or use store bought preserves)
Make The Base Mix
- Pulse the almond flour, granulated sugar and confectioner's sugar in a food processor to combine. Move the mixture to a sieve and sift into a bowl. Whisk the ingredients after sifting to be sure they are well combined. Divide the base - setting aside 12 oz (340g) for the macaron shells and the remaining for the buttercream filling.
Make the Macaron Shells
- Preheat the oven to 300°F convection or 325°F regular. Use a biscuit cutter to draw 24 2" circles on a 1/2 sheet of parchment paper. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and put the paper with the circles underneath the parchment on one of the pans.
- Whip the egg whites to soft peak. With the mixer running add the 1.5 oz of confectioner's sugar and whip to full peak. Reduce the speed to medium low and add the lemon extract. Add the yellow food coloring, 1 drop at a time, until you have a color that you like.
- Gently fold the 12 oz of macaron base mix into the whites in two batches. Continue folding until it becomes soft and shiny, but not thin and runny. Scoop the batter into a pastry bag fitted with a round tip (or cut the tip of a disposable bag). Pipe the discs until they're 1/4" from the edges of the circles you've drawn. Sprinkle with blue non-pariels or sprinkles. Set the pan aside to allow the cookies to dry for 30-60 minutes.
- Touch the top of a cookie to make sure it's dry to the touch, it can be a bit tacky but shouldn't completely stick to your finger. Bake for 7-8 minutes then rotate the trays. Bake for another 5-6 minutes until the shells are dry and the centers are soft (see note).
- Allow the shells to cool completely. You can use a small offset spatula to release the shells from the parchment. Be careful handling the shells, it's very easy to crack the smooth surface.
Make the Buttercream Filling
- Combine the softened butter with the remaining base mix and flavorings. Whip on medium-high speed until the buttercream lightens in color and becomes aerated.
- Scoop the buttercream into a clean pastry bag fitted with a small plain tip or cut the tip of a disposable bag. Pour the blueberry preserves into a clean pastry bag fitted with a small plain tip or cut the tip of a disposable bag.
- Pair up the cooled shells by size. Flip over one shell per pair. Pipe a ring of buttercream around the edge of each flipped shell. Pipe a dollop of blueberry preserves into the middle of the buttercream rings. Sandwich the cookies gently, handling the cookies by the edges and not the tops.
- The finished cookies should be refrigerated in a covered container for a couple of hours or overnight before serving. The cookies can also be frozen for several weeks.
Separate the egg whites at least a day and up to 3 days before baking. Store the whites in a bowl in the refrigerator. Remove from the refrigerator and allow them to come to room temperature before mixing the batter.
Aging the whites allows the protein in the whites to relax so they'll whip up better.
To check if the shells are baked I like to gently shimmy the top of the shell. If it jiggles separately from the "foot" the inside is still too soft. If it feels soft but is attached to the foot it's done.