Yield: 24 cookies

Lemon Curd Macarons Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Additional Time 25 minutes
Total Time 54 minutes

Indulge in these Lemon Macarons with lemon curd filling. Zesty lemon flavor meets sweet macarons in this elegant and cheerful cookie! I'll share tips and tricks to make this sweet magical macaron cookie.


For the Shell

  • 2 large egg whites
  • ⅛ teaspoon cream of tartar (optional, see notes)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup super fine almond flour
  • Gel Food Coloring, (optional, see notes)

For the Filling

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 ¼ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup lemon curd, divided
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest


For the Shell

  1. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper or silpat mats.
  2. Add the egg whites to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat the egg whites on medium-high speed until they become foamy-- about 30 seconds. If using cream of tartar, add it now.
  3. With the mixer on medium speed, add the sugar slowly allowing it to fully incorporate before adding the next batch. It should take 2-3 minutes to add all of the sugar.
  4. Once all of the sugar has been added, let the mixer run until the egg whites reach stiff peaks-- about 2-3 more minutes.
  5. Use a fine mesh sieve to sift the powdered sugar and almond flour into the egg whites.
  6. Fold the dry ingredients gently into the egg whites by making a J shape with a rubber spatula.
  7. Once all of the dry ingredients have been incorporated, add gel food coloring, if using.
  8. Next, smush the batter against the sides of the bowl and fold it back together 4-5 times before testing if the meringue is at the figure 8 stage.
  9. The macarons are ready to pipe when you can draw an 8 with the meringue without the steam breaking. If the meringue
    falls off in clumps, smush it a few more times before testing for the figure 8 again.
  10. When the mixture flows smoothly, transfer it to a piping bag fitted with a round tip (I like a Wilton #10-12).
  11. Pipe 1.5” circles about 2” apart. Hold the tray 6” off the counter and drop it straight down onto the counter. Repeat 4-5 times, or until it looks like all of the air bubbles have popped.
  12. Set the macarons aside to rest for 25-30 minutes, or until they have developed a skin. When you touch them lightly, they shouldn’t stick to your finger. While the macarons rest, preheat your oven to 325F.
  13. Bake the macarons one tray at a time for 14 minutes, turning the pan half way through baking. Allow the macarons to cool fully on the tray to avoid sticking.

For the Filling

  1. Add the butter to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes, or until it’s light and airy. Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl down a few times while it mixes.
  2. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the powdered sugar. When the powdered sugar is all incorporated, add two tablespoons of lemon curd, the vanilla extract, and the lemon zest.
  3. Turn the mixer to high speed and beat until the icing is light and fluffy-- about 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a piping bag (fitted with your choice of tip) and set aside until ready to use.

Assemble and Age

  1. Place the macarons in similar sized pairs. Pipe a ring of lemon buttercream around the edge of one macaron shell. Fill the center with lemon curd and then place another macaron shell on top. Press gently to seal them together. Repeat with the remaining macarons.
  2. Place the filled macarons in the fridge to age overnight. Bring them to room temperature and enjoy. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.


  • Test macaronage. Before piping the macaron shells onto the baking sheet, use the "figure 8" trick to test the consistency of the macaronage. Trace a figure 8 with the batter after each fold. It should flow off the spatula in ribbons, like lava.
  • Use a metal bowl. A cold metal bowl helps meringue stiffen.
  • Soft vs. Stiff Peaks: A soft peak leans to the side and curls at the top. A stiff peak stands straight up with the peak pointing upwards.
  • Check oven temperature. Most home ovens don't have accurate temperature gauges. Investing in an oven thermometer helps guarantee you bake the macaron shells at the correct temperature.
  • Sheet Pans. My number one trick for perfect macarons is to double up your sheet pans! I use USA Pans— good quality aluminum pans— and I double them to insulate the macarons and prevent the bottoms from becoming overheated (which could lead to browning and/or spreading).
  • See our Additional tips and tricks in the blog post.
  • Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:

    1 cookie

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 135Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 0gSugar: 19gProtein: 1g

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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