Multicoloured macaroons

  • Makes 20
  • Takes 45 minutes to make, 15 minutes to cook, plus cooling
  • Medium
Follow this colourful macaroon (macaron) recipe to give as a gif,t or a sophisticated dessert for a dinner party.

Nutritional info per serving

Per macaroon

  • Calories160kcals
  • Fat9.7g (4.2g saturated)
  • Protein1.8g
  • Carbohydrates17.5g (16.4g sugars)
  • Salt0.2g
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  • 175g icing sugar
  • 125g ground almonds
  • 3 large free-range egg whites
  • 75g caster sugar

For the filling

  • 150g butter, softened
  • 75g icing sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/fan140°C/gas 3. Whizz the icing sugar and ground almonds in a food processor to a very fine mixture, then sift into a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt to soft peaks, then gradually whisk in the caster sugar until thick and glossy. (At this point you can stir in flavour extract, such as peppermint or lemon, and corresponding colouring such as blue or yellow, to your meringue mixture, depending on what kind of macaroons you want – see chef’s tip. Or divide the meringue among different bowls if you want to make more than one colour.)
  3. Fold half the almond and icing sugar mixture into the meringue and mix well. Add the remaining half, making sure you use a spatula to cut and fold the mixture until it is shiny and has a thick, ribbon-like consistency as it falls from the spatula. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm plain nozzle.
  4. Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper. Pipe small rounds of the macaroon mixture, about 3cm across, onto the baking sheets. Give the baking sheets a sharp tap on the work surface to ensure a good ‘foot’. Leave to stand at room temperature for 10-15 minutes to form a slight skin. This is important – you should be able to touch them lightly without any mixture sticking to your finger. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool.
  5. Meanwhile, make the filling/s (unless making chocolate macaroons – see chef’s tip). In a bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy, then beat in the icing sugar. (You can now add flavouring or nuts, and colour – see food team’s tip.) Use to sandwich pairs of macaroons together.
  • Macaroons taste wonderful plain, but why not add flavouring and colouring. Flavour extracts – such as raspberry, lemon and peppermint – and colourings are available in supermarkets and cake shops. Try to buy online.

    To flavour and colour your macaroons, in step 2, add around ½ tsp flavour extract, then add the appropriate colouring, a drop at a time, until you reach the desired intensity. Flavour and colour the buttercream in the same way.

    For chocolate macaroons, replace a quarter of the icing sugar with cocoa powder and use Nutella as the filling. For pistachio macaroons, replace half the ground almonds with ground pistachios (whizz in a blender or finely chop by hand), and use green food colouring to achieve a pastel green. Fold chopped pistachios through the filling, if you like.

From April 2010

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    macaron boxes2:33 Mar 23 2018

    They look lovely

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    amber vernon15:53 Jun 04 2017

    Hi im making these now and everything was going great but now a skin wont form on them its been about 25mins.

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    traceable duct rodder13:12 Oct 09 2016

    Super Seite. Vielen Dank.

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    christina johnson20:35 Jun 18 2016

    Hi delicious.

    I think the quantities for the filling are the wrong way round. I think you mean 150g icing sugar and 75g butter.

    Also I would definitely recommend gel food colouring as liquid changes the texture of the macaroon.

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      delicious. magazine9:30 Jun 28 2016

      Hi Christina,
      Thanks for your comment. We have checked the original recipe and the quantities are correct. Great idea about the gel food colouring though.
      Hope you enjoy the recipe

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    jameseaton15:31 Jun 11 2015

    I love this recipe because it enabled me to create a macaron tower for my sister’s wedding.

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