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coffee macarons with french buttercream in a pile

Coffee Macarons

  • Author: Sloane
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 12 minutes
  • Yield: 25 macarons 1x
  • Category: macarons
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


These coffee macarons are made with chewy espresso shells and filled with a creamy espresso french buttercream. They're truly every coffee lovers dream!



For the Macaron Shells:

  • 130g powdered sugar
  • 120g almond flour
  • 105g (about 3) egg whites 
  • 100g granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp espresso paste or powder

For the French Buttercream:

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 50g granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp water
  • 113g unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp espresso paste or powder


For the Macaron Shells:

  1. Prepare a macaron template by using a large piping tip or small round cookie cutter of about 1 1/2″ in size to trace circles about 2 inches apart on one sheet of parchment paper. You will place this under another piece of parchment paper when ready to pipe the macaron shells.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift the almond flour and powdered sugar, twice
  3. Next, heat the egg whites and granulated sugar over a double boiler until the sugar has dissolved or until the temperature is about 120 degrees F.
  4. Transfer the egg white mixture to a large bowl or a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whisk until the mixture reaches soft peaks. At this point, you can add the espresso paste.
  5. Continue whisking the meringue until stiff peaks form. 
  6. Start the macaronage by folding in 1/3 of the dry ingredients. Mix carefully with a silicone spatula by scraping around the sides of the bowl, then through the middle of the batter. Do this a few times until it is mostly combined.
  7. Add the remainder of the dry ingredients, folding with the same gentle method. Once the dry ingredients are fully incorporated, begin spreading the batter along the sides of the bowl to deflate it slightly. Continue scraping around the sides of the bowl and through the middle. The mixture is ready when you can draw several figure eights without the batter breaking.
  8. Transfer the batter to a piping bag with a small round piping tip (I used Ateco 802).
  9. Place your macaron template under another piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet and pipe perpendicular to fill in each circle.
  10. Carefully remove the template and tap the baking sheet on the on counter a few times in order to release any air bubbles. It also helps to bang on the bottom of the baking sheet with your hand. 
  11. Let the macarons rest for about 30-40 minutes, or until they are dry and no longer sticky to the touch.
  12. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  13. Bake the macarons for about 12-14 minutes. Allow to cool completely before peeling them off of the parchment paper. 

For the French Buttercream:

  1. Place the egg yolks in a medium bowl or a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whisk on high speed until thick and foamy (about 3 minutes) while you heat the sugar and water. 
  2. Heat the granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan or frying pan over low heat, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat to medium and bring to a boil, or until it reaches 240 degrees F.
  3. While the egg yolks are still whisking on medium speed, slowly add the sugar syrup into the bowl. Continue mixing until the mixture has cooled down to room temperature.
  4. Add the butter to the mixture one cube at a time, allowing each piece to fully incorporate before adding another.
  5. Lastly, add the espresso paste. Continue mixing on low speed until the buttercream is completely smooth.

For Assembly:

  1. Transfer the buttercream to a piping bag fitted with a small round tip (I used Ateco 803).
  2. Pair the macarons up and pipe the buttercream onto the bottom shell.
  3. Place the paired shell on top, pressing down slightly to ensure they stick together.
  4. Place in the fridge until ready to serve.


  • Wipe down appliances with vinegar. Before making the macaron shells, wipe all appliances down with white vinegar to ensure they're clean and nothing with hinder the egg whites from wiping up. 
  • Freeze the shells after baking. If you have trouble peeling the macarons off of the parchment once they have cooled, pop them into the freezer for a few minutes and they should come off easily. 
  • Chill the macarons. The flavor of macaron shells develop more by the second day, so I recommend making them the day before and chilling them overnight, then assemble the next day. 

Keywords: coffee macarons, french buttercream