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vanilla macarons

Vanilla-Citrus Macarons

  • Author: Lisa Keys
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 17 minutes
  • Total Time: 47 minutes
  • Yield: 2 dozen 1x


vanilla macarons with two fillings



For Macarons

65 grams (3/4 cup) almond flour

115 grams (1/2 cup) confectionary, powdered or icing sugar

65 grams (2 large) egg whites

32 grams/2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/8 teaspoon vanilla bean powder

1/8 teaspoon fiori di Sicilia flavoring

Vanilla-Citrus Curd

2 egg yolks

1/3-cup sugar

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

¼ teaspoon vanilla bean powder

pinch sea salt

2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. In small bowl, sift almond flour and powdered sugar; set aside.
  2. Beat egg whites and half the granulated sugar to soft peak. Add remaining sugar, salt, vanilla bean powder and flavoring; whisk to stiff peaks.
  3. Add almond flour mixture to meringue; gently fold until the mixture is smooth, shiny and slightly runny.
  4. Pour the mixture into a piping bag and pipe out ¾-inch mounds on either parchment paper or a silicone mat. Tap the pan a few times to remove air bubbles. Let them rest for 30 minutes or until they appear dry on top.
  5. Heat oven to 400F. Turn oven down to 300F and place macarons in oven. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until puffed and appear dry but not brown.
  6. Let cool on pan for 15 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.
  7. Pipe or spoon cooled citrus curd on flat side of half the shells. Gently place second shell on top.

For Vanilla Citrus Curd

Whisk egg yolks, sugar, zest, vanilla bean powder and salt in a heat-proof bowl or double boiler. Place bowl over simmering water (do not let bottom of bowl touch the water) and continue whisking until thick like pudding. This will take 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in the butter. Cover surface of curd with plastic wrap; chill.


Peanut Butter Filling

1/2 cup well-stirred creamy natural peanut butter or salted caramel peanut butter spread

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

3 teaspoons buttermilk

Beat all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy

  • Category: cookies
  • Method: baking

Keywords: macarons, vanilla-citrus, peanut butter filling, dessert