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Sweet Tart Macaron Cookies

Inspired by sweet tart candies, these french macaron shells are filled with a sweet tart buttercream that tastes just like the candy!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: sweet tart
Servings: 18 macarons
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Calories: 88kcal
Author: cambreabakes


  • 124 grams powdered sugar about 1 ¼ cup
  • 140 grams almond meal about 1 ⅔ cup
  • 110 grams sugar about ½ cup
  • 107 grams egg whites, room temperature about 3 large eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 drop yellow gel food coloring, americolor
  • white non peril sprinkles

Sweet Tart Buttercream

  • 1 ¼ stick butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • pinch salt
  • teaspoon cherry koolaid
  • teaspoon grape koolaid
  • teaspoon lemon koolaid
  • 1.8 teaspoon strawberry koolaid


  • In a medium bowl, scale the 140g almond meal and 124g powdered sugar. Sift both of them into a larger bowl and discard any large pieces. Set aside.
  • In a stand mixing bowl, add the 107g room temperature egg whites and begin whisking on medium speed (speed 3-4) for 1-2 minutes. When the whites get foamy, add the cream of tartar.
  • Very slowly, begin adding the 110g sugar by the spoonful, sprinkling it into the whites as they whip. When all of the sugar is added increase the speed to medium high (speed 5-6). Whip for about 5-6 minutes, then add the yellow food coloring. Continue mixing on medium high for 1-2 minutes more or until stiff peaks form.
  • Add the whipped egg whites to a large bowl.
  • Add ⅓ of the almond meal/sugar mixture to the whites. Fold very gently with a spatula until combined. The add the next ⅓ and fold to combine. Continue until all of the dry ingredients are incorporated.
  • Using your rubber spatula, scrape the batter against the side of the bowl. Every few scrapes, pick up the batter and let it fall into the bowl. The batter should flow slowly in ribbons. Try to make a figure 8 with the batter. If it falls without breaking, its ready!
  • Line an upside down pan with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and fill a piping bag and round tip with the batter. Pipe directly over the top of the parchment. When the pan is full, rap and drop the pan on the counter to release any air bubbles. You can use a tooth pick to pop any bubbles that come to the surface. Sprinkle some white non peril sprinkles on top of the shells
  • Preheat your oven to 300. (If your oven in on the hotter side, lower temperature might be better ie: 275-285)
  • Allow the macarons to sit out to dry and form a skin. This can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour depending on the level of humidity in your house. They are ready to bake when the shell can be touched without it sticking to your finger or leaving an impression.
  • Bake each tray for about 13-14 minutes. The macarons are done baking when you gently touch the top of the shell, it should just barely budge from the foot. Allow to cool completely before filling!

Making the Sweet Tart Buttercream

  • In a mixing bowl, add the room temperature soft butter and mix it on medium with the paddle attachment for 2-3 minutes.
  • With the mixer running on low, add the powdered sugar a little at a time by the spoon full. Combine completely before adding the next spoon full.
  • When all of the powdered sugar is added, turn the mixer to high and whip for 3 minutes, or until the buttercream is super light and fluffy.
  • Add the koolaid flavors to the buttercream and mix until combined completely.
  • Fill into a piping bag and pipe onto each macaron shell.
Nutrition Facts
Sweet Tart Macaron Cookies
Amount Per Serving (2 shells)
Calories 88 Calories from Fat 32
% Daily Value*
Fat 3.5g5%
Saturated Fat 0.3g2%
Sodium 6mg0%
Carbohydrates 13.2g4%
Fiber 0.9g4%
Sugar 11.9g13%
Protein 2.1g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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