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Red Velvet Macarons

Crispy exterior with a soft, chewy texture, these macaron shells are flavored with a hint of cocoa and filled with sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 24 sandwiches
Calories 59 kcal


Macaron Shells

  • 90 grams large egg whites (about 3 egg whites)
  • 60 grams superfine, caster or granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 150 grams confectioner's sugar
  • 120 grams finely ground almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ¾ teaspoon red gel food color

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp
  • ¼ cup cream cheese
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt


Macaron Shells

  • Place the egg whites into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
    90 grams large egg whites (about 3 egg whites)
  • Preheat the oven to 300F. Line half baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  • Meanwhile, in medium size bowl, sift together the superfine sugar, cream of tartar and salt. Discard any large pieces of sugar left. Set bowl aside.
    60 grams superfine, caster or granulated sugar, ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar, ⅛ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • In a separate large bowl, sift together the cocoa powder, confectioner's sugar and almond flour. Discard any large pieces of almond remaining. Set the bowl aside.
    150 grams confectioner's sugar, 120 grams finely ground almond flour, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • Beat the egg whites on medium speed until foamy, about 3 minutes.
  • Beat in the granulated sugar mixture to the foamy egg whites.
  • Whip the egg white mixture until stiff peaks form. The meringue will stand up straight when the whisk is removed. The egg white mixture will be thick and glossy.
  • Whisk in the red gel color.
    ¾ teaspoon red gel food color
  • Remove the bowl from the stand mixer. With a spatula, fold in the almond flour/confectioners' sugar. The egg whites will deflate a little bit and that is ok. The batter is ready when it "ribbons", which means it falls off the batter in a stream, like lava. You should be able to make a "8" with the batter falling off the spatula. This means the batter is ready. You're looking for about 60-75 folds. Check for the ribboning after every 15-20 seconds.
  • Fill a piping bag fitted with a round tip (Wilton 1A or 2A) and pipe 1 ½" rounds on the parchment paper.
  • Firmly tap the pans on the counter 2-3 times to remove air bubbles. Let the macarons sit until just slightly tacky, but no batter comes off on your fingers, about 30-45 minutes.
  • Bake the macarons for 20 minutes, one pan at a time. Cool on the sheet pan for 20 minutes.

Cream Cheese Filling

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, cream cheese, confectioner's sugar, vanilla and salt.
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp, ¼ cup cream cheese, 1 cup confectioner's sugar, ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract, pinch of salt
  • Mix on low until the sugar is incorporated. Increase the speed to medium and whip until lightened in texture and color, about 6 minutes.
  • Spoon the cream cheese filling into a piping bag fitted with a round piping tip ( I used a Wilton 12).
  • Once cool, flip half of the macaron shells over. Pipe a mound of cream cheese in the center of the shells.
  • Place the remaining macaron shells on top of the cookies with filling and squeeze gently, until the filling just reaches the edges.


Serving: 1macaronCalories: 59kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.5gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 26mgPotassium: 27mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 61IUCalcium: 14mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword macarons, red velvet cookies, red velvet cupcakes, red velvet macarons
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