Coffee and salted caramel have come together for the best kind of dessert! These coffee macaron cookies are simply heavenly! These macarons are made with a coffee-flavored macaron shell, sprinkled with more coffee and filled with the most delicious salted caramel frosting. This is my all-time favorite macaron recipe! Whenever I make these, they’re gone so quickly! Enjoy these coffee caramel macarons for any occasion!
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How to Make Macarons
Making macarons can seem intimidating to make at home, but with my step-by-step tutorial, I’ll walk you through all the steps so you can make them, too! It takes just a little bit of practice. I failed the first three to four times I made macarons, so don’t get discouraged if your first batch fails. And if you succeed, give yourself a pat on the back and enjoy them all – you’re a true baker!
I’m using the Italian macaron method for these coffee caramel macarons in my video recipe. You can also use the French method for this recipe, like in ‘Lemon Macarons’ – just omit the yellow color and lemon extract and add the coffee instead.
- I like to use the fold and flatten method for mixing the macaron batter. Fold the batter thoroughly, flattening the egg whites against the side of your mixing bowl. BUT, be careful – you don’t want to over mix the batter! That will also cause your cookies to be just flat, shapeless disks.
- If you don’t mind gluten in the recipe and you’re really struggling to get a perfect macaron, try adding 1 tbsp of all-purpose flour to the almond flour. It helps keep the macarons full inside and helps keep their shape.
- Allow those macarons to REST! Let the cookies stand for an hour at room temperature, allowing a thin shell to form on the outside. This shell gives the cookies their shape so it’s crucial! If your macarons are cracking on top, you might need to let the cookies rest longer. If you live in a humid climate, extend the timing even more as humidity and moisture will prevent a shell from forming.
- I recommend keeping these refrigerated for 1 to 3 days to allow the macarons to ‘mature’. When they ‘mature’, the shells become softer and even more delicious! Take them out at least 30 minutes to an hour before enjoying to allow the cookies to thaw and come up to room temperature.
Salted Caramel Filling
These coffee macarons are filled with my favorite frosting ever! My ‘Salted Caramel Frosting’ is the perfect addition to the sweet coffee macaron shells. The saltiness from the caramel filling really balances out the sweetness of the cookies. This recipe is different from the filling I used in my video recipe but I do prefer this new version better!
Enjoyed my coffee caramel macarons? Check out some of my other macaron recipes!
- Coffee Caramel Macaron Cake – GIANT macaron cake with the same flavors as this recipe!
- Almond Roca Macarons – caramel and toffee macarons inspired by the candy!
- Ferrero Rocher Macarons – rich chocolate macarons with hazelnut filling!
- Cinnamon Roll Macarons – with creamy cream cheese filling. These are so good!
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This set of jumbo cake decorating tips includes a simple round tip and star tips for filling.
Get a set of disposable pastry bags – no more washing any bags!
You can use parchment paper or these silicone mats for baking.
I love my classic KitchenAid stand mixer – a must for every kitchen!
And this kitchen scale is a must for making perfect macarons!