If spring was a cookie, it would be these blackberry lavender macarons! Simple lavender French macaron shells filled with blackberry buttercream and homemade blackberry lavender jam (need I say more?).
french macaron tips & tricks
Making macarons from scratch can be tough so setting yourself up for success is key!
- Buy a kitchen scale* if you don’t already have one! Macarons are incredibly finicky, so weighing all your ingredients is super important!
- Clean the mixing bowl and whisk attachment of your stand mixer with white vinegar to make sure there are no trace fats on either (if you don’t, your meringue may not form).
- Invest in some silicone macaron mats*! They aren’t expensive and they will make your life so much easier!
- Also invest in an oven thermometer*! We want our oven as close to 300 degrees as possible to make perfect macarons but just because your oven says it’s 300 degrees, doesn’t mean it actually is. My oven tends to run hot, so I usually end up having it set to about 290.
- For these macaron shells, I flavored them with a little bit of lavender extract paste*. You only want to use a tiny bit (2-3 drops) because too much extra liquid can effect the macaron batter.
special ingredient notes
- Egg Whites - I've recently started "aging" my egg whites and I've found it helps with my consistency. This is absolutely not necessary, but it's super easy to do so I recommend trying it out. Weigh out 100 grams of egg whites into a small bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and poke a few holes in the top. Place in the fridge for at least 24 hours but up to 3 days. Make sure to remove the egg whites from the fridge at least an hour before making the macarons so they can come up to room temperature.
- Almond Flour - If you've ever seen macarons that look bumpy, it's usually because the almond flour isn't ground finely enough. I love Bob's Red Mill for my almond flour because it's usually fine enough. But if you have lumpy almond flour you can also just pulse it in a food processor for a few seconds to break it up further. Sifting your dry ingredients is also super important for ensuring smooth macarons.
- Dried Lavender - You can find dried lavender flowers online and in some specialty grocery stores. Trader Joe's often has large bundles of dried lavender which is what I used for these photos!
Homemade Blackberry Lavender Jam
Making homemade blackberry jam is super easy! You only need a couple of ingredients!
- Fresh or frozen blackberries
- Granulated sugar
- Lemon juice
- Dried lavender or lavender extract
I recommend making the jam the night before you want to make the macarons so that it has time to fully cool. However, if you don't feel like making homemade jam, store-bought is fine! My favorite store-bought blackberry jam is Bonne Maman*.
We also add a little bit of the jam to the buttercream to get that lovely pink color.
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Blackberry Lavender Macarons
Blackberry Lavender Jam
- 454 grams blackberries, fresh or frozen
- 133 grams granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon dried lavender flowers, or ¼ teaspoon lavender extract
- 113 grams unsalted butter, room temperature
- 180 grams powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons blackberry jam, cooled
- ¼ teaspoon salt
Blackberry Lavender Jam
- I recommend making the jam the night before you want to make the macarons so that it has time to fully cool.
- Add all of the jam ingredients to a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Allow the jam to simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring frequently until thickened.
- Transfer the jam to a glass jar and allow to cool to room temperature. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
- Sift together almond flour and powdered sugar into a large bowl and set aside.
- In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites on medium speed until they become foamy, then add in the cream of tartar.
- Turn the mixer up to medium-high and gradually add in the granulated sugar (make sure to add the sugar in very slowly so that the meringue doesn’t deflate). Once all the sugar is added, turn the mixer to the highest setting and whisk on high until soft peaks form. Add in 2-3 drops of lavender extract paste and then continue to whisk on high until stiff peaks form.
- Using a spatula, gently fold in half of the dry ingredient mixture until fully combined. Then gently fold in the remaining dry ingredients. Continue to gently fold the batter until it reaches a “flowing lava” consistency. You should be able to make a “figure 8” with the batter before it breaks. As soon as you reach this consistency, stop mixing! If you over-mix the batter, the macarons won’t rise properly in the oven.
- Line a large baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Scoop batter into a large piping bag fitted with a round tip. Hold the piping bag perpendicular to the silicone mat and pipe 1 inch rounds. Pick up the baking sheet and drop it onto the counter 3-4 times to help bring any air bubbles to the surface of the macarons. Then use a toothpick to pop any visible air bubbles to make a smooth surface.
- Let the macarons sit at room temperature for 30-40 minutes or until a skin forms on the surface. You should be able to lightly touch the surface without any batter being disturbed.
- While the macarons are resting, preheat the oven to 300°F.
- Bake one sheet at a time on the center rack of the oven for 15 minutes or when they do not move on their “feet” when touched.
- Let the macarons cool completely on the baking sheet before removing them. They should easily peel off when fully cooled. Match up your shells before filling, and then turn one side over.
Blackberry Buttercream Filling
- In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, cream the butter and powdered sugar together until smooth.
- Add in about 2 teaspoons of your cooled blackberry jam, then beat on high speed for 3-4 minutes or until the buttercream is super light and fluffy.
- Once the macarons are the blackberry jam is cooled, pipe the buttercream around the edge of the macaron shell. Then add a small scoop of blackberry jam in the center (about ½ teaspoon). Then top with the other shell.
- Put the assembled macarons in an airtight container, then place them in the fridge for mature for 12-24 hours before eating for the best taste/texture. Or just eat them all immediately. You do you.
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