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 blueberry jam ingredients to a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Allow the jam to simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently until thickened. Transfer the jam to a glass jar and allow to cool to room temperature.
Repeat the same steps with the strawberry jam ingredients. (Feel free to use the same pot!)
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 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 13-15 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.
Optional: Painted Macarons
On a small plate, mix together 1-2 drops of red food coloring with 1-2 drops of vodka to thin it out. In a separate section of the plate, repeat with the blue food coloring.
Once the macarons are fully cooled, carefully paint streaks on the macarons using a small food safe paintbrush.
Allow the food coloring to dry for at least 10-15 minutes before filling the macarons.
Once the food coloring is dry, match up your shells before filling, and then turn one side over.
Cream Cheese Filling
In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer, cream the butter and cream cheese together until smooth.
Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla, then beat on high speed for 3-4 minutes or until the buttercream is super light and fluffy.
Once the macarons are cooled and painted, pipe the buttercream around the edge of the macaron shell.
Then add a small scoop of either blueberry or strawberry 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.
Tip: Clean mixing bowl and whisk attachment of your stand mixer with white vinegar to make sure there are no trace fats on either (if you skip this step, your meringue may not form).Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.