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Salted Caramel Macarons

These salted caramel macarons are absolutely packed with caramel! Not only are they filled with caramel buttercream and a straight up salted caramel center, they also are decorated with a drizzle of caramel sauce!!

They’re one of my favorite macaron flavors. There’s just something about that salty-sweet combination that keeps me coming back for more.

image of salted caramel macarons made using the french macaron method

Equipment You’ll Need to Make These Salted Caramel Macarons

Like I mentioned above, these salted caramel macarons don’t require a ton of equipment!

However, I find they turn out best when the ingredients are weighed and the macarons are baked on a silpat mat. As macarons bake, they usually spread less on silpat mats than parchment paper.

Below is a list of tools and equipment I like to use when I make salted caramel macarons:

Making Salted Caramel Macarons – Step by Step Process

While the recipe below is quite detailed, I find visual cues to be super helpful!

Below are some photos and a video tutorial of the process to help guide you through this recipe for salted caramel macarons.

Step #1: Prep Your Ingredients and Equipment to Make These Salted Caramel Macarons

After weighing your ingredients, wipe down your mixing bowl and whisk attachment with a bit of vinegar or lemon juice to remove any residual grease. This helps the meringue whip up better!

Step #2: Sift Your Dry Ingredients

Sifting your superfine almond flour, powdered sugar and cocoa powder will help your macaron shells turn out nice and smooth.

This step makes sure that no chunks of almond or powdered sugar get mixed into your macaron batter.

image of dry ingredients being sifted into bowl to make french macarons

Step #3: Make French Meringue

Next it’s time to make the French meringue! Whisk the egg whites on a medium speed until soft peaks form, then add in the granulated sugar.

Once the sugar is incorporated, increase the speed to medium high and mix until stiff peaks form.

Keep a close eye on your mixer to avoid over mixing your meringue. Stop the mixer once you notice the meringue begins to gather in the whisk.

image of plain french meringue that's been whipped up to make french macarons

Step #3: Mix the Dry Ingredients Into The Meringue

Slowly fold the dry ingredients into the meringue. Continue to fold and mix the batter until it becomes smooth and somewhat shiny.

The batter should form a thick ribbon that flows off your spatula when it’s lifted. I like to perform the figure-8 test to check my consistency!

This is when you lift your spatula and see if you can draw a figure 8 with the batter running off your spatula in one consistent stream. You should be able to draw a couple figure 8s once your macaron batter is the right consistency.

image of chocolate macaron batter ready to be piped

Step #4: Pipe the Macaron Shells

Fill a large piping bag with the macaron batter and pipe 1 1/4 inch rounds onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 1 inch apart.

Firmly bang or drop your pans on the counter a few times to bring any trapped air bubbles to the surface and pop them with a toothpick.

This can help you avoid hollow or cracked shells. If desired, you can also sprinkle some flakey sea salt on top of your macaron shells while they’re still wet to really pack them with salty flavor.

image of chocolate macarons being piped onto a silpat mat

Step #5: Rest Your Piped Macaron Shells

Next let the macarons rest for about 30 minutes, or until they form a skin.

They should be mostly dry to the touch and look matte once they’re ready to be baked! While the shells rest preheat your oven.

image of chocolate macaron shells that have been sprinkled with sea salt to make salted caramel macarons

Step #6: Bake The Chocolate Macaron Shells

Bake one tray of macarons at a time and place the tray in the middle rack of your oven.

Let the macarons cool fully on the pan then gently remove them from the silpat mat.

image of chocolate macaron shells that have been sprinkled with sea salt to make salted caramel macarons

Step #7: Assembling These Salted Caramel Macarons

Pipe a ring of salted caramel buttercream onto one macaron shell, fill the center with salted caramel sauce and top it with a second shell. You can either make your caramel sauce from scratch or use store-bought caramel.

I also drizzled some caramel sauce over the top of each macaron to give them a beautiful finished look.

Place the finished macarons in the fridge in an airtight container to mature overnight then bring the macarons back to room temperature and enjoy!

image of a salted caramel macaron that's been filled with caramel buttercream and caramel sauce

Salted Caramel Macaron Troubleshooting

I’d love to think everyone’s first batch of salted caramel macarons will turn out perfectly but my own experience has taught me that’s not how things usually go.

Macarons can be incredibly temperamental and it might take a few tries to get them just right.

If you run into any issues please check out my detailed French macaron troubleshooting guide.

image of chocolate macaron shells that have been sprinkled with sea salt to make salted caramel macarons

Choosing The Right Filling for Your Salted Caramel Macarons

While we put tons of energy into the shell of a macaron, almost all of the flavor in a macaron comes from its filling.

The shell gives the macarons an incredible texture, but the filling is what determines its flavor. You can use just about any type of frosting or ganache to fill macarons.

image of a small batch of salted caramel buttercream made to fill caramel macarons

I have a big sweet tooth, so I love using caramel american buttercream to fill these macarons. I also fill the centers with warm caramel sauce and a sprinkle of flakey sea salt to really pack them with that buttery caramel flavor.

If you don’t want your macarons to be super sweet, I recommend using Italian buttercream or Swiss meringue frosting instead!

Salted Caramel Macaron Recipe Yield

This recipe makes about 36 macaron shells, which can be used to make 18 macarons. You can double or triple this recipe to make more macarons if needed.

The yield and bake time will also vary based on the size of macarons you pipe. I pipe my shells with a diameter of about 1 1/4 inches.

image of salted caramel macarons that have been decorated with a drizzle of homemade caramel and a sprinkle of sea salt flakes

Tips for Making the Best Salted Caramel Macarons

  • Wipe your mixing bowl and whisk with lemon juice or vinegar to remove any traces of grease before making your meringue. It will help your egg whites whip up better!
  • Separate your own eggs and age them if possible. Do not use egg whites from a carton.
  • Measure your ingredients in grams with a kitchen scale. You really need to be precise with this recipe and your macarons will turn out best if the ingredients are weighed.
  • Use superfine almond flour rather than trying to make your own! It more consistently yields great macarons.
  • Carefully read through the directions before making these macarons. There are quite a few steps and it’s good to know your game plan before you start!
  • Use a macaron mat or print out a template to help you pipe consistently sized macarons.
  • You can either make your caramel sauce from scratch or use store-bought caramel.
  • FIRMLY bang/drop your pans on your counter after piping your macarons. This helps release any air bubbles that may be trapped and prevent cracked or hollow shells.
  • Rest your macarons for 30 minutes before they’re baked to allow them to develop a skin.
  • Pipe a small number of macarons on a few sheets to test your oven for hot spots and to see if it bakes accurately. This way you won’t waste a whole tray of macs if your oven runs hot or cold.
  • Drizzle some warm caramel and flaky sea salt on top of each macaron for a beautiful finished look.
  • Let your macarons mature! Letting them rest overnight while they are filled softens them (in a good way) and allows the flavors to develop.
  • If you run into any issues making these macarons, please check out my macaron troubleshooting guide.

Making These Salted Caramel Macarons in Advance & Storage Tips

  • You need to let French macarons mature for a few hours or overnight in the fridge before eating them. This gives them their best texture and taste.
  • Store macarons at room temperature for up to 2 days in an airtight container.
  • Refrigerate macarons for up to 5 days in an airtight container.
  • Freeze filled macarons for up to a month in an airtight container.
  • Unfilled macaron shells can be frozen for up to a month in an airtight container.
  • Make your filling ahead of time too or save any leftover filling! It can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month.
image of a salted caramel macaron that's been bitten into to show how full the macaron shell is

Let Me Know What You Think!

If you try this recipe for salted caramel macarons, I’d love to hear what think of it! Please leave a rating, and let me know your thoughts by sharing a comment.

Also please tag me @chelsweets and use the #chelsweets on social media so that I can see your amazing creations!

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Yield: 18 macarons

Salted Caramel Macarons

image of salted caramel macarons made using the french macaron method

Learn how to make these gorgeous salted caramel macarons! My step by step tutorial & detailed recipe will help you master these delicious little cookies.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 7 minutes

Ingredients

Chocolate Macarons

Caramel Buttercream Frosting

  • 56g unsalted butter, room temperature (1/4 cup)
  • 4g vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste (1 tsp)
  • 2g salt (1/4 tsp)
  • 38g caramel sauce (2 Tbsp)
  • 125g powdered sugar (1 cup)
  • 15g heavy cream (1 Tbsp)

Salted Caramel Filling

Equipment

Instructions

Salted Caramel Macarons

  1. Sift 63g superfine almond flour, 63g powdered sugar and 7g cocoa powder into a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Pour 55g of aged egg whites into the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk and mix on a medium speed until the surface of the egg whites is covered in small bubbles. Add in a pinch of cream of tartar and continue to mix until your reach the soft peak stage.
  3. Add 55g of granulated sugar into the eggs and mix on a medium speed for 30 seconds then increase the mixing speed to a medium-high speed. Keep mixing until stiff, glossy peaks form.
  4. Fold the dry ingredients into the meringue using circular motion until a thick ribbon of batter runs off the spatula when it's lifted. I like to perform the figure-8 test to check my consistency! This is when you lift your spatula and see if you can draw a figure 8 with the batter running off your spatula in one consistent stream. You should be able to draw a couple figure 8s once your macaron batter is the right consistency.
  5. Pour the batter into a large piping bag fit with a medium-sized round piping tip and pipe 1 1/4 inch rounds on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 1 inch apart.
  6. Bang the pans firmly on the counter a few times to release air bubbles, then pop any remaining air bubbles that come to the surface with a toothpick.
  7. If desired, sprinkle some flakey sea salt on top of your macaron shells while they're still wet to really pack them with salty flavor.
  8. Let the macarons rest for 30 minutes to develop a skin. The macarons should look matte once the skin has formed.
  9. As the macarons rest, preheat your oven to 300 F.
  10. Bake one tray of macarons at a time on the middle rack of your oven for 16-18 minutes and rotate your pan halfway through.
  11. Remove from oven and let the macarons cool on the pan (about 15 minutes), then gently remove them from the silpat mat.

Caramel Buttercream Frosting

  1. Beat 56g of room-temperature butter on a medium speed for 1-2 minutes with a whisk attachment until it becomes lighter in color and smooth.
  2. Mix in 4g vanilla extract, 1g salt, and 38g caramel on a low speed.
  3. Slowly mix in 125g of powdered sugar and 15g heavy cream on a low speed.
  4. Continue to mix on low for a couple minutes until the ingredients are fully incorporated and the desired consistency is reached. 
  5. If the frosting is too thick, add in additional heavy cream or milk (1 tsp at a time). If the frosting is too thin, add in more powdered sugar (1 Tbsp at a time).
  6. Place in a piping bag with a small french tip and set aside.

Assembling These Caramel Macarons

  1. Pipe a thick ring of caramel buttercream or frosting of your choice around one macaron shell and fill the center with caramel sauce. Gently press a second shell on top of the frosting to create a sandwich.
  2. If desired, drizzle some warm caramel and flaky sea salt on top of each macaron.
  3. Place the finished macarons in an airtight container and chill in the fridge overnight, then let them warm to room temperature and enjoy!

Notes

Recipe Yield:

This recipe makes about 36 small macaron shells, which can be used to make 18 macarons. You can double or triple this recipe to make more macarons if needed.

The yield and bake time can vary based on how large you pipe your shells. I piped these shells with a diameter of about 1 and 1/4 inch, so they're a tiny bit smaller than a standard macaron.

Tips for Making the Best Salted Caramel Macarons

  • Measure your ingredients in grams with a kitchen scale! You really need to be precise with this recipe. Your macarons will turn out best if the ingredients are weighed.
  • Separate your own eggs and age them if possible! Do not use egg whites from a carton.
  • Carefully read through the directions before making these macarons. There are quite a few steps and it's good to know your game plan before you start!
  • You can either make your caramel sauce from scratch or use store-bought caramel.
  • Use a macaron mat or print out a template to help you pipe consistently sized macarons.
  • FIRMLY bang your pans on your counter after piping your macarons. This helps release any air bubbles that may be trapped and prevent cracked or hollow shells.
  • Rest your macarons for 30 minutes before they're baked to allow them to develop a skin.
  • Pipe a small number of macarons on a mat to test your oven for hot spots and see if it bakes accurately. This way you won't waste a whole tray of macs if your oven runs hot or cold.
  • Let your macarons mature in the fridge overnight! Letting them rest overnight while they are filled softens them (in a good way) and allows the flavors to develop.
  • If your first batch of macarons doesn't turn out, please check out the troubleshooting section above for help!

Making These Caramel Macarons in Advance & Storage Tips

  • French macarons need to mature overnight (or ideally 24 hours) in the fridge before being eaten! They taste best 24 hours after being made.
  • Macarons can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days in an airtight container.
  • Macarons can be refrigerated for up to 5 days in an airtight container.
  • Filled macarons can be frozen for up to a month, but the length can vary based on the filling.
  • Unfilled macaron shells can be frozen for up to a month in an airtight container.
  • Your filling can be made ahead of time too or save any leftover filling! It can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to a month.

Nutrition Information

Yield

18

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 135Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 28mgSodium 71mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 1gSugar 16gProtein 3g

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