Matcha Macarons have a classic french macaron shell flavored with matcha tea and filled with a matcha American buttercream.

matcha macarons in a wooden bowl

Macarons are one of my favorite things to make, but they are definitely tricky. They have a mind of their own and one wrong step in the recipe can totally change the end result. BUT they are also so fun to make, a major win when you get them right, and delicious no matter how they end up looking.

That being said, it is so possible to master macarons. I compiled a Step-by-Step Macaron post with all of my best tips and tricks for making the best macarons possible. It has all of the steps and tools that I use every time I make macarons and I can promise you it will get you closer to being a macaron master!

a matcha macaron with a bite out of it

What is macaronage?

In order to make french macarons, you have to do a process called macaronage. This is where you fold the wet and dry ingredients together in order to achieve a smooth, shiny, and flowing mixture. A good way to tell if you have done the macaronage stage correctly is if you can hold up the spatula and draw a figure 8 with the mixture without it breaking off.

a french macaron with a bite out of it stacked on top of other macarons

Ingredients for Matcha Macarons

INGREDIENTS FOR FRENCH MACARONS:

  • Powdered sugar. This will aid in the flavor and structure of the finished macarons.
  • Almond flour. Be sure that you are using almond flour and not almond meal.
  • Matcha Tea. This will add flavor and color to the macarons.
  • Egg whites. Having your egg whites at room temperature will make it easier to whip them.
  • Granulated Sugar. Sugar will give structure to the beaten egg whites.

INGREDIENTS FOR MATCHA BUTTERCREAM:

  • Powdered Sugar. This will sweeten and firm up the icing.
  • Unsalted Butter. Make sure the butter is thoroughly softened too.
  • Matcha Tea. See above note.
  • Vanilla Extract. This will add flavor to the buttercream.
all of the ingredients needed for this recipe

Macaron Tips

  • If possible, make your macarons on a less humid day. You will need to rest the macarons for longer and they might not turn out as well on a humid day.
  • Don’t over mix the batter. You only need to macaronage until you can make a figure 8 with the batter. If you over mix the macarons will spread too much.
  • Wipe the bowl down with vinegar before adding the egg whites to whip. Even a speck of leftover dish soap or fat (egg yolk, butter, etc.) will inhibit the egg whites from whipping up properly.
  • Let the macarons rest before eating. Macarons are best when they have matured for 12 or so hours. So after you fill the macarons, let them rest overnight for the best flavor.
a macaron sitting on an upside down bowl

How to make Matcha Macarons

FRENCH MACARONS

STEP 1: Line a cookie sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.

STEP 2: In a food processor add the powdered sugar, almond flour, and matcha and pulse until fully combined and rid of lumps. Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl. If you don’t have a food processor you can just sift the ingredients together.

the dry ingredients sifted together

STEP 3: In a medium bowl, prepare the french meringue. Beat the egg whites on low speed until they get frothy. Add one or two drops of food coloring at this point, if desired. Increase the speed and slowly add the sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form.

the french meringue beat to stiff peaks

STEP 4: Add the french meringue into the dry ingredients and begin to gently fold with a silicone spatula. This process is called macaronage. You will know the batter is ready when the ingredients are fully combined and not streaky. You should be able to hold the spatula above the bowl and draw a figure 8 smoothly without the batter breaking off. Transfer the batter to a piping bag fitted with a piping tip. Pipe 1-inch disks onto the prepared cookie sheet.

the wet and dry ingredients mixed together

STEP 5: Firmly tap the cookie sheet onto the counter 3 or 4 times to bring any air bubbles to the surface. Use a toothpick to pop any remaining air bubbles. Dust the tops with your desired amount of sanding sugar.

STEP 6: Let the macarons rest for an hour. There needs to be a dry layer on the top. You should be able to run your finger over the top without any transferring to your finger.

the macarons piped onto a silicone mat

STEP 7: Preheat the oven to 280 degrees (F). This is the temperature that I have found works well for my oven, but you may need to play around with the temperature.

STEP 8: Place the french macarons on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 5 minutes, rotate the cookie sheet, bake for another 5 minutes, and rotate the cookie sheet again, bake for 5 minutes. 15 minutes in total.

STEP 9: Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. They should peel off the mat easily.

STEP 10: When the macarons are cooled peel them off of the mat and match each shell to another that is the same size.

Matcha Buttercream

STEP 1: In a medium bowl with a hand mixer, beat the butter until it is very soft and creamy.

STEP 2: Add half of the powdered sugar. Beat until fully combined.

STEP 3: Add the rest of the powdered sugar, matcha, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for 5-6 minutes.

STEP 4: If the buttercream is too thick heavy cream or milk, 1 tablespoon at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.

the matcha buttercream in a bowl

HOW TO ASSEMBLE MATCHA MACARONS

Step 1: Transfer the matcha buttercream to a piping bag fitted with a piping tip. I use this bag and this tip

Step 2: Pipe your desired amount of icing onto the inside of one macaron shell.

Step 3: Sandwich another macaron shell on top.

two rows of macarons

Can I make macarons ahead of time?

For sure! I make macarons ahead of time pretty often and they always still taste amazing. If I am making macarons more than a day before I want to serve them I freeze them. They will freeze well for about two weeks. Just pull them out of the freezer about an hour before you are ready to serve them and they will thaw out perfectly. These Matcha Macarons are no exception!

a close up of a matcha macaron with a bite out of it

More Macaron Recipes

two macarons in a bowl

More Macaron Recipes From Kitchen 335

  • Champagne Macarons– Champagne Macarons have a classic macaron shell topped with sanding sugar and filled with champagne buttercream.
  • Red Velvet Macarons– Red Velvet Macarons have a classic french macaron shell that is flavored with cocoa powder and dyed red then filled with a rich cream cheese buttercream.
  • Turtle Macarons– Turtle Macarons have chocolate french macaron shells drizzled with chocolate ganache and caramel, sprinkled with pecans, and filled with chocolate ganache and caramel.
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Macarons– Peanut Butter and Jelly Macarons have a classic french macaron shell drizzled with peanut butter and filled with peanut butter American buttercream and a dollop of jelly.
a stack of macarons

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Matcha Macarons

Matcha Macarons have a classic french macaron shell flavored with matcha tea and filled with a matcha American buttercream.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: American Buttercream, French Macaron, french macarons, matcha, matcha macarons
Servings: 25 macarons
Calories: 103kcal

Ingredients

For Matcha Macarons:

  • 1 2/3 cup (200 grams) powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (110 grams) almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon matcha tea
  • 3 large (100 grams) egg whites
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar

For Matcha Buttercream:

  • 4 tablespoons (56 grams) unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup (113 grams) powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons matcha tea
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • heavy cream or milk as needed

Instructions

For Matcha Macarons:

  • Line a cookie sheet with a silicone mat. I highly recommend a silicone mat of some kind, but if you don’t have one then you can also use parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Using a food processor, pulse the powdered sugar, almond flour, and matcha until fully combined and rid of lumps. Don’t do this for too long or you will make almond butter. Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl. If you don’t have a food processor you can sift the ingredients together.
  • In a medium bowl, prepare the french meringue. You can use a stand mixer for this, but I prefer a hand mixer or an immersion blender with a whisk attachment for a batch this small. Beat the egg whites on low speed until they get frothy. Increase the speed and slowly add the sugar. If you add the sugar too fast you will deflate the meringue. Beat until stiff peaks form. This is when you pull the beater out and the meringue stands up with a slight curve. It should not fall or jiggle too much if you move the beater. If you want to add food coloring, do it now, but add it sparingly or you will make the meringue too liquidy.
  • Add the french meringue into the dry ingredients and begin to gently fold with a silicone spatula. This process is called macaronage. You will know the batter is ready when the ingredients are fully combined and not streaky. You should be able to hold the spatula above the bowl and draw a figure 8 smoothly without the batter breaking off. A good way to test if the batter is ready is to place a very small amount in your piping bag and pipe it onto your mat. If the batter is stiff and does not spread at all, then it is not ready. If the batter immediately runs out, then you have over folded. The batter should spread slightly and the tops should even out (there shouldn’t be any little tips sticking out), but it should not be runny.
  • Transfer the batter to a piping bag fitted with a piping tip. Pipe 1-inch disks onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  • Firmly tap the cookie sheet onto the counter 3 or 4 times to bring any air bubbles to the surface. Use a toothpick to pop any remaining air bubbles.
  • Let the french macarons rest for an hour. There needs to be a dry layer on the top. You should be able to run your finger over the top without any transferring to your finger. If it is really humid outside this process will likely take longer.
  • Preheat the oven to 280 degrees (F). This is the temperature that I have found works well for my oven, but you may need to play around with the temperature to find what works best for your oven.
  • Place the macarons on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 5 minutes, rotate the cookie sheet, bake for another 5 minutes and rotate the cookie sheet again, bake for 5 minutes. 15 minutes in total. The macarons should not have any color to them, and they should peel off of the mat easily.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  • If the macarons were baked correctly they should easily peel off of the silicone mat.

For Matcha Buttercream:

  • In a medium bowl with a hand mixer, beat the butter until it is very soft and creamy. The butter needs to be really soft or your buttercream won’t be as fluffy as it should be.
  • Add half of the powdered sugar. Beat until fully combined.
  • Add the rest of the powdered sugar, matcha, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for 5-6 minutes.
  • If the buttercream is too thick add heavy cream or milk, 1 tablespoon at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.

For Matcha Macaron Assembly:

  • Transfer the matcha buttercream frosting to a piping bag fitted with a piping tip.
  • Pipe your desired amount of icing onto the inside of one macaron shell.
  • Sandwich another macaron shell on top.

Nutrition

Serving: 1macaron | Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.8g | Protein: 1.5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1.3g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 14.6g | Calcium: 1mg
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