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Earl Grey French Macarons

This earl grey french macaron recipe is guarenteed to please! The macaron shell is flavored with earl grey tea leaves and filled with honey buttercream.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: American Buttercream, earl grey, French Macaron, honey, Macarons, tea
Servings: 25 macarons
Calories: 109kcal
Cost: $12


For Macarons:

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

For Buttercream:

  • 1 stick (113 grams) unsalted butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon (20 grams) honey
  • 2 cups (226 grams) powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream or milk


For Macarons:

  • Line a cookie sheet with a silicone mat or you can use parchment paper if you don't have one.
  • Cut open each of the tea sachets and pour the contents into the food processor. Pulse the food processor a few times to break up any of the bigger leaves.
  • Add the powdered sugar and almond flour and pulse until fully combined and rid of lumps. Sift the combined dry ingredients into a large bowl. If you do not have a food processor you can just sift the ingredients together.
  • In a medium bowl, prepare the french meringue. Beat the egg whites on low speed with a hand mixer until they get frothy. Increase the speed and slowly add the sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form. If you want to add any food coloring, do it now, but use it sparingly or you will make the meringue too liquidy.
  • Add the french meringue into the dry ingredients and begin to gently fold. The batter should be fully combined and not streaky. When you are able to make a figure 8 with the batter in one motion, the batter is ready (more information on this process in my French Macaron Recipe). If it is too runny it has been over-mixed.
  • Transfer the batter to a piping bag fitted with a piping tip. Pipe 1-inch disks on to the silicone mat.
  • Tap the cookie sheet on the countertop 3 or 4 times to get rid of any air bubbles. Use a toothpick to pop any remaining air bubbles.
  • Allow the macarons to rest for an hour or until the tops of the macarons have dried. You will be able to gently run your finger over them without anyting getting on your finger.
  • Preheat the oven to 280 degrees (F).
  • Place the macarons on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 5 minutes, rotate the cookie sheet and bake for another 5 minutes, rotate the pan one last time and bake for 5 minutes. 15 minutes in total.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on the cookie sheet.
  • If the macarons were baked correctly they should easily peel off of the silicone mat.

For Buttercream:

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a medium bowl with a hand mixer, beat the butter until very soft and fluffy.
  • Add the honey and half of the powdered sugar. Beat until fully combined.
  • Add the rest of the powdered sugar and the heavy cream and beat for 5-6 minutes or until the buttercream is light and fluffy.
  • If the buttercream is too thick you can add more heavy cream.
  • Transfer the buttercream to a piping bag and pipe the desired amount of buttercream onto the inside of a macaron shell. Sandwich another macaron shell on top.


Serving: 1macaron | Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.1g | Protein: 1.2g | Fat: 5.3g | Saturated Fat: 2.3g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 14.1g | Calcium: 10mg