Lemon Macarons

Gluten free lemon french macaron shells filled with a vegan coconut buttercream frosting make a delectable and sunny sweet treat.

Lemon French Macarons filled with coconut buttercream make the perfect sunny sweet treat!!
No matter how many times I make french macarons, I always breathe a sigh of relief when I open my oven door and see that they baked up okay.

They can be finicky little treats and don’t always work out but when they do, they are totally worth the effort in the end……..and I can’t think of any occasion more worth it than a baby shower :)

Surprise! It’s been a week of celebrations around here and today, a bunch of my blogging pals are throwing a virtual baby shower for three of our friends:

Natalie of Tastes Lovely

Isadora of She Likes Food

Jessica of Flying Jess Fuel

Natalie actually had her adorable baby boy in November, Izzy is having a baby girl and Jess is having a baby boy. They are all first time mamas and we couldn’t be more excited for them!

Scroll down to the end of the post to see what other tasty bites everyone else “brought” and don’t forget to stop by Natalie, Isadora and Jessica’s blog to wish them all the best.

Triple Baby Shower
Lemon is my favorite and always reminds me of spring and happy beginnings so when I was trying to think of what to make for the shower back in November, these Lemon Macarons just seemed like the best fit for this occasion!

Lemon French Macarons filled with coconut buttercream make the perfect sunny sweet treat!!
I’ve been dreaming about spring lately and these are just full of bright and refreshing flavors in every bite!

I infused the gluten free shells with lemon zest and lemon extract and filled them with a dreamy vegan coconut frosting.

They make a light and whimsical dessert and perfect for celebrating a birthday, shower or anytime you could use a burst of sunshine :)

Lemon French Macarons filled with coconut buttercream make the perfect sunny sweet treat!!

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Lemon Macarons

Lemon french macaron shells filled with coconut buttercream make a delectable and sunny sweet treat.

14 minCook Time

14 minTotal Time

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107 grams egg whites (3 large egg whites), aged for at least 48 hours

117 grams almond flour

176 grams powdered sugar

64 g superfine sugar

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Zest from 1 lemon, very finely grated (using a Microplane is best)

1 teaspoon pure lemon extract

Few drops yellow food coloring (optional)

Coconut Vegan Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup solid unrefined coconut oil (or use unsalted softened butter if not vegan)

4-5 cups powdered sugar

pinch salt

1/2 teaspoon pure lemon extract

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1-2 teaspoons coconut cream, to thin out (or heavy cream if not vegan)


  1. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. Measure the almond meal, powdered sugar, and place into the bowl of a food processor. Process the mixture finely, then sift through a fine mesh sieve discarding any large bits. Set aside.
  3. With a stand mixer or hand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk egg whites at medium speed with cream of tartar until the egg whites begin to foam. Slowly sprinkle in superfine sugar. Slowly increase speed to medium-high and beat until a firm meringue forms with stiff glossy peaks. Add lemon zest, lemon extract and food coloring gel if using and whisk until incorporated.
  4. Use a rubber spatula, gently fold the almond meal mixture into the egg whites. Only fold the batter in one direction by sliding the spatula into the center of the batter, then lifting it up and letting the batter fall back onto itself. The batter is ready to pipe when it has a smooth, shiny surface and flows like lava in one large ribbon off the spatula. Be careful not to overmx. To check consistency, drop a spoonful of batter and it should have a peak that quickly relaxes back into the batter. It generally takes about 20-25 strokes to work the batter, but this number isn’t as important as how the batter looks. Start checking at around 18 strokes
  5. Transfer mixture to a pastry bag with a plain round tip. (I used the No. 12 Wilton tip)
  6. Pipe rounds onto prepared baking sheets, leaving space between the macarons to allow batter to spread.
  7. Once all macarons have been piped, pick up baking sheet with both hands and tap it firmly on counter several times. This will remove any air bubbles.
  8. Let macarons sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on humidity levels. The macarons are ready to bake when tops are no longer sticky to touch.
  9. Preheat oven to 300 F. When macarons are dry to the touch, bake *both trays at same time (*if your oven has room, otherwise bake one at a time) for 12-14 minutes, rotating trays after 10 minutes. Let macarons cool completely on parchment paper before removing and filling.

  10. To make the frosting:
  11. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the coconut oil until it has become smooth and lump-free.
  12. Slowly add 2 cups of powdered sugar on low speed. Add more powdered sugar to desired consistency. Once the sugar has been absorbed, add the salt, lemon and vanilla extract. Add in remaining sugar, one cup at a time, until the buttercream has reached your desired spreading consistency. If it becomes too thick, add 1-2 teaspoons of coconut cream or heavy cream. Turn mixer to high speed and beat for an additional 2 minutes until smooth and fluff

  13. To assemble:
  14. Transfer the buttercream into a pastry bag and fill the macarons.
  15. Store the filled macarons in airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.


Adapted from BraveTart


Lemon French Macarons filled with coconut buttercream make the perfect sunny sweet treat!!

Congratulations Natalie, Izzy and Jess! ♥

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Lemon Lime Bars – Bake. Eat. Repeat.

Chocolate and Salted Caramel Swirled Meringues – Floating Kitchen

Prosciutto-Wrapped Avocado Crostini with Balsamic Glaze – My Sequined Life

Mediterranean Stuffed Mini Peppers – Kristine’s Kitchen

Mini Chocolate Bundt Cakes – My Kitchen Craze

Pepper Jack and Bacon Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes – A Latte Food

No Bake Baileys Smores Mousse Cups – With Salt and Wit

Strawberry Shortcake Bread – Maebells

Banana Cream Pie Dessert Nachos – Whole and Heavenly Oven

Lemon Cream Pie Bites – Bakerita

Balsamic Strawberry Wonton Bites – Sweet Peas & Saffron

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Lovely comments

  1. You make the best macarons, Kelly! I’ve never attempted them before, but you make it look so easy. I’m loving this fresh flavor! So perfect for a baby shower and to remind us that spring is on the way!
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  2. Kelly, you are totally the QUEEN of all things macaron!! And these little beauties are no different. You nailed ’em! I love the lemon—it’s totally making me excited for all things spring!
    Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven recently posted…Banana Cream Pie Dessert Nachos

  3. These are beautiful Kelly! Lemon desserts mean that it is nearly spring – yay!
    I have never tried to make my own macaroons, as I just don’t think they will live up to the ones I had in Paris.
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  4. You always make the most beautiful macarons, Kelly! Maybe you should teach a class! :)

  5. what i know about macroon is if you want to make it perfect then you need know the technique. you madeit perfect and beautifully captures it
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  6. These macarons are sensational!!! I think everyone, professional bakers included, breathe a sigh of relief when then see their macarons are a success. Those things are so darn finicky. Yours look beautiful and perfect for a baby shower!

  7. Oh wow, these macarons are SO pretty, Kelly!!! That bright yellow color is totally making my day! Plus anything lemon this time of year makes my belly smile! These are absolutely perfect for a Baby Shower! Or perfect for just me, because I know I could devour all of these on my own. 😉 Cheers, my dear! <3

  8. WOW! These look beautiful! I can almost taste them! SO pretty and delicious! Also, I love that you used vegan buttercream! How fun is that! And lemon is so perfect for a light, refreshing treat! YUM!
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  9. Oh macarons are on my bucket list. I’ve never attempted them because I’m a bit nervous about the whole thing. The way you’ve piped the filling is just adorable. I love it!
    Liz @ Floating Kitchen recently posted…Chocolate and Salted Caramel Swirled Meringues

  10. It has taken me forever, but I finally mastered the macaron! Now I want to make every flavor, starting with these lemon macarons. They are lovely!
    Jen | Baked by an Introvert recently posted…Irish Chocolate Coffee Bundt Cake

  11. These baked up perfectly, all right, and sunny yellow macarons are so perfect for a baby shower! I love lemon, and that vegan coconut filling sounds so delicious! Beautiful job, Kelly. :)
    marcie recently posted…Key Lime Cheesecake Bars with Coconut Macadamia Crust

  12. Lovely macarons, as always, Kelly! And congrats to all the first-time mama’s and mamas to be! What’s better than macarons at a shower? Nothing much… ; )

  13. Wow!! These are amazing! I am so ready for Spring flavors!
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  14. These macarons look absolutely perfect, and so delicious!

  15. These are just like a box full of sunshine! They are so happy! I love it! And of course they sound delicious too!! Have a great weekend Kelly!!
    Ashley@CookNourishBliss recently posted…Pulled Pork and Mushroom Quinoa Casserole

  16. So gorgeous! What a beautiful treat for a baby shower. I love anything with lemon and know that I would love these.
    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor recently posted…Stitch Fix Review February 2016

  17. I’ve been dreaming about spring too! This are the perfect escape from the freezing rain. I’ll just pretend the sun is shining and flowers are blooming as I enjoy these!

  18. OH. My. Goodness. These are little bites of heaven!! Love the coconut-lemon flavors together, and now I want to try to make macarons! (I’ve never had the guts before!)
    Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron recently posted…Balsamic Strawberry Wonton Bites

  19. These are perfect, Kelly! Thank you! I’ve r made macarons before but I love to eat them and lemon is one of my favorite flavors! And they are gluten free and vegan, yah!
    Izzy @ She Likes Food recently posted…Lemon, Wild Blueberry & Almond Protein Smoothie

  20. I’m pretty sure on every macaron recipe I comment that I really should give them another try but I’ve been too terrified…. Lol. They are so tricky! Especially without experience. THESE are perfect and beautiful though! And I love the lemon and coconut combination :)
    Ashley | The Recipe Rebel recently posted…Mom’s (Almost) No Bake Pineapple Squares

  21. Those lemon macarons are adorable! I love how bright and happy they look – like spring! Perfect for a shower!
    Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. recently posted…Lemon Lime Bars

  22. I’ve attempted macarons before but they’ve never come out fluffy and perfect like yours! These lemon ones give me reason to try again. :) They look amazing and like they’ll hurry spring along!

  23. So many babies!!! Your macarons are so gorgeous and I’m so impressed that the feet look so good. My last batch was super flat so I need to try them again.
    Kelly – A Side of Sweet recently posted…Hiking Black Sands Beach

  24. Well this is just the nicest surprise! I’m so lucky to have you as a blogging friend. You’re just too sweet Kelly! And I love love love lemon desserts. They’re the first thing I crave when spring comes around. These macarons are perfection : )
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  25. Just so perfect <3
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  26. I love lemon! These look amazing. I know they would not look that good if I made them though. 😉
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  27. These are so pretty and I love the sound of the filling too, so bright!

  28. These look perfect! And that coconut filling is dreamy.
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  29. These macarons are stunning- and I love how the vegan coconut buttercream makes these dairy-free :)

  30. What a perfect treat for a baby shower! Love the coconut buttercream filling!
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction recently posted…Loaded White Turkey Chili

  31. Such gorgeous macarons! I need to remake the one and only macarons on my blog—or maybe I should just make these lemon beauties!
    Liz recently posted…Homemade Beef Barley Soup

  32. You ladies are so sweet!! I love these!! I haven’t been brave enough to try macarons yet, but yours look absolutely perfect. Perfect for celebrating a shower!! XOXO!!
    Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel recently posted…Sedona, Arizona and The Grand Canyon

  33. These macarons are beautiful, Kelly! They do remind me of happiness and sunshine, and I love the lemon flavor.

  34. Lovely baby shower idea!! These Macarons are absolute stunners Kelly!! LOVE that filling!

  35. These are the perfect baby shower treat! & I can’t wait for lots of lemon treats this spring :) Also, I’ve never made macarons, but I completely understand the relief when a treat turns out!
    Megan – The Emotional Baker recently posted…Carrot Pistachio Muffins

  36. Oh Kelly – what a lovely treat for a baby shower! Your french macarons are GORGEOUS! I’ve struggled with french macarons and haven’t quite perfected them yet so I am in awe! And love love love the lemon zest in the macarons!
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  37. I love all your Macarons Kelly and these ones are making me wish for a sunny Spring to hurry up and arrive!

  38. haha totally agree..it’s like your heart is in the mouth till they turn out okay! love these Kelly, so perfect for spring!
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  39. Hi, Kelly! This is most certainly one of the most adorable macarons I’ve seen – and I LOVE that yellow color. So bright and so inviting! Just YUM!
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  40. These macarons could not be any more gorgeous, Kelly! Everything you make is absolutely stunning! These look absolutely perfect for a virtual baby shower :)

  41. It is always exciting and scary to make macarons! These look perfect Kelly! Great for a baby shower!
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  42. Kelly, I love these lemon macarons!!! LOVE the vegan coconut buttercream frosting!!! and what a sweet baby shower you guys threw!
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  43. I’ve never made macarons before, but your beautiful lemon creations sure make me want to! They are perfect for a baby shower!
    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks recently posted…Mint Chocolate Chip No-Churn Ice Cream

  44. I can taste these macarons from here! I would never think to add that lemon twist but you did and you did it so beautifully!
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  45. Kelly, they are simply perfect. Love love the color and the minion idea. The color is spot on perfect. I have a friend who loves lemon and I have to make this for her sometime.
    Lovely and HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY!!
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  46. I flipping love lemon too! It’s happy and bright and I love the tang! So I have to tell you Kelly, I made your salted caramel buttercream today from the apple pie cupcakes that you contributed to my blog and it is SO delicious! I may have been eating spoonfuls with my daughter after lunch. 😉 Thanks girl!
    Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later! recently posted…Blooming Spinach Artichoke Cups

  47. These are adorable, and look scrumptious! I bet I couldn’t stop at 1!
    Hopping over to check out the others in the shower now.
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  48. It looks amazing, I will try it for sure, thanks, awesome recipe.
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