Orange macarons are round, colored cookies consisting of a ganache or buttercream filling between two halves. Macarons are often filled with orange custard or buttercream that melts into your mouth.
Most people don’t try out making macarons at home because they feel it’s very complex, but today I bring you my version of the macaron recipe that is simple and easy to make requiring a few ingredients only.
Orange macarons are a treat all over the world and flavor options are endless. What I love about this recipe is that you can make macaron shells ahead of time and keep them in the fridge. When the time comes, you can fill the macarons with your desired filling.
What Will You Need to Make Orange Macaron Shells?
To make the shells, you only need a few ingredients that are readily available in most homes.
- Almond meal: The main ingredient of the macaron shells is the almond meal. You can either make it at home or buy it from a supermarket. I prefer making it at home with fresh almonds and powdered sugar.
- Egg whites: When making macarons, always weigh egg whites rather than measure them.
- Cream of tartar: It prevents the water and protein of the eggs from separating. If you don’t want to use it, you can use lemon juice, and vinegar instead.
- Orange extract: For macarons, always use an extract that is not oil-based.
- Food colors: Use gel-based or powdered food colors for macarons, as water-based colors change the consistency of macarons.
How to Make Orange Macarons At Home?
Follow this recipe to make fluffy and sweet orange macarons at home from scratch.
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Orange Macarons Topping Ideas
Here are some toppings you can try with these orange macarons.
1. Orange Marmalade
- 1 cup peeled and chopped oranges
- 3 tbsp water
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp orange zest
Take a small saucepan, add all the ingredients and bring it to a boil. Cook everything to make a syrup. Once the marmalade is glossy and sticky, turn off the heat and let it cool.
2. Dark Chocolate Ganache
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 4 ounces dark chocolate
Chop the dark chocolate and place it in a bowl. Heat cream in a small pan, and add chocolate pieces. Stir until it’s all melted. Make sure to cool the chocolate ganache before piping.
3. Vanilla Buttercream
- 2 cups unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 7 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tbsp whipping cream
Beat butter with vanilla extract for 30-40 seconds. Slowly add sugar while mixing with a spatula. Mix everything until everything is dissolved.