Funfetti Macarons

by Erin

This month I participated in Love & Olive Oil’s April Kitchen Challenege, and April was dedicated to tackling macarons. I know in the past I have expressed my dislike for macarons, but after enjoying the meringue cookies I made and therefore debunking my dislike for meringue, figured I should give macarons another shot. And in light of this macaron extravaganza, I am giving away an 8 piece Signature Macaron Collection from Sucré to one lucky reader! (Details at the end of this post.)


Most recipes I’ve seen call for specific weight measurements, which is understandable in an effort to get more consistent results with a notoriously finicky treat. Although I do own a kitchen scale, for some reason decided to be stupid brave and go without. This is where I admit that my macarons were not perfect. They didn’t have the typical edges of a macaron cookie, and some were cracked or concave underneath. In the future since the batter was quite easy to make, I will take the extra minute and weigh everything.

That being said…  Sweet glory they were delicious! What have I been doing with my life, hating macarons all this time? I’ve only had one macaron in my life from a coffee shop and was unimpressed by their dry cruchy-ness, but these babies were not dry at all and perfectly chewy. Of course, the funfetti flavor probably was a significant factor in their desirability. Regardless, I’m very glad I decided to partake in this challenge and can’t wait to see what’s up in May!

Funfetti Macarons

Two years ago: Mexican Mac and Cheese


Makes approximately 3 dozen



5 egg whites, at room temperature

1/2 cup superfine sugar

1-3/4 cups almond flour

2 cups powdered sugar

2 Tbsp rainbow sprinkles


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup dry white or yellow cake mix

2 cups powdered sugar

1 Tbsp milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Rainbow sprinkles, placed in a small shallow dish


  1. On three pieces of parchment, use a pencil to draw 1.5-inch circles about 2 inches apart. Flip each sheet over and place each sheet on three baking sheets; set aside.
  2. Place the egg whites in your mixer’s bowl and whip on medium until frothy. Increase the speed to high and gradually pour in the superfine sugar. Continue to beat until the mixture is glossy and stiff peaks form.
  3. Sift together the almond flour and powdered sugar into a large mixing bowl and mix well. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in 1/4 of the meringue into the almond mixture. Continue folding the rest of the meringue until completely incorporated. Fold in sprinkles.
  4. Fit a piping bag with a 3/8-inch round tip and fill it with the macaron mixture. Pipe the batter onto the baking sheets, in the previously drawn circles. Tap the underside of the baking sheet to remove air bubbles and allow to dry at room temperature for 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 315. Bake the macarons for 12 to 15 minutes; cookies are done when they no longer jiggle when you touch them on top. Rotate the baking sheet after 6 minutes for even baking.
  6. Remove macarons from oven and transfer to a cooling rack; do not remove from baking sheets. Let completely cool. When cool, slide a metal offset spatula or pairing knife underneath the macaron to remove from parchment.
  7. While the macarons cool, prepare the filling. In a large bowl, beat butter on medium speed until smooth. Turn to low and slowly add in powdered sugar and cake mix. Turn speed up to medium and beat for 1 minute until smooth. Add in milk and vanilla, continue mixing until desired consistency is reached, adding more powdered sugar or milk if necessary.
  8. Pair macarons of similar size, and pipe about 1/2 tsp of the filling onto one of the macarons. Sandwich macarons and roll the sides in sprinkles.

Source: Adapted from Diethood and Serious Eats.

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Disclosure: Giveaway provided by Sucré. I was not compensated for this post.


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Jennifer C. April 28, 2013 - 9:34 pm

Red velvet macarons were my favorite, but now funfetti just might be!

Amy L April 28, 2013 - 9:26 pm

My favorite macaron flavor is lemon filled with lemon curd.

Amber April 28, 2013 - 8:25 pm

Chocolate or pistachio!

Grace Inman April 28, 2013 - 7:35 pm

i love macaroons! I like chocolate and lemon flavors :)

Lisa Read Painter April 28, 2013 - 5:10 pm


Katherine April 28, 2013 - 4:38 pm

I think I would love the chocolate and orange blossom

Robert Pyszk April 28, 2013 - 3:54 pm

I love Almond !!!

Sheree April 28, 2013 - 11:19 am

My favorite would be Pecan

Breanne April 28, 2013 - 12:56 am

I’ve never tried one but I’m sure I’d love chocolate

Mya Murphy April 27, 2013 - 11:56 pm

I cannot say. I’ve never tried.

Karen A. April 27, 2013 - 11:35 pm

Coconut is my favorite and it’s been a long time since I’ve had any.

Jennifer Paige April 27, 2013 - 10:39 pm

I’ve never had one, but I’d love to try this recipe :)

Laurie Emerson April 27, 2013 - 10:35 pm

I love Toasted Coconut with caramel.

BILL H April 27, 2013 - 10:07 pm

Salted Caramel

Tim Stephens April 27, 2013 - 10:03 pm

I love a Chocolate… so good

Christine April 27, 2013 - 10:00 pm

cinnamon macaron

Lisa Garner April 27, 2013 - 9:57 pm

I love chocolate macarons.

Darcy Bishop April 27, 2013 - 9:52 pm


Carmen Peterson April 27, 2013 - 8:13 pm

Vanilla Bean for sure!

Amanda K. April 27, 2013 - 8:03 pm

My favorite would have to be coconut!

Karrie Millheim April 27, 2013 - 7:42 pm

I love the coconut

Anthony April 27, 2013 - 6:55 pm

Chocolate macaron

susan smoaks April 27, 2013 - 4:40 pm

french macaroons are my favorite

Susan Smith April 27, 2013 - 3:45 pm

My favorite is Coconut.

Starr Greenwell April 27, 2013 - 1:38 pm

Vanilla bean, I love macaroons

kristen m April 27, 2013 - 12:45 pm

vanilla and chocolate! It’s impossible to pick between two classics :-)

Kimberly Hilbert April 27, 2013 - 12:29 pm

I have never had a real macaroon. A friend of mine got some from her husband who traveled to Europe. She said they were wonderful. I’d love to try the coconut ones.

Lynne T. April 27, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Chocolate for sure!

Debra Hall April 27, 2013 - 10:10 am

my favorites are cinnamon or vanilla macaron

carol April 27, 2013 - 9:20 am

I have never had the pleasure of having one. My toughest recipe challenge was a small wedding cake for my sister.

Judy Estrin April 27, 2013 - 8:42 am

Love the coconut flavor.

Jennifer Reed April 26, 2013 - 10:55 pm

Chocolate is my favorite flavor for macaroons.

Valerie Taylor Mabrey April 26, 2013 - 9:52 pm

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Tracy L Davis April 26, 2013 - 8:53 pm

My favorite flavor is pistachio

rachel April 26, 2013 - 1:39 pm

Anything chocolate for sure!

Mary Calabrese April 26, 2013 - 12:45 pm

Any flavor! But salted caramel is wonderful!

ky2here April 26, 2013 - 11:54 am

A friend makes lemon hazelnut and they are delicious. i can’t get the moisture content right with these. Mine are either soggy or crisp – I cannot locate moist!

shawna April 26, 2013 - 11:26 am

Pistachio is my fav.

Nicole Newby April 26, 2013 - 9:25 am

I have never tried them, but I would love to! Caramel or vanilla sounds delicious!

Nancy April 26, 2013 - 8:14 am

My favorites are almond, chocolate and coconut.

Shani F. April 26, 2013 - 6:48 am

I think I’d love the pistachio flavor.

Margaret Smith April 26, 2013 - 5:55 am

My favorite is Coconut.
Thanks so much.

Cynthia C April 26, 2013 - 5:31 am

I’ve never had any, but I’d love to try them!

Louis April 25, 2013 - 9:10 pm

caramel or mocha flavored!
Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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ErinsFoodFiles April 25, 2013 - 5:13 pm

I love pistachio macarons!

Vera K April 25, 2013 - 3:01 pm

I like coconut macaroons.

Vunda V April 25, 2013 - 8:12 am

ive never tried them! they look good though

Christine @ Christine's Kitchen Chronicles April 23, 2013 - 7:43 am

I tried making macarons once and only half of them ended up with feet. My favorite flavor is probably pistachio with chocolate ganache or vanilla with fresh raspberry preserves. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

Vicki April 23, 2013 - 12:39 am

My favorite macaron is coconut or chocolate.

Shelly April 22, 2013 - 10:44 pm

I’ve never had one before, but I’d probably go for chocolate.

Holly B April 22, 2013 - 10:02 pm

Green tea macarons are amazing!

Elin April 22, 2013 - 9:15 pm

There is a little bakery in Pittsburgh that makes the best I’ve ever had. ( Favorite flavor would have to be chocolate. One can never go wrong with chocolate.

Corisa April 22, 2013 - 8:54 pm


Anne April 22, 2013 - 8:07 pm

Chocolate macaron? Swoon!

Michelle April 22, 2013 - 7:27 pm

Vanilla is my fave

Leslie April 22, 2013 - 6:41 pm

I have never had a macaron, so I don’t know my favorite flavor yet. I hope I win, so I can finally try a good one.

Anne April 22, 2013 - 6:31 pm

I’ve never made macarons but your lovely results are making me eager to try!

barbara n April 22, 2013 - 6:26 pm

My favorite macaron flavor is salted caramel

libby April 22, 2013 - 6:25 pm

I have never tasted a macaroon, but would sure like too!

Natalie S April 22, 2013 - 5:47 pm

I love vanilla bean macaroons!

Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen April 22, 2013 - 5:26 pm

I love the idea of funfetti macarons, these look so cute!

Lorelei April 22, 2013 - 5:01 pm

Oh my goodness, funfetti is such a brilliant idea!

I love orange and chocolate macarons!

Madeline April 22, 2013 - 4:58 pm

Chocolate and Coconut, either separate or together ;)

Mr. & Mrs. P April 22, 2013 - 1:02 pm

Nuetella and lavender are our favorite macaroon flavors!!!

Anne @The Cooking Campaign April 22, 2013 - 12:39 pm

I am terrified to make macarons, I’m just so sure the results will be disastrous. But yours look amazing!

spiffycookie April 22, 2013 - 12:45 pm

You are too kind! Mine definitely arn’t perfect and I want to retry but it rained the two days after my first attempt.

Lacy @ NYCityEats April 22, 2013 - 11:57 am

Wowww funfetti macarons!! I want them all! I haven’t worked up the courage to make my own macarons but when I do I think I’ll just have to try them funfetti style! These look amazing! YUM!!

leah April 22, 2013 - 11:36 am

My favorite flavor is pistachio, yum!!

Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel April 22, 2013 - 11:05 am

Good lawwwwd these look amazing, Erin! Funfetti can do no wrong. And after experiencing my first-ever macaron this spring in NYC, I am HOOKED.

Kristen April 22, 2013 - 11:02 am

I have never tried one, but I really want to!

Kaylin April 22, 2013 - 10:55 am

Funfetti is just too dang fun…these look yummy!

cassie April 22, 2013 - 10:43 am

don’t think i’ve ever had one! So if I win…. I’ll let ya know

emily April 22, 2013 - 10:26 am

i had a cinnamon macaron at LA Burdick in boston. was HEAVENLY, spicy and sweet. so good!

Kristin April 22, 2013 - 10:09 am

I had a pistachio macaron in Paris that was wonderful!

Joanne April 22, 2013 - 9:55 am

The thing that I’ve learned about macs is that while they so rarely LOOK perfect, they ALWAYS taste amazing! The funfetti flavor is so fun!

Dan from Platter Talk April 22, 2013 - 9:43 am

OK, these look fun AND delicious. Thanks for the fun idea – our kids are going to love making and enjoying these!

Zainab April 22, 2013 - 9:30 am

Vanilla bean macarons!

Zainab April 22, 2013 - 9:29 am

These are beautiful Erin!! Funfetti is such a fun twist on macarons. I bet they were yummy too :)

Chris April 22, 2013 - 9:17 am


Avery K. April 22, 2013 - 8:42 am

I’ve never had a macaron…I’ve been waiting to find the right bakery so I get the best first taste!

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) April 22, 2013 - 8:19 am

Ooooh look at fancy you!

I wasn’t a big fan of macarons either but then when I went to Bouchon Bakery with Hayley and tried their vanilla macaron, I was a convert!

Tracey April 22, 2013 - 8:14 am

Oooops, I commented before reading the giveaway question :) My favorite macaron flavor is salted caramel!

Tracey April 22, 2013 - 8:13 am

I have some egg whites on my counter right now just begging to be turned into macarons. I’m still trying to decide on a flavor and funfetti is VERY tempting!


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