Funfetti Macarons

Hello, friends! Today I will show you how to make Funfetti Macarons. These macarons are filled with Cream Cheese Frosting and Edible Funfetti Cookie Dough!

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Funfetti Macarons topped with sprinkles.

Initially, this recipe was published a few years ago, but now I am changing it up, to add an Edible Funfetti Cookie Dough to the filling of the macarons, along with the Cream Cheese Frosting.

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The Edible Funfetti Cookie Dough is game changer! It adds another layer of flavor and texture to the cookies that’s really outstanding.

Funfetti Macarons topped with sprinkles.

After all, what exactly is a Funfetti flavor! How to accomplish it, just by adding sprinkles to it?

Well, yes, and also I used a Cake Batter (or Birthday Cake) extract to the edible cookie dough and to the cream cheese frosting.

You can find the cake batter extract online, but if you can’t find it, just add a mix of vanilla and almond extracts, I put the recommendations below on how to do the substitution.

Funfetti Macarons topped with sprinkles.Funfetti Macarons topped with sprinkles.

These Funfetti Macarons are also known as Confetti Macarons, Birthday Macarons, or Cake Batter Macarons.

Tips on how to make Funfetti Macarons

  • Put the sprinkles on top of the macarons as soon as you are done popping the air bubbles with a toothpick, because if the macarons dry up the sprinkles won’t stick on the surface.
  • Don’t use heavy sprinkles, or chocolate based sprinkles, they will make the top of the macaron sink or melt.
  • If you can’t find cake batter extract, use a mix of vanilla and almond extract.
  • For the filling, if you don’t want to use almond flour, just go for all-purpose flour, you can treat-heat it by placing in the microwave for one minute, stirring in between, and then let it cool down completely before using.
  • If making lighter color shells, feel free to place a piece of aluminum foil on top of the macarons right at the final 5 minutes of baking.
Funfetti Macarons

These Funfetti Macarons are some of my favorites now because of the cookie dough filling, what could be better!

Here are some more of my favorite macarons you may also enjoy:

Birthday cake Macarons topped with sprinkles.

If you are just getting started with macarons, I have a lot of resources that can help you. Visit Macaron School for posts about troubleshooting, guide for beginners, tips and tricks, the science behind macarons.

Funfetti Macarons topped with sprinkles.

Just check out how fluffy these are!!

Thank you so much for reading! If you make this recipe please tag me on instagram, or leave a comment below, I love to see it!

Funfetti Macarons topped with sprinkles.

Funfetti Macarons

Camila Hurst
Funfetti Macarons, birthday macarons, or confetti macarons. Whatever you may call it. Here they are, in all their glory!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, French
Servings 26 assembled macarons
Calories 90 kcal


Funfetti Macaron Shells
  • 4 grams egg white powder
  • 100 grams egg whites
  • 100 grams white granulated sugar
  • 105 grams almond flour
  • 105 grams powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup non-pareils sprinkles
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 85 grams cream cheese softened
  • 42 grams unsalted butter softened
  • 125 grams powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp birthday cake extract or 1/2 tsp of vanilla and 1/8 tsp of almond extract
Edible Funfetti Cookie Dough
  • 28 grams unsalted butter softened
  • 25 grams granulated sugar
  • 32 grams almond flour or heat treated all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp birthday cake extract or 1/2 tsp of vanilla and 1/8 tsp of almond extract
  • 1 tbsp nonpareils sprinkles


Macaron Shells
  • Before you start, get all of the ingredients ready. Prepare two piping bags, fitted with a round tip, I used a 1/4” diameter tip. Set aside.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  • Measure out all of the ingredients.
  • Sift the powdered sugar and almond flour. Set it aside.
  • Whisk the sugar and the egg white powder (if using) in a bowl, and place it over a pan with barely simmering water.
  • Add the egg whites to the sugar and whisk the mixture until frothy and the sugar is completely melted. It will take a couple of minutes. You can test by touching the mixture between your fingers, and if you feel any sugar granules just keep whisking the mixture over the water bath.
  • Make sure the bottom of the bowl isn’t touching the simmering water because you don’t want the whites to cook.
  • Also, don’t overheat the sugar syrup, this may cause issues down the line, such as wrinkly macarons.
  • Transfer the syrup to the bowl of a stand mixer.With the whisk attachment, start whisking the syrup on low for about 30 seconds, then gradually start increasing speed to medium. Whisk on medium for one to two minutes, until the mixture is white and starting to become fluffy. Raise the speed to medium-high and whisk for a few minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Best way to check this is to keep your eye on the whites. Once they get glossy and you start seeing streaks formed by the whisk, it might be time to stop.
  • Whip until stiff peaks have formed. When you pull your whisk up, the peak should be stiff and shooting straight up, with possibly a slight bend at the top, but not bending down to the side.
  • Pour the sifted powdered sugar and almond flour into the stiff meringue.
  • Start folding gently forming a letter J with a spatula.
  • Fold the dry ingredients with the meringue just until you see no more dry ingredients in the meringue.As soon as you see no more dry ingredients in the meringue, stop stirring. Divide the batter between two different bowls.
  • Work with one bowl at a time, leaving the other one covered meanwhile.To the first batter I didn’t add any food coloring, so just stir until the perfect consistency is achieved. The batter should be flowing slowly and effortlessly off the spatula, you should be able to pick up some batter with the spatula and draw several figure 8s with the batter that’s flowing, without having the batter break up. And even after the batter breaks up, it should still continue to flow off the spatula slowly.
  • There’s another test you can do. I call it the Teaspoon test.Grab a teaspoon of batter and spoon onto the parchment paper or silicon mat. Wait a minute to see how it behaves.If the batter stays stiff, forming a point and doesn’t spread out, fold a little bit more, about 3 folds.
  • Test again.
  • Once the batter spreads out a bit and starts to look glossy and smooth on top, on the parchment paper, it’s ready.
  • You don’t want your batter to be too runny either. So be careful not to over mix. It’s always best to under mix and test several times until the proper consistency has been achieved.
  • Once the first batter achieves the perfect consistency, transfer it to a piping bag fitted with a round tip. Secure the top with a tie, so the batter doesn’t scape while piping, and to keep the batter from drying out while you work with the remaining batter. Set the piping bag aside.
  • Now, it’s time to work with the second batter. I colored the second batter blue. After adding food coloring, stir until the perfect consistency is achieved, like I’ve explained above.
  • Transfer the blue batter to a piping bag fitted with a round tip. And secure the top with a tie.
  • Now begin piping. Position the piping bag over the center of the circle template, and start applying gentle pressure to release the batter. Then pull the bag up twisting slightly at the top.
  • Once you’ve piped as many circles as you could, bang the trays against the counter. Use a toothpick to pop any air bubbles on the surface of the shells.
  • Then pour some sprinkles on the macarons while their surface is still wet, so they will stick.
  • Repeat until you are done piping both the blue and the white batters.
  • Let the trays sit for a while so the shells will dry out a little bit. I usually leave about 20-40 minutes, depending on how humid the day is, how much food coloring you have added, and on the consistency of the batter. You’ll know the macarons are ready to be baked. When you gently touch the surface of a macaron and it seems dry, and doesn’t stick to your finger.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 300ºF.Bake one tray at a time.Bake for 5 minutes, rotate the tray in the oven to bake evenly on all sides. And then continue baking.I bake each tray for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • When baked, the macarons will have a deeper color and formed feet. If you try to move a macaron, it shouldn’t feel jiggly. If the macaron is still jiggly, keep baking.
  • Remove from the oven and bake the other tray.
  • Let the macarons cool down before proceeding with the filling.
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Beat the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer, for about 2 minutes, until light and fluffy. With the mixer off, add the powdered sugar.
  • Mix on low to incorporate the powdered sugar with the cream cheese and butter.
  • Raise the speed to medium high and beat the mixture for one minute, then add the birthday cake extract (or vanilla and almond extracts) and mix to combine. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a small round tip.
Edible Funfetti Cookie Dough
  • Beat the butter with a mixer for 30 seconds.
  • Add the sugar and beat the mixture for another 30 seconds.
  • Add the flour, milk, and birthday cake extract (or vanilla and almond extracts) to the bowl and beat just until incorporated. It should be a thick and smooth dough, such as cookie dough. If the dough is too soft and sticky, add 1 teaspoon of flour at a time to make it thicker, and if the dough is too dry, add a few drops of milk or water to help it come together. Add the sprinkles and mix to combine.
  • You can make this with all-purpose flour instead of almond flour, just make sure to heat-treat it first, place it in the microwave for one minute, then let it cool down completely before making the recipe.
To assemble
  • Pipe a ring of frosting around the edges of the bottom macaron shells.
  • Then place a bit of Edible Funfetti Cookie Dough in the center.
  • Top with another shell. Let the macarons sit in the fridge overnight before serving.
  • Store the macarons in the fridge for up to 4-5 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.


Vinegar: Before starting make sure to wipe down the bowls, whisks, silicone mats and everything you are going to use with vinegar, to avoid any grease particles of coming into contact with the meringue and batter.
Egg white powder: Egg White Powder is not the same as meringue powder. Egg White Powder is made of only egg whites. They help with getting fuller shells, and specially when adding a lot of food coloring to the batter, because they make the shells dry faster. I recommend experimenting with it if you can find it. I use 4 grams for each 100 grams of egg whites.
Food coloring: Make sure to use gel food coloring, not liquid. For all the colors here I used Americolor. If you are a beginner macaron baker, I recommend going easy on the food coloring, as it can alter your batter a lot, and it can take extra mixing time, specially if you continue to add the food coloring as you do the macaronage.
Scale: Please use a scale when measuring the ingredients for accuracy.
Macaron amount: it will vary greatly depending on how big you pipe the shells, and on how runny or thick the batter is.
Baking time/temperature: Baking time and temperature will vary according to your own oven. I recommend experimenting with your oven to find out the best time, temperature, position of the baking tray.
Oven thermometer: Make sure to have an oven thermometer to bake macarons. It’s one of the most important things about making macarons. Home ovens aren’t accurate at all at telling the temperature, and even a slight 5 degree difference can make or break your whole batch.
Tray rotation: Lots of bakers don’t have to rotate the trays 180 degrees in the oven after 5 minutes, but I do have to with my oven, or I will get lopsided macarons. Please adjust this according to your oven.
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  1. 5 stars
    Hello Camila
    Thank you so very much for the step by step how to make macaroons. I follow the Swiss method and have been successful so far (4 times)
    Today I am making the funfetti macarons, they look so pretty
    ( wish I could show you the pics here)
    Thank you again for the hard work you you’v Done by putting this together and sharing your recipe

  2. 5 stars
    I used a different recipe for the shells, but this filling combination was AMAZING. These were a huge hit at a bridal shower. Thank you!

  3. Thanks for sharing your amazing recipes! What piping tip did you use to get the scalloped edge look on the filling? So cute!

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