Passion Fruit Macarons (plus video)

Hello friends! Today I bring another Macaron flavor! Passion Fruit Macarons! Yay! I absolutely love passion fruit desserts! Check out the recipe, and make sure to watch the video in this page or on my youtube channel, showing you how to make these macarons!

Passion Fruit Macarons filled with passion fruit curd and marshmallow frosting topped with white chocolate and passion fruit seeds

Have you ever had passion fruit before? Well I grew up in Brazil, born and raised, and passion fruit is actually native to Brazil. So it’s really easy to come by this fruit at the market. However, here in the US, where I live now, it’s very rare to find passion fruit at the store.

Last week, I found some passion fruit at my local grocery store. They often carry specialty and imported exotic fruit from other countries, and I remember seeing passion fruit there once before. So my heart skipped a beat, and I filled up my basket with passion fruits!

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Passion Fruit Macarons filled with passion fruit curd and marshmallow frosting topped with white chocolate and passion fruit seeds

So yes, it may be possible to still find the actual fresh passion fruit, even if you live in the country side, in a small town like I do.

However, if you can’t find any fresh passion fruit around you, and you still want to make this, I am here to give you some good news!

You can easily find passion fruit pulp either at the frozen section of many grocery stores, or online! I get mine on amazon!

This is the one I usually get, and it’s Brazilian.

However, this time around, I was unable to get the Maguary, because it wasn’t going to arrive in time, so I had to resort to a different brand, and I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the puree I got from the other brand, which I am linking below.

It is a huge can, and it has way more passion fruit pulp than you will need for this Passion Fruit Macarons recipe. To me, that’s no issue! Since I adore passion fruit desserts, and this pulp will for sure be put to good use. I actually froze part of it, so now I have passion fruit pulp in my freezer ready for when the craving for passion fruit desserts strike.

Passion Fruit Macarons filled with passion fruit curd and marshmallow frosting topped with white chocolate and passion fruit seeds

It’s important to look for a passion fruit pulp that doesn’t have any sugar added. If you can only get passion fruit pulp, or juice, with sugar added to it, then omit the sugar in the curd recipe.

Actually, it’s pretty easy to come by Goya passion fruit juice at most grocery stores in the Latin Food aisle. And don’t get me wrong, the juice is delicious and I could drink a gallon of it, but it’s highly sweetened.

Passion Fruit Macarons filled with passion fruit curd and marshmallow frosting topped with white chocolate and passion fruit seeds

This passion fruit curd is so so good, you’ll probably want to eat it with a spoon! But leave some to fill the Passion Fruit Macarons, will you!

Here are some tips on how to make the Passion Fruit curd:

  • Cream the butter, sugar, and eggs in the bowl of a mixer, as you can see on the video. Then add the passion fruit pulp to the mixture. You will notice that the mixture will immediately separate. Fret not! Transfer it to a small saucepan and place it over low heat.
  • LOW heat! From medium low to low! Do not let the curd boil.
  • Do not stop stirring the curd.
  • Keep cooking for 5-10 minutes, stirring constantly, and taking care to not let the curd come to a boil.
  • The curd should be thick and coating the back of a spoon with a thick layer of curd.
  • Place the curd in a heat proof container in the fridge for at least 6 hours! It will get very thick in the fridge!
passion fruit curd to fill macarons

By requests, on the Passion Fruit Macarons video, I have included the exact number of the setting I use on my KitchenAid when whipping the meringue for the macarons.

As you may know, I use the Swiss method to make my macarons. And lately I’ve had a few readers ask me for this info, so I decided to include it in the video!

If you have any questions about macarons, feel free to ask me, send me a dm on instagram or an email, or comment on my blog, or youtube channel.

And if your question is about troubleshooting, it always helps if you include a picture of your macarons, to make it easier to pin point the problem.

Passion Fruit Macarons filled with passion fruit curd and marshmallow frosting topped with white chocolate and passion fruit seeds

I have over 50 macaron recipes on my blog!

Here are some more Macaron recipes and ideas you might like:

Passion Fruit Macarons filled with passion fruit curd and marshmallow frosting topped with white chocolate and passion fruit seeds

If you have never tried any passion fruit desserts, I really recommend you give this one a go. The curd by itself will totally convince you! My favorite dessert growing up was passion fruit mousse, which may be an upcoming dessert for the blog.

Also, please note that I have recently increased the amount of dry ingredients (almond flour and powdered sugar) on my standard macaron recipe. It makes a slight difference in the shells, and I am super pleased with the change.

Passion Fruit Macarons filled with passion fruit curd and marshmallow frosting topped with white chocolate and passion fruit seeds

Have a lovely day, and thank you so much for reading my blog!

This is the air-tight container I use to store my macarons in the fridge and in the freezer. They are really great for freezing macarons.

These are the piping bags I have been using for the past few months. They’re awesome!

Passion Fruit Macarons filled with passion fruit curd and marshmallow frosting topped with white chocolate and passion fruit seeds

Passion Fruit Macarons

Camila Hurst
Passion fruit is a tropical aromatic fruit, and it works so well for desserts because it’s tart and tangy. The macarons are filled with marshmallow frosting and passion fruit curd.
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 40 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 26 macarons
Calories 125 kcal


Macaron Shells
  • 100  grams  egg whites  3.5 oz
  • 100  grams  granulated sugar  3.5 oz
  • 105  grams  almond flour  3.7 oz
  • 105  grams  powdered sugar  3.7 oz
  • Food coloring I used yellow
Passion Fruit Curd
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup passion fruit pulp*
Marshmallow Frosting
  • egg whites
  • 1/2  cup  granulated sugar   100 grams, 3.5 oz.
  • 1/4  teaspoon  cream of tartar
  • 1/8  teaspoon  fine sea salt
  • teaspoon  vanilla extract
To assemble
  • 1/4  cup  white chocolate chips optional to drizzle on top
  • Passion fruit seeds optional


Macaron Shells
  • Before you start, get all of your ingredients ready. Prepare a large piping bag, fitted with a large round tip. Set aside.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon mat.
  • I use a baking mat with the macaron template already in it. You can make your own or print it from the internet, and just place it under silicon mat, or parchment paper. I recommend using a silicone mat.
  • Measure out all of your ingredients.
  • Sift powdered sugar and almond flour together. Set aside.
  • Place egg whites and granulated sugar in a heat proof bowl or in a double boiler. Over a pan of simmering water, whisk the whites and sugar until frothy and sugar completely melted. It will take a couple minutes. You can test by touching the mixture between your fingers, and if you feel any sugar granules just keep whisking mixture over the water bath.
  • Make sure the bottom of the bowl isn’t touching the simmering water.
  • Transfer mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer.
  • With the whisk attachment, start whisking mixture on low for about 30 seconds, then gradually start increasing speed to medium. Whisk on medium for one to two minutes, until mixture is white and starting to become fluffy. Raise speed to high 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.
  • Whisk until stiff peaks have formed. When you pull your whip up, the peak should form a bird’s beak shape, but shouldn’t be falling to the side, the peak should be stiff, forming a slightly curved shape at the top.
  • Pour powdered sugar and almond flour into stiff whites.
  • Start folding gently forming a letter J with a spatula.
  • Add the food coloring at this point, if using.
  • It’s time to stop folding when the batter is glossy and has a thick and flowing consistency. There are several ways to test this.
  • First, I pick up some batter with my spatula and try to draw a figure 8 with the batter that is dripping off the spatula. If you can form several 8 figures without the batter breaking up, that’s one indication that it might be ready.
  • 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 a bit, I start folding 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, I transfer my mixture to the piping bag.
  • You don’t want your batter to be too runny either. So be careful not to overmix. It’s always best to undermix and test several times until the proper consistency has been achieved.
  • The best way I can describe this stage being perfect is when you hold the spatula with batter on top of the bowl and the batter falls off the spatula slowly but effortlessly. The batter will keep flowing off the spatula non-stop, but not too quickly.
  • Transfer batter to a piping bag fitted with a round tip.
  • Place piping bag directly 90 degrees over the center of each macaron template. Apply equal pressure and carefully pipe for about 3 seconds, and then quickly pull the bag up twisting slightly.
  • Once you’ve piped as many circles as you could, bang the trays against the counter a few times each.
  • Let your 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. You’ll know they’re ready when you gently touch the surface of a macaron and it seems dry.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 300°F.
  • Bake one tray at a time.
  • Bake for 6 minutes, rotate the tray if needed.
  • I bake each tray for a total of 18-20 minutes.
  • When baked, the macarons will have a deeper color and formed feet. And they will be coming off the mat easily, and with a completely formed bottom.
  • Remove from the oven and bake the other tray.
  • Let the macarons cool down before proceeding with the filling.
Passion Fruit Curd
  • Cream the butter with an electric mixer for about 30 seconds at medium speed.
  • Add the sugar and salt to the butter and cream for another minute.
  • Add the egg yolks, one at a time, creaming until each egg yolk is incorporated before adding the next one.
  • Pour the passion fruit pulp in the bowl and mix. Mixture will seem curdled and separated, and that’s ok.
  • Transfer it to a small saucepan.
  • Start cooking at low heat, stirring non-stop with a spatula.
  • Keep cooking for 5-10 minutes. Don’t let the mixture boil, and don’t stop stirring.
  • The curd should be thick, coating the back of a spoon.
  • Depending on how high or low the heat is, the time will vary. I suggest keeping at low, or medium-low heat. You don’t want the eggs to boil, and you don’t want the mixture to stick to the bottom of the pan, which will easily happen if the heat is too high, or if you stop stirring.
  • Once the curd is ready, pour it into a heat-proof bowl, and let it cool down.
  • Place it in the fridge for at least 6 hours to chill through and get thick.
Marshmallow frosting
  • Mix all ingredients, except for the vanilla extract together in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  • Set the bowl over a pot of simmering water over medium heat.
  • Whisk mixture while it sits in the double boiler.
  • Keep whisking over simmering water until it reaches 140F.
  • That way the egg whites will be in a safe temperature to be consumed.
  • Move bowl to the mixer.
  • Whip with the whisk attachment for about 5 minutes on high speed.
  • Add vanilla and mix to combine.
To assemble
  • Pipe the marshmallow frosting around the edges of the bottom shell macarons.
  • Fill with the passion fruit curd. It makes it easier to place the curd in a piping bag and pipe it in the middle.
  • Place another shell on top.
  • Drizzle white chocolate and top with passion fruit seeds, if desired.
  • These macarons will store nicely in the fridge for up to 5 days. The marshmallow frosting doesn’t keep for too long, so I don’t recommend freezing them.


This recipe was made using unsweetened passion fruit pulp. If you use sweetened passion fruit juice for this recipe, make sure to omit the sugar so the curd is not overly sweet. You can find passion fruit pulp at some grocery stores, and I always get mine on Amazon.
Food coloring: Make sure to use gel food coloring. I use Wilton Color Right Performance Food Coloring Set. 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 every 5 minutes, but I do have to with my oven, or I will get lopsided macarons. Please adjust this according to your oven.
Keyword frenchmacarons, passion fruit

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  1. I always have a bag of frozen pulp in the freezer since I am obsessed with drinking passion fruit juice. If I want to use the frozen pulp, should I defrost it first?

  2. Have been doing the French method for years but I’m excited to try these using the Swiss method. A couple of questions: when heading the sugar/egg yolks for the shells, is it just until the sugar metls or do you need to bring it to a certain temp (140?–and btw latest food safe regulations now say 160). Also, with the marshmallow, how do these freeze/defrost?

    1. You should only heat it until the sugar melts, no need to get to a certain temperature, because the macarons will be baked later.
      Also I don’t recommend freezing them because of the curd and because of the marshmallow frosting. the marshmallow frosting doesn’t freeze great, and the curd might make the shells soggy.
      Thanks Beth!

      1. Thanks so much. Yes, I was concerned about the potential for sogginess from the curd as well the marshmallow freezing concern. Might opt for a different filling but will for sure be trying your method for the shells and the curd as well.

  3. Very nice, but it’s impossible to achieve that mustardy yellow with just yellow food coloring

  4. Very nice, but it’s impossible to achieve that mustardy yellow with just yellow food coloring

  5. 4 stars
    I attempted this recipe last week and was semi successful, but want to try again. I still have the passionfruit curd in the fridge, how long can i leave it in the fridge and still use it?

    Thanks 😊

    1. You could, but if you add too much, it will make the buttercream runny, or maybe even make it separate and curdle. And the amount you will add might not be enough to give the buttercream a really strong passion fruit flavor.

  6. I am using real passion fruit from the garden. Do I just scoop the pulp out and use it or so I have to remove the seeds from the pulp?

    1. for the curd, I would drain the passionfruit to extract the pulp.First place all the seeds and pulp in a small pan and heat it gently, then pass it through a sieve to be able to remove the seeds. heating it gently will help remove the seeds.

  7. Thank you! I made it with the seeds and the curd is delicious but it would be so much better without the seeds. I’m making another batch right now.

  8. Hi Camila!
    I made such a wonderful lilikoi curd with your recipe, and no joke everyone loves it!!!!
    Do you think the recipe could be used for another fruit juice as well? I’m wanting to try with grapefruit, already failed it once with another recipe 🙁 What do you think?

  9. Seu site é muito recomendado, e tenho amado suas receitas. Mas quando eu vi esta fiquei apaixonada kkk. Eu amo maracuja tbm e o fato que vc é brasileira melhor ainda! Duas perguntas, daria pra fazer sem o marshmallow buttercream? E seria possiviel user um mousse de maracuja inves do curd?

    1. I dont use a convection oven but typically yes you could turn the fan on, make sure to turn the temperature down by at least 10%. Youll have to play around with temperatures and baking time and find out what works best for your oven.

  10. Can you store the assembled macarons with the curd and marshmallow frosting in air tight container in the fridge for a couple days? .
    I am planning on making this in advance.

  11. Hola .me encantò esta receta .lo que a mi me quedo mucho mas espesa porque utilicé la passion fruit de amoretti que compré en amazon como la que utiliza Bake toujours y es mas espesa por favor me podrias decir si igual puedo rellenar los macarons con esta cuajada solamente ?te agradezco tanto tus recetas son sabrosas .muchas gracias

  12. Hello, I want to make macarons but if torn macarons on foam cone, for a party, how long can macarons be left out of the fridge in that way because I think foam cone is very beautiful

    1. these ones only for a couple hours. For you to leave macarons out of the fridge for a while they need to be filled with a shelf stable filling without any milk or dairy in it, or jam, or curds or anything like that.

  13. Hi, I have a question about baking macarons,
    My oven is electric, how long should I heat the oven in advance?
    and next I will only bottom or bottom and top in oven aken thanks

    1. it depends on your oven. you have to play around with the settings, each oven works very differently from one another, so it’s important to experiment with different arrangements to figure out what works best.

  14. Hello, camila, thanks for all the delicious recipes, to let macarons shell rest in room temperature, what temperature is right for this would be to dry quickly and well, I live in holland, my room temperature is 15.5 degrees celsius , {without turning on heating}, and when I turn on heating, room temperature becomes 19-20 degrees celsius , so I don’t know which temperature direction is good, and if heat would be good I will put next to heater or on heater , this is great care for me that I don’t know thanks in advance

    1. It depends not only on temperature but mostly on humidity. Mine dry faster when the humidity is below 40% in my house, I have a hygrometer in my kitchen, and a dehumidifier, so I can turn my dehumidifier on if needed. Yesterday I forgot to turn the dehumidifier and the humidity was around 50% and it took the macarons over an hour to dry.

    2. I tried my best to follow the recipe word for word but still ended up without feet for my macarons (I have made it before and this hasn’t happened), do you know what I should do differently?

      1. No feet can be several issues such as the lack of resting, under whipped meringue, oven issues, too much food coloring, many things can cause this and it’s not about following the recipe word for word, but it’s about mastering the technique, because macarons work differently for each person, and it takes a lot of practice to get to a place of finding out what works best for you, in your kitchen, in your environment, with the ingredients you are using, etc.

  15. Hi camila i just got your first video live baking macarons on youtube family how good you did live you are cute and sweet and kind heart and face and voice when you said you bring macarons to hospital was so happy for your sun that has so live live mama, i really dig it,
    I have questions now
    with your recipe I can add 5 grams of cornstarch, so I don’t have to reduce 5 grams of flour right?
    and i have no tartar , i want to add lime juice how much shall i add , thanks in advance

    1. Thank you so much I appreciate it!!!
      So, I have never added cornstarch to the swiss recipe I make, I do add it to the french sometimes (like here https://www.piesandtacos.comcoconut-macarons/), but it’s been a while since I haven’t made that one and I am in a completely different climate and kitchen now so I don’t know if it will work the same. And no, I wouldn’t remove any of the flour, I’d just do it in addition, if anything I’d be removing 5 grams of powdered sugar instead.
      About the lime juice, it would be just 1/4 tsp of it, in the beginning of whipping the meringue.

  16. I made this curd last night and stuck it my fridge to chill. It’s been chilling since 5pm yesterday and it’s still not very thick…? I’ve never made a curd so I don’t exactly know how thick it’s supposed to be, but mine feels…like not thick enough to pipe, like I see you doing in your video. What should the consistency be? (And I cooked it on low heat for like 11min when I made it so I know that’s not the issue). Did my butter need to be cooler? I softened it a smidge so it would be more beatable…and I didn’t get much separation when I added the passion fruit pulp (which was gotten from frozen cubes that I let melt). Any ideas why it might not be thicker? Can I MAKE it thicker, still, somehow…?

    1. It is most likely due to being under cooked. Even if you did cook for 11 minutes, if the heat was too low it could be the issue. To make it thicker, you can cook it a bit longer until it reaches 170 fahrenheit

  17. where do you find passion fruit seeds? I do not have access to passion fruit. I am attempting to use passion fruit butter instead of curd.

    1. You can find passionfruit seeds in some of the pulps sold on amazon for example. Just type passionfruit pulp with seeds and see if you find it that way. Do you live in the US? Often times I find it at the grocery store where they keep the imported and “exotic” fruit.

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