Salted Caramel Macarons

Hello friends! Today we are making Salted Caramel Macarons. These are some of my most popular macarons on the blog, and now there’s a video you can watch and see how I made them!

Watch the video on YouTube, or below on this page.

Salted Caramel Macarons filled with buttercream and topped with a drizzle of salted caramel and chocolate

These Salted Caramel Macarons are filled with Salted Caramel Swiss Meringue Buttercream and Salted Caramel Sauce in the middle.

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If you’ve made this recipe before, you will notice I’ve changed it. It used to be just the Salted Caramel Swiss Meringue Buttercream filling, and now I am actually adding the Salted Caramel Sauce in the middle as well, because it’s just so much more delicious!

Salted Caramel Macarons shells filled with salted caramel buttercream and salted caramel sauce

Let’s begin by talking about the Salted Caramel Sauce!

This is a quick easy salted caramel sauce, no thermometer needed.

But there’s a trick to it. You will cook this caramel sauce way less than you would a regular caramel sauce.

That’s because we are not making a water/sugar syrup when making the sauce.

Adding water to the syrup makes the caramel more stable in a way, and it takes a bit longer to make the sauce. However I find it that the chances of the caramel crystallizing, or even burning are higher. First because you can’t stir the water/sugar syrup, so it’s a bit more out of your control.

Anyway, trust me on this sauce. I’ve made it a thousand times, and it works every single time!

Just make sure not to overcook the sauce, so it doesn’t harden up after it cools down.

salted caramel sauce in a bowl with a spoon dripping with caramel sauce

Tips for making the perfect Salted Caramel Sauce

  • Begin by melting the sugar in a heavy bottom sauce pan. Stir the sugar at all times so it melts evenly.
  • As soon as the sugar has melted, add the heavy cream. Don’t wait another second for the sugar to cook. That will make your sauce hard and bitter.
  • Be careful when adding the heavy cream as the mixture will bubble up.
  • When you add the heavy cream the sauce will crystallize, and THAT’S OK! Just keep stirring over medium-low heat, until the crystallized sugar melts again.
  • Add the salt and butter, and stir the sauce over medium-low heat JUST until the butter melts. As soon as the butter melts remove from the heat. Don’t keep cooking the sauce. That will make the sauce hard when it cools down.
  • If there are bits of crystallized sugar in the sauce, pour the sauce through a strainer after you take it out of the oven. But if you follow all instructions right, that shouldn’t happen. Though I understand sometimes we get distracted and don’t stir enough, or forget to lower the heat. It happens. And that’s a good way of fixing it.
  • Use a heavy bottom saucepan. This is very important so that the sugar doesn’t burn and become bitter and crystallizes.
  • Don’t use a whisk. Use a silicone spatula always! The metal whisk will crystallize the sugar.
Salted Caramel Macarons filled with buttercream and topped with a drizzle of salted caramel and chocolate

If you make this Salted Caramel Sauce and it hardens up, you can be sure it’s because you’ve overcooked it at some point.

But that factor aside, this is an extremely easy and reliable way of making caramel sauce and it’s my go-to!

Can I make the Salted Caramel Sauce ahead?

Yes, you can! You can make the Salted Caramel sauce ahead and then fill the Salted Caramel Macarons on the next day.

Keep the sauce in the fridge until then. And then microwave it for a few seconds at a time, stirring in between, to bring the sauce to room temperature. Don’t overheat it, as you don’t want to use hot/warm caramel sauce for the Swiss Meringue Buttercream, but you also don’t want it cold.

Always make sure the sauce is at room temperature before adding it to the frosting, and before filling the macarons.

Salted Caramel Macarons

Alright, now we’ve covered the Salted Caramel Sauce. Let’s talk about the Salted Caramel Sauce Swiss Meringue Buttercream we used to fill our Salted Caramel Macarons!

This is one of the best frostings ever, one of my favorites!

Swiss Meringue Buttercream frostings is a great option for people who don’t like American Buttercream. Swiss Meringue Buttercream is lighter and less sweet than American Buttercream.

It takes a bit longer to make Swiss Meringue Buttercream as opposed to American Buttercream. But it’s SO worth it!

Salted Caramel Macarons

Tips for making the Salted Caramel Swiss Meringue Buttercream (and troubleshooting)

  • Make sure the Salted Caramel Sauce has come to room temperature before adding it to the Swiss Meringue Buttercream.
  • The butter has to be at room temperature. It can’t be too soft, and it can’t be cold. Remove it from the fridge 1 to 2 hours before starting to make the frosting, depending on how hot the kitchen is.
  • If the butter is too soft, the buttercream will be too soupy and runny, and won’t come together. If that happens, insert the bowl with the frosting in the fridge for about 10 minutes, and then try whipping it again to see if it comes together and becomes thick, creamy, and fluffy.
  • And if the butter is too cold, there will be lumps of butter in the buttercream, and it will be like biting into chunks of butter when you are eating the macarons.
  • Make absolute sure to whip the meringue to stiff peaks. Failing to do so will result in soupy buttercream that won’t firm up or come together.
Salted Caramel Macarons filled with buttercream and topped with a drizzle of salted caramel and chocolate

Can I make the Salted Caramel Swiss Meringue Buttercream ahead?

Yes, you most certainly can. This frosting will keep beautifully in the fridge and even in the freezer for a while. In the fridge for up to 5 days, and in the freezer for up to 1 or 2 months, making sure it’s well packaged.

Let it come to room temperature before using, and whip it until creamy and fluffy.

Salted Caramel Macarons filled with buttercream and topped with a drizzle of salted caramel and chocolate

If you enjoy making macarons, I have a lot of posts and videos on YouTube that can help you!

Here are some posts with lots of macaron tips: Macaron Tips, How to Make Perfect Macarons.

And here are some more recipes you may enjoy:

For the complete list of flavors and ideas, visit this page.

Salted Caramel Macarons filled with buttercream topped with a drizzle of caramel and chocolate and flaky sea salt

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Salted Caramel Macarons  cut in half showing the filling of swiss meringue buttercream and caramel sauce
Salted Caramel Macarons filled with buttercream and topped with a drizzle of salted caramel and chocolate

Salted Caramel Macarons

Camila Hurst
These Salted Caramel Macarons are filled with Salted Caramel Swiss Meringue Buttercream and Salted Caramel Sauce. Topped with a drizzle of chocolate, caramel sauce, and a sprinkle of coarse salt.
4.84 from 30 votes
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Total Time 2 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 26 cookies
Calories 220 kcal

Ingredients
  

Salted Caramel Macarons
  • 100 grams egg whites
  • 100 grams white granulated sugar
  • 105 grams almond flour
  • 105 grams powdered sugar
Salted Caramel Swiss Meringue Buttercream
  • 2 egg whites
  • 100 grams granulated sugar
  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter (141 grams)
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce pre-made or recipe follows bellow
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Salted Caramel Sauce
  • 100 grams sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream (60 ml)
  • 2.5 tbsp unsalted butter (35 grams)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
To decorate
  • 40 grams dark or semi-sweet chocolate chopped finely, or chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp coarse sea salt

Instructions
 

Macaron Shells
  • Before you start, get all of the ingredients ready. Prepare a large piping bag, fitted with a large round tip, I use a 1/2” diameter tip. Set aside.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  • I use a baking mat with the macaron template already in it.
  • Measure out all of the ingredients.
  • Sift the powdered sugar and almond flour together. Set it aside.
  • Place the egg whites and granulated sugar in a heat proof bowl or in a double boiler.
  • Over a pan of barely simmering water, whisk the whites and sugar 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 mixture 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 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.
  • 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.
  • You don’t want to overbeat the mixture at this point, because you don’t want to add too much air to it. Just whisk until stiff peaks have formed.
  • Whisk until stiff peaks have formed. When you pull your whip up, the peak should be stiff and shooting straight up, with possibly a slight bend at the top, but not bending 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.
  • Add the food coloring at this point, if using.
  • How to know when to stop folding the batter: 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, pick up some batter with the 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, fold a little bit more, about 3 folds.
  • Test again.
  • 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.
  • When you hold the spatula with batter on top of the bowl and the batter falls off the spatula slowly but effortlessly the batter is ready. The batter will keep flowing off the spatula non-stop, but not too quickly.
  • Once the batter spreads out a bit and starts to look glossy and smooth on top, on the parchment paper, it's ready.
  • Transfer the batter to the piping bag.
  • Place the piping bag directly 90 degrees over the center of each macaron template. Apply gentle 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. This will release air bubbles that are in the batter and prevent your macaron shells from cracking.
  • Use a toothpick to pop any air bubbles in the surface of the shells.
  • 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. You’ll know they’re ready when you gently touch the surface of a macaron and it seems dry.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 300ºF.
  • Bake one tray at a time.
  • Bake for 5 minutes, rotate the tray.
  • Bake for 5 more minutes. Rotate again.
  • 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.
Salted Caramel Swiss Meringue Buttercream
  • Remove the butter from the fridge 1 to 2 hours before making the Swiss Meringue Buttercream. The butter needs to be softened, but not too soft. And it also shouldn't be cold. If the butter is too soft, the buttercream won't form, it will be too soupy and runny. And if the butter is too cold, it will form lumps in the buttercream that won't incorporate with the frosting, and then you will be biting into chunks of butter while eating.
  • Place the egg whites and sugar in a bowl over a double boiler with barely simmering water.
  • Whisk the whites and sugar until they temp 140F. Basically you are looking to melt the sugar granules, and also make it so the egg whites are in a safe temperature to be consumed.
  • Once you achieve that temperature, remove from the double boiler, and begin to whip the syrup with an electric mixer on low speed.
  • Gradually increase the speed to medium-high, and continue to whip until stiff peaks form. This can take a while because first the meringue will have to cool down to start forming the peaks.
  • Make absolute sure to achieve stiff peaks with the meringue. If you don't achieve stiff peaks, the meringue might not form.
  • Cut the butter into very small pats.
  • Once the meringue has reached stiff peaks, begin to add one pat of butter at a time, whisking it completely into the meringue before adding the next slab of butter.
  • This whole process could take about 15 minutes.
  • Once you are done adding the butter, the buttercream should already be firming up, and getting thick and creamy. If at this point the buttercream isn't doing any of those things, you can be sure it's because the butter was too soft, or the meringue wasn't whipped enough.
  • One way to troubleshoot it is to place the bowl in the fridge for about 10 minutes, and then try to whip it again.
  • Anyway, once the whole butter has been incorporated, and the buttercream is thick and fluffy, add the Salted Caramel sauce, the vanilla, and the salt to the bowl.
  • Whisk until completely incorporated.
Salted Caramel Sauce
  • Place the sugar in a medium saucepan with a heavy bottom, over medium heat.
  • Stir the sugar the whole time, while it melts. The sugar will begin to form a brown syrup, and you have to stir the whole entire time, to make sure it melts evenly. Otherwise, some parts of the sugar will burn, while others won't get a chance to melt.
  • As soon as the last bit of sugar melts, immediately lower the heat to medium-low, and add the heavy cream.
  • It's very important to not let the sugar cook too much or burn. If the sugar cooks too much at this point, the caramel will be hard once it cools down, or it will taste bitter.
  • So as soon as you see no more bits of solid sugar, be quick and add the heavy cream.
  • Be very careful when adding the heavy cream as it will bubble up and you don't want to get burned.
  • As soon as you add the heavy cream, some of the sugar will crystallize, and that's ok. Continue to stir the heavy cream for 30 seconds, while the sugar re-melts, over medium-low heat.
  • Once the sugar has re-melted, add the salt and the butter, and stir the mixture for another 30 seconds.
  • As soon as you notice the butter has almost entirely melted in the caramel sauce, remove the pan from the heat. Continue to stir for another 20 seconds or so until the butter melts entirely. It is very important not to over cook the sauce at any point, or it will become too hard as it cools down.
  • Pour into a heat proof container and let it cool down completely.
  • If there are bits of crystallized sugar in the sauce, pour the sauce through a strainer after you take it out of the heat. But if you follow all instructions right, that shouldn't happen. Though I understand sometimes we get distracted and don't stir enough, or forget to lower the heat. It happens. And that's a good way of fixing it.
To assemble
  • Melt the chocolate by microwaving it for 15 second intervals until melted and smooth.
  • Place the chocolate in a piping bag and snip the end. Drizzle some chocolate over the top shells of the macarons. You could also use a spoon to do this.
  • Do the same with some of the Salted Caramel Sauce. Place it in a piping bag and drizzle over the macarons. Then sprinkle some coarse salt on top.
  • Put the Salted Caramel Swiss Meringue Buttercream in a piping bag. Pipe a ring of frosting around the edges of each bottom shell.
  • Pipe a bit of the Salted Caramel Sauce in the middle of each buttercream ring.
  • Place the top shell over the filling.
  • Macarons are always best when consumed the day after they are made. Let the mature overnight.
  • STORAGE: Store the macarons in a closed container, in the fridge, for 4-5 days. In the freezer, in an air tight container, for 1-2 months.

Notes

Food coloring: Make sure to use gel food coloring. 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.
Storage: This is the Storage Container I use to store my macarons.
Caramel Sauce: Don’t overcook the caramel sauce. Don’t overcook the sugar, and don’t overcook once the butter has been added. Just cook the sugar until it melts, then immediately add the heavy cream, and once the sugar re-melts, immediately add the butter. And once the butter melts, turn it off. Overcooking the caramel will make it harden up once it cools down.
Swiss Meringue Buttercream: Make sure the butter is at room temperature. Not too soft, and not cold. Soft butter will make the buttercream runny, and cold butter will make the buttercream lumpy. Also make sure to reach stiff peaks with the meringue before adding the butter.
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  1. I’ve been nervous about trying macarons (I’ve heard they can be touchy), but these make me want to try them! I love salted caramel (I might or might not be looking at empty container of salted caramel Halo Top right now…haha). Do you have a post on “do’s and don’ts” for making macarons, or have you found them pretty straightforward?

    1. They are not straight forward at all lol!! They are some temperamental little cookies! Yes I do. My post about the Matcha Macarons has a bunch of detailed explanation. And I do try to write the recipe with as many tips as possible!! Hope you check it out. Thank you, Jennie!!

  2. 5 stars
    I love salted caramel desserts so much. These macarons look absolutely fantastic! Great idea to finish them with the chocolate and caramel drizzle and salt on top!

  3. 4 stars
    Nothing easy about this one. I am at high altitude so we fell flat a bit. They are also incredibly sweet. I tried to tone that down a little but that did not work. 3 tries, 7 hours and a lot of “words” at the caramel sauce I had edible macarons but by macaron standards…total fail. I’m not a novice to baking either but these were one of the toughest cookies I’ve ever tried to make. It’s a beautiful recipe but go into this one with a drink to keep your sanity.

    1. Hey Jen thanks for your feedback. Macarons aren’t easy at all. Hope you will find your groove with them, as it took me a long time to find my own.
      Happy baking, have a great day.

      1. 4 stars
        Camila, this girl is not giving up. I will however find out how to deal with the high altitude issue in making them. I am new to making caramel sauce because 2x I tried with this one and it failed. I had to defer to another that said to add water to the sugar. That made the difference. I learned a few things on this though so big plus there and they are a beautiful cookie. I’m glad I tried it despite my frustrations!

        1. For sure Jen just keep going! I don’t know much about baking at high altitudes. But I do experience lots of differences with my baked goods when I bake in Brazil when visiting my family for example, might be the climate, and ingredients differences, and also altitude, so it’s just a matter of finding what works best for you. Keep going thank you! have a great day!

        2. You’re absolutely right about the caramel sauce. I just finished my second failed attempt. Time to resort to another Carmel recipe I’ve had success with in the past.

          1. Im so sorry your caramel sauce didn’t work, Lonnie. I just made this caramel sauce the other day again, and it does work for me. I am not sure what’s going on with your caramel sauce, if I can find an answer of why this could happen I will definitely post it here. Thank you for your feedback, I hope you have a great day!

          2. Lonnie, I have a recipe that is very similar to this one and has always worked worked for me. Melt 1 cup sugar, then add 6 tablespoons of butter cut into 6 pieces. Once that is melted then slowly drizzle in 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Once that is incorporated let the mixture boil for 1 min. Remove from heat and add 1 tsp of salt. It’s very easy and very very similar to this recipe!

          3. 4 stars
            I failed the first time I attempted the sauce, but the second time, I had my husband pour the cream while I stirred and I just kept stirring until the sugar blob broke up and smoothed out. I’m glad I gave it a second try. I think these macs are the best tasting I’ve made so far. Everybody in the office sure thinks so!

  4. I just took a baking class where we made macarons and trust me, they are a tough puppy to deal with! But after the class I decided I wanted to try some different flavors, and since I love salted caramel this was the perfect recipe! Thank you Camila so much for this recipe and I can’t wait to try it!

  5. 5 stars
    I made these today and they are so DELICIOUS! The only thing I did differently was I added a little bit of water into the sugar for the caramel sauce to help it melt easier. I have a hard time not burning sugar when I heat it up by itself. This was the first time I’ve made a Swiss meringue buttercream and it will not be the last. These get rave reviews from my family!

    1. ohhh I am so happy!! thanks for reporting back! this is my favorite caramel frosting ever! I just made another caramel filled macaron to be posted next week which also has a pretty delicious salted caramel but not made with swiss meringue buttercream. But I agree swiss meringue buttercream is one of my favorites. thanks Allisha!! Have a fantastic day and enjoy your macarons!

  6. 5 stars
    I decided to learn to make Macarons for my mother’s birthday and these were the perfect ones! The recipe was so easy to follow and they turned out pretty good considering they were my first try at it.

  7. I was so proud when my whites formed glossy stiff peaks! But when I added the almond flour mix, the dough became so sticky and no amount of mixing would make it even the slightest bit runny. Wondering if my almond flour absorbed too much moisture? It was an older pack. Will try again tomorrow!

    1. Did you measure with a scale? And yes maybe could be the almond flour. keep me posted. send me pics on email or instagram if you want so I can help troubleshooting.

    2. Hi Danielle! How long did you heat the egg whites / sugar mixture? It sounds like maybe they had been on the stove for a little too long, and the sugar started to candy. This will make stiff, beautiful peaks! But it will also make a sticky mess when you add anything else.

      Did you ever have more luck trying again??

  8. Hi Camila! Thank you so much for the detail you’ve put in to recipe development and instruction!!!

    I LOVED the buttercream for these macaron, though it took me awhile to get there. I had to try the caramel recipe four times before I got it right. For those of you doing some high altitude baking like myself, I worked out a few things that will help:

    1. Ensure that your cream is HIGH FAT. This will not work with anything less than 30%. I ended up using a whipping cream that had added stabilizers, and this gave me the best result.
    2. Follow the steps given in the recipe, but swap the addition of butter and cream. In Camila’s recipe, she notes adding butter + salt, then later adding cream. This recipe only worked for me when I added cream first, then butter + salt second. Think of it like a curd, in which the butter gets added at the end for ultimate emulsification.

    The shells themselves also took a few tries to get right. I usually love this method, but the proportions here are very different from other recipes I’ve tried and loved that use the same method. I tried your method six times, and came up with the following recommendations for other high altitude bakers:

    1. For the love of pizza, measure with a very accurate scale. It’s so important.
    2. For the measurements as written, lean to the lower side of egg white weight. I used 90g egg whites / 100g sugar / 96g almond flour, 90g powdered sugar. If you have 120g egg whites, use 100g sugar / 110g almond flour / 100g powdered sugar.
    3. Measure your almond flour AFTER sifting. If your almond flour is at all clumpy, do NOT push the flour through your sifter. Instead, add more almond flour until the sifted amount is correct to this recipe.
    4. Measure the powdered sugar AFTER sifting.
    5. Sift almond flour and sugar together again after you’ve sifted and weighed the correct amount.
    6. Be patient with the batter and ensure you mix it to the right consistency. If you don’t, you’ll get either flat crispy discs or poofy mini-pavlovas (which were delicious, I must say!). Follow Camila’s cues or watch a bunch of youtube videos. At high altitudes, we will have to mix more delicately, but for longer than what many bakers recommend.
    7. If you’ve followed everything perfectly and the recipe still isn’t working, get yourself an oven thermometer.
    8. Start the oven at 325o, but bring it down to 300o after your meringues have risen and developed feet. Reheat top 325o before adding the next sheet.

    Camila, when I finally got these down they were exceptionally delicious, and my husband’s favourite! I hope you don’t mind me adding some modifications here, but I noticed that other bakers were struggling as I did. This is not a failing of your recipe, but instead an indicator that macarons are temperamental little gems that need TLC and some major adjustment, depending on geography. Thank you for a great framework!

    1. You sure can, but please decrease temperature by 30% (this is what a few bakers have recommended to me, I have never baked in a convection oven).

  9. Do I need to make two batches of the caramel sauce to have enough for the buttercream and for drizzling on top of the cookies? Or is one enough?

  10. 5 stars
    These were really delicious. I had to watch a video on youtube on how to make sure your macaron batter is ready because I was just a bit confused by the directions. (Here is a link to the vid I watched: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iv9reKJ-uTI ) Everything else was pretty straight forward! Most of the macarons came out amazing!! The ones that were cracked on top still tasted fantastic with the buttercream and drizzles of caramel. Macarons are so soo hard to master, but I really like this method compared to the traditional French way.

  11. 5 stars
    You saw my photos of your Salted Caramel Macarons on Facebook just the other day. I loved baking them! And those who have tried them have loved eating them, too. Here’s the big tell: I have a 26-year-old niece who is vegetarian and INCREDIBLY picky about what she eats. I sent some of these to her today, via her mom, my sister, Debbie. Deb wrote: “Melissa said these look very professional and they may be nudging out my peanut butter eggs for her favorite thing to eat! High praise indeed.” You better believe it’s high praise. Thank you for the amazing recipe!

  12. Can I use the french macaron technique on this recipe?

    Meaning can I not cook the egg whites before whiping them?

  13. 5 stars
    This is my favorite macaron recipe I’ve tried and it was easy for me and my husband to follow. The only thing I’d say is we had SO much buttercream left over so maybe cut that recipe in 1/4. They are delicious though and we ended up just eating the buttercream we had straight out of the bowl.

    1. I am so happy you like the recipe!! and you are absolutely right! I actually made it this week, I made a video and stuff, I reduced the recipe by half, and had almost no leftover buttercream! I will republish the new measurements along with the video soon! Thank you so much 😊

  14. Hi Camila! I’ve been trying your macaron recipes for the past two weeks now and i’m still not giving up!!! They’re so simple to understand and you always almost have the same proportions for each recipe. I was just wondering if the caramel sauce goes rock hard in the fridge, or does it stay thick and slowly-flowing? Also, would it be okay to use normal buttercream recipes with 1/4 cup of the caramel instead of using the meringue buttercream (as i’m a little paranoid about using raw eggs).

    1. the caramel sauce will become hard in the fridge. place it in the microwave for a few seconds to bring it do a flowing consistency.
      And yes you can use regular buttercream recipe instead of the swiss meringue. However, once you bring the egg whites to a certain temperature they will be safe to be consumed. However, if you still dont want to its totally fine to use in regular buttercream 🙂

  15. 4 stars
    These turned out great exept for the caramel sauce. I had to make a double batch and the second time after I added the cream it became very chunky. I tried to mix it to blend it backk in and even after i added the butter and salt, it remained chunky. It was odd, as the first batch was perfect. Over all, amazing cookies!

  16. 5 stars
    My favorite salted caramel recipe period!! I learned how to make Macarons from your recipes. I’ve tried methods and always return to yours!!!

  17. 5 stars
    I made some of these as a holiday gift for my supervisor – I know she loves salted caramel. It’s not the first time I’ve made this recipe of yours. BUT I have to tell you this: She told me there’s a bakery in Fells Point, Md,, that specializes in macarons, but mine were better than theirs! Then she posted a photo on Instagram, just her hand holding one of the macarons between two fingers, and wrote that was the best macaron she’d ever had and tagged my Instagram page (freshfromsueskitchen). That’s all YOU, Camila! Thank you for such an incredibly recipe!

    1. That was all you my friend!!! Macarons are hard to make, even with guidance, so you clearly did an amazing job!!!! I am so proud and honored that you used my recipe!!!! Thank you so much!🥰🥰🥰🥰

  18. 5 stars
    First time macaron baker here.. I didn’t have any issues with the caramel. Just the buttercream split (hmm didn’t know what to do then)
    And my macaron mixture was too stiff. It became like meringue kisses instead.
    But the flavours when combined were amazing!!!
    I am going to attempt it again.
    Perhaps in a different weather (when it’s not raining outside)
    Quick question : I’m thinking of bringing this to a summer picnic(28C) … could I swap the buttercream for something else?? What would you recommend?
    Thank you Camila.

    1. I think that this is probably the most stable filling for summer. There arent many other options of things to fill macarons other than ganache and butter based frosting.

  19. 5 stars
    This recipe is beyond delicious! During quarantine, I decided to try to make macarons as a project. This was the second type I made. My family has requested them multiple times since I made them the first time! They are a fan favorite.

    I do have a question though. I had accidently thrown out my first printed copy after a few times of making them. I noticed you made changes to the recipe the next time I went to make them. Since the new recipe has been published, I cannot get the buttercream to turn out. Within the last two weeks, I have tried to make the buttercream 8 times and not one of them as turned out, even with the troubleshoot of putting them in the fridge. I haven’t done anything different that I know of. I am getting so disheartened. Is there any way to get a copy of the original recipe? I have made them at least 8 times and they came out just fine. But now I just can’t get it to come out. It is more liquidy than fluffy like it used to be and I cannot figure out why!

    Again, I absolutely love this recipe. They are so good. I just all of a sudden can’t get the buttercream to work!

    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Jenna, thank you so much! I didn’t change anything I just reduced the amount, it’s the same recipe just with a reduced amount, because there used to be a lot of leftover buttercream. Maybe the issue is that you are using a stand mixer to make it and the whisk isn’t reaching the bottom of the bowl? Could that be the issue?that way the meringue for the buttercream wont get whipped properly if the whisk isn’t reaching the bottom of the bowl. The solution would be to double the recipe or use a hand mixer 🙂 Let me know how it goes and how else I can help.

  20. 5 stars
    I made these a while ago for thanksgiving for my family and they all loved them! I did end up just using some caramel sauce we had at the house but this is definitely one of my favorite deserts and the best macaroons I ever had. I tried out your red velvet macaroons and they turned out wonderful too, and later this week I plan on trying to make your s’mores macaroons. Thanks for the recipes!!!

  21. Hi Camila, I follow you on IG too. Thanks for all your helpful videos and generous recipes. I made these macarons yesterday and they turned out looking pretty good except for browning. I baked on a silicon mat and did the jiggle test at 15 mins and added 2-3 more minutes until they don’t move. I assembled them last night but today the insides didn’t soften. They were chewy but hard and sticks to the teeth. What could have gone wrong? I baked at 325 but the temperature swung between 310 and 325.

    1. They were probably over baked then. sometimes even one minute of over baking can cause them to become crunchy. My recommendations to prevent browning are to place a piece of foil on top of the macarons halfway through baking, and that will also help with the overbaking of the outside of the shells while the middle finishes cooking.

      1. So I baked and assembled these on Wednesday and on Thursday they were hard-chewy like toffee. I left them in the fridge and on Sunday, they were good! The shells were crisp and the insides soft-chewy. Did I overbaked them but they recovered or did I not overbaked but tested them too soon after assembly? How are they supposed to taste after baking and before filling? But I will definitely put a foil over next time! Thanks!

        1. so yes sometimes maturing does fix over baking. If you baked a bit too long it could take a couple of days of maturing to get them to soften up.
          The day after assembly they aren’t supposed to be super hard, so chances are you did bake a bit too long. That happens to me if I bake too long, specially chocolate shells.

  22. 5 stars
    I haven’t finished but I’m giving it a 5 because all your macaron recipes have been great so far. I need some help. When I melted the sugar it never turned that brown color. It’s very pale. Any suggestions? It’s also lumpy but that could be because I am not sure I re-melted after the cream. I got nervous I would overcook it.

    1. The heat was probably too low in this case, so just an extra minute would have made the sugar darker. this caramel sauce is way easier to make than the sugar/water syrup one, but it can take a bit of a learning curve to figure it out.
      Next time I recommend just leaving an extra minute longer to brown slightly, let me know the results and if it worked out.
      Oh btw if its every lumpy cause the crystals didn’t re-melt properly, you can strain it before pouring into the glass jar.

      1. Tried again and success! For myself, I just can’t stir the sugar and that seems to work. These are a favorite for everyone I’ve given macarons to! Love your recipes!

  23. 5 stars
    I tried your recipe before I was about to quit trying to bake macarons. This was the one I tried and I aced it. The joy and happiness of this delicious salted caramel was superb. I finally succeeded to get stiff peaks in the Swiss meringue buttercream too. I have some trouble with the oven, do you use a convection oven or a regular? I baked mine in 150°c for 15-20 minutes. But sometimes it works and sometimes they are not quite finished.

    Many thanks and greetings from Sweden ♡

    1. I use regular oven, but each oven works different, I bake them at 325 fahrenheit which is 160 celsius for that amount of time, so perhaps you need to bake longer.

  24. 4 stars
    I made these today and they were hollow. Do you have any suggestions on what may have caused that and how to overcome? I’d like to give them another go as I love Swiss meringue over Italian or French. Thanks

      1. Thank you. I’ve had a good read now :). Can you please confirm roughly how long it should take to get to stiff peaks? It’s taking me over 20 minutes in my kitchen aide. This seems a bit long 😩😳

        1. I got hooked looking at lots of your recipes and based on your comments, determined that it took so long because I halved the recipe and used carton whites 😊

  25. hi Camila – I’m going to try this recipe and noticed the beautiful color in your photos. Were these macarons colored with gel or is that just the natural color using almond flour, etc?

  26. Camila, thank you so much for your amazing website! You are a wonderful teacher. I just made two of your macarons. I’m struggling a bit with hollow macarons, but letting them sit, like you said helped a lot. I’ve been baking for a long time but am just getting into macarons! Your videos are such a help!

  27. 5 stars
    Like many others, I too had a very difficult time with the caramel sauce. I followed the instructions to a T, but after adding the cream, the crystallized sugar never rendered itself back into the mixture even with properly turning down the heat. I continued to work with it but finally added the butter and continued on. I could tell this wasn’t going to work itself into a “sauce” but rather much thicker. I decided to add more cream to a desired consistency and then put the mixture through a fine mesh sieve and was able to salvage it. I agree it made a lot of buttercream but that’s not a bad thing given it’s freezability and that being a time saver for a future batch. The buttercream was divine.

  28. 5 stars
    Made these today and they turned out amazing! It was a little touch and go with the meringue, but it worked. Mine look exactly like the pictures! Great recipe.

  29. 5 stars
    Omg the best macarons ever! I’ve been struggling with hallows ever since I started my macaron journey. Thanks to you and your amazing detail recipes I’m getting better. Salted caramel macarons have become my all time favorite. And I’m so excited that a book came out so I always have the basic she’ll recipe on hand. Thank you!!!!

  30. Can these macarons be assembled and then frozen? Or do the shells and buttercream need to be frozen individually?

  31. 5 stars
    I love this flavor combination, but I keep having trouble with the caramel! When I add the cream, I get one huge lump of caramel, and I stir and stir, but I cannot get it all to melt. I strain it at the end, so I end up with some, but there’s a lot that remains stuck to that pan!!

    1. probably the type of pan you are using. I have a teflon pan that always does that to my caramel. Try using stainless steel. If you are already, then you should lower your temperature, the sugar might be cooking too fast. another couple tips: gently heat the cream before adding, and remove the pan from the heat to add the cream, then return it to the heat. Sometimes if I still get a few lumps, I just strain them out.

  32. My son & I tried this recipe but nothing seemed right. They turned out so flat! I couldn’t cook them for longer than 10mins otherwise they’d start to burn. They were also sticky on the underside. We sifted the sugar & almond flour but they were very grainy. They look like very flat tiny cookies! LOL

    1. if they turned out flat and were sticky probably means the meringue wasn’t whipped to stiff peaks properly, or the batter was over mixed. Also seems like you need a better brand of almond flour. I use exclusively blue diamond because it’s finely sifted and not oily.

  33. Are you able to make these macs and then freeze them? Pull out ahead of time as needed? Would that affect the caramel and smbc at all?

  34. Hai camila !!
    thank you so much for your amazing website! You are a wonderful teacher. I just made two of your macarons. I’m struggling a bit with hollow macarons, but letting them sit, like you said helped a lot. I’ve been baking for a long time but am just getting into macarons! Your videos are such a help! womxnsmarchpdx

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