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macarons with sunflowers around them.

Sunflower Macarons

Hello friends, today I will show you how to make these beautiful Sunflower Macarons, they are filled with actual brownies in the center, and decorated with piped buttercream sunflowers.You can check out the basic Swiss Meringue Macaron Recipe to see how to make the macaron batter. This batter was made with the colors egg yellow and gold gel food coloring by americolor.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword macarons
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 20 macarons
Calories 150 kcal
Author camila


Macaron Shells

  • 1 batch Basic Swiss Meringue Macaron Recipe recipe here (with a few drops of egg yellow and gold food coloring)


  • 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter 339 grams
  • 4 to 5 cups powdered sugar 500 to 625 grams*
  • 2-4 tbsp milk if needed
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter 56 grams
  • 1/4 chocolate chips 42.5 grams
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar 50 grams
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar 37 grams
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 60 grams
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder 14 grams
  • 1/4 tsp salt



  1. Beat the butter with an electric mixer at medium high speed until smooth, for a few minutes.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla, mix on low to combine, and then raise the speed to medium high and beat for another minute or two.
  3. Divide the buttercream between two different bowls. You will only need 1/4 of it for the brown buttercream to make the center of the sunflowers, the rest should be kept for the yellow frosting.
  4. To the brown buttercream, add cocoa powder and brown food coloring to deepen the color. Transfer the buttercream to a piping bag fitted with a small round tip, such as a number 3.
  5. Now working with the yellow frosting, add yellow food coloring and stir to combine.
  6. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a tip Wilton 59S.
  7. To pipe the sunflowers, add a bit of buttercream to the flower nail and place a piece of parchment on top.
  8. Pipe a small mount of brown frosting.
  9. Then pipe petals all around it with the 59S tip on the horizontal. Start close to the middle of the flower and pull the piping tip outwards as you press the piping bag to release batter.
  10. As soon as possible place the flowers in the freezer for at least an hour until they solidify.


  1. To make the brownie, add chocolate chips or chopped chocolate to the butter and microwave for 15 to 30 seconds, stirring in between until completely melted.
  2. Add the granulated and brown sugar to the bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. Add the egg and whisk.
  4. Add the vanilla and mix to incorporate.
  5. Sift into the bowl the flour, cocoa powder and salt.
  6. Whisk the ingredients to combine.
  7. Pour the batter on the bottom of a 8x8” pan and bake in the pre-heated 350ºF oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until set.
  8. Let it cool down before using to fill the macarons.
  9. Use a small round cutter, or the bottom of a large piping tip to cut circles of brownies.
  10. Place the brownie in the center of a macaron shell.
  11. Pipe a tall ring of frosting around the brownies, the frosting’s height should be the same as the diameter of the sunflower.
  12. Remove a few sunflowers from the freezer and place them around the frosting.
  13. Then pipe more frosting on top and close with another shell.


  1. Store these macarons in the fridge for up to 5 days and in the freezer for a month or so.

Recipe Notes

Sunflowers: always keep the sunflowers refrigerated, because otherwise they start to melt and soften up pretty quickly.

For macaron recipe: Basic Swiss Meringue Macaron Recipe

Video: Make sure to watch the video on this page above, or on Youtube, which shows exactly how to make these Sunflower Macarons.

Nutrition Facts
Sunflower Macarons
Amount Per Serving (1 macaron)
Calories 150
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.