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Stack of pumpkin macarons with pumpkin Swiss meringue buttercream.

Pumpkin Macarons

  • Author: Maria
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 34 macarons 1x
  • Category: Cookies


Pumpkin Macarons are a delicious fall treat.  These cookies made with fall spices and a tint of orange are filled with a pumpkin Swiss meringue buttercream for a light and silky filling.  These macarons are the perfect cookie to celebrate the season.




For the macaron shells

  • 150 g almond flour
  • 150 g powdered sugar
  • 1.6 g (1 teaspoon) ground cinnamon
  • 0.5 g (1/2 teaspoon) ground ginger
  • 0.7 g (1/2 teaspoon) ground nutmeg
  • 0.5 g (1/4 teaspoon) ground cloves
  • 110 g egg whites, at room temperature
  • 100 g sugar
  • 4 g (1 teaspoon) pure vanilla extract
  • a few drops orange food coloring

For the pumpkin swiss meringue buttercream

  • 60 g egg whites
  • 115 g brown sugar
  • 226 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 60 g pure pumpkin puree
  • 4 g (1 teaspoon) pure vanilla extract
  • 0.8 g (1/2 teaspoon) ground cinnamon
  • 0.3 g (1/4 teaspoon) ground ginger
  • 0.4 g (1/4 teaspoon) ground nutmeg
  • 0.2 g (1/8 teaspoon) ground cloves


For the macaron shells

  1. Adjust the oven rack to the center position and preheat oven to 300°F/150°C.  Using a 1.5″ (3.5 cm) round cookie cutter, draw circles for your macarons on a piece of parchment paper allowing for 1″ (2.5 cm) between each circle.  Flip the parchment paper traced side down and line baking pan.  Set aside.
  2. Sift together the almond flour, powdered sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves into a medium bowl.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites on medium speed until foamy.  Slowly add the sugar and increase the mixer speed to high.  As the mixture begins to thicken, add the food coloring.  Whip the meringue until stiff peaks form.
  4. Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold half of the almond mixture into the meringue until combined (do not stir).  It’s ok to deflate some of the meringue at this stage but not all of it.
  5. Add the remaining almond mixture to the meringue and carefully fold together.  Deflate some more air in the batter by using the spatula to scrape the batter against the bowl in a circular motion.  Turn the bowl as you do this to ensure you spread the batter around the entire bowl.
  6. Test the mixture for consistency often.  The batter should flow like honey when you lift the spatula from the bowl.  You should be able to slowly trace a figure 8 with the batter without it breaking.
  7. Fit a pastry bag with a round tip.  Holding the piping bag at a  90˚ angle to your baking sheet pan, pipe batter on each traced circle.  Squeeze the piping bag to fill each circle and then stop squeezing and give a little flick of the wrist to help prevent the batter from forming a point.
  8. Carefully bang the baking sheet pan on your counter a few times to eliminate any air bubbles and any points on top.  This will help your macarons spread out a bit.
  9. Allow the macarons to sit at room temperature for about 20-40 minutes, or until a skin forms on the outside (you should be able to gently touch the macarons without your finger sticking).
  10. Bake for 15-20 minutes.  Each macaron should have a foot that should bake without browning.  To check for doneness, test the feet as they should not budge when you push on them (they should be stable).
  11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the hot sheet pan for 10 minutes.  Peel each macaron off the parchment paper and allow to cool to room temperature on a wire rack.

For the pumpkin Swiss meringue buttercream

  1. Put the sugar and egg whites in a mixer bowl and whisk together. Make a double boiler by placing the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (ensuring the bowl does not touch the water). Whisk constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture feels hot to the touch, about 4-5 minutes.  You should not feel any sugar granules when rubbing the mixture between your fingertips.
  2. Transfer the bowl to the stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Whip the mixture on medium-high until the bottom of the bowl no longer feels warm and the meringue is thick and glossy.
  3. With the mixer on medium, add the softened butter half a stick at a time.  Continue to whip until the mixture is smooth.  Mix in the pumpkin, vanilla, and all the spices until completely incorporated.
  4. Fill a pastry bag with the prepared swiss meringue buttercream.  Cut the tip off the pastry bag and pipe a dime-size amount of buttercream onto half the macarons.  Top with the remaining macaron shells and gently press together to evenly spread the filling.  Enjoy.

Keywords: pumpkin pie spice, fall cookies, French macarons, pumpkin cookies