These Peach Macarons are filled with the easiest peach buttercream and jelly filling. They’re decorated with a simple royal icing leaf design and look like the most adorable little peaches!
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These Peach Macarons may look difficult but you’ll see just how easy they are to make. They’re made by splitting the batter into two and then combining it once the colors have been added to make a multicolored macaron shell.
- Use clean tools – Make sure your mixing bowl and spatulas are completely grease free.
- Weigh all ingredients in grams – Use a scale to weigh your ingredients because you need exact amounts of each. If you’re even a bit off, the ratio for your shells will not be correct.
- Sift the almond flour and powdered sugar together – Almond flour is very moist and will not sift well on its own. The powdered sugar will help it sift better.
- Use an oven thermometer – You absolutely need to use an oven thermometer when making macarons! Oven displays are not always accurate and you need to know the exact temperature in order to make successful macarons.
If you want to get swirls but don’t want them to be too defined and want the colors to mix a little bit, you can use the plastic wrap technique that you see in the pictures below. After you separate the batter and add the gel color to each part, pour both batters on a piece of plastic wrap, roll it, and place it inside a piping bag.
By using the technique below, the colors will mix just a little bit and you won’t see any obvious separation of color. Another way to make swirl macarons and have the colors be very defined, is to use separate piping bags like I did for my Cotton Candy Macarons, Strawberry Cheesecake Macarons, and Peanut Butter and Jelly Macarons.
When piping macarons for swirled shells, hold the piping bag at a 90 degree angle and move your hand slightly in a circular motion several times as you squeeze the bag so that you get a swirl like you see in the picture below.
I filled these macarons with a simple peach buttercream made by adding a bit of peach jelly to vanilla buttercream. I piped the buttercream around the edge of the macaron shell and added more peach jelly in the middle to enhance the peach flavor.
Decorating Macarons with Royal Icing
I used royal icing made with meringue powder to add a leaf decoration to the shells. Royal icing is such a simple and quick way to decorate macarons. This is the same technique that I used for my Orange Macarons.
The most important thing to keep in mind when working with royal icing decorations is the icing consistency. If the icing is too thin, the leaves won’t have the texture that you see below. You need at least a 25 second consistency which means when you lift your spoon from the royal icing, it will take about 25 seconds for the icing to sink back into itself. Not too thin, but not too stiff.
How to Store Macarons
Macarons can be stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or can be frozen for up to 3 months. If frozen, transfer from freezer to refrigerator the day before you plan on eating them.
I freeze macarons made with jelly all the time and have never had any issues with the consistency of the filling or the texture of the macaron shells.
More fruit macarons to try
More swirled macarons to try
- Strawberry Cheesecake Macarons
- Galaxy Macarons
- Cotton Candy Macarons
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Macarons
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Macarons
- Kitchen scale
- Stand mixer
- Two spatulas
- One 16 inch pastry bag
- Three 8 inch pastry bags
- Medium round piping tip (I used Ateco 10)
- Two silicone mats
- Two half sheet pans
- Oven thermometer
- One small bowl
- Plastic wrap
- 90 grams powdered sugar
- 80 grams almond flour
- 70 grams egg whites (room temperature)
- 70 grams granulated sugar
- 2 grams egg white powder (optional)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 4 drops orange gel food coloring
- 3 drops yellow gel food coloring
- ¼ cup salted butter (½ stick)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp peach jelly
Peach jelly filling
- ¼ cup peach jelly
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- ½ tsp meringue powder
- ½ tsp water (room temperature)
- 2 drops green gel food coloring
Prepare dry ingredients
- Sift powdered sugar and almond flour using a whisk to break down any clumps. Set aside.
- Line sheet pans with silicone mats.
- Insert the medium piping tip into the 16 inch pastry bag.
Make the meringue
- Whisk the egg whites on medium speed (speed 4) until you see small bubbles (this can take as little as 15 seconds sometimes).
- Slowly add 3 tbsp of granulated sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, waiting about 10 seconds between each tbsp.
- Whisk until you start to see tracks in the meringue.
- Increase speed to 6 and continue slowly adding the remainder of the granulated sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, until you’ve added all the sugar.
- Once you have soft peaks, stop the mixer, scrape the sides and add the vanilla.
- Whisk for about 5 more minutes, or until stiff peaks.
- Add in the powdered sugar and almond flour mixture in three parts, 1/3 at a time, folding each part until just combined.
- Separate the batter into two parts, transferring half the batter to the small bowl and leaving the other half in the mixing bowl.
- Add the orange gel color to the mixing bowl and continue folding until the color is mixed in.
- Now you need to deflate some of the air in the batter by taking the spatula and smearing the batter on the sides of the bowl two or three times, and then folding once or twice.
- Repeat the process of smearing some of the batter on the side of the bowl and folding until the batter looks smooth and glossy and runs down the spatula slowly in ribbons.
- You can test the consistency by lifting the spatula and letting the batter run down. If it falls in ribbons and sinks back into itself within 30 seconds, the batter is ready. Set the bowl aside.
- Add the yellow gel color to the other bowl and fold until the color is fully mixed in.
- Repeat the process of folding the batter and deflating some of the air by smearing the batter against the side of the bowl.
- Now take a piece of plastic wrap, set it on the counter, and pour both batters.
- Wrap the plastic wrap, cut one end and place it inside the 16 inch piping bag.
Pipe the macarons
- Holding the bag at a 90° angle, pipe the round shells while moving the bag slightly in a circular motion to create the swirls.
- Tap the tray a few times to get rid of any air bubbles.
- Let the macarons rest until they form a skin and are no longer sticky.
- While the macarons are resting, preheat the oven to 310°F.
- Bake the macarons for 14-16 minutes.
- Macarons are ready when they no longer shift if you touch the tops.
- Let the macaron shells cool for at least 15 minutes.
- In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and a few drops of water and mix with a spoon. Continue mixing and adding a drop of water at a time until you get a 25 second consistency. This means that when you lift the spoon, it will take 25 seconds for the icing to sink back into itself. Add the green gel color and mix until combined. Transfer icing to 8 inch bag and set aside.
Decorate the macaron shells
- Once the macaron shells are cooled, take the piping bag with the green icing and cut a very small opening at the tip. Pipe the stem of the leaves on half of the shells.
- Once all the stems are piped, cut a V shape at the tip. Hold the bag so that the "V" shapes are on either side, place the tip of the bag on the top part of the shell and squeeze. Release the pressure on the bag as you pull away from the leaf to make the leaf tip. Repeat for a second leaf.
- While the royal icing is drying, make the buttercream.
- In a medium bowl, using the stand mixer, whisk the butter until smooth.
- Add half of the powdered sugar and whisk until fully combined.
- Add the remaining powdered sugar and whisk until combined.
- Add 1 tbsp of peach jelly to the buttercream and whisk until fully combined.
Assemble the macarons
- Fill an 8 inch pastry bag with the buttercream and cut a ¼ inch opening at the tip of the bag.
- Pipe the buttercream around the outer edge of half of the macarons, leaving a space in the middle for the jelly.
- Fill another 8 inch pastry bag with ¼ cup peach jelly and cut a ¼ inch opening at the tip. Fill the center of the macarons with the jelly.
- Top the filled macaron shells with the decorated shells and refrigerate for at least 24 hours so that the macarons can mature.
- When ready to eat, remove the macarons from the refrigerator at least 20-30 minutes before and let come to room temperature before eating.