Pumpkin pie macarons

Pumpkin pie macarons recipeThis month’s Mactweets theme is one of Seasons and Holidays and I am fortunate that during the last class I taught at Le Dolci, I came up with this happy accident of a macaron – pumpkin pie flavoured 🙂 They were such a hit that I will be making them again for the seasonal classes in December and my staffroom declared them my “best yet” (though my colleagues say that every time LOL!)

It’s simply a macaron shell flavoured with pumpkin pie spices and coloured with a little food colouring powder – so no actual pumpkins were harmed in the making of these macarons. But boy, do they taste like pumpkin pie 🙂

Pumpkin pie macarons recipe

Pumpkin pie macarons

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 32 mins

A macaron that tastes just like pumpkin pie.

Yields 30-40 macarons


  • 4 ounces (115g) almond flour (store bought and sifted before you weigh or home ground in a spice grinder and sifted before you weigh)
  • 8 ounces (230g) powdered sugar
  • 5 ounces (144g) egg whites, separated, covered in plastic wrap and left at room temperature for a few hours)
  • 2 1/2 ounce (72g) caster or regular granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (see below)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 320˚F.
  2. Line two baking trays with parchment paper.
  3. Prepare a 14” piping bag with a plain tip (I use Ateco 803), twist the bag at the tip end and place inside a glass to facilitate filling the bag.
  4. Combine almond flour and powdered sugar in a food processor, pulsing about 10 times for a few seconds, until all ingredients thoroughly incorporated.
  5. Sift dry ingredients twice using a fine sieve and pressing the mixture through with your hands and set aside.
  6. Using a stand mixer, beat the egg whites and sugar at a low speed for 3 minutes, medium speed for 3 minutes and a high speed for 3 minutes. The egg whites will be a large mass at this point; don’t worry!
  7. Add the colouring powder and mix for one minute at the highest speed.
  8. Add the dry ingredients to the egg whites. You can do this all at once – don’t be shy!
  9. Fold the mixture, at the same time pressing it against the sides of the bowl to deflate the mixture. Fold this mixture about 40 times (counting single strokes), stopping every couple of strokes after 25 to check the consistency. It should be lava-like, flowing in ribbons off the spatula.
  10. Transfer the mixture to the piping bag, sealing the open end with a twist and holding firmly with the hand that will not be actively piping.
  11. Pipe four tiny dots of mixture under the corners of the parchment paper to make sure it stays put.
  12. Pipe your macarons, holding the piping tip at an angle to the baking sheet, about 3cm in diameter (they will spread during cooking), and quickly removing the tip when you have finished piping, making a shape like a comma.
  13. Place the tray of macarons on an empty baking tray and bake for 12 minutes at 320˚F, turning the tray from back to front halfway through.
  14. Remove from oven and let the tray sit for a few minutes.
  15. Remove the parchment from the tray and allow to sit a few minutes longer, then remove macaron shells to a cooling rack.
  16. Pair up like shells to facilitate the filling process.
  17. Once completely cool (this can be the next day even), fill with ganache or cream filling of your choice.
  18. Best enjoyed 24 hours after filling.


For the pumpkin pie spice, I followed this recipe from Baking Addiction – so simple!

Pumpkin pie macarons recipeHappy Thanksgiving to my friends in the US and for the rest of us – here we go people – silly season is about to begin!

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41 Responses to Pumpkin pie macarons

  1. Jill @ MadAboutMacarons November 24, 2011 at 06:38 #

    Oh fabulous! I’m trying to imagine the gorgeous pumpkin spice flavours – but need so much to taste one. Pleeeease could you pass one over with my tea? They are beauties, Mardi.

  2. Lindsey November 24, 2011 at 07:07 #

    ahhhh get these in my mouth! Bravo Mardi! I would TOTALLY indulge in these right now.

  3. Alicia November 24, 2011 at 07:50 #

    Yum! Sounds and looks amazing. Being your teacher’s assistant next week is sounding better and better. 🙂

  4. Paula November 24, 2011 at 08:26 #

    What a delightful way to kick off the *silly season* These are adorable, loved that you photographed them on a pie server. These would make such a pretty Christmas gift 🙂

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite November 27, 2011 at 09:14 #

      I am not sure I am up to making enough for Christmas gifts but yes, in theory it’s a great idea!

  5. Lauren (Healthy Delicious) November 24, 2011 at 09:33 #

    Your macarons are so gorgeous these days, Mardi! You’ve become quite the pro!

  6. Kiri W. November 24, 2011 at 10:08 #

    What a cute little alternative to actual pie! Macarons really are everywhere now…

  7. Anna November 24, 2011 at 18:13 #

    Our autumn favorite pie in less messy package. I kinda’ like that! Easier to bring for parties or an easier to munch treat whenever you feel like you deserve one. This recipe has been filed in my -to-do folder. Thanks for posting…

  8. EmmaEats (Liz W) November 24, 2011 at 21:40 #

    Wow! These are gorgeous and sound absolutely delicious!

  9. Cher November 25, 2011 at 11:25 #

    These are beautiful. When I get my macaron bravery back, these will be on my list to try.

  10. Stephanie November 25, 2011 at 21:49 #

    these are fabulous! The perfect fall macaron!

  11. jen Laceda November 26, 2011 at 01:27 #

    Mardi, what kind of filling did you use for these? Just vanilla buttercream? BTW, love your new blog design!

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite November 26, 2011 at 07:47 #

      Hi Jen, it’s plain cream cheese frosting but you could use vanilla buttercream also 🙂

  12. Cucina49 November 26, 2011 at 16:50 #

    Those are just beautiful–sending you some buzz!

  13. Jasanna November 27, 2011 at 12:57 #

    Can you tell me where you buy almond flour? I tried finding it at the grocery store yesterday and neither I nor the store employee could find it… I want to make these !!!! 🙂


  14. Lora November 28, 2011 at 08:50 #

    Perfect beautiful seasonal macarons. Wow!

  15. Elyse @The Cultural Dish November 28, 2011 at 12:05 #

    Omg these look so beautiful and delicious! I love the theme too – great holiday treat!

  16. themacaronqueen November 29, 2011 at 20:47 #

    These macaron looks so yummy. I so happen to make the exact same flavor macaron in October for Halloween. And you are right, they are heavenly 🙂


    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite November 29, 2011 at 22:02 #

      I just checked yours out and they are lovely – your copper colour was gorgeous! Great minds…. 😉

  17. penny aka jeroxie December 11, 2011 at 07:44 #

    Love these festive macarons! And I like the colour as well

  18. ladymacaron20ten December 28, 2011 at 02:32 #

    Your macarons are stunning!

  19. Laura January 1, 2012 at 15:34 #

    Your macarons look beautiful. Stunning pictures too.

  20. Deeba Rajpal (@vindee) January 5, 2012 at 10:00 #

    Stunning and ever so pretty … I love pumpkin pie macarons and yours are gorgeous!

  21. Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite January 13, 2012 at 20:44 #

    Thanks Deeba and Laura 🙂

  22. Amina October 13, 2012 at 23:55 #

    Thanks for showing us how to make them step by step today in class. I enjoyed myself a lot and they tasted delicious! 🙂

  23. LisaB November 17, 2014 at 12:35 #

    I know this is an old post, but I tried these over the weekend. Hands down, they are not only the best macarons I’ve made yet but maybe the best *anything* I’ve made yet. I’ve ordered more orange food coloring so I can make another batch or two or three. Thanks so much!

    • Mardi Michels November 17, 2014 at 17:58 #

      Thank you so very much for letting me know Lisa! Enjoy!


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