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Lavender Macarons with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Lavender Macarons with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

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I have been dreaming of running through lavender fields with the sun shining on my face, a lot, lately.  Not that I do that very often or ever at all;  but, I dream about doing it.  Hence, the development of this delicious recipe of Lavender Macarons with Vanilla Bean Buttercream;  it was inspired by Tartelette.


Despite the last few crazy rain storms we have had out this way, spring is definitely in the air.  When I open the back door every morning the first thing I smell is sweet succulent jasmine starting to bloom.  I love the dewy fragrant smell and always wish I could bottle it up and bring it in.  At our old apartment, we had planted four big bushes of lavender and that is what we smelled mixed in with intoxicating jasmine.  I love lavender as it takes me to a far away place …. this dreamy little farmhouse in the middle of France.  There are a few chickens, a couple goats and yes, Jacqueline, a pig.  As well there are fields upon fields of lavender.  When we open the doors in the morning to enjoy the sunshine on our feet while making coffee the lavender wraps it sweet arms around us.  This is spring!

For this months’ Mac Attack Challenge 5 (can you believe it has been 5), we are participating in “World Macaron Day, which is March 20.  The lovely duo Jamie and Deeba challenged us to put a little bit of spring into our macarons.  I decided to make a soft but sweet lavender macaron with a vanilla bean buttercream.  I was very pleased with this round as every one of the macarons came out perfect.  Beautiful little feet, perfectly round, slightly crunchy but still a little chewy – perfect!  I am so pleased with myself as I feel I have finally, after 3 years of making these petite bisous, I have done it!  I have Jamie and Deeba to thank for pushing me beyond the comfort zone and to keep with it!   Be sure to check out all the lovely springtime macarons over at the MacTweet site.

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Macaron 2 0310

I used my basic macaron recipe but I added a couple drops of violet colored paste.  As well, before drying the macarons I sprinkled a touch of culinary lavender.  I filled them with a buttery vanilla bean buttercream – simply leave out the bergamot and add the beans from one vanilla bean pod.  This macaron is definitely all about springtime.

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Monday 13th of February 2017

beautiful ideas for lavender

Denise Woodward

Tuesday 7th of March 2017

Thank you so much Geraldine. Have you tried lavender as an edible?


Sunday 15th of January 2012


Is this recipe still available?

Lavender Macarons with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Denise Woodward

Monday 16th of January 2012

Hi Jay,

The recipe is within the post but it is not that clear. I apologize; we upgraded our site and it looks like a few recipes got wiped out. Just click on "my basic recipe" and then "buttery vanilla bean" - that will take you to the recipes. Let me know how you like it.


Thursday 30th of September 2010

I'm going to attempt Lavender Macarons today! Thanks for sharing.


Tuesday 18th of May 2010

gorgeous!!! I'm so envious of your beauties, I just made my first attempt in macarons and failed completely... :(


Saturday 20th of March 2010

I absolutely LOVE your presentation! Beautiful petite flowers! They look delicious!