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Margarita Macarons
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Margarita Macaron Recipe

Using a tequila lime buttercream frosting, these french macaron cookies are sprinkled with salt making them the perfect margarita themed dessert recipe for summer or celebrating Cinco de Mayo!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time30 mins
Cooling Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French, Mexican
Servings: 25 Macarons


Lime Curd

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • Juice of 2 lime
  • 3 tbsp butter


Making Macaron Shells

  • Make the macaron shells as instructed.
  • I opted to color mine green, but this is optional
  • Prior to baking the shells, grind or sprinkle sea salt or your favorite margarita salt on top of them
  • Let macarons cool to room temperature before assembling.

Making Lime Curd

  • Mix or whisk egg yolk, egg, and ½ cup sugar in a heavy bottomed saucepan until light and pale.
  • Add lime juice and lime zest.
  • Stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until thick and bubbling, about 5-7 minutes.
  • It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon
  • Remove from heat and stir in butter one tablespoon at a time
  • While still warm, strain through a mesh sieve
  • Let cool and then cover and refrigerate until ready to use
  • This lasts up to a week in the fridge or up to 3 months in the freezer

Making Lime Curd Buttercream Frosting

  • Add buttercream into a standing mixer with a paddle attachment. Mix until fluffy.
  • Add lime curd, tequila, and triple sec or cointreau, and food coloring (if adding).
  • Beat on medium-low until incorporated.
  • Turn to medium high and mix until fluffy, about 1 -2 minutes. 

Assembling Macarons

  • Pair up macaron shells that are similar in size.
  • Add lime buttercream to the bottom part of the shell.
  • Top with the matching macaron shell.
  • If necessary, let the macarons mature a day or two in the fridge to soften.