Chocolate & Salted Caramel Macarons


Chocolate & Salted Caramel Macarons | Patisserie Makes Perfect

I love baking macarons, they can be a labour of love and are known for their unpredictability. I have always admired people that make them for a living, offering them as wedding favours, it’s too much pressure for me, too much uncertainty about whether they’ll work, what their shelf-life will be. I’d much rather bake these chocolate & salted caramel macarons, photograph them and then share them out amongst friends and family.

Chocolate & Salted Caramel Macarons | Patisserie Makes Perfect

This most recent batch of chocolate & salted caramel macarons were made during a humid spell and I was a bit worried as meringue really doesn’t like humidity. I have to say that these are probably the most consistent and best looking batch of macarons I’ve ever made. I couldn’t find my usual macaron template which is 5cm, so I ended up making macarons that were 3.5cm. This meant I had something in the region of around 50 macarons, which was great, but I was a bit surprised. My piping has really improved and none of the shells cracked. I had to give lots away, which always helps to make you popular.

Chocolate & Salted Caramel Macarons | Patisserie Makes Perfect

I’ve made no secret of the fact that salted caramel is one of my favourite things. These macarons are sandwiched together with a ring of chocolate ganache and a blob of salted caramel in the middle. There’s also cocoa powder from Food Thoughts in the macaron shell, giving these an extra chocolate hit.

Chocolate & Salted Caramel Macarons | Patisserie Makes Perfect

You’ll really love these macarons, the flavour is so rich and indulgent. As the caramel and the shell are both very sweet do try to get a chocolate that is at least 66% cocoa solids, as this will cut through the sweetness. I used Valrhona Caraibe 66%.

I made these just before I went away on holiday, a few days camping on the South coast. We had barbecues, long walks and some time on the beach, it was bliss and I took a few of these macarons with me to share round. I’m back now though, refreshed after the break, it was only a few days and I do wish I was still there now, the weather was gorgeous and I actually quite like camping.

I’m back at work now and all I can say is, thank goodness for chocolate & salted caramel macarons.

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Chocolate & Salted Caramel Macarons | Patisserie Makes Perfect

Chocolate & Salted Caramel Macarons

Patisserie Makes Perfect
A delicious macaron shell filled with chocolate ganache and salted caramel. I used Valrhona caraibe to create the chocolate ganache and Food Thoughts UK cocoa powder.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 14 minutes
Servings 48 +


  • ***Salted Caramel***
  • 280 g Granulated Sugar
  • 130 ml Double Cream
  • 200 g Salted Butter diced, chilled
  • ***Chocolate Ganache***
  • 200 g Double Cream
  • 250 g Dark Chocolate 60% cocoa
  • 40 g Butter softened, diced
  • ***Chocolate Macarons***
  • 185 g Ground Almonds
  • 185 g Icing Sugar
  • 30 g Cocoa Powder
  • 50 ml Water
  • 200 g Granulated Sugar
  • 150 g Egg Whites
  • Red food colouring


  • Put one third of the granulated sugar into a saucepan and place on a medium heat, when it dissolves add the next third of sugar. Once that has melted, the final batch of sugar can be added.
  • Heat the sugar until it turns a golden colour.
  • Turn the heat down to low and add the cream in small batches. Take care as the mixture will bubble up, so you will need to stir quite quickly.
  • When all of the cream has been added, take the pan off the heat and stir in the butter, this stops the caramel from cooking any further.
  • Finally use an immersion or stick blender to mix the caramel until the butter and caramel are combined.
  • Pour into a bowl, cover with cling-film, making sure the cling-film touches the surface of the caramel and put it in the fridge to chill.
  • Preheat the oven to 170C Fan and line four baking trays with baking parchment, if using templates place these under the baking parchment. I used 3.5cm templates, but you can use anything up to 5cm, but you will have less macarons.
  • Add the water and granulated sugar to a pan and stir over a medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
  • Put half of the egg whites into a stand mixer and whisk them on a medium speed until frothy.
  • Bring the syrup to a boil and heat until it reaches 118 degrees.
  • Pour the syrup in a slow steady stream into the egg whites as they are being whipped on a high speed. Keep whipping until the meringue forms a stiff peak, about 5mins. Add the red food colouring, enough so that it is a pale pink shade.
  • Grind the ground almonds, cocoa powder and icing sugar together in a food processor and then sift them into a clean bowl.
  • Add the remaining egg whites to this mix and beat it, until it forms a paste.
  • Add a third of the meringue to the almond paste and beat it in thoroughly.
  • Fold through the remaining meringue, ensure the ingredients are mixed thoroughly.
  • Put the macaron mix into a piping bag and pipe out the macarons, you will have enough to make around 48 whole maarons.
  • Tap the bottom of the tray to remove any bumps or air pockets, then put the macarons in the oven for 12-14 mins per tray. Turn the trays halfway through cooking to ensure an even bake.
  • Let the cooked macarons cool completely before trying to remove them from the tray.
  • Then sandwich the macarons together with the a ring of chocolate ganache filled with a blob of salted caramel and place them in the fridge to set.
  • Macarons are usually best left in the fridge for a few hours before eating, so that they can set, take them out the fridge 30mins before serving.


You will end up with more caramel and ganache than you need, but you can use these for other recipes, or use them on ice cream, toast etc.

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23 Responses

  1. Jane Skertchly

    Could you freeze the shells? I went on a course and she recommended freezing them as it improved their texture.

    • patisseriemakesperfect

      Hi Jane – yes the unfilled shells freeze very well, I put them in a tupperware container on their end and stack them all in, so they are not weight bearing. However I would say, freezing them doesn’t really improve their texture. I personally like to fill them and leave them overnight or for 10-12 hours in the fridge to develop a flavour. Then in the case of these being chocolate and caramel I would give them 10-15 mins to come up to room temperature, or they will be too hard and you wont taste the flavours.

      Hope that all helps – anything else do get back in touch.

  2. Jodie Dodd

    I finally had my first macaron! Yum! It was espresso flavored and I’m not a huge coffee fan but I really liked it. I sure would love to try these! 🙂 x

  3. Mary

    I note that you didn’t leave the macarons to air dry before putting in the oven. Is this not necessary with your recipe or is it not necessary at all? I’m nervous about making these little beauties and don’t want to ‘mess up’ 🤔.

    I would like to produce even one lovely tray of these gorgeous things. Thanks.

    • patisseriemakesperfect

      Hi Mary, I’ve never left my macarons to rest before baking them. I think you might need to do this if you use the French meringue method. I only ever use the Italian meringue method to make macarons as it is much more robust.
      Just be sure to mix the batter enough so it’s nice and smooth and then when you pipe the shells, give the trays a few whacks on the counter top to smooth them and remove any air bubbles. Good luck! I’m sure they’ll be delicious.

      • Mary

        Thanks for the quick reply. I will go forth with some confidence and produce ones hopefully as lovely as yours, because they certainly look GOOD. 😊

  4. Katherine Ostrich

    You don’t mention leaving the macarons to rest (for the shell to dry on the outside before baking) – is that not necessary? They look delicious so I may have to give them a try!

  5. Virginia

    5 stars
    Those macaroons are absolutely gorgeous! Three great recipes in one.

  6. Debra C.

    5 stars
    So you said you had so many you were giving them away? 😀 I think we are all going to stand in line for these yummy bites! Your pictures are amazing!

  7. Jill

    5 stars
    These look like perfect macarons – both the appearance and the flavor. Sweet and salty is my favorite!

  8. Hope

    5 stars
    I have never attempted macarons but do admire people that do! They are on my to do list 🙂 I love the flavour combination of chocolate and salted caramel, it sounds divine!

  9. Sues

    I’m so afraid to make macarons with the humidity we’re currently experiencing in Boston… Soooo I think you should just pop some of these in the mail to me 🙂 They look absolutely scrumptious!

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