Ube Macarons Recipe

Ube macarons – macarons are a sweet treat that has no shortage of potential flavors. When it comes to unique macaron flavors, one would think of something like rose or earl gray. Among the different fun flavors, you can try with macarons, ube is one unique option to try. Ube is a popular flavor option you can find in multiple Filipino desserts. While ube is technically a root vegetable, it gives off a sweet taste and makes for a great jam. Said jam is what is often used to add ube flavoring coloring and flavoring to different desserts. With this recipe, you can get a crisp and chewy macaron biscuit with a sweet and earthy filling featuring the sweet purple yam.

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Ube Macarons

A new take on the French macaron featuring the popular purple yam flavoring of the Philippines as the buttercream filling between the biscuits.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 12 pieces


Ingredients for Macaron Shells

  • 50 g Almond meal
  • 45 g Icing sugar
  • 37 g Egg whites 1/8 cup
  • 37 g White sugar
  • ¼ tsp Ube extract
  • 1 pack Purple powder or gel food coloring

Ingredients for Ube Buttercream

  • 100 g Unsalted butter room temperature
  • 65 g Cream cheese room temperature
  • 50 g Ube halaya or ½ tsp ube extract and 20g icing sugar as an alternative
  • ¼ tsp Ube extract


Instructions for Macaron Shells

  • Preheat oven to 140°C or 284°F
  • Sieve the almond meal and powdered sugar into a medium-sized bowl and make sure there are no lumps
  • Add the egg whites into a large mixing bowl and beat them until they reach a foamy consistency.
  • Once you see the foam form, gradually add the sugar and whisk them all together until the mixture is thick enough to form a stiff peak at the end of your whisk. You can also achieve this via a stand mixer.
  • Add half of the meringue into the almond meal and powdered sugar mix and slowly fold them all together before adding the rest of the meringue.
  • Continue to gently fold the mixture until it is completely smooth.
  • Transfer the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a round tip and pipe out 1.5inch circles
  • Allow the circles to dry for 1-2 hours, or until the surface is matte and dry
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes, you can check to see if the macarons are finished by slightly shaking the pan. If you see the biscuits wiggling, it may need a longer baking time.
  • Once you see no wobbling, take out the tray and set aside the biscuits for cooling

Instructions for Ube Buttercream

  • Add the butter, cream cheese, and ube halaya into a bowl and whisk them together until the mixture turns light and fluffy.
  • Once the mixture reaches a fluffy consistency, pour in the ube extract and mix until it's incorporated into the mix.
  • Transfer the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a round tip
  • Pipe the buttercream onto the flat side of the biscuit and top it with a matching shell. Be careful to not add too much buttercream to avoid an overflow when adding the top half.
  • You can either serve the macarons right away or transfer them to an airtight container and store them in the fridge for a day for a deeper flavor.

Tips for Ube Macarons

They are plenty of tips and tricks when it comes to making macarons. The same goes for how you can enjoy this ube variant of the French biscuit. When you bake this treat, you can have it stored at room temperature and it’ll last up to 7-8 days. If you want to lengthen the macarons’ shelf life to as long as 7-8 weeks, it is best to refrigerate them. Using an airtight container can help with this. You also have the option to experiment with flavor combinations for the ube treat as ube pairs well with a lot of flavors, especially treats.

You can also try out other ube variant desserts such as our “Ube Brownie Recipe” and “Ube Mochi Pancakes Recipe.” If you want to try other biscuits, one option to try is “Pacencia” cookies.

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