Earl Grey & Honey Macarons

Earl Grey tea is a black tea blend with a distinctive citrus flavor. The aromatic smell is mainly from the oils extracted from the bergamot orange. You will love how fragrant these macarons are, even if you aren’t a tea lover.

We made these earl grey macaron shells and filled it with honey buttercream frosting. If you’ve never had one of these before, it tasted a lot like Fruity Pebbles with a hint of honey. These beautiful grey shells have tea leaves mixed into the dry ingredients which creates the pebbled look. Enjoy with a cup of freshly brewed tea.

When we purchased loose leaves Earl Grey tea from Twinings Tea, we used a Capresso machine to grind up the loose leaves until it reached a fine powder. The entire process was long, but worth it! Our Capresso machine heated up, but wow, did our kitchen area smell citrus-y! If you don’t have the time to do this, you can also brew a cup of Earl Grey tea and use that in your buttercream frosting. Or buy the bergamot extract from Bakto Flavors. One drop is all it takes in your whipped egg whites.

While we are not affiliated with Bakto Flavors, we just adore all the smells. All of the extracts received from this company smell amazing! We especially love the smell of bergamot, jasmine and passion fruit. 

So what’s the big deal about Earl Grey? When we went to visit the United Kingdom, we had one cup of Earl Grey. It was from Starbucks. Ha! The barista asked if he should add milk in our cups. Because his accent was a bit hard to understand, we did not make the connection. Did he say mint?! No, he said milk. Milk is added to tea to make it creamier.

Honey buttercream sandwiches our earl grey macarons. If you are not a fan of honey buttercream, try earl grey ganache. With just three ingredients – 1/3 heavy cream, white chocolate chips and 2 tea bags. This sounds like an easy and tasty recipe.