Ring in the new year with these champagne macarons! Filled with a champagne-infused buttercream they are the perfect celebration cookie.
champagne macarons

One last cookie before we swear them off on January 1st (and then secretly start eating them again on January 3rd).

Besides, we all know that New Year’s Eve parties are really just an excuse to show everyone all the skillz we’ve amassed in the past year and if these cookies are one thing, show offs are definitely it.


With their pearly white shells, cute little feet, and buzzed off champagne feeling.

Could you want to cuddle them any more?


And that’s what I’ll be doing on New Year’s. Laying on the couch cuddling the.boy with one hand, and these macarons in the other.

To be honest, it’s pretty much my least favorite holiday. There’s so much pressure to be the crazy fun extreme versions of ourselves that it can’t help but be a letdown unless it ends with footage of you drunk on national television.

But somehow these macarons are changing my mind. One bite at a time.


Champagne Macarons
Ring in the new year with these champagne macarons! Filled with a champagne-infused buttercream they are the perfect celebration cookie.
Yield: 40 macarons
For the cookies
For the filling
  • 1 cup champagne
  • 2½ large (75 g) egg whites
  • ½ cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 16 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  1. Prepare the macaron shells and let cool. Set aside.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, bring the champagne to a boil. Let simmer for 10 minutes, or until reduced to ¼ cup. Set aside and let cool.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or other heat-resistant bowl), combine the egg whites, sugar, and salt. Set over a small pot of simmering water, whisking constantly. Bring to 160F and then remove from the heat. Beat on medium-high speed with the whisk attachment until cooled to room temperature and stiff peaks have formed, about 8 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium and then add the butter, 2 tbsp at a time, only adding more after the rest has been incorporated. The frosting may start to look soupy or curdled, but just keep beating and it will eventually become fluffy again.
  4. With the mixer on low, add the reduced champagne one tbsp at a time, allowing each to be incorporated before adding the next. If the frosting starts to separate, keep beating and it will eventually come back together.
  5. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag and pipe onto the flat side of half of the macaron shells. Top with a second shell and gently press together so that the frosting reaches the edges. Refrigerate overnight before serving.
Filling from Annie's Eats
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 macaron

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61 Responses to Champagne Macarons

  1. So pretty!

    About 10 years ago we stayed in one NYE and cooked a really good meal. Without doubt the best New Year’s I had ever spent, so we haven’t gone out since.

  2. How gorgeous are these macs? I kinda wish I could make them for the two and a half of us to eat NYE;-)

  3. Dixya says:

    I will be there in nye-you may have to share these with me this time ????

  4. These look so sophisticated! Perfect for NYE celebrations.

    Happy belated Christmas too – I loved the wedding photo 🙂

  5. SallyBR says:

    Totally agree with you on the pressure of New Year’s Eve – last year we tried to go to a dancing party in town that was so lousy we came back home and spent midnight dancing in our living room… it was fun

    we might just have to repeat it this year… 😉

  6. These fancy macarons are so pretty! They’d certainly bring elegance to our tradition of snacks and dancing in the family room!

  7. Just the NAME of these gorgeous macarons are enough to convince me! I think I may need to stay in on NYE too and just stuff my face with this awesomeness. 🙂

  8. Champagne buttercream sounds fantastic! These are stunning. Happy New Year, early!

  9. Julia says:

    Gooooooorgeous!! I’m so impressed by your macaron-making skillz!! The champagne flavor is calling to me – I LOVE champagne cake so a little hand-held champagne cookie sounds like pure bliss. I say ring it on <- get it? ringing..in the new year…ring…I'll shaddup now 😉

  10. I don’t even consider New Years a holiday. We avoid going out and all the drunk people like nobody’s business and almost never make it to midnight for the ball to drop. We’re old! BUT, I would definitely snuggle up with about 10 of these macarons. Totally reason to celebrate.

  11. Anything with champagne is an automatic win for me. These look adorable and so perfect for NYE!

  12. Mmmmmmmmmmm – gorgeous Joanne and so pretty – lucky I don’t live next door!

  13. Dang your macaron-making ‘skillz’ have become simply amazing. These look better and prettier than most I have seen. Love the champagne filling. I hope you had a very Merry Christmas Joanne and here is to the Happiest of New Years. 😉

  14. Sarah says:

    This is stunning Joanne! I have yet to make macaroons, but if I ever do THESE are the ones I’m making!

  15. Sues says:

    PERFECT!! And I love the star decor, too 🙂

  16. Love the edible star glitter! I’ve always wanted to use that stuff.

  17. How indicative of the holidays. Rather luxurious indeed. I have never made macarons before. I think they would look nothing like yours 🙂 Love the flavor.

  18. Foodiewife says:

    You’ve definitely got the macaron baking thing down pat. I have yet to try it. My hubs and I are officially old, when we watch Times Square at 9pm PST and then fall asleep right afterwards. Happy New Year, you newlyweds!

  19. These macarons are so cute!! I love the addition of champagne to these macarons! Yummy!!

  20. Hope you had a fantastic Christmas. I’m not big on doing much on New Years Eve either 🙂

  21. Johanna GGG says:

    these are so cute with the glittery stars – really that is all you need for a fun new years – some sparkle and some love

  22. Ala says:

    Sign me up for the couch-cuddling line with these macarons! I mean, I do happen to like New Year’s, but I admit it feels like a letdown after the warm fuzzies of Christmas and everything else. Still, macarons! Eyes on the prize, girl–eyes on the prize.

  23. I love that filling…very special and delicious!

  24. cheri says:

    Love these macarons Joanne, my husband and I are going to start a cleanse after the 1st so I better enjoy these now!

  25. Kate says:

    This makes me very excited for New Years!

  26. Okay, I SERIOUSLY need to try making macarons! These look amazing! SO ready for the New Year!

  27. bellini says:

    They are definitely all that Joanne.

  28. Monica says:

    So crazy pretty – almost too pretty to eat! You’ve got macarons nailed down, and the filling is genius.

  29. Christina says:

    Beautiful! I’d be content staying in and eating a plate of these 🙂

  30. Sign me up for some of these! I can just imagine serving these up at a NYE party. Perfect way to see in the new year.

  31. CakePants says:

    These are absolutely stunning – and I’m pretty sure the champagne makes these the classiest of an already very classy cookie. I definitely agree about the un-fun pressure to have an epic NYE. You described it perfectly!

  32. P says:

    I think I’ve slept before the clock struck 12AM for the past three (?) NYEs? Haha…

    I love how these gorgeous macarons are garnished with stars—such a cute final touch 🙂 !

  33. These are soooo pretty! Love the little gold embellishments!

  34. Reeni says:

    I feel the same way! I spend it on the couch. . .Hopefully with a fist full of macarons this year! Although these are almost too pretty to eat.

  35. These are so pretty! I totally agree with you about New Year’s Eve- way too much pressure. Staying in with these macarons would be much better 🙂

  36. Isadora says:

    These macarons are beautiful and I would definitely be so proud to show them off! I also love those little gold stars! I think I need to put those on everything I make for New Year’s Eve! And then I will swear off cookies and gold sugar stars 🙂

  37. Katerina says:

    Have a wonderful New Year Joanne with lots of beautiful moments with your husband!

  38. Heather says:

    The star sprinkles are so cute! I think I could handle eating these by myself NYE. I can’t even remember the last time I actually stayed up until midnight to watch the ball drop. When I do it always just feels… meh. :p

  39. grace says:

    these look PERFECT! so aptly celebratory and just plain flawless to behold. you’ve mastered the macaron!

  40. Eileen says:

    These are the prettiest! Such an impressive dessert for a new year’s celebration.

  41. I didn’t even know you could use champagne to make a filling like that – such a good idea! Also LOVE those little stars on everything – happy new year!

  42. Those are such pretty cookies! I love them! I have yet to make macarons, but they are definitely on my list of things I need to try making soon! I love the champagne filling, that sounds amazing!

  43. Totally gorgeous and perfectly festive! Hope you and Michael have the most wonderful NYE!

  44. These are so freakin adorable! I love the tiny sprinkles!

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  46. June Burns says:

    Wow those look gorgeous! Perfect for the New Year indeed 🙂

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  48. Mariell says:

    As a non-american, I’m wondering what sugar you used? I’m trying to convert the recipe into mL, dL, and grams, and all the conversion charts I find online have a couple of different types of sugar, such as “granulated sugar”, “raw sugar” and “caster sugar”. I’m not sure which one to use, however. They looks so lovely and yummy, I just have to try them!

  49. Amy says:

    Happy New Year! I hope this finds you well. I have a question…do the edible stars go on before baking or after?

  50. Tana Greve says:

    Hi, these cookies look amazing. Just curious, can these cookies be left out after serving or do they have to be kept refrigerated? I was thinking of making these for party favors, but hoping then can stay out room temp for 6 plus hours or so…

  51. Paula says:

    Hi! May I ask, what you colored these with to achieve that color? Lovely!

  52. Chantal says:

    I have made these for several years and they are a family favorite! This year, I need to make the buttercream ahead of time. Have you ever tried freezing it before using?

    • joanne says:

      Hi! I haven’t tried with this specific buttercream, but I have frozen other swiss meringue buttercreams before with good results. When you are ready to use it after freezing, I recommend thawing it in the fridge overnight and rewhipping for a bit in the food processor before using.

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