Cookies and Cream Macarons

Cookies and Cream Macarons

My love affair with macarons started when I first visited the infamous french patisserie, Laduree, many years ago. The little sandwich cookies in their myriad of different colours, flavours and sizes were displayed so exquisitely that I remember watching even the most sophisticated of adults transform into eager little children ready to devour a macaron in an instant. And this too, was definitely the case for me.

As a child oreo’s were always my favourite cookie. I could eat whole packets almost too quickly. I loved the cookies so much that I would even experiment and create bizarre oreo concoctions such as smoothies, cheesecakes and ice cream.

Cookies and Cream Macarons Cookies and Cream Macarons

I have particularly fond memories of the little chocolate cookies but as an adult, I rarely buy oreo’s. This is because if I have them in the pantry, I know I will eat them all. Sometimes being a grown up means realising what makes you lose all self-control and dignity and keeping that delicious thing far, far away.

But, weeks ago when I visited another favourite french patisserie (and saw their delicious cookies and cream macarons)… I became reduced back into my old sweet temptation. At first I ordered just one cookies and cream macaron. As I took my first bite, a wave of missed oreo deliciousness and nostalgia came flooding back.

One devoured macaron soon became two… and then two quickly turned into a twelve pack take away box. These cookies and cream macarons tasted SO good that I decided I needed to try my hand at making them myself with of course, oreo’s.

Cookies and Cream Macarons Cookies and Cream Macarons

If you have been searching for the perfect macaron recipe, don’t look any further. Macarons really are straightforward and simple to make….the secret is just following a great recipe exactly and this recipe is slightly adapted from Laduree’s Sucre book, which chronicles the french patisseries infamous sweet recipes. It is a must have cookbook for anyone with a sweet tooth. 

These macarons are truly amazing and will give your life a whole new meaning. An oreo buttercream ganache is sandwiched between two smooth, chewy and crisp dark chocolate oreo macaron shells. They are heaven in every bite… perfect for anyone with a penchant for the taste of cookies and cream.

I wish I could say that I felt guilty after making and devouring these macarons. Rather, I just felt really happy. So, indulge your sweet cravings like I have, and create these delicious cookies and cream macarons. I have a feeling they will bring you just as much happiness as they did for me.

Cookies and Cream Macarons Cookies and Cream Macarons

Cookies and Cream Macarons
Yields 25
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For the Cookies and Cream Shells
  1. 105g almond meal
  2. 200g soft icing sugar
  3. 100g egg whites
  4. 1/2 tasp salt
  5. 50g caster sugar
  6. 30g oreo crumbs (the crumbs are made from just the shells, with the buttercream wiped off)
For the Cookies and Cream filling
  1. 3/4 cup butter, cubed and softened
  2. 50g oreo crumbs
  3. 2 tsp cocoa powder
  4. 1/4 cup soft icing sugar
For the Cookies and Cream Shells
  1. In a food processor pulse the almond meal and icing sugar into a fine powder. Set this mixture aside in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In the the same food processor, pulse the oreo shells until a fine crumb forms.
  3. Stir these oreo crumbs into the almond and icing sugar mixture.
  4. In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites and salt until they are foamy. Add the caster sugar in batches, a spoon full at a time and whip until the egg whites reach stiff peaks.
  5. Sift a quarter batch of the almond and icing sugar mixture over the egg whites and gently fold in to combine. Repeat with remaining quarters, continuing to gently fold in and being careful to not over work it.
  6. Place the mixture in a piping bag and pipe macaron shaped circles onto a baking sheet or use a macaron mat like I did.
  7. Preheat the oven to 140 C (280F)
  8. Set the baking sheet aside for 30 minutes to 1 hour until the macarons form a skin to the touch.
  9. Bake the macarons for 15 to 20 minutes or until they are crisp and hollow when tapped.
  10. At this point, I like to settle my macaron shells to room temperature and then place them in the fridge overnight. However, you can also just leave them to cool for 30 minutes and the pipe on the buttercream.
For the Cookies and Cream Buttercream
  1. Add the oreos into a food processor and blend until a fine crumb forms.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the butter and icing sugar with the oreo crumbs. Add in the cocoa powder and mix well. The mixture should be thick and be able to hold it's shape.
  3. Spoon into a piping bag, pipe onto half the macaron shells and sandwich macarons together. (If you have extra oreo crumbs you can also sprinkle some over the top of the buttercream and then sandwich the macarons together.)
  1. According to Laduree, Macarons should be left in an airtight container in the fridge overnight before serving as this allows the shells to crisp, buttercream to develop it's form and taste and almond meal and icing sugar to soften.
Adapted from Sucre Laduree
Adapted from Laduree
butter and brioche
Cookies and Cream Macarons



  • Reply Colleen December 14, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Oh my!! Finally a macaron recipe that looks approachable…I’m so excited to try it! These look delicious 🙂

  • Reply Andrea January 11, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    What a fantastic recipe. Made them yesterday and they came out really well. Sent a photo to my dad who said “they look just like the Ladureé macarons” high praise indeed. Wish I could post a photo to show you. Thanks for the great instruction!

    • Reply thalia January 11, 2015 at 7:42 pm

      That’s great Andrea!

  • Reply Kasee January 1, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    I made these today and turned out good.. Made some changes added cream of tatter to the meringue and put in the oven for only 10 minutes. I also used the same recipe and made pistashio macaroons just replace Oreo crumbs for grounded pistashio! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Reply Kasee January 1, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Rather annoying that every comment states the same thing yet no one has made it yet!! I am dying to know how others turned out!! Reviews would be helpful!! Yes, the macaroons look pretty and blah blah blah but 97% of the people who commented NEVER made macaroons before! I need reviews, pros and cons about recipes when I find one! ANYHOW, I WILL BE GIVING THIS A TEST TOMORROW SO I WILL COME BACK AND WRITE A REVIEW!

    • Reply thalia January 1, 2015 at 9:41 am

      Looking forward to hearing your result!

  • Reply Michelle October 26, 2014 at 1:45 am

    how many macaroons do these make? 🙂

    • Reply thalia October 26, 2014 at 6:55 am

      Roughly 25 Michelle.

  • Reply annie@ciaochowbambina October 24, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    When my family and I visited Paris in 2010 it was the first time I’d ever had a macaron and I couldn’t believe my tastebuds! I’ve wanted to make them these past four years but for some reason felt a little intimidated… until now! I’m going for it Thalia…I’ll let you know how I do!

  • Reply Chineka wiLLIAMS October 16, 2014 at 2:36 am

    These macarons look delicious and the filling looks so creamy.

  • Reply Rosemary @anitalianinmykitchen October 15, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Hi Thalia

    My daughter and I are going to be making these on Saturday, she is dying for us to try macarons. These look amazing. Thanks

    • Reply thalia October 15, 2014 at 7:41 am

      Glad to hear it Rosemary x

  • Reply Matt @ Plating Pixels October 14, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    I’ve never made macarons before but will have to try this great looking recipe. I’ve heard it difficult to get the crispy edges on the bottom (called feet?) Does letting them sit out before baking to form a skin help with that?

    • Reply thalia October 14, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      Hi Matt, leaving the macarons to sit and form a skin is important as a solid and dry skin lifts the macaroon shell and when they cook this creates the ‘feet’ at the base xx

  • Reply Kari Peters October 13, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I’ve always been intimidated by macaroons! Cookies and cream is one of my all time favorite flavors, and these looks utterly delicious!

  • Reply Kelly - Life Made Sweeter October 12, 2014 at 3:55 am

    These macarons are gorgeous Thalia! I love that you made cookies and cream flavored ones – they sound perfect and totally irresistible!

  • Reply Shinee October 11, 2014 at 4:51 am

    OMG, Thalia! These macarons look amazing! Will have to try them very soon. It’s time to whip up another batch any way! Love those little thing!

  • Reply Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 10, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    What a gorgeous version of macarons Thalia! 😀

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen October 10, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    These are beautiful macarons, Thalia! I’ve never heard that they’re easy to make before, but you’ve encouraged me to try! Pinned!

  • Reply October 10, 2014 at 1:09 am

    I love cookies and cream and macarons! What an awesome combo. Gotta to try these!

  • Reply Jenny @ The Peachy Pair October 9, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    I think I’m in love! Looks scrumptious!

  • Reply Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later! October 9, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    OMG! I’m addicted to Cookies & Cream EVERYTHING! Love these!

  • Reply Bach G October 9, 2014 at 7:28 am

    These look absolutely fabulous! Yum!

  • Reply Kayley | The Kitchen McCabe October 8, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Um, I’m pretty sure you’ve just developed the worlds most perfect macaron EVER. YUM!

  • Reply Raquel @ My California Roots October 7, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Oh man, I would eat these right off the screen if I could! They loom so so delicious and wayyy better than any Oreo I’ve ever had. Yum!!

  • Reply Maggie October 7, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Oreo is also my nice childhood memory 🙂 I love to add them in to vanilla ice cream. Add oreo crumbs into macarons? YES!

  • Reply Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven October 7, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Thaila, I LOVE these macarons! It’s such a clever flavor combo that combines the best of both worlds! My family would adore these little ‘thangs. 😉

  • Reply Traci | Vanilla And Bean October 7, 2014 at 5:10 am

    Very well done, Thalia! Your feet and tops look lovely! If it were me, I think I’d be buying a take away box too… OH I gotta get out of that bakery fast to avoid such indulgences! I don’t keep oreos at home… ever! And if somehow they make their way into the house, I have to forget that they are there. Childhood memories of oreos and cold milk make me swoon!

    • Reply thalia October 7, 2014 at 7:11 am

      Thanks Traci!

  • Reply Christina @ Bake with christina October 7, 2014 at 1:24 am

    OMG these look like perfection! Such a yummy flavor!

  • Reply Sugar et al. October 6, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Love Macarons. This is a fabulous way of combining the best of two delicious worlds.These look amazing!

  • Reply Jenny @ BAKE October 6, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    This is such a brilliant idea! and I know what you mean about keeping things out of the house, I cannot bring anymore chocolate chip cookies home, I have eaten at least a years worth in the last few weeks. Your photos are stunning.

  • Reply Raymund October 6, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Wow those macarons are perfectly made! well done

  • Reply Summer B. October 6, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Quite possible the most amazing combination my eyes have ever seen. I want these so badly! Ahhhh!!

  • Reply Robyn October 6, 2014 at 4:50 am

    Ohhh my gosh I love macarons! My love for them might even be a bit unhealthy, if I see them in a store I absolutely have to try them. I will for sure be giving this recipe a go! Beautiful photos by the way 🙂


    – Robyn

  • Reply Sharon @ what the fork food blog October 6, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Yum, these sound so good!

  • Reply Tammy October 6, 2014 at 12:17 am

    I think I may have found my new baking addiction. You’re site is so beautiful! I actually found it through Allie over at Baking A Moment.

    These macarons look marvelous, Thalia. Off to browse through some more delicious posts 🙂


    • Reply thalia October 6, 2014 at 12:19 am

      Love it, Thanks for visiting Tammy x

  • Reply Nami | Just One Cookbook October 6, 2014 at 12:00 am

    How beautiful! Although I don’t have courage to try making macarons at home yet, I can’t describe how much I love macarons… Thalia, your macarons are simply gorgeous. I love all these pictures. 🙂

    • Reply thalia October 6, 2014 at 12:19 am

      Thanks Nami!

  • Reply Emma @ bake then eat October 5, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    I would have eaten a whole box of 12 as well what a flavour combo for macarons, I would love to try these delicate and beautiful treats for sure 😀

  • Reply Manali @ CookWithManali October 5, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Love oreos and love macarons! these look so pretty Thalia! Great recipe!

  • Reply Gourmet Getaways October 5, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    What a lovely stack! I can almost smell and taste how good these are just by looking!

    Gourmet Getaways

  • Reply October 5, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Oh Thalia, how I love macarons. I have never made them, and I’m completely scared to make them. I know the stars have to be aligned just right otherwise you’ll end up with a complete mess on your hands. But I love them so much I order them from a friend’s sister who makes amazing macarons any flavor and I pay as much as $24 a dozen just to get my share. I wish I could be as brave as you and some day make some macarons. Love your flavor combo!

  • Reply Medha @ Whisk & Shout October 5, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    These are stunning and creative and the photography with the oreos is so smart and beautiful!

  • Reply Carly October 5, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Wow, these look great. Maybe I should get over my fear of making macarons…

  • Reply Miranda @ Cookie Dough & Oven Mitt October 4, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Oh my! Macarons. A girl after my heart. I need to give these a try. I am pinning. 😀

  • Reply Kathleen October 4, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    These look amazing 🙂 baking macarons seem so hard though!

  • Reply Harini October 4, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Awewome creation,love the flavors and pictures

  • Reply Maureen | Orgasmic Chef October 4, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I’ve outgrown Oreos. Back in the olden days, a packet of Oreos and a quart of milk did wonders for menstrual cramps. (or maybe it was just me)

    I do love your macarons!

  • Reply October 4, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Omg! These look so incredible. I want to eat a dozen.

  • Reply Elizabeth @ October 4, 2014 at 6:48 am

    These are so darling–they look delicious!

  • Reply Lisa H. October 4, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Oh mY “gasp’ I must stop drooling over my keyboard!!!
    These are awesome little macs 😀
    love the flavour 🙂

  • Reply Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking Disorder October 4, 2014 at 4:20 am

    What a cute and wonderful idea. I’ve never seen this combo before. Love the photos with the macarons and oreos!

  • Reply Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice October 4, 2014 at 3:06 am

    You had me at cookies ‘n cream! 🙂 These macaroons are adorable and sound delicious! Love it!

  • Reply Chelsea (@TheWholeBite) October 4, 2014 at 2:31 am

    These look amazing! Takes me right back to my first trip to Laudree- instant love and obsession!

  • Reply Amanda - A Cookie Named Desire October 3, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Oh my gosh, I don’t even have any words for how much I love this. It’s everything that is good in this world 🙂

  • Reply Shiran @ Pretty. Simple. Sweet. October 3, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    What a great idea! I’ve never tasted a macaron like this before (and I’ve tasted many ;)). Sounds so good!!!!

  • Reply Rachael | SPache the Spatula October 3, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Oh man, my boyfriend is OBSESSED with Oreos and he would go absolutely crazy if I made these!
    Perhaps I’ll have to tuck the recipe away for a special occasion and surprise him! How perfect!

  • Reply PassTheknife October 3, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    I love both oreos and macarons, what could be better than putting them together?!

  • Reply Sarah @ SnixyKitchen October 3, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Thalia! You’re a girl after my own heart. I’m the same way with macarons – can never eat just one! These – these cookies & cream macarons looks amazing! (And addicting!)

  • Reply Jessica | A Happy Food Dance October 3, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    These are mouthwatering Thalia! I tried to make macarons once and it was a totally fail – I must try again!

  • Reply ZaiNab October 3, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Ok these macarons are just beautiful!! Stunning and perfect for any snack time. I love your pictures too 🙂

  • Reply Julia @ Sprinkled With Jules October 3, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    These sound so good! Who doesn’t love Oroes? I’m glad you don’t feel guilty about eating them either! 🙂

  • Reply Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ October 3, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Simple to make, really? I never succeeded at making macarons! I’m pinning and bookmarking this beautiful recipe.

  • Reply Lina | StrictlyDelicious October 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    teehee. I LOVE this story. I used to love Oreos too, and anything cookies and cream! You and I know, indulging ourselves should always feel good! (and it does) Gorgeous macarons, Thalia!

  • Reply The Blonde Chef October 3, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Wow, these are stunning! I am always so intimidated by macarons….but this might be the push I need to step outside my comfort zone! Beautiful post 🙂

  • Reply Del's cooking twist October 3, 2014 at 9:28 am

    I’m French and I can tell you straight away that your macarons are beautiful! You did such a good job with the recipe. Congrats!

  • Reply October 3, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Amazing, macarons are SO hard to make. You’ve made them so pretty and they look very tasty! Thank you for sharing this recipe

  • Reply Nora @ SaVory nothinGS October 3, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Wow, those macarons look truly amazing! I haven’t yet tried makig them at home but I have certainly enjoyed one (or two, or three…) in Paris! What a great idea to combine them with Oreos!

  • Reply Sam October 3, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Love the flavours here and you are very clever making macarons. Have to say I have never made them outside a formal pastry class.

  • Reply Josefine October 3, 2014 at 6:43 am

    I used to feel the same way about oreos. It was my favourite treat 😉
    The macrons look so good. You did very well making them – I’ve never succeeded, but after seeing this post I know I have to try again 😀

  • Reply Oana October 3, 2014 at 6:18 am

    I still struggle with macarons, but my tricky gas oven that can’t keep a steady low temperature is the one I blame because I tried over 5 different recipes in the last year and nothing 🙁 So I gave up until I get a proper oven. But yours look so appealing, I mean seriously – macarons and Oreos – who wouldn’t love that?! Great idea!

  • Reply Danguole October 3, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Oreos are magic! I once made an Oreo cookie butter–like Biscoff, but… OREOS.

    These macarons look perfect–nice technique, Thalia!

  • Reply Crystal | Apples & Sparkle October 3, 2014 at 5:20 am

    These are awesome, the fancy, sophisticated part of me says ah macarons! But the kid in me is jumping up and down for the cookies n’ cream!! Love this! : )

  • Reply shelley @ Bacon Egg & Cheese{cake} October 3, 2014 at 4:12 am

    Cookies + cream sounds perfect. Macarons are the best!!! I keep meaning to try making them myself but I do get really nervous. Would totally be super crushed if mine weren’t amazing like these 😛
    btw if you ever come up with a recipe for a blackberry flavored one… hint hint 😉

  • Reply Helen @ Scrummy Lane October 3, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Oh Thalia, it really looks like you’ve done a great job here! Thanks for the encouraging comment that macarons aren’t that difficult if you follow the recipe perfectly. I’m definitely going to try making some one day!
    Cookies and cream flavour are a perfect choice … and glad they brought back tasty childhood memories!

  • Reply Ashley October 3, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Cookies and cream!! Such a good flavor – and so pretty too! I can never turn down anything cookies and cream 🙂 I keep meaning to try making macarons at home … I need to just do it.

  • Reply pam (Sidewalk Shoes) October 2, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    I’ve always been afraid to try macarons, but these are soooo tempting! I used to eat oreos for breakfast.

    • Reply thalia October 3, 2014 at 2:04 am

      That is definitely the best way to eat them Pam.. alongside a glass of chocolate milk.

  • Reply Danielle October 2, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    These macarons look fantastic! Love the fact that you made a cookies and cream version, oreos are one of my favorites too.

  • Reply Chichi October 2, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Your cookies and cream macarons look fantastic. Love the combo,

  • Reply Jacklyn October 2, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I totally lose all self control around macarons and oreos. I will have to give this recipe a try because I’ve attempted macarons an embarrassing amount of times and this flavor combo sounds amazing!

  • Reply Katie @ Butterlust October 2, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Oreo cheesecake? That’s not bizarre, that’s a gift from the dessert gods! And so are these macarons — YUM!

  • Reply Sarah | Broma Bakery October 2, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Ugh, why do you torment me so? Now I’m going to have to go out and buy almond meal so I can make my own

  • Reply Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen October 2, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Okay, these cookie and cream macaroons look absolutely fantastic. 🙂 I have fond memories of eating Oreo’s as a kid too and don’t keep them in the house for the same reason! Pinned onto my cookies board!

  • Reply Jill October 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Wow these look amazing! And gorgeous photos on your site!! Inspiring! 🙂

  • Reply Mira October 2, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    I love all sorts of macarons, so I’ll be saving this recipe! They look beautiful, such a cool and original idea to use Oreos !!!

  • Reply Karen - 2Teaspoons October 2, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    These look delicious Thalia! I first fell in love with macarons visiting Laduree in Paris too! They’re so light and delicate and rich and decadent at the same time. I’m psyched to hear you say they aren’t that hard to make at home either 🙂

  • Reply Tieghan October 2, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    These are such delicious looking macaroons!! So perfect for this month and very fun!

    • Reply thalia October 3, 2014 at 2:05 am

      Thanks Tieghan!

  • Reply Jen @ baked by an introvert October 2, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    What an incredible flavor combo! I’ve never made macarons before. I feel slightly intimidated by them, ha. But these look and sound so good that I might have to change that. Pinned!

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