How to make old-fashioned macaroon jam tarts with a moist almond filling. Not to be confused with the Parisian macaron or the coconut macaroon.

Macaroon Jam tarts

Macaroon jam tarts

Exceedingly Good Cakes

Do you remember Macaroon Jam Tarts? The other day, I re-discovered an old faithful baking guide during a crazy New Year’s it’s-about-time-I-tidied-that-mess-up moment. Out fell a dusty 40th edition Be-Ro Flour Home Recipes book which Mum had handed me in 1992 before I left for France, a Scottish reminder to make the odd scone or shortbread now and again.

These almond-filled treats immediately whisked me back to our local Scottish bakeries, who sold them as individual tarts and they included a hidden dollop of raspberry jam.  My thoughts also turned to Mr Kipling: we all knew from his evocative croaky but sexy-voiced UK adverts that he “makes exceedingly good cakes”.

Recipes from the Be-Ro Flour Book, including Macaroons

Macaroons and Macarons: What’s the Difference?

Since these childhood macaroon memories, who would have dreamed I’d have married a Frenchman with a sexy accent and moved to Paris. What’s more, I learned how to make the Parisian Gerbet macaron with a fool-proof recipe. I say maca-ron, since these days there’s still some confusion between the macaron and macaroon.

What’s the difference? One is made with ground almonds, sugar and egg whites; and the other is made with coconut, sugar and egg whites.  Here’s my much more detailed answer in my article, Macaron vs Macaroon: What’s the Difference?

How to make macaroon jam tarts

Macaroon Tarts: Jam Fillings

However, perhaps these Macaroon Jam Tarts add even more confusion to the macaron vs macaroon debate! This recipe is British in style – just like these Scottish Mini Macaroon Snowballs. Would you believe these extra sweet treats are made with potato?

There are also plenty of macaroon recipes like this one which use pie crust and the macaroon reference here is just a mixture of almond or coconut toppings.

For the jam fillings, use these easy recipes for apricot, fig, raspberry, rhubarb & rose jam, or spiced plum jam. I also have an express one of Strawberry & Apricot in my pâtisserie book, Teatime in Paris! Any of them makes exceedingly good macaroon jam tarts!

French Almond Tart

If you love these macaroon jam tarts with an almond filling, then you’ll love this French Saint-Germain Almond Cake. It’s more of a tart with a moist, creamy almond filling with extra almond slivers and topped with a rum glaze….

Macaroon raspberry tarts cooling on baking tray

Macaroon Jam tarts
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Macaroon Jam Tarts

Author: Jill Colonna
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course : Dessert, teatime
Cuisine : British
Keyword : macaroon tarts, jam tarts
Servings : 9 tarts


How to make old-fashioned macaroon jam tarts with a moist almond filling - not to be confused with the Parisian macaron or the coconut macaroon.


  • 100 g (4oz) ready-made sweet pastry
  • 50 g (2oz) sugar
  • 50 g (2oz) ground almonds (almond flour)
  • 1 egg organic
  • 2 drops almond extract
  • 9 tsp raspberry or apricot jam


  • Heat the oven to 200°C/ 180ºC fan / 400°F / Thermostat 6. Roll out the ready-made pastry to about 5mm thickness and cut out 9 rounds using a cookie cutter (7.5cm/3 inch). Line 9 patty or tartlet tins. Set aside the ends of the pastry to make thin strips to decorate the tops.
  • In a bowl, mix the ground almonds, extract and sugar with the egg until a soft mixture.
  • Using a teaspoon, place a little jam in each case and top with the almond mixture.
  • Sprinkle with a little more caster sugar then make thin strips from the reserved pastry to make crosses on the tarts and press each end into the edges.
    Bake for 15-20 minutes.


For Jam Fillings, see recipes:

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8 responses to “Macaroon Jam Tarts”

    • Too funny, Mum. I’m re-cyling them for you with less sugar and without the margarine 😉

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  2. This is so cute!! Thank you for sharing!! This is the first time I have heard about macaroon 😀 they are so cute.

  3. I know I will love these – and they are beautiful, too! Thanks, Jill – and Happy New Year!

  4. Oh yum! I have never tasted one of these! I want to make them right now, but we still have so much leftover baked goods from the holidays that I just can’t start baking more! Ugh! Too many things to make and not enough days in the year!

    • Now that’s what I call a lovely situation Christina. Enjoy the leftovers. These are not going anywhere and there’s still plenty time ahead to make another time…

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