Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons

One of the cookies I made over the weekend for Chinese New Year were these coconut macaroons. I originally wanted to try macaroons around Christmas time, but I didn’t get a chance to. I figured, this would be a good opportunity to make these since coconut is one of the candies in a traditional Chinese New Year candy tray.

I found these in Martha Stewart’s cookie book and it looked simple enough. It’s fairly easy for me to get unsweetened coconut flakes from the Asian supermarkets. However, Martha mentions that if you don’t have any, you can substitute sweetened coconut, but reduce the amount of sugar called for to 1 TBSP. The original recipe called for chocolate chunks, but I had lots of chocolate chips to use, so I used that instead.

chocolate chip coconut macaroons

Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons
adapted from: Martha Stewart’s Cookies

printable recipe

3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
2 large egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375° F. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray, set aside.

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl except for the chocolate chips. Mix well to combine. Stir in chocolate chips to combine.

Dampen your hands with cold water (repeat as necessary while forming cookies). Using a TBSP sized cookie scoop, scoop mixture into hands and mound into small haystacks. Place on cookie sheet.

Bake until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes, rotating the sheets 180° halfway through. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack

Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Makes about 1 1/2 dozen cookies (I got 22).


  1. found your wonderful recipes on photograzing and am going to make this right now love coconut and chocolate and these look fabulous!

  2. How long did you mix? I tried this recipe and beat the gg whites to a soft peak? Instead of macaroons I ended up with hard cookies

  3. @Sarah

    I combined all the ingredients and mixed that way for a few minutes, long enough for the mixture to be uniform in color from the vanilla. The recipe didn't call for beating the egg whites separately.

  4. How long did you mix? I tried this recipe and beat the gg whites to a soft peak? Instead of macaroons I ended up with hard cookies

  5. Many Thanks for the wonderful receipe, It's half term here and the Children enjoyed making these simply delightful treats. We managed to get 14 macaroons out of the receipe and topped with a cherry and chocolate Base - Yummy. To get the peak shape I pressed into a egg cup and then turned out onto the baking tray.

  6. Hmm, I tried them and they are completely flat @ 12 minutes. I was hoping for a improvement on a "wookie cookie" but these are more like puddles. Oh well I hope they taste better than they look.

  7. I hope they taste ok! I think they have to be packed tightly in order for them to not fall apart.


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