Almond Coconut Macaroons

Almond Coconut Macaroons are about to become your new favorite easy dessert. Read about the origin of a macaroon, the different between a macaroon and macaron and how to make your own light and fluffy coconut macarons!

Almond Coconut Macaroons are light, fluffy coconut biscuits dipped in chocolate and almonds. Perfect as a dessert, for tea for as a an afternoon snack.

Almond Coconut Macaroons are light, fluffy coconut biscuits dipped in chocolate and almonds. Perfect as a dessert, for tea for as a an afternoon snack. #coconutmacaroons #macaroonsrecipe www.savoryexperiments.com

I can’t tell you how many folks ask about the difference between a macaroon and a macaron or how many are sorely disappointed when they expect one confectionary treat and end up with the other. Both are equally as good, but both are vastly different!

Coconut macarons are Italian, with the word macaroon being derived from the word ammaccare, which means “to crush.” This was in reference to almond paste historically used to make coconut macaroons.

Almond Coconut Macaroons are light, fluffy coconut biscuits dipped in chocolate and almonds. Perfect as a dessert, for tea for as a an afternoon snack. #coconutmacaroons #macaroonsrecipe www.savoryexperiments.com

Through the centuries the recipe has morphed into being an egg white and flour base or a sweetened condensed milk base and the almond paste has disappeared altogether, making them just shredded coconut and chocolate.

There are actually two types of macarons, a meringue style cookie sandwich. Italian and French macarons have the same ingredient list: egg whites, almond flour and castor (or powdered) sugar, but hav different processes to get to the end result. We’ll save those details for another post.

Almond Coconut Macaroons are light, fluffy coconut biscuits dipped in chocolate and almonds. Perfect as a dessert, for tea for as a an afternoon snack. #coconutmacaroons #macaroonsrecipe www.savoryexperiments.com

Right now we are focused on coconut macaroons. Almond has somehow been squeezed out of new age macaroons, so I wanted to introduce it back in, but in an easier (and cheaper) fashion.

My Almond Coconut Macaroons use almond extract and chopped almonds instead of almond paste. I also used a combination of sweetened condensed milk and egg white to make a light, fluffy cookie that was more stable than using just one or the other.

Almond Coconut Macaroons are light, fluffy coconut biscuits dipped in chocolate and almonds. Perfect as a dessert, for tea for as a an afternoon snack. #coconutmacaroons #macaroonsrecipe www.savoryexperiments.com

Almond Coconut Macaroons are still super easy to make with only 8 ingredients. The coconut biscuit can b mixd and baked in just 15 minutes. The longest time will be allowing them to cool before dipping them in milk chocolate and chopped almonds.

If you prefer one type of chocolate over another be my guest to substitute it. White chocolate, dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, milk chocolate- it is all welcome!

Almond Coconut Macaroons are light, fluffy coconut biscuits dipped in chocolate and almonds. Perfect as a dessert, for tea for as a an afternoon snack. #coconutmacaroons #macaroonsrecipe www.savoryexperiments.com

While you desire a light brown top with crunchy little coconut edges, you don’t want the bottoms to brown too fast. To prevent this, I suggest using insulted cookie sheets and parchment paper. See links below for some ideas.

Tools for making Almond Coconut Macarons:

Insulated Cookie Sheet– Insulated cookie sheets allow hot air to circulate around the entire cookie, resulting in even baking.

Parchment Paper– Prevent sticking and burning with parchment paper!

Make sure to scroll on down for even more Macaroon Recipe Ideas! 

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5 from 8 votes
Almond Coconut Macaroons
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Cooling Time
30 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Almond Coconut Macaroons are light, fluffy coconut biscuits dipped in chocolate and almonds. Perfect as a dessert, for tea for as a an afternoon snack.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 12 cookies
Calories: 177 kcal
Author: Jessica at Savory Experiments
Ingredients
  • 7 ounces sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 2 ounces chocolate , melted
  • 2 tablespoons almonds , finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine sweetened flaked coconut, flour and salt, mixing well.
  3. Add egg white, sweetened condensed milk and almond extract. Mix until all is just wet. Do not over mix.
  4. Using a tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop out 12 macarons onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the tops start to brown.
  6. Remove and allow to cool.
  7. Dip bottoms in melted chocolate and immediately roll in minced almonds. Return to parchment lined cookie sheet to harden. You may want to transfer to the refrigerator for 10 minutes to speed up the process.
  8. Store in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to serve. Best 1-2 days after baking.
  9. After you've tried this recipe, we welcome you to come back and let us know how it went! We love comments and it helps other readers. 

Nutrition Facts
Almond Coconut Macaroons
Amount Per Serving
Calories 177 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 266mg 11%
Potassium 154mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 17g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 0.9%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 5.4%
Iron 3.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I’m part of this fabulous group called Celebrating Food Holidays… we get together and make some of the BEST recipes to celebrate national food holidays. For this post, we are celebrating National Macaroon Day!!!!! Woot woot!

And even more coconut macaroon recipes!

Almond Coconut Macaroons are light, fluffy coconut biscuits dipped in chocolate and almonds. Perfect as a dessert, for tea for as a an afternoon snack. #coconutmacaroons #macaroonsrecipe www.savoryexperiments.com

Comments

Natanja || Home Baked Bliss

Lol so true! I’m still trying to explain the difference between a macaron and a macaroon to my mom…she never remembers which is which. 🙂
I love homemade macaroons. The store-bought ones are always a bit too sweet for me. Homemade is definitely best. These look lovely!

Stacie

Macaroons are one of my favourite cookies!

Kara

These look so yummy! I love that you used almonds and extract instead of almond paste. I always have them in my pantry, so no special trips to the store. Yay!

    Jessica at Savory Experiments

    So much easier to find than almond paste!

Sara

What a great cookie! I love coconut macaroons and adding almonds is bound to be delicoius!

    Jessica at Savory Experiments

    Thank you!

Jessica Randhawa

I have NO idea why I have never thought to make my own macaroons before!? These sound amazing and look super easy to make. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    Jessica at Savory Experiments

    You know, I hadn’t either, but they are so easy and so good, there is really no reason not to!

Hannah

I just LOVE everything about this recipe, it is really a different twist and I would love to make these one day, just to feel that crunch, I love how they seem so tasty and crunchy! 🙂

    Jessica at Savory Experiments

    Th crunch compliments coconut so well.

Rae

I love that you’re re-introducing almonds to macaroons, it adds an entirely different level of flavor of texture to the cookies.

    Jessica at Savory Experiments

    Thank you! Back to the roots, right?

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