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Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons – SRC

This month for the Secret Recipe Club, I was assigned Debbie Does Dinner… Healthy and Low Calorie. She has some great recipes for healthy and low cal dinners, but we all know that healthy and low cal aren’t really in my dictionary… so I went for her desserts. Lucky for me (thanks Debbie!), she also has an extensive list of luscious desserts and Amish bread recipes that I was able to pick from. It was a tough decision, but since I was pressed for time this week I went with her Coconut Macaroons. Believe it or not – I’ve never made them before! So simple, so delicious, yet it’s just never been a recipe I’ve thought to try. Last week Kevin got a chocolate chip macaroon from Flour Bakery, and so I felt inspired to give them a try.

The recipe is about as easy as it gets – measure out your ingredients, pour into a bowl, and mix! I added a few things, but even still, they were a breeze, and so tasty. I followed Debbie’s recipe almost exactly, only adding a few extras to kick them up a notch. To start, I added the seeds from 1/2 a vanilla bean, just for the look (I love seeing vanilla seed flecks in my baked goods!) and a bit of more earthy flavor. I also added chocolate chips, since we all know of my obsession with chocolate, AND opted to dip most of the finished macaroons in more chocolate.

The resulting cookie is extremely tender and melt-in-your-mouth. I liked them dipped in chocolate, but liked them plain as well. I cooked them just until set, so the centers are still gooey, and the outsides were a lovely golden brown. The chocolate chips added a bit of texture and a wonderful depth of flavor (gotta love the dark chocolate), and were a pleasant contract to the sweet coconut. I was extremely pleased with these cookies (as Kevin seemed to be as well), and will definitely be making them again!

Little known secret: I’ve actually played with the idea of launching an Etsy shop for baked goods, and if I do, these will be one of the first thing to go on it! These and my recent chocolate turtlesso good.

Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons – SRC


  • 5 cups coconut (I used a whole 14 oz. bag and about 1/4 of a bag)
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split
  • Optional:
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Measure and mix coconut and flour in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add in condensed milk, egg white, salt, vanilla and vanilla bean - and 1/2 cup chocolate chips, if using. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Use a cupcake-scoop and place scoops onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silpat (I used a silpat with great results). Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet immediately and cool on a wire rack.
  5. If dipping in chocolate (which you definitely should) - melt remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips with 1/2 tsp coconut in the microwave or over low-medium heat in a saucepan. Pour into a small bowl, and dip just the very bottom (or very top) of the macaroon into the warm chocolate. Place on parchment paper until set.

31 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons – SRC”

  1. ButterYum says:

    Debbie is one of the nicest bloggers around. You picked the perfect recipe for a busy week – simple, yet scrumptious!


  2. Elizabeth says:

    Homemade macaroons are the best. These look excellent

  3. Mary says:

    I made coconut macaroons for the first time last year and they were a huge hit. I like the ones dipped in chocolate best too!

  4. Jo-Anna says:

    Ohh these look so good! I tried to make some this week from a different recipe and they kept falling apart! Your recipe looks great, so I’ll have to try it instead!

  5. Megan says:

    So, I’m weird and I really like eating the raw mixture for chocolate chip macaroons, but I’m not a huge fan of them once they’re baked. But considering these are also dipped in chocolate, that might change my mind!

  6. gloria says:

    These look amazing and I love them!! gloria

  7. These look so moist, crunchy, chocolatey, and yummy!

  8. Kristen says:

    Debbie is one of my favorite bloggers. Those cookies look so good.

  9. Sheryl says:

    Your Macaroons look delicious! I love your pictures. Great SCR Choice!

  10. Miz Helen says:

    This looks like a great recipe. It is fun cooking with you in the SRC. Hope you are having a great day and thanks for sharing!
    Miz Helen

  11. These look wonderful! I love them dipped in chocolate. I’m pinning these =o)

  12. Lisa~~ says:

    These look delicious and I especially love the look of the ones with the chocolate on the bottom, so pretty.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my group “A” SRC recipe this month: Welsh Cakes.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  13. I love macaroons! I haven’t made them before either, but I know what I’m doing this weekend!

  14. Ilke says:

    Oh yea, I am dipping them in chocolate when I make it!
    My first month in SRC and first time on your site. I am sure I’ll be back, You have a lovely site.

  15. Trisha says:

    I love coconut macaroons and chocolate with it is such a fantastic idea. I love how u’ve tipped the tops of some and the base of others in chocolate. Nice way to switch things up!

  16. Joanne says:

    I love coconut macaroons! Especially with a good chocolate coating. These look fabulous!

  17. Jeanette says:

    Love how you added vanilla bean seeds to add the little flecks in these macaroons!

  18. Dan says:

    I don’t know which ones look better. The ones with chocolate on top, or on the bottom.

    Why not both?

    So delicious.

  19. these do look delicious! I love cookies πŸ™‚

  20. Julie says:

    These look so yummy! I love macaroons and dipping these in chocolate makes them even better!!!

  21. I LOVE macarons and didn’t know they were that simple to make!! I will definitely be trying my hand at these soon!

  22. Kim Gilbert says:

    Could you change the flour for coconut flour? My son has Celiac and this looks like such a great holiday cookie. No one else would need to know it was gluten free and he could partake like “normal”.

    • Taryn says:

      Hi Kim! I definitely think you could give it a try — I haven’t made these with coconut flour, but the gluten in regular flour isn’t really necessary in this recipe, so I’d say give it a go. If you try it, let me know how they come out!

  23. ryan says:

    how many does this recipe make?


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