I am so excited to share the recipe for these Cocoa Coconut Macaroons because they are seriously one of my favorite things to come out of my kitchen, ever.
I can’t take all the credit, however. These macaroons are inspired by the perfect cocoa macaroons from Alma Handmade Chocolates in Portland, Oregon. I became obsessed with this shop and their macaroons when I lived in there.
Achieving a Sweet Salty Balance
These macaroons taste like something between a classic coconut macaroon and a fudgy brownie. I've also added a sprinkle of crunchy sea salt to the tops of mine because I really like having a sweet—salty balance in my baked treats.
The Secret Ingredient to Moist Macaroons
There's one ingredient here that might be a surprise: applesauce! I took this tip from Elise's recipe for Coconut Macaroons and it worked like a charm, adding moisture to the centers and preventing them from becoming dry or crumbly.
I think my version of these macaroons nails the flavor of Alma's original. I wasn't able to do a side-by-side comparison so I can’t say for sure, but my memory says YES!
Tips for Success
- These macaroons are made by coarsely grinding the shredded coconut and piping the cookies with a piping bag. This makes pretty, perfectly symmetrical cookies with a soft texture.
- If you are not planning to pipe these macaroons, leave the shredded coconut as is (do not grind) and shape the macaroons with a cookie scoop or large spoon.
- It’s not easy to tell by just looking at the color of these cookies if they are done since they’re already dark brown. You’ll know when they’re done when the cookies are still glossy but feel dry to the touch and yield slightly to gentle pressure.
Are These Kosher for Passover?
Yes, these chocolate coconut macaroons can be kosher for Passover. None of the ingredients are forbidden at Passover and several brands produce kosher certified versions of each of the ingredients, including the chocolate—an ingredient that may or may not be kosher if not certified.
More Passover-Perfect Desserts
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
- Pecan Meringue Cookies
- Chocolate and Hazelnut Matzo Toffee
- Grain-Free Apple Honey Cake
- Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Coconut Macaroons
You can use sweetened coconut in this recipe if you don't have unsweetened coconut. If you do that, reduce the sugar to 1/4 cup.
2 1/4 cups (254g) unsweetened shredded coconut
3 large egg whites
3/4 cup (148g) sugar (reduce to 1/4 cup if using sweetened coconut)
4 tablespoons (22g) cocoa powder
5 tablespoons smooth applesauce
Flaky sea salt
Preheat the oven:
Heat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
Grind the coconut:
Pulse the coconut in a food processor for ten 1-second pulses, until coarsely ground. (Skip this if you are shaping your macaroons by hand instead of piping in Step 4.)
Make the batter:
In a saucepan off the heat, whisk the egg whites, sugar, cocoa, and applesauce together. Stir in the coconut.
Place the pan over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is pasty and hot to the touch.
Shape the macaroons:
Remove the pan from the heat and scoop the macaroon batter into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe mounds onto a parchmentined baking sheet roughly the size of walnuts in their shells.
To shape by hand without piping: Use a cookie scoop or a large soup spoon to portion out the batter.
Bake the macaroons:
Sprinkle the tops with flaky sea salt and bake for about 12 minutes, until they feel dry to the touch and yield slightly to gentle pressure (they will still look glossy). Remove from the oven and cool on the sheet pan on a rack. Once cool, gently lift each macaroon off the sheet pan.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 18 to 20|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 8g||11%|
|Saturated Fat 7g||36%|
|Total Carbohydrate 12g||4%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||8%|
|Total Sugars 9g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||1%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|