Coconut Macaroons

Depending as to where you’re from will dictate what first pops into your head when you hear the word ‘macaroon‘. For me it’s these sweet coconut delights that take me straight back to being 11. Some people call these coconut haystacks. Before trialing this recipe today I think the last time I baked these retro treats was during Home Ec in High School. I wanted to resurrect these to link in with a school’s How We Were topic. When deciding I was going to teach this recipe in some of my classes this term little did I realise how hard it was going to find the simple recipe I remembered. Luckily my classic 1950’s Good Housekeeping cookbook helped me out.

When developing recipes for my classes I have rules and with the price of ingredients shooting up it’s been quite a challenge to produce a term of recipes that link to topic, stick within £1 per person per recipe budget, teach important skills and most importantly taste good. A challenge I seriously relish. This recipe works out at a frugal 56p per dozen. At the end of term I always review my costings that I do at the beginning of the term to see if something could be done better and it’s always interesting seeing what prices have gone up over the term.

To be frank, it’s quite difficult to make these look pretty. You can press the mixture out on to a board and then cut small rounds out, but I prefer to pile it in mounds. If you wish they can be decorated with a ¼ of glace cherry on top before baking, These are plain, simple, understated, sweet and gloriously chewy. Given Hubs doesn’t like coconut, these are all for me.

Coconut Macaroons
makes 12

50g sugar

1 egg white

100g desiccated coconut (make sure it is the unsweetened kind)

1) Whisk together the egg white and sugar until fluffy. You don’t have to whip it enough to get peaks.

2) Mix in the coconut until ingredients are well combined.

3) Line a baking tray with baking parchment and spoon the mixture in dessertspoon sized heaps on to the paper.

4) Bake at 180°c for 10 min. Allow to cool on the tray for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Post Author: Jules

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22 thoughts on “Coconut Macaroons


    (January 12, 2011 - 5:08 pm)

    Ooooooooo yummo!! I shall be making these forthwith x x x x

    Petit Filoux

    (January 12, 2011 - 5:14 pm)

    Macarons don’t mean that to me but I’m more than happy to embrace it! Can’t believe how easy and simple the recipe looks, I’ve GOT to try these out!!!


    (January 12, 2011 - 5:23 pm)

    ah Petit Filoux, it is the difference between Macaroons and macarons!

    For me macaroons are almond but the rather coarse ones on rice paper with an almond in the middle. We made these coconut ones too at home, always called coconut macaroons to emphasise the difference. Lovely and easy for kids.

    And you can pile this mix onto a pastry case with jam in the bottom for a coconut bakewell. Yummy!


      (January 13, 2011 - 8:52 am)

      I like that idea of putting it in pastry. A bit like a Manchester Tart.


        (January 13, 2011 - 9:59 am)

        yes, I guess it would be, but dryer and I think better for kids as it is less rich.

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    (January 12, 2011 - 5:43 pm)

    I love this kind of macaroon! Their coconutty stickiness is always a little bit irresistible for me – these look fab!


    (January 12, 2011 - 5:49 pm)

    I LOVE coconut macaroons. I must make these, they look so easy. It’s making my mouth water. I think you made them look pretty too!


    (January 13, 2011 - 2:22 am)

    Coconut maca-Rooneys?

    Old fave too. Having a sweet tooth I liked to use the shredded coconut – nicer texture. Just a thought – what about a marshmallow baked in the middle? Eat while still warm.


      (January 13, 2011 - 8:54 am)

      Loving the marshmallow idea. I did also toy with the idea of putting a tiny amount of jam in the middle.


        (January 13, 2011 - 10:01 am)

        if you want something old fashioned to put in the middle, try a glace cherry.. really nice actually! We used to have glace cherries on the top, the flavour was good but they would go rather dry and toffee’d , but if you hide them in the middle they stay lovely and succulent.

    Junior Cooking

    (January 13, 2011 - 9:40 am)

    These look great! I always use an old Bero book for retro cooking inspiration.
    The marshmallow idea sounds good.


      (January 13, 2011 - 10:11 am)

      BeRo is a classic. I’ve lost my copy and really should replace it.

    Jo @ JAGS Fitness Blog

    (January 13, 2011 - 9:40 am)

    Oh yum, they look divine! I adore coconut so will be giving these a try :D

    The Curious Cat

    (January 13, 2011 - 11:06 am)

    Yeah these are the kind of macaroons I imagine when people say macaroons! I’d never heard of the other kind until recently…these look delicious!!! xxx

    Patrick George

    (January 14, 2011 - 1:11 pm)

    My 1950s GH cookbook quite indispensible. Interesting how much they took for granted that every GH would know!


      (January 14, 2011 - 2:51 pm)

      I love my GH cookbook. If I’m looking for a recipe that has long been forgotten I know I’ll be able to find it in there and if I’m lucky there’ll be a black & while photo so at least I know what it should look like.


    (January 14, 2011 - 7:50 pm)

    I love anything with coconut. I think they look best in mounds like you did them. I like mine with little drizzle of chocolate.


    (January 15, 2011 - 10:04 am)

    I love coconut macaroons and recently used macaroon to cover an apricot sponge based tray bake = – yummee!


    (January 17, 2011 - 2:54 pm)

    These are exactly what I think of when I hear macaroon !!!!! Its taken me ages to get my head around the “new” macaroon ! lol x Thanks Jules … I know what I shall be making in the near future ……

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    Wendy Shaw

    (February 29, 2016 - 7:44 pm)

    Thanks for the recipe Jules. Needed some baking this morning and managed to knock these out in 15 minutes, great! Didn’t have cherries either so some have mini marshmallows on instead x

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