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Coconut Macaroons with Chocolate Ganache

Chewy macaroons with a chocolate drizzle are a sweet treat that is easy to make. These coconut macaroons are made with unsweetened coconut so they’re not overly sweet. They are perfectly balanced with the rich chocolate drizzled over the top.

coconut macaroons drizzled with chocolate on a baking sheet

I’ve been making a lot of coconut macaroons lately. I just can’t get enough of these chewy little cookies and for this version, I decided to drizzle them with chocolate ganache.

I’ve tried a lot of macaroon recipes with unsweetened coconut which I really enjoy. The cookies aren’t overly sweet. For a while, I was having trouble finding unsweetened coconut nut and then a reader emailed me a tip about checking Amazon.

photo of macaroons with chocolate ganache on a baking rack

I was glad I did because I found a couple of brands. One from Bob’s Red Mill* and Let’s Do Organic* which are both unsweetened. I ended up going with the Let’s Do Organic because it came in a smaller bag.

close-up photo of the cookies on a baking rack

Macaroons with Unsweetened Coconut

I love that you only need five ingredients to make homemade macaroons. I also added a chocolate ganache drizzle which is optional, but I think it really dresses them up. Plus, chocolate makes everything better.

  • Sugar
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Egg whites
  • Vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt

All you do is mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. You don’t need a mixer – the dough is easy to mix with just a spoon.

Form the dough into balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment. I like to space them about an inch apart.

photo of macaroons ready to be baked

Bake them for about 8 minutes and then rotate the pan. Bake them for 8 minutes longer or until they are golden brown. Let them cool before you add the ganache.

For the ganache, just heat cream on the stove and then pour it over chopped chocolate and mix until the chocolate melts and the ganache has thickened.

You can dip the tops of the macaroons in the chocolate or drizzle it over the top.

close-up photo of baked cookies on a silpat

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Coconut Macaroons with Chocolate Ganache

Servings: 18 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 31 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
These macaroons are sweet and slightly chewy with a great coconut flavor. They’re great as is or drizzled with chocolate.



  • 3/4 cup (175 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups (165 g) unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch salt

Chocolate Ganache

  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup heavy


  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Set parchment paper on a large baking sheet.
  • Mix all ingredients together by hand in a large bowl. Wash hands off.
  • Use a tablespoon, or by hand, scoop and pack dough and put dough on parchment paper with an inch of spacing between each cookie.
  • Bake16 minutes, rotating the baking sheet after 8 minutes, until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. When cooled, dip the tops of the macaroons into chocolate glaze or drizzle glaze on the macaroons
  • To make the ganache, chop chocolate into small pieces and put in a large bowl. Heat heavy cream on stove until it is about to boil. Then pout heavy cream over chocolate and stir until it mixes thoroughly and becomes a thick, smooth ganache. Let ganache cool slightly before using.


Recipe adapted from Use Real Butter

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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2 comments on “Coconut Macaroons with Chocolate Ganache”

  1. Ooh, thanks for the tip on the ziploc bag. That’s easier and cheaper than a pastry bag.

  2. Wow, I was just thinking about macaroons! I was looking for a recipe that called for sweetened coconut since I have some that needs to be used up. Yours turned out great.
    BTW, sometimes I get lazy and just use a ziplock bag instead of a pastry bag. I don’t have much luck drizzling with a fork/spoon. I fill the bag, snip the end and then pretty much like a make-shift pastry bag that gets tossed out after I’m done.

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