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Chocolate Macaroons

Unsweetened coconut is available in health-food stores.

  • Yield: Makes 2 dozen
Chocolate Macaroons

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 1995


  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Reduce heat, and allow it to simmer. Place chocolate in a small bowl, and set over saucepan. Stir until chocolate is melted, and set aside to cool.

  3. In a large bowl, combine cooled chocolate, cocoa, sugar, coconut, egg whites, vanilla, and salt. Use your hands to mix well, completely combining ingredients.

  4. Dampen hands with cold water. Form 1 1/2 tablespoons of mixture into a loose haystack shape, and place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining mixture, placing macaroons 1 inch apart.

  5. Bake until just firm to the touch but still soft in the middle, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove baking sheet from oven to a wire rack, and let cool on baking sheet.

Cook's Note

Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Reviews (4)

  • c lee 30 Sep, 2012

    This was amazingly simple (just a double boiler and one bowl!) and so delicious. My partner ate half of them before I could put them away. So decadent and rich.

  • mfwa 4 Jan, 2012

    great recipe, super simple and delicious!

  • bigdenroy 10 Feb, 2011

    Made these most delicious macaroons for a local resto where I do baking and the customers where shocked that macaroons could be baked and be the most delicious they ever had. Simply the only way to make chocolate macaroons. Thanks Martha

  • kookybaker 13 Apr, 2009

    These are great served cold, out of the refrigerator. I just throw some in a ziploc bag and take a couple out when I need a snack.

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