Lemon Coconut Macaroons

May 16, 2012

lemon coconut macaroons | une gamine dans la cuisine

Sometimes I'm slightly nefarious.

I'll make things that are unabashedly laced with flakes of coconut.

I will make things unabashedly laced with coconut knowing that no one else will get as rambunctiously excited about it as I do.

I make things with coconut for purely selfish reasons; for me, myself and I. (We're fantastically happy about it!)

lemon coconut macaroons | une gamine dans la cuisine

This was my first go at making coconut macaroons. And how wise of me to have had the foresight to know how quickly they'd tear down my "only three" rule.

I ate a lot of these darlings. And by a lot, I mean 10-12...in the course of two days.

But I ran fast and far, like a mouse in cat's alley, fast and far. So that counts for something. Right?

lemon coconut macaroons | une gamine dans la cuisine

Lemon Coconut Macaroons
Yields about 10-12 cookies

1 large egg white
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 Tablespoon lemon zest (about 1-2 lemons)
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 (14 oz) bag sweet, shredded coconut

Preheat the oven to 300 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the egg white and salt. Whisk vigorously for about 2 minutes (you want it to be nice and frothy).
Add the sweet milk, lemon zest, almond extract, and lemon juice; whisk to combine.
Add the coconut and, using a large rubber spatula, fold the coconut into the egg mixture until well combined.
Use a small ice cream scoop, and your hands, to shape the mixture into 1 1/2-inch mounds. (It's very sticky, so have a clean, wet towel on hand.)
Place the mounds onto the prepared sheets, leaving about 1-inch of space between each cookie.
Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Remove the pans from the oven and allow the cookies to rest for about 2 minutes before carefully transferring them to a cooling rack.


  1. This sounds delicious! What a lovely new look :)

  2. A divine flavor! So exotic.



  3. Thanks Ana! I did love the previous one too! :)

  4. i am loving the new layout! it's so cute and fresh looking!

  5. I think we should all cook to please ourselves, first and foremost, that's when the best ideas are born. These look amazing, I can't get enough coconut!

  6. These look yummy! I'll have to try them.
    As for your aside.. I'm studying to be a pastry chef, and apparently chefs hate pastry chefs because they get paid more. I wonder if its true!

  7. P.S. Love the new site layout!

  8. What cute little macaroons! And yes, you should always make something that you'll enjoy :).

  9. I always wonder why people feel the need to tear others down. You're right - it's a real cliche, and the kind of comment someone makes when they haven't really thought it through.

  10. There's no such thing as making things with coconut too often! These macaroons look incredible. I want to shove like 5 of them into my mouth right now!

  11. these are so gorgeous and delicious! i would totally be eating the whole batch lol

  12. What perfect little macaroons. They look amazing.

  13. Everything about these is amazing!!!!! I agree with Jenn...I'd eat the whole batch! *hah*

  14. I just found my way here via Tutti Dolci - LOVE!! Can't wait to make these, they sound (and look) amazing. Adding you to my reader :-)

  15. These look so tasty and springy, perfect with the beautiful new blog look! It's fun to change it up sometimes even when nothing's really wrong, isn't it?

  16. I love coconut, so you're speaking to the choir today! Those are gorgeous and your photos are super!

    I remember watching one of the Top Chef shows and one of the contestants was a pastry chef. Nobody said anything nasty about her, but there were comments here and there and she felt she had to prove herself. She did!

  17. Making these today!!!!! Cant wait, we too (me,myself and I) love coconut!!

  18. @Anon, I hope you fall in love with these macaroons as much as I did!! (Coconut is The best!) ;D


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♥ Valerie


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