raspberry coconut macaroons Recipes

raspberry coconut macaroons

Every year around this time, behind the scenes, I go through my annual Macaroon Marathon, in which I decimate bags and bags of coconut in an effort to find a variation on the lowly macaroon worth noting, publicly. As evidenced by the fact that my archives are virtually coconut macaroon-free, I hadn’t thus far succeeded. But it wasn’t for lack of trying.

this week's macaroon marathon
rolled in coconut chips, prettiest

Two years ago, insistent on making something my coconut-loathing but chocolate-adoring husband would find palatable, I made multiple attempts at chocolate-coconut macaroons. They were… brown. And tangly. And rarely chocolaty enough. I don’t remember them fondly. Last year’s experiments centered on whatever appallingly bad home economics had led me to having three (3!) bags of unsweetened coconut in my pantry, and my determination that they would leave my kitchen in cookie format. They were… okay. I am sure more skilled macaroon makers than I make excellent macaroons from unsweetened coconut, but I found them consistently more dry and scratchy than those that began with sweetened coconut. This week’s coconut macaroon trials were the most obsessive yet, with versions rolled in unsweetened coconut chips (gorgeous, but man, are those chips unpleasant to chew), chopped almonds (tasty, but hardly noteworthy), thumbprinted with the intention of filling the indentation with jam or chocolate down the road but I lost interest before I did (a sure sign that they were a snooze) and even flattened, with designs on a sandwich cookie. Were it not for the one in which I’d actually pressed a whole raspberry inside a sealed ball of coconut macaroon, I wouldn’t be here discussing macaroons today because although it was fussy and odd to construct, the flavor smacked unmistakeably of cookie destiny: coconut and raspberries were meant to be together.

coconut snow

blending the coconut
egg whites into coconut
raspberries, or "ya-ba-dees"
raspberries, meeting their fate
partially blended raspberries
scooping raspberry coconut macaroons
muddle raspberry coconut macaroons

And here, they are. The simplest steps raise these coconut macaroons from the ordinary to something we (admitted) macaroon ambivalents can’t stop snacking on. First, I like to grind my coconut in the food processor, reducing the cough-inducing shreds to a thick paste that bakes into a delicately textured cookie. The sugar is kept in check, using less than half of what I saw in some recipes (surely, the combination of sweetened coconut and 1 1/2 cups of sugar is in the running for the 11th plague?). The sweetness that remains plays off the tartness of fresh raspberries, which are not quite pureed but left in little berry blips here and there in a sea of snowy cookie. Almond extract and sea salt fill in the missing pieces and they scooped into little mounds that miraculously stay intact in the oven. (I held my breath.) Once cooled, they really are perfect on their own — tart and sweet tangled together — but I would be unworthy of this microphone you have granted me were I not to tell you how much tastier they are with a drizzle of melted chocolate over the top. But don’t worry, I did not drizzle chocolate over a few out of a greater sense of duty. I did it for the boss.

raspberry coconut macaroons, cooling
raspberry coconut macaroons

One year ago: Spaetzle
Two years ago: Hazelnut Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies, Baked Kale Chip, Almond Macaroon Torte
Three years ago: Homemade Chocolate Wafers + Icebox Cupcakes
Four years ago: Swiss Easter Rice Tart and Vegetarian Cassoulet
Five years ago: Rich Buttermilk Waffles and Arugula Ravioli

Raspberry Coconut Macaroons

I like traditional coconut macaroons, but I find it difficult to keep their sweetness in check (as there is no butter or flour to absorb the sugar). Tart, fresh raspberries unevenly blended with the batter make for a dreamy pairing; pureeing the coconut (a technique I learned from Cooks Illustrated) makes these macaroons feel light and scratch-free and you won’t even believe how good they are drizzled with melted bittersweet chocolate. (I did a couple, but stashed the rest in the freezer until Passover. I’ll do the rest once they’re defrosted.) The result is my favorite coconut macaroon, ever, one that will hopefully put to rest my Macaroon Marathons, at least for another year.

If you’d like to use unsweetened coconut instead — Keep in mind that it’s very hard to guess how much sugar is in sweetened coconut but I might start by doubling the sugar, or possibly going up to 1 1/2 cups (which I’ve seen recommended on almond macaroon recipes that start with freshly ground, and thus, unsweetened, almonds). Theoretically, the 14-ounce bag of sweetened coconut holds 5 1/3 cups of coconut (or so the Baker’s brand bag advertises) but mine clocked in at less than 4 cups and I suspect that fluffing/compressing of the ingredient makes the cup volume vary greatly.

Makes 50ish 1 1/4-inch cookies

14 ounces (400 grams) sweetened, flaked coconut
2/3 cup (130 grams) granulated sugar
3 large egg whites
Heaped 1/4 teaspoon flaked sea salt or level 1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 pint (6 ounces, 170 grams or 1 1/4 cups) fresh raspberries (if washed, patted very dry)

Preheat oven to 325°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a food processor, blend the coconut for a minute. Add sugar, blend another minute. Add egg whites, salt and almond extract and blend for another minute. Add raspberries and pulse machine on and off in short bursts until they are largely, but not fully, broken down. (I counted 13 pulses. I might have been a little obsessive, what with the counting.) Some visible flecks of raspberry here and there are great. When you open the machine, you’ll see some parts of the batter that are still fully white while others are fully pink. Resist stirring them together.

With a tablespoon measure or cookie scoop (I used a #70), scoop batter into 1-inch mounds. You can arrange the cookies fairly close together as they don’t spread, just puff a bit. Scooping a little of the pink batter and a little of the white batter together makes them look extra marble-y and pretty.

Bake cookies for 25 to 30 minutes, until they look a little toasted on top. Let them rest on the tray for 10 minutes after baking (or you can let them fully cool in place, if you’re not in a rush to use the tray again), as they’ll be hard to move right out of the oven. They’ll firm up as they cool, but still remain softer and less dry inside than traditional macaroons. Thank goodness.

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427 comments on raspberry coconut macaroons

  1. Yesterday I purchased kosher for Passover vanilla but I don’t remember there being almond extract on the shelf. Will my macaroons be a pale imitation of yours with the vanilla?

    1. deb

      Hi Molly — Sorry, I was completely unaware that there was anything unkosher for Passover about almond extract.

      Elika — I froze them after I baked them. I haven’t defrosted them yet but feel fairly confident they’ll defrost just fine. Plus, they only need to hang out in the freezer for a week.

  2. Elinka

    You mentioned that you froze some of the macaroons. At which point of the process did you freeze the macaroons? After they are baked? before baking? Does the freezing change the taste or texture?

  3. Oh no, I didn’t mean it like that! There very well could be Kosher for Passover almond extract in the universe, but the kosher market by me may not have it on their shelves. Ugh, Passover is such a pain-in-the-behind. Don’t even get me started on the state of the coconut that was on the shelves.

    1. deb

      Using unsweetened coconut — It’s very hard to guess how much sugar is in sweetened coconut but I might start by doubling the sugar, or possibly going up to 1 1/2 cups (which I’ve seen recommended on almond macaroon recipes that start with freshly ground, and thus, unsweetened, almonds). Theoretically, the 14-ounce bag of sweetened coconut holds 5 1/3 cups of coconut (or so the Baker’s bag advertises) but mine clocked in at less than 4 cups and I suspect that fluffing/compressing of the ingredient makes the cup volume vary greatly. [I am going to add this comment to the recipe’s head notes because I think it will be a FAQ.]

  4. Francheska

    Oh yum! I like the extra work so I’ll knock down a coconut from the tree behind our house and spend like half an hour trying to peel it and crack it open, there’s nothing better than freshly grated coconut!

  5. raspberries seem like a great idea– it’s distinct enough of a flavor to assert itself, but meek enough to not need the whole center stage. visually very arresting too in the macaroons you made. I really like this.

  6. Deb, these are beautiful. What a wonderful idea! Your constant exploration and discovery in the kitchen never ceases to amaze me. I can’t wait to make (and eat) these, especially when they’re drizzled with chocolate!

  7. Tessa

    Hi Deb,

    I’m also wondering if you have any suggestions about adding sugar if you can’t get sweetened coconut. I’ve never even seen it on the shelves in Western Australia…

    Thanks!

    1. deb

      Hi Lucy — Ours did not become soggy. They are more tender/moist (god I hate that word) in the center than traditional macaroons. This is a plus, in my book.

      Dorothee — Thank you.

  8. Dorothee

    Hi Deb, sorry for being such a moron, but I stumbled over the sentence, so I thought I’d comment – in the second paragraph I think it should read: Were it not for… instead of: Were in not for…
    Thank you dearly for all the cooking inspiration!

  9. I am currently on batch 3 of macaroon tests as I am also looking for macaroon perfection. I have an easy recipe I really like from batch 2 but I want to see what further tweaking can do for it. After the one other test I had planned I now have to try your version. Good thing there is a bake sale at my boys school tonight!

  10. Look at that color!! So pretty. I totally agree with you Deb, I love the combo of Raspberries and Coconut.

    PS. I saw a macaroon post on Food52 recently that uses coconut chips. They suggest that you let the chips soak in the mixture of egg whites and sugar before baking. Perhaps this makes them more pleasant to chew? I plan on testing them as soon as I can find coconut chips!

    1. deb

      Brandon — Actually, that’s a great tip! To get the chips to stick, you must first roll the ball of batter/dough in an egg white. (If you make this same recipe without the berries, it’s almost firm enough to roll in a ball. You need wet hands and a gentle touch, like making matzo balls…). That would save on the egg white-rolling step.

  11. I have never had good luck with macaroons either. They always come out, as you say, …okay. Nothing spectacular and certainly nothing I’d ever make again. I love it when baking experiments turn into something wonderful. I’ll be giving these a try for sure. Thanks Deb!

  12. Dawn

    I wonder is there’s a way to make these without using a food processor? I only have an immersion stick blender for soups but I’m in love with this idea. Would hand-mixing change the texture too much?

  13. These look fantastic, the color just pops off the screen. I am a huge coconut fan so I must try these. Your photos are wonderful. Felt like I was right there with you.

  14. Thanks for this post! Was in the midst of planning what dessert to bring to a 2nd night seder besides matzoh crack (a.k.a. David Lebovitz’s chocolate carmelized matzoh.)

  15. Oh Deb! keep the coconut recipes coming, I am LOVING them! PS in case you haven’t heard it enough, I Cannot wait for your book, which I made my husband swear months and months ago that he would let me purchase as soon as it was available :-)

  16. Sally

    Would love to try these! Have you ever made the ones from the Barefoot Contessa? Plain coconut, and sublime. I make them every year for Passover, and the first year, my (former) stepbrother said, “I thought that macaroons only came in a can!” Oy.

  17. Susan

    Macaroons was to be my next mission thanks to Allrecipes this morning and a Mounds bar last night! Is there anything better than a Mounds…well besides maybe marzipan? (Whoa, now there’s a combination!) You did just what I was thinking of doing; ground the coconut a bit. The addition of raspberries is brilliant! You are so lucky that Jacob likes coconut. My two wouldn’t touch it and I had had such plans to delight them..but it was not to be!

  18. Oh my goodness! The raspberries in these macaroons make them look absolutely pretty and I’m sure make them taste wonderful too! I don’t know why I have always thought that macaroons are hard to make and require too many ingredients, but you made these beautiful babes totally doable! I bought flaked coconut and almond extract this weekend. Perfect timing! Can I use frozen fruit for this? I have a ton of frozen raspberries from last summer that I haven’t gotten the chance to use up yet.

  19. Tania

    Congratulations on your perfect macaroons, I can’t wait to try out the recipe, you inspiried me to bake again and made me believe I can, after those cookies yesterday :))). Thank you and all the best :))!

  20. Connie

    Deb-
    What do you think about making the batter ahead of time, refrigerating overnight, and then baking the next day? (We are currently without gas in my building so i’m thinking of making them at home and transporting to the in-laws house to finish them.) My guess is it would work, since there’s no baking soda/powder, but i thought i’d check with the expert.

  21. Kim

    Eating Well had a recipe around Christmas a few years back for an AWESOME macaroon made with unsweetened coconut, sweetened condensed milk, pistachios, and dried cranberries. I often dip half the cookie in semisweet chocolate and everyone to whom I have ever offered them has loved them. Even coconut haters.

  22. Growing up in England we had a candy bar called a “Raspberry Ruffle” which was basically this macaroon coated in dark chocolate. I probably hadn’t thought of it for ten years but feel now that I might have to make this recreation for nostalgia’s sake! I’m pretty sure the candy bar wasn’t made with real raspberries though…

  23. The raspberry addition definitely peaks my interest – I’m the same as you, I like treats, but managing the level of sweetness is important for me as well. I love the idea of adding tart raspberries for extra tang and flavor to balance out some of the sweetness. Dipping some of them in chocolate sounds over-the-top wonderful. I’d gladly sit down with a palm-full of these gorgeous macaroons multiple times a day with a hot cup of tea. :)

  24. Thanks for the idea! We have freshly-grated-out-of-the-coconut coconut for sale down here at the weekly open-air market, and it always looks so good and I’ve been trying to think of what I should make with it – a cake with corn flour (recipe on the back of the corn-flour bag), or a pudim de coco (coconut flan). I forgot about macaroons! The raspberries will be trickier – I’ve seen some in the frozen section, but they’ll have lots of liquid when thawed. Maybe just plain – not much in the way of fresh berries here, but lots of fresh other wonderful fruits!

  25. I’m all about macaroons for the coconut. Its one of my very favorite flavors (never try to come between me and an Mounds bar). I’m not surprised these tasted amazing…when I saw the recipe title, I assumed you’d made a bite size version of Heidi’s Macaroon tart. Which now makes me want to add some finely chopped pistachios to the mix.

  26. Val

    So pretty! And I agree with The Boss. Anything worth eating at all needs to be drizzled in chocolate, otherwise why bother. [How can you stand it when he looks at you like that and you don’t drizzle him in chocolate sauce. Adorable!]

  27. Divya

    Hello there!I’ve been trying your recipes for a while but this is the first time I’m commenting.I was wondering if you could replace the raspberries with any other fruit since they’re not easily available in Mumbai.I generally make simple macaroons with unsweetened coconut ans condensed milk but your recipe sounds absolutely delightful! Also I’ve been searching with egg replacements for a while now but Google really isn’t helping(bananas:eh,tofu:bleh and even potato mash:I don’t even want to contemplate the fate of my dishes then :p)The usual baking powder and oil isn’t really working too well and I was hoping you could help me?
    P.S. I love the photography!

  28. Dana

    These macaroons look delicious! I just read through a bunch of your Passover desserts, and am so excited to pick one to try next week!

  29. Mary C.

    My coconut loving daughter just informed me I have to make these :) I think I can do that! The raspberries just make these cookies seem perfect.

  30. Jessica P.

    Deb,
    Beautiful and tasty I am sure. Can’t wait to make ’em. Your recipe says process for three one minute intervals. Do you mean literally one minute, 60 seconds, or just about a minute. I am concerned about over processing the mixture. I want to get it right. Thanks!

    1. deb

      Hi Jessica — I actually ran it for the minute each time. The first two minutes are really about grinding the coconut as smooth as you can. You can hedge on the third minute, but no need to as it won’t overblend in that time. The only blending to be super-conservative about is the berries. Chunks are awesome.

      Connie — It’s fine. So, I basically did that with my first batch of these and I baked some off the second day and they were just fine. Two things, I felt that the batter got a little grayer (VERY slightly), probably just from the raspberries being blended for so long and it was a little wetter as the raspberries had more time to release their juices. But, they baked up exactly the same and tasted great.

      Debra — I have seen recipes that add a full cup of Dutch-processed cocoa powder to the macaroon batter, but otherwise leave it as-is. (I.e. same amount of egg whites, coconut volume, etc.) I might bump up the sugar a little as the cocoa will make it more bitter.

      RJC — It’s worth trying. They might be wetter, but just a little.

  31. These look wonderful I love the flavor combination of coconut, almond and raspberry, I make a cake with those 3 flavors and it’s a top seller, so I can’t wait to make a cookie version! Thank you :D

  32. Debra G

    Hi Deb, My fam and friends seem to like my chocolate macaroons – made by melting semi sweet chocolate and folding into batter ???

  33. These look lovely! Good for Passover, but also springtime in general with their pretty pink hue. I love that these don’t call for sweetened condensed milk, as most recipes do, which always seems to make the batter too wet, resulting in baked puddles with mounds of coconut in the middle (still tasty, but hideous). Yours look compact and perfect. Can’t wait to give this a try!

  34. Emma

    These are soo much better looking than the imitation raspberry ruffle macaroon bars we used to make in Brownies (mini girl scouts) in Northern Ireland. We used raspberry jelly (jello) powder, condensed milk and coconut which we mixed together and formed into balls. We then dipped the balls into dark chocolate to make little truffles and then scoffed the lot. It never occurred to us to use real raspberries!

  35. I love macaroons, but I think the idea of running the coconut through the food processor is spot on, coconut can be a bit dry and as you say “cough inducing”. And raspberries just make me think of summer, a very nice thought on the gray 40 degree day in my corner of the world.

    ~Brenda

  36. I’ve never made this type of macaroon before, I’ve only ever made the traditional French style ones, but these look so much easier…I might have to give them a go!

  37. Abby

    Beautiful! I have a more general question, why do you no longer post measurements in grams? There may not be too many of us, but I am a slave to my kitchen scale!

  38. heather

    Just took them out of the oven for a dinner party tonight. They are beautiful and delicious! I burned my tongue… a 10 minute wait time is beyond my strength.

  39. Elissa

    Hey Deb – quick question for you. I have a surprising amount of dehydrated raspberries in my cupboard, have you ever worked with them before? Trying to figure out whether I should re-hydrate them (I haven’t attempted that before) and try them in this recipe, or perhaps add them dry and a bit of water to the dough (seems like more egg whites could create other problems), or if I need to just save them for another recipe. Thanks!

  40. JustaTech

    Oh, these look amazing. For those of us stuck in perpetual not-quite-spring (the weather guy calls March-June “Disappointment” rather than “Spring”), do you think frozen berries would work? I’d use fresh, but I haven’t seen any in weeks, and I’m not sure they’d taste like anything. Thanks!

    1. deb

      Dehydrated raspberries — I’ve never worked with them before but if they’re like dried cherries or cranberries, I don’t see why they wouldn’t work. You might need to hand-chop them if they’re tough. They might not otherwise get broken up in a wet batter.

      Frozen raspberries — I’d advise against them here, unless you wanted to dial down the amount of raspberry (1 cup, maybe, or 3/4) and really, really, really blot the heck out of them once dehydrated to remove as much excess moisture as possible.

  41. Catherine

    Sort of a repeat from #40 (Sally)- have you ever tried Ina Garten’s macaroon recipe? I use half large-flaked coconut, half “fine macaroon coconut” (both Bob’s Red Mill, unsweetened), double the vanilla and salt, and that’s it. Rave reviews every time! These raspberry coconut numbers, by the way, look fabulous. I will definitely be trying them.

  42. Danica

    These look amazing. Thanks for tagging them as gluten-free too! That helps us poor, exceptionally unlucky folks who have issues with the gluten. :)

  43. Heather

    I made these tonight. They taste awesome, but every last one stuck to the parchment paper. I’m not sure what I did wrong. They taste wonderful but I ended up with a mess trying to get them off the paper…

  44. Linda

    The bag of coconut just got diverted from another batch of your delicious double coconut muffins. Next year you might try the orange macaroons from Epicurious if you haven’t been down that road yet…they are my family’s favorite.

  45. They look so cute, I love the color!
    Have you tried coconut meringues on your Macaroon Marathon? They’re not technically macaroons, but I like them better. We call them cocadas here, they have a nice texture and a lovely cocunut flavor since they only have coconut, sugar and egg whites.

  46. celesul

    Oh man, this makes me almost feel excited for Passover (I really, really like breads, so I usually end up kind of grumpy). I should definitely bake these to bring to my Auntie’s seder!

  47. I have to admire your dedication to the cause ;)
    I’ve never made macaroons before but these look brilliant and pink too! I’ll have to give them a whirl…
    Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend :D

  48. Those look delicious. Thanks for addressing the comment about the sweetened coconut. I usually use unsweetened myself.
    Is it easy to find flaked coconut? I’ve only ever seen shredded.

  49. MickeyD

    My husband LOATHES coconut – literally can taste (and spit out) anything that has coconut as the eight ingredient so when you said your hubby didn’t like coconut I hoped you were coming up with a recipe for macaroons that didn’t involve coconut, but would let me use up the egg whites I’ve been saying. Bummed that it doesnt, although it sounds great to me.

  50. Gayle

    I have a passover coconut macaroon recipe that my mother said she came up with.( If she were alive, she would be 100 this year, so this is an old, old recipe.) My family says they are the best. I am always asked to make them every year.
    If you would like it, let me know. It is a little time consuming, though.

  51. Ada

    These look delicious, and I love that they’re gluten-free! A couple of questions though: how well do these keep in an airtight container at room temperature? And, how fragile are they when you pick them up? (I’m thinking of shipping these…)

  52. Ah, you’ve done it to me again with another coconut recipe. What’s more, you’ve combined it with my favorite dessert fruit, raspberries! One thing that I think would send these over the edge though–a generous dipping in chocolate! (oh, never mind, you covered that base haha…I just scrolled up to make sure that in skimming this post that I hadn’t missed your suggesting chocolate, and indeed, you did. kudos).

  53. Tres

    Gorgeous color! I;m sure fabulous taste as well. A tip regarding the macaroons sticking to the parchment paper: When cool, if they stick, dampen a cloth and apply it to the bottom side of the parchment (cloth/parchment/macaroon) for just a few seconds and it should peel right off.

  54. atg

    Love the more frequent posts and equally love the passover recipes. I’m always on the hunt for great passover baked goods. Can’t wait to try these!

  55. Gabby

    I am on vacation and leaving tomorrow, so we are trying to get rid of all of our leftover food, and I have a bag of coconut that has been waiting to be used for the whole trip… so I logged on looking for a coconut recipe and lo and behold….! PERFECT!! YAY!

  56. Janet

    I made these on my lunch hour today and tonight I drizzled them with chocolate icing. Here’s what I did: 2 Tablespoons butter, 1 Tablespoon corn syrup and 1/2 cup semi-sweet – all melted together in a small, heavy saucepan. Thanks for another great recipe and for he sweet addition of raspberries which make them special.

  57. Sharon

    Hey Deb :)

    I’ve been a fan of yours for years now and never posted…perhaps because I still haven’t had the guts to start my own blog yet but anyway, LOVE everything you post and your lil munchkin is beyond adorable!!!

    Ok, so I was just thinking…I wonder if the zest of either lemon, lime or even orange would add a nice touch too! What do you think?

    Thanks for having delicious posts and can’t wait for your first cookbook to arrive!
    ~Sharon

  58. I’m a big coconut fan (I like dry and chewy?) so these are compelling…they’ll be a nice complement to the Turkey Brisket I’m making this year for Passover…among other things…love reading about your process, success and failures. Makes me feel more normal about my own disasters! (I’m talking about hideous Faux Chopped Liver I tried to make yesterday that ended up in the trash!)

  59. Louise

    I am known for my chocolate covered macaroons. Easy – nothing fancy – but any coconut loving person will go crazy for them. I make hundreds for friends and family during Passover. If you would like, I would be happy to email it to you – you can try for next year! Of I could post in comments. Please let me know.

  60. Louise

    Has anyone been able to find sweetened coconut that is Kosher for Passover? I would love to know the brand. I am only able to find unsweetened coconut.

  61. Jean

    Made these last night and was sadly disappointed. I don’t know what went wrong, but they came out way too soggy. Maybe I’m just a fan of crispier macaroons. I also used a tablespoon measure, which produced about 35 cookies.

  62. Just thought I would let you know in advance we (i.e. me) are making these up this weekend (or later today once I am done with painting the kitchen cabinets) but with different berries…. tiny frozen wild blueberries from Alaska (the last in my stash from our move 2 yrs ago) as well as lingonberries (also from my stash from our last summer in alaska) as well as the freeze dried strawberries. The raspberry ones are DIVINE!!!!

  63. Miriam

    Ok, I don’t know what I did wrong, but: I follwed the recipe exactly (down to and including counting the pulses!). But it seemed as though they just did not finish baking in 30 mins. They looked raw!!! For my first batch I thought perhaps I had made my scoops too big; the next batch I made them smaller, but they still don’t look right to me. What am I doing wrong?

  64. danielle

    OMG these are gorgeous. I’m going to a baby shower for a little boy this weekend, do you think blackberries would work in lieu of raspberries? I’m thinking it would produce a more blue cookie, but then again maybe that would look weird. What do you think Deb?

    1. deb

      Danielle — Maybe blueish-purple? Hard to say. I am sure it would be delicious.

      Miriam — In my oven they were done at 30 minutes. But I know that ovens vary (as do the moisture of raspberries — mine were washed and 100% dry, more damp ones could lead to longer baking times) so it’s okay if they needed 5 or so longer.

      Sharon — I am sure zest would be delicious.

      Ada — Mine are neither fragile (let them cool completely before packing them up) or bad at room temperature after a couple days. They’re slightly more sticky than regular macaroons, however.

  65. Melissa

    Two of my most favorite things! I love coconut macaroons (Whenever I am in Boston, once every few years, I will buy them and bring them home to freeze) Raspberries are my favorite fruit!
    Guess what is on tonight’s grocery list!

  66. Piperspice

    Deb, it’ been a while, admittedly, since I’ve clicked through the link to see your son. I can’t believe how much of a little man he’s become! What an adorable boy you have to bake for. My beloved and I are going to start trying for our first this summer, and I am just beginning to read your posts on baby food. Thanks for continuing to sneak in bits of your parenting life. Have a wonderful spring!!

  67. Bonnie

    Deb, love smitten kitchen! I have been enjoying it for over a year. How many does one batch of these cookies typically serve? They will be perfect for my husbands graduation party! He loves both macaroons and raspberries.

  68. Ariel

    Looks amazing! In terms of the coconut chips/flakes, I just found Danielle brand coconut chips at my Whole Foods and they are delicious! So maybe they would be a better component next year? Crispy but also slightly sweetened.

  69. Ina Christine

    Hi!
    I just made 1/3 of the batter with what I had, and that was frozen blackberries – thawed them for a bit, then I patted them dry with paper before I threw them in.
    They’re not blue, just purple. Yummy!

  70. Sara

    Thanks for this recipe – I am interested to try them out for Passover. Do you think it would work with frozen raspberries instead of fresh? I have been substituting frozen raspberries in baking, but it definitely changes the consistency/baking time because of the extra moisture…Thanks!

  71. JenJen

    Love coconut macaroons, so I can hardly wait to try these! What do you think about using frozen, drained raspberries instead of fresh? Do you think that would work or would it make the batter too wet?

  72. Two thoughts here: I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m betting that cacao nibs would be delicious in macaroons, helping offset the sweetness. And, I’m wondering about making a raspberry caramel from frozen raspberries — it’s a little sweeter than puree and would be dryer than using thawed berries. If I do either of these things, I’ll let you know. Cheers!

  73. Jo

    Deb- macaroons are my husbands favorite, can’t wait to try these. Last season I made some using recipe from Marta’s cookie app and they were not great. Too chewy and sticky, I looked through many recipes and there some odd ones out there and some had tons of sugar. I am sure that your recipe will be amazing as always.

  74. THESE look absolutely fabulous! I adore anything coconut and berries. Dark Choc on the top though would just TOTALLY rock my world! My sisters, mom and myself have LOVED watching Jacob become so grownie!!

  75. These are perfect! Great for passover, gluten free and coconut – my absolute favorite flavor. Add those bright, deep pink raspberries and I am completely sold. Thanks for sharing. And congratulations for coming up with a superb macaroon.

  76. Jane

    I was craving a macaroon yesterday and vowed to make a batch this weekend, but couldn’t decide on a recipe. Then this post popped up, looking all delicious! I’ll definitely try them!

  77. My, oh my, these look yummy. What a perfect blend of the sweetness of the coconut with the tart raspberry. Looks like this will be dessert for our family dinner on Sunday.

    1. deb

      Rachel — I use a #70 scoop — I have a few sizes, but that’s a pretty good standard one for tablespoon-sized scoops we use for most cookies. I tend to swipe the top with my finger after scooping, to keep the scoops even. You can also just scoop them with a (flatware) teaspoon, as I’m sure our mothers/grandmothers always did.

  78. GiGi

    Thank you for a wonderful inspiration. I used what I had on hand, because I had to try:

    10oz raw shredded coconut (no sugar, but surprisingly delicious)
    3 egg whites
    1/2 cup sugar, spritz of salt and splash of almond extract
    6 oz contain raspberries.

    Note how little sugar I used. The cookies were phenomenal. Followed your instructions. Excellent!

  79. Emily

    Thanks for posting holiday stuff at just the right time before the holiday. last time, you posted that lovely apple challah recipe too late and I didn’t have time to make it for Rosh Hashana (not to worry, I made it for the pre-Yom Kippur meal and it was a big hit). This seems way better than the macaroons that I always buy, which are too sweet.

  80. Heather

    These look amazing! I’ll definitely have to try them out this weekend with the extra coconut I have after making the double coconut muffins last weekend.

    I’ve had great success with a coconut macaroon recipe where you cook the coconut mixture on the stove before baking in the oven; I think it was from epicurious/Gourmet. Well worth the effort of cooking twice, in my opinion, as it gets rid of that stringy/choke-inducing texture you mention.

  81. Carol

    Have you tried Almond Macaroons? I like them better than coconut macaroons – not quite so sweet. Basically, ground almonds, sugar and egg whites. Got a recipe from Joan Nathan, and have tweaked it over the years. Everyone in my family loves them!

  82. claudiajo

    these are so yummy…. the raspberry comes through in a delicate way, the crunch factor is a plus for outside macaroon and I dipped them in melted white chocolate chips… our Seder table will be beautiful with the addition of these gems. Thanks!

  83. Definitely want to make these for my boyfriend’s family for Passover- need some help though! (I’m not Jewish, and I really don’t want to make a Passover faux pas.) So all regular extracts (vanilla, almond, etc.) are not ok for Passover? But you can buy some that ARE kosher for Passover? And any tips on where to find kosher extract in the NYC area? (It wasn’t in the D’agastino’s near my apartment. Thank you!!

  84. This so reminds me of the Blackberry Macaroon Tart from Super Natural Every Day! I’ve made that recipe as a bar cookie several times and have subbed raspberries on a whim and it turns out great regardless of the berries used. This recipe is great in that no crust is necessary! Can’t wait to make these.

  85. These make me so happy I have coconut in my fridge and a little disappointed I just passed on the raspberries at the grocery store. I do have cranberries though, and some blueberries…. I’ll have to start brainstorming. Thanks for the fantastic inspiration!

  86. I can’t wait to try these they are a combination of my three favorite things coconut, raspberry and almond extract. I only have frozen raspberries so ill try with that and hope they turn out okay

  87. Emily

    I made these with frozen raspberries yesterday… Thawed and heavily blotted the raspberries. And I’d suggest mixing the raspberries into the coconut mixture by hand, otherwise you get one uniform pink color. I thought they were quite good, but for some reason the raspberry seeds in them bothered me (though they didn’t bother the other people who I gave them to…)

  88. Alice

    nevermind i used a stick blender and they were perfect! we also dont have sweetened coconut in the uk so i used 1 1/2 cups of sugar and they were amazing!

  89. RandiBee

    Just made these macaroons today. They were very easy to throw together. The only “issue” I had was that the batter was fairly wet (yes my raspberries were dry) and they were a lot more of a free form shape then your picture shows. They are yummy!!! Freezing them until Passover will be a challenge.

  90. Elizabeth

    I started craving coconut macaroons today, so I visited your blog to look for a recipe after rummaging through five other recipe websites and food blogs. I was hoping to find one in your archives, but instead, to my surprise–it was your recipe of the day! The raspberry addition to the traditional recipe is such a great idea! I’m going to make it right now! Do you think blackberries or strawberries would make a good substitute?

  91. Shoshana

    Deb – I just made mayonaise and attempted to save the egg whites for this recipe. However, some of a yolk of one of the eggs sneaked into the egg white mixture and now it is not pure egg whites. Since this recipe does not involve whipping the whites into a merangue, do you think I could get away with using the egg whites in this recipe even tho it is speckled with a little yolk?

  92. Elizabeth

    Just made these with blackberries instead of the raspberries and half dipped in dark chocolate! So yummy! It’s wonderful balance between sweet and tart. Thanks for a great recipe!

  93. Elizabeth

    Did I forget to mention how easy this was?! Especially with a food processor it’s literally like pushing the “easy button”! I whipped this up in less than five minutes!

  94. Shelley

    I could not stop thinking about these cookies and made them tonight. So delicious and easy! I used some old coconut that has been in my pantry forever and is probably way past it’s prime. I can only imagine how good they will be with fresher coconut. My husband does not even like coconut, and he loved them. I’m definitely going to make them for Easter and may try them with blackberries. Thank you. .

  95. I make my living wholesaling healthy macaroons to stores like Whole Foods. My bills are literally paid for by the sale of those things (specifically the chocolate covered ones)! I have personally made hundreds of thousands of them and would love to send you some. Freeze-dried fruit (raspberries, strawberries, pineapple) powdered in a blender and folded into the dough works beautifully also, btw.

  96. Kara

    Sorry the unsweetened did not work out last year, but so sad you did not know about the south african cookie “Crunchies” to use it with! they are absolutely addictive and I am sure you would have been able to come up with a slightly different variety of them.

  97. boo

    3+ minutes across the recipe in my Cuisinart produced a very mushy macaroon. When contrasted with little processed raspberry seeds, the result is a relatively expensive failure using March raspberries. Rather unfortunate…

  98. Lisa F.

    I saw this post last night and was at the store this morning! They came out of the oven about an hour ago and my husband nagged and nagged until he could eat one (even before I drizzled the chocolate). They are scrumptious! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’ll admit to loving most macaroons, but these are now my favorite (and my husband’s, too).

  99. Lisa F.

    p.s. I have a KitchenAid food processor and 6 pulses (vs. your 13) ended up completely incorporating the raspberries. Oops! Mine are completely pink, but still delicious. Next time, I’ll be more careful with the berries in order to get the marbled look that you did.

  100. Carina

    Like the combination of rasberry and coconut! Can’t wait to make these macaroons by myself!!! And to enjoy them with a nice cup of coffee!

  101. I love macaroons, these sound delicious! Served with some sort of lime-y minty drink, I’m thinking…

    On chocolate macaroons – I find that chocolate mixed into things can be difficult to do, but dipping things in chocolate rarely fails. I once made macaroons from this book http://www.amazon.com/Big-Fat-Cookies-Elinor-Klivans/dp/0811842169/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1333325092&sr=8-2 that were big tasty coconut delicious things with a nice solid chocolate coating on the bottom – definitely chocolatey enough!

  102. I have a macaroon recipe that calls for dates. Sounds like it would be horrible but it’s the sweet kick of the dates that makes them. In fact, I could well bake them this evening. They are devoured by our date-hating brood in no time and I never let on what’s in them.

  103. Catherine

    I’m not sure if anyone else mentioned this, but I noticed that the brands of unsweetened coconut I found contained cornstarch… thus, a bit non-kosher for passover. Just thought I’d share.

  104. Jenny K

    I posted comment #168 and wanted to update. These were delicious shortly after making them, but they were soggy and mushy the next day. Still tasted good, but the texture was unpleasant.

  105. Alexa

    I went to 3 supermarkets this morning and none had raspberries. I think i’ll wait the week out and see if raspberries pop up anywhere before saturday, but if anyone in nyc has a market recommendation that actually has raspberries, I’d make the trip. Otherwise, how have the ones with blackberries come out?

    1. deb

      Alexa — I like to buy them from the street vendors, if you pass any on your way to/from work or the subway. Same berries, $1 to $2 less than the stores and, of course, I think if anyone deserves my business it’s those guys out there, rain or shine.

  106. Ryan

    I made these yesterday, and not only were they super simple to make, but they’ve got to be some of the most delicious cookies I’ve ever tasted (not to mention the pride that comes with having made them myself!). I have a serious sweet tooth so I used semi-sweet chocolate for the drizzle. Amazing.

  107. I made these yesterday in two variations – mango with a lime glaze, and blackberry dipped in chocolate. They were fantastic, and still taste great and have a nice texture today. Thanks for the awesome recipe, and I hope I never have to eat the macaroons from a can again!

  108. marybeth

    I read the first 50 comments (not all 200+) and apologize if this was already discussed . . . do you think there is ANY possibiliy of success using frozen berries? I had a BUMPER crop last year and need to find a use for this last bag in the freezer.
    thanks

  109. doreen

    I made these today and was pretty disappointed, I am usually a coconut macaroon fan but I think the processing is too long and the flavor is just so-so. They looked so pretty I was really hoping I would love them.

  110. kathleen

    My local bakery, Baked In Telluride, makes big 2-3″ high macaroons that are dipped in chocolate. These would be great with a half dip (as would theirs). Thanks for a great spin on macaroons!

  111. Joseph

    I made these over the weekend for a housewarming party and they were fantastic. The extended processing time really helps make the coconut shavings more palatable.

  112. Sara

    I just made these and did a smaller batch (about 1/4) as a test for Passover. They came out pretty good–not as amazing as I’d hoped, though very cute. I think I’d like them a little sweeter (but I don’t want to use the melted chocolate as I will also be making Deb’s chocolate caramel crack, and that’s plenty of chocolate for one Seder), so I think I will up the sugar a little bit for my next trial. I will post my results!

  113. Megan2

    Made these over the weekend. I used strawberries instead of raspberries, because that is what the store had. Unsweetened & 1.3 cups of sugar. Got maybe 36, in a 1.5″ scooper.

    They turned out so well! I’m already planning places to use them again. Maybe red-white-&blueberry for 4th of July. Or using them for our wedding.

    Strawberry wasn’t as strong of a taste. So I look forward to using raspberries. Or the riper, fresh from the field strawberries when they are ready, closer to June.

  114. christina.vd

    I made these with frozen raspberries straight out of the freezer. Worked like a charm… although perhaps they were a bit more moist than yours were.

  115. Wanda Sibalski

    Heavenly! Just made a batch to give for Easter, and now wonder how many will make it – I ate 2 before they’d cooled. Love this combination!

  116. xoMars

    I love this recipe. It is definitely a keeper. I drizzled some white chocolate over the top as the fresh raspberries do make them tart. Careful of the tray on the bottom rack. The bottoms of my cookies were a little more well done than those on the tray on the top rack. Other than that, mine look smaller than the pictures. Thank you for a great recipe!

  117. I absolutely love these! I will make these as an Easter Treat! Might change a few ingredients to make them tummy friendly for my one year old :) (change sugar for dates) Thank you for a great food blog and congratulations on the book!
    Warm regards from London

  118. Kate

    Hi Deb,

    I love your website but currently there are adds for Tasmania that go to full screen and are driving me mad as just as I start reading they take over the screen. Are you able to cut these particular adds out?

    Thanks,
    Kate

  119. looks delicious ! I was searcing a different recipe for my guests. I will make these on coming weekend. thanks for recipe..

    loves from Turkey!

  120. Nomie

    I hate coconut just like Alex, and the only macaroon I’ve ever loved was one brought by friends who were working in a bakery – soft and tender with an enormous cap of chocolate ganache. Which probably rendered it unkosher in combination with the roast chicken at dinner, but never mind that. I’ll have to suggest these to the bakers for our seder, since my family always brings a tortilla de patatas to the festivities!

  121. sam

    How many people comment on these recipes before actually making them? I have tried half a dozen recipes on this site and they are dismal failures. I’m talking the blondies, apple sharlotka and others. I will stick with Joy of Cooking after this.

  122. Victoria

    OMG! What the heck is Sam talking about! Your recipes rock! These macaroons were awesome. As are all of your recipes. I couldn’t stop eating them and my 17 year old son gave me 2 thumbs up.

  123. Not only is their color gorgeous, but these macaroons sound absolutely wonderful. I would never have though to put raspberry and coconut together, but alas, I think you’re right — cookie destiny!

  124. Stan

    Hey Deb, Deb, you omitted one of the amazing pleasures about these ‘roons. The FANTASTIC smell while they bake! And poor Sam…having to suffer through SIX of your recipes before realizing his displeasure. Perhaps a dozen of Deb’s other recipes will change your mind. Lol.

  125. Meg

    Hi Deb- I just attempted these and ran into an issue that keeps coming up with my oven, every time I bake on parchment paper the bottom of my cookies burn within minutes, while the rest of the cookie remains raw. Any ideas what the issue is and how to remedy it?

  126. laurie

    Just wanted to wish you a happy Passover. I’m making the chocolate roll cake and your matzah ball soup for Friday night. Because my husband really hates coconut. I making almond macaroons with ground almonds, sugar, and egg whites.

  127. jennifer

    Could you make these without a food processor? Mine went to appliance heaven. I have never, ever had any of your lovely recipes fail and I have made a lot of them :).

  128. Sami

    After not listening to directions, I am happy to report frozen raspberries and unsweetened coconut came out delish! I did use less raspberries, as Deb directed. And left them sitting layered in paper towels for well over 24 hours (since I didn’t get around to making them when I thought I would). They may have ended up drier than fresh would have been in the end. Mine are not nearly as pretty as yours, as I used coconut sugar, which is not white. But I used only a cup of sugar and probably about 1/2 cup raspberries. As always Deb, a winner, even when your fans don’t listen to your directions!

  129. Danielle

    Just wanted to say that I made these without a food processor, subbing 14 oz of almond meal for the coconut and vanilla extract for the almond extract (I wanted to use coconut but couldn’t find it at the store). I mixed all the dry ingredients, whisked the egg whites before stirring them in and mashed/tore the raspberries with the vanilla before adding them. They came out wonderfully! I’m looking forward to drizzling them with chocolate tomorrow after work. Thank you for the delicious recipe.

  130. Sabrina

    OMG! These were amazing! I did use unsweetened coconut, but I added a tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk for added moisture. Raspberry and coconut are one of my favorite combos ( my wedding cake was toasted coconut with raspberries!).

    I made them for the cookie of the day at the hotel I work at. They were the brightest shade of pink/purple. They were gone in an hour and I made almost 200 mini sized cookies.

  131. Rachael

    Hi Deb. Thank you for posting all these wonderful recipes. I am looking forward to making these today, just wondering how to store them? do they need to be refrigerated?? How long do they last? Thx

  132. Lynn

    Hi Deb. These are in the oven as we speak…The smell is amazing! I am baking these for Easter (4 days away). Would you suggest refrigerating or freezing them til then? Thanks

  133. These were phenomenal – a MAJOR hit!

    They were utterly coconut-y, and did stay together, and were beautiful. After about 25 minutes, they looked marvelously lightly toasted in the oven, with a reassuringly intact base.

    I used blackberries, which came out quite purple as well, and about 1.25 cups of sugar for two 7-oz packages of unsweetened coconut (all I could find). It was great. THANK YOU smittenkitchen.

  134. Jenn

    Delicious, addictive…made these today to serve friday night, probably going to have to make another batch because I don’t think enough of them will make it to friday…

  135. I wasn’t too sure about these when I initially saw the photos, but after reading about them and seeing the end product, I will definitely make these in next day or two. Very different and fun. Thanks!

  136. Danielle

    I apologize if someone’s already asked, I tried to scroll through the comments before I asked, but my husband’s got a nut allergy and I was wondering if you think leaving out the almond extract (or subbing vanilla) would work? Does the almond extract have a strong flavor? Thanks in advance, I think these will be a great addition to our Seder.

  137. Sultana

    Mine are in the oven right now and look DISASTROUS! All the liquid has seeped out of them! HELP! Will they still taste okay!? I used a Silpat instead of parchment, is that why?!

  138. Becca (she bakes)

    Hi Danielle – FWIW I have done this before in other recipes (for people with nut allergies). It works fine as long as the almond isn’t the center of attention in terms of flavour, which it shouldn’t be here, given all the coconut and raspberries.

  139. Stan

    Ate too many of these suckers from the first batch. I made more so I’d have enough to bring to the family seder. Instead of fresh, this time I used frozen raspberries, strained out the seeds and then reduced them to get a fuller berry flavor. They turned out great. The color was deep purple cause the puree is darker than fresh berries. The less puree used the pinker the cookie.

  140. Lyndee

    Hiya Deb! Have just discovered your great blog and just wanted to tell you that I make a coconut and raspberry slice ( can be cut into squares) that also uses unwhipped egg whites, confectioners sugar and includes butter and a little flour. Frozen or fresh berries can be used and are scattered on top or could be folded through mix.. If you would like the recipe to try, just email me? If you see my email…lol Off now to read more from you….:)

  141. lex

    Raspbery coconut macaroons – how inspired Deb! I want you to know I made them according to your recipe, but using frozen raspberries and pulsing them in with only about 6-7 pulses, and they came out so well I’ll be selling them at my local Australian farmers’ market where I have a stall. They are moist and not too sweet, and I thank you for the recipe.

  142. These macaroons are beautiful! The colours look amazing and expect that the little touch of coconut will be such a treat to eat! I’ve always been slightly scared about making these, but will have to give it a go!

  143. Lorna

    Just put these in the oven. Did I read something wrong? I measured out 400g of unsweetened coconut grounds and had to add 1 1/2 cup sugar. My food processor was full! I added 6 oz of raspberries and mine just don’t look as pink as yours. Do you think I screwed up because I added ground coconut instead of flakes? What I hate about Passover is the large expense of trial and error!!!

  144. Just made these. Totally addicting and delicious! Love the combination of sweet coconut and tart raspberry bits. Make sure to use parchment paper or a silpat mat because these will stick to the bottom of the cookie tray like crazy! I made big ones and small ones and much preferred the smalls dainty macaroons. Don’t be afraid if they brown all over, it helps them hold their shape and stay together once they’re cooled.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  145. Lisa F.

    For folks who asked about using vanilla extract vs. almond: I just made a batch with vanilla (after having made them with almond on Sunday) and they are still good! I think I’d bump the vanilla to 1 tsp. instead of a 1/2, but it’s a good substitute.

  146. annie

    Love this idea, but I got to say that is still a busload of sugar. I make a recipe using 2.5 cups of sweetened coconut to 1 TABLESPOON of sugar and they are plenty sweet at that.

    I wonder if I still have some blackberries in the freezer…that might be interesting.

  147. Amy TH

    Glad to know I am not the only macaroon nut in the bunch… and dear God, Deb, thank you for agreeing with me about the “M” word… It GAGS me!! Best way to ruin a good piece of anything is by telling me how [m-word] it is! These macaroons as well as the Caramel Crack(ers) (we call it “matzoh crack”) from this site will be gracing an non-denominational Pesach table tomorrow night and an interdenominational Easter dinner table on Sunday!

  148. Yummy… I’m not usually fond of macaroons, but after I saw this inviting photos and easy steps on how to do it, I’m eager to try my own version here now; and I am so excited to use my stylish bamboo plates and place pieces of macaroons on the top of it. I’m sure my kids will love it too.

  149. Hi Deb—amazing, as usual!! I, the ever-impatient cook, decided to make these at 10 pm for pesach tomorrow. Had an not quite-full 14 oz bag of coconut, and was going to halve the recipe. Then forgot (just used less coconut). I didn’t have fresh raspberries, so threw in some frozen blackberries and raspberries (didn’t read the words of caution…oops!). Also completely missed the part about marbling them, so they are entirely purple-pink….and they taste DELICIOUS! The frozen berries didn’t mess them up too much–although I only added a small handful. Thanks again, and have a wonderful holiday!

  150. Danielle

    Just finished making these and they are fabulous. Went ahead and substituted vanilla extract for the almond due to a nut allergy in the family. I can’t say how they compare to ones with almond extract, but they’re great without it. I also dipped half of them in melted bittersweet chocolate, heavenly. Deb, thanks for another excellent recipe, we haven’t had one of yours fail yet.

  151. Lainey

    Deb, I love, love, LOVE your site and have had about a 90%+ smashing success rate with your recipes, but these were just not for me or my husband. The extreme sweetness of the macaroons made the raspberry taste almost like artificial raspberry candy to both of us, and I found the raspberry seeds stuck in my teeth really annoying. That being said, the consistency of the macaroons was outstanding! Blending the coconut in the food processor? Genius! I’ll definitely use this technique to improve my ordinary chocolate dipped coconut macaroon recipe in the future. Thanks for the great tips, as always. Happy Pesach!

  152. These macarons look delicious. To me they are more of the German type of macarons then the French ones. Love both types of macarons. When I was a kid we always had coconut macarons for Christmas. How nice to add raspberries, yum.

  153. Have you tried Ina Garten’s recipe for coconut macaroons? I haven’t tried them yet – just bought all of the ingredients to make them this week – but I’ve heard that they’re fantastic! I will also be trying these. Two of my favorite things – coconut and raspberries – combined into one recipe? How can I resist!

  154. LindaNJ

    Good Lord, Deb….I made these last night and I had to practically duct tape my mouth shut because I couldn’t stop eating them!! I’ve made so many of your recipes and I’m never disappointed. Thanks for continuing to post your wonderful culinary finds!!

  155. Lisa F.

    @Sally (#256): I liked both the almond and vanilla versions, but my husband had a strong preference for the vanilla. When I made the first (almond) batch, he said he really liked them. However, when I made the second (vanilla) batch, he was over the moon about them and thought that the almond ones had a hint of bitterness. I think it all depends on how much you love almond flavoring.

  156. Just made these for the sedar tonight. They are gorgeous and hands down the most delicious macaroons I’ve ever had. Every time I go on the kitchen more are missing so I know others in the house agree!

  157. JS

    Ok, just made these — with blackberries instead of raspberries; I think there’s a shortage, because I couldn’t find them anywhere — and they turned out great! A few tips: dry the berries. Dry them a lot. Also, after you add the eggs/extract/salt, but before you add the berries, scrape down the food processor. Finally, the dough will look wet. Really wet. I was looking at the dough and almost threw it out, thinking that there was no WAY this would work. But I baked them off, and it worked beautifully. Off to melt some chocolate!

  158. Jess

    I used a regular blender since I don’t have a food processor, and it was an epic fail. I ended up blending teeny, tiny batches, and then just put raspberries in half of the coconut mix and scooping a little of that/a little of the coconut together. So far it seems to be just fine, but the blender was a BAD idea. I had road rage in my kitchen.

  159. Sally

    Lisa F – Thank you! I have to say that I didn’t really love them w. almond extract and would definitely try vanilla next time – they were much better when dipped in semi-sweet chocolate and topped with fleur du sel.

  160. Kelly

    I whipped these up tonight, and I was not nearly so careful with the recipe as I would be ideally. I only had frozen raspberries. And yet–they are great!!! Definitely a keeper! Thank you.

  161. Melissa

    I let these cool on the wax paper and when I came back to remove them they were completely stuck! Stuck as in beyond saving-the wax paper had melted into the macaroons. What did I do wrong? Do you spray the wax paper with pam first? I did not, but wish I had…

  162. Shoshana

    Chag Pesach Sameach!

    Made these with frozen berries and slightly less coconut (cuz I bought too little – oops) and slightly less sugar. Coconut was unsweetened, and one cup of sugar was great for 12oz (approx) coconut. Dipped in chocolate to finish them off. There are only five left and we still have a week of passover…..Thanks Deb!

  163. Leah

    Just wanted say thanks so much for this recipe. I served them at my family’s seder tonight and they were a huge hit! everyone was marveling that a macaroon could taste so good. thanks!

  164. What a glorious gluten free treat! My father and I are both allergic to gluten and I am always looking for new treats to make for him. I can’t wait to make these fir him!

  165. Artemis

    Last night my mom wanted to make chocolate macaroons and I remembered seeing this recipe and suggested we try it. So we made your raspberry macaroons and another chocolate macaroon recipe. These were WAY better.

    I used frozen berries and tried to strain some of the water out, but the batter was still quite wet. They still came out perfect and chewy and pretty and yummy. I also used unsweetened coconut and figured I’d add a little extra sugar to be on the safe side, but could have done without extra as it was very sweet. I will be making this again next week to share with my office!

  166. Katherine

    I made these yesterday for last night’s seder. The family loved them. Even the most discerning taster said they were sublime. Many thanks for the great recipe.

  167. Hollyday

    Since Whole Foods had only unsweetened coconut and I could not bring myself to go to another grocery store since I had already been at Trader Joe’s (they don’t carry coconut at all, btw), I made these with 8 oz unsweetened flaked coconut, about 3 oz (all I had left) of Angel Flake coconut, and 3/4 c. sugar. They turned out amazingly well, with, to my taste, just the right amount of sweetness. This recipe is definitely a keeper, and even my fussy hubby can’t keep his paws off. I don’t even like raspberries, but found the flavor a perfect complement to the rich coconut, and the seeds did not bother me. Thank you for the fabulous recipe and the inspiring photos.

    1. deb

      Hollyday — I went through the same hunt! Wither the sweetened coconut? I understand if it were loaded with junk like HFCS; as it is not, I think it is being unfairly ostracized by these stores. Nevertheless! I went to the lovely remodeled Key? Met? Food on 2nd Avenue and found it in droves (eh, two sizes) there. P.S. Glad you liked the cookies.

  168. Nicole

    I couldn’t wait to try these! Unfortunately as I just finished baking and cooling the first batch realized they will not come off the pan!! The edges are golden brown and seem to have stuck to the parchment paper. I baked them for 23 mins (until the tops were a little golden) Any ideas here?

  169. Ev

    OK, since I’m a coconutNUT, I had just freshly grated some raw coconut from the shell and I thought “why not”? Upped the sugar per your suggestion on unsweetened coconut. Disaster. I knew the batter wasn’t right just by looking at your photos — too liquid. I tried to salvage with some flour, to no avail — they flattened right out in the oven! Probably should have toasted the coconut, eh? They taste amazing, however…crisped them up a bit longer in the oven and they’re like tuiles. Oh well, I’ll try again with commercially processed coconut next time.

  170. MN Maya

    Made a batch – such a quick and easy recipe. Used my July garden raspberries from the freezer (still frozen, unwashed). Pushed mounds off a regular spoon, and popped them in the oven, 33 minutes. They are tasty, easy, gluten-free, Passover-y. Thanks Deb!

  171. Amy K

    My daughter is a blogger Stylesolutionsnyc.com and I learned about your blog through her. I am sooo happy. Your writing style is great and your recipes are wonderful. I made the raspberry macaroons last night and took them to friends this evening. They are amazing. Not only the raspberry and coconut combination but the almond extract and sea salt gave it a great flavor. I used a chocolate drizzle made from Giradelli semi-sweet chocolate. Didn’t do a great aesthetic job with the drizzle but they taste wonderful. Thank you for a creative twist to a holiday tradition. Amy

  172. Anastasia

    I am not a huge fan of coconut – BUT – The next time you melt (temper) chocolate, make a bit extra and try this easy candy. Toast some coconut and simply mix it with the chocolate. Drop dallops onto waxed paper and wait for it to harden. Enjoy!

  173. Anastasia

    I forgot to mention that the next time I make these (toasted coconut chocolates, above) I am going to sprinkle them with fine sea salt. I am a bit obsessed with chocolate and salt.

  174. MN Maya

    p.s. Enjoying more of them the morning after. They are moist (sorry), and not mushy. A real treat.
    To Melissa @ #275, try it again with parchment paper. It’s different than wax paper. They are worth remaking. Good-luck.

  175. Andrea

    My daughter and I made these last night, they were very easy to make and very delicious. Processing the coconut was a genius idea that I believe besides the fresh taste of the raspberries made all the difference. Great job Deb! Oh, and thank you for all your hard work!

  176. celesul

    Mmm. I made these, and they were absolutely perfect. My sister and I are a bit addicted… I never liked the standard macaroons, but I’d like these ones even as a non Passover dessert. I made some drizzled with chocolate and some plain, and everyone I talked to preferred the ones without the chocolate, because it really let the raspberry flavor shine. The chocolate was good, but not as good.

    Also, I made these with frozen raspberries. I dumped the frozen raspberries in a metal strainer, put that in a bowl, and put it in front of the fan. I stirred the raspberries periodically, and I poured out the raspberry juice from the bowl halfway through because it was above the level of the bottom of the strainer. I bought a 12 oz bag of frozen raspberries, and was left with 6 oz of raspberries and quite a bit of raspberry juice. So I just used the 6 oz of strained raspberries as if they were fresh (they looked very damp, but it wasn’t a problem). My macaroons came out perfectly. They held their shapes, looked nearly identical to your pictures, and were absolutely delicious. They were a huge hit at the seder.

  177. Joy

    Hi Deb. I made 3 batches, raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry. These were fantastic! I especially liked the tip about blending the coconut 1st. I love the flavor of coconut but am picky about the texture and the blending made it perfect. Thanks for the fabulous recipes. :)

  178. WOW, Deb!

    I just made these. The batter came together in less than 10 minutes, they baked up perfectly, and they have already been voted as one of the best.passover.recipes.ever.

    Thank you, thank you, for a coconut dessert that my non-coconut husband didn’t just “like;” he loved them. This is the kind of treat that would be easy to make on a weeknight.

  179. Beth

    I found these way too sweet as written for my first batch, cloying. So second batch I used unsweetened coconut and left the sugar the same and they were perfect.

  180. Sara

    Update- I made them again for Passover and they were good. I wouldn’t say I loved them, but everyone else at the Seder did, so I’m guessing it’s because I like a more traditional macaroon. Oh well. Also, I made the chocolate caramel crack which was a huge hit, AND the hazelnut brown butter cake, which everyone loved. Thank you so much for making delicious Passover desserts possible!

  181. Wow! What beautiful, delicious cookies! My daughter loves your site & recipes and today she made these for our Easter party, everyone agreed, they were amazing! Such a lovely little dessert, a sweet, colorful touch. Thank you for all your hard work!

  182. LOVE! I made these as well as a batch with blueberries for my family’s passover sedar and also to write up on my own blog. I loved them, and they are SO easy. Thank you for sharing… I’m now inspired to try more flavors!

  183. Sarah Rose

    I made these for Passover dinner. Halved the recipe, since we were also making several other desserts, and substituted unsweetened coconut. I added 3/4 C sugar, but I might try reducing that slightly when I make them again–I think 1/2 C might be sufficient for someone without much of a sweet tooth! Excellent recipe!

  184. I made these on Friday night for my family’s Saturday night Seder. Dipped half of them in melted bittersweet chocolate… next time I will dip the whole batch. :) They were very popular. I did use frozen raspberries and felt that my macaroons came out fine. I should have baked the trays side-by-side rather than one on top of the other though; they would have come out more evenly. As a side note, I ended up using almond extract from Whole Foods because, even though it was organic, it was half the price of the extract from my regular grocery store!

  185. Love the idea of adding raspberries to the macaroons, I will be trying this recipe although it is far from my normal recipe for macaroons in which I only use sweetened condensed milk, shredded coconut, with variations adding crushed almond or bits of cherry, all three of which are top sellers.

  186. Risa

    A friend brought these to my house Saturday and they were absolutely amazing. They were light, refreshing and had a great texture. I can’t wait to make them myself. Whe also made plain ones and coated them with chocolate. Yummy too!

  187. Liz

    made these and love them (drizzled chocolate on them as suggested)… but the recipe (followed to a t, promise!) didn’t make anywhere close to 50 :( more like 35. i used a tablespoon, being careful to make level scoops, but maybe it just isn’t exactly like (as efficient as) the cookie scoop? regardless, they are really tasty and next time i’ll do two recipes…

  188. Abby

    I used frozen raspberries and they came out fine. I hadn’t read the comment about using them straight from the freezer, so I defrosted and let them drain out their liquid for awhile in a strainer–in the meantime, I prepped everything else. They didn’t come out with the marbled look, but were definitely still pink. They baked for a few extra minutes. So delicious, and perfect for Passover.

  189. Victoria

    I have already commented on fabulous these are, but, I wanted to tell you that I tried them again today. I didn’t have any raspberries, so I used strawberries. OMG again!! Keep the great recipes coming!

  190. JD

    I made these for Easter. The coconut lovers in my family devoured them! I used raspberries in half and blueberries in half. The raspberry macaroons were fabulous! The blueberry were good too, but I didn’t use organic blueberries and they had no blueberry taste. It was still pretty to have the purple and pink cookies sitting out. Oh, I also used unsweetened coconut and they were still perfectly tasty.

  191. BenD

    These sound delicious! I personally like my macaroons with larger pieces of coconut, so I think I will forgo the blending. I like that this recipe is super similar to my own in that its very simple. No filler, just coconut-y goodness! Definitely will be trying this.

  192. Will post again once I make these but I have to wonder about some other fruits that may dance beautifully with coconut: pineapple for one and believe it or not, peach.

  193. Laura

    I made these as my contribution to a dinner party – they were loved by all! This is something that you can actually use your immersion blender for instead of a food processor (to whoever wanted to know, because I was curious). Next time I will definitely dip them in chocolate though – it’s really not dessert if it has no chocolate . . .

  194. THESE look absolutely delicious.. I have a dinner party coming up and am thinking of making them. If I do, I’ll have to let you know how they turn out! The idea of drizzling chocolate on them is making my mouth water… :)

  195. AMM

    There is no need for additional sugar if you use unsweetened coconut, in my opinion. We also used frozen raspberries, as we did not have access to fresh. We drained off as much extra juice as we could. The macaroons were delicious.

  196. CJ

    I made these for Passover and they were fantastic. The tartness of the raspberries works perfectly with the deep sweetness of the coconut and they were so pretty and spring-y looking. The tiny serving size meant that people who were stuffed with brisket could still have one, and they were fantastic with post-seder breakfast the next day.

    The instructions to process the hell out of the coconut before adding the raspberries are absolutely right and necessary. Otherwise the coconut is kind of fibrous. (I processed maybe a smidge less than the instructions said to do, and wished I hadn’t skimped.) I would not make these without a processor. Terrific recipe.

  197. I made these last week. They were super easy and delicious! I’m on a wheat free diet so these were great. I also shipped a half dozen to my parents across the country. They held up to the mailing test. ;) I might cut back on the sugar a touch next time as they did come out super sweet. I used Bakers sweetened coconut.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  198. Grace

    like many others, thank u for sharing the recipe! i made these with everything halved since i didn’t have enough coconut, used blackberries that were on sale, used a scant 1/4 cup of sugar with unsweetened coconut and they were perfect — so simple yet so delicious!! thanks again :)

  199. Irina

    I don’t know if anyone else mentioned this (I may have skimmed the 300+ comments, but not too carefully) but it is possible to make these with thawed frozen raspberries. I followed the recipe exactly, only instead of fresh raspberries, I found some frozen ones from last summer in my freezer, and let them thaw most of the way. They macaroons turned out as expected (and delicious, they turned out delicious and very pretty). So if anyone was wondering, frozen is ok.
    Next time, I may even pass the berries through a sieve to get the seeds out. I expect the puree to bleed into the coconut a lot faster than fresh whole berries, but it may be worth it for some people.
    Thank you for the recipe! It is so easy, and the results are definitely better than store-bought!

  200. Cathy

    I made these in my Kitchen Aid mixer instead of the food processor, and they were fabulous. I like the full texture of the coconut (don’t like mushy/creamy things) so didn’t want to pulverize the coconut at all. The mixer blended everything perfectly and otherwise I followed the recipe as written – everyone who tried them (and I brought them to work so had a big tast tester group) loved them! They are my new favorite cookie.

  201. Mirena

    Made these for Easter with frozen raspberries and fresh unsweetened coconut (that I got directly from an actual coconut), and they were absolutely fantastic. Did not make up for the missing sugar, and they tasted like little morsels of flavorful bliss. An absolutely winning combination.

  202. christie

    I made these for my boyfriend with bittersweet chocolate drizzle and sea salt on top. We ate them all in about two seconds. As an fyi, the sweetened flaked coconut I bought from safeway was already extremely sweet and we did not need to add any extra sugar. I guess that the different brands of sweetened coconut vary in sugar content?

  203. Jen

    Made these for Passover this year and they were a hit! I ended up using frozen raspberries and they were definitley a little wet- nicely done on the outside, but a little gooey inside still when they should have been finished. Cooked them a little longer and had a nice challenge getting them off the baking sheet. I would probably cut back on the sugar next time and definitley recommend a chocolate drizzle!

  204. Pam

    I am definitely making these this weekend. I make plain macaroons all the time and I dip the bottom in melted chocolate chips (either milk chocolate or semi sweet depending on what I have on hand) Just wait until they are completely cool and then dip them in the chocolate and then place them on wax paper until the chocolate sets up. They are a huge hit every place I take them. And sooooooooo easy to make!! :-)

  205. DEB! Oh. my. gosh. I know that this post is months old, but I have to say that this recipe was a life saver.

    I am a recent convert to gluten-free eating thanks to some health issues that have reached a breaking point and I’m in gluten-withdrawal mode. I’ve been searching for gluten-free cookie recipes that don’t taste like crispy cardboard. And here are these lovely macaroons! They’re soft, chewy, not too sweet, and just plain amazing. Thanks for pulling me out of my gluten-free funk.

  206. Chloe’

    I just fnished making these for a party and the are delicious! I didn’t have my food processor on hand but was able to battle it through with a blender, a kitchenaid mixer, and (get this) a potato masher for the raspberries LOL. Unorthodox I know, but they still look and taste wonderful – thank you!

  207. Amalia

    Hi Deb,

    I am a huge fan of your recipes and make them often. This is my first time posting a comment. I am currently planning my fall wedding and since I love to cook and bake I am going to be making cookies as favors for the wedding. I love macaroons and have been searching for a cookie that I can make the weekend before the wedding and freeze. Do you think these macaroons will survive 4-5 days in the freezer, come out 2 days before the wedding for assembly and still taste fresh?? Thanks so much for all of the delicious recipes and I can’t wait for the cookbook!

    1. deb

      HI Amalia — I froze mine until we needed them. They were less pretty after they were defrosted, but tasted perfect. I might run them back through the oven next time, to re-crisp them, before serving.

  208. Julianne Louise

    These are amazing.

    Raspberries are my favorite fruit of all fruits, and coconut takes a close second. Macaroons are a weakness.

    I used unsweetened flaked coconut (Bob’s Red Mill) and 1 1/4 cup sugar. I have a silly blender thing, so I had to do the final pulsing in small batches. The coconut softened with the egg whites and raspberry juices and was not dry at all, despite being unsweetened. I ended up pureeing it a bit more than I meant to, but the result was still lovely and marbled. I have an antique manual gas stove c. B.C.E. 150, so I had to finagle temps and turn the sheet at intervals, but other than personal appliance quirks, the macaroons turned out absolutely perfect. I melted up some dark chocolate but I found it was overpowering to the present perfection.

    Thank you!

  209. Chelsie

    Hey, I don’t have a processor at home, only a blender or a cake whisk. Do you think I can make these without the processor?

    Thanks

  210. alicia

    Hi Deb just wondering if you could make this recipe without the raspberries to have as a basic macaroon recipe (and then drizzle with chocolate later). I didn’t see one in the archives. If not, do you know of a good recipe or a cookbook that has one in it? Let me know when you get a chance : ). Thanks!

  211. deb

    You can actually skip the raspberry to get a standard macaroon with the delicacy that comes from grinding the coconut. They might need 5 minutes less baking time, so keep an eye on them.

  212. kendall

    I just made these with unsweetened coconut, and 1 1/2 cups sugar was perfect.
    I also switched the raspberry out for blueberries, which came out tasting like a tiny blueberry muffin. Thanks for the recipe, these are terrific brunch treats.

  213. Katie A

    I don’t think I’ve seen this in the comments: is desiccated coconut the same thing as flaked? The internet isn’t really helping me here, though it seems like there are some macaroon recipes that use desiccated …

    1. deb

      Desiccated coconut is fully dried. It can be either flaked or shredded. I usually see desiccated coconut only sugarless. Here, I used sweetened, shredded coconut.

  214. Hello! They look great, the macaroons!
    I would like to try the recipe, but I have a convection oven. Remains just the same recipe or not?

  215. Sarah

    So I just made these, plus a tiny bit of dark chocolate drizzled over the top, and I must officially declare them the only actual cure for PMS. You should patent them and try to get a deal with a pharmaceutical companies. Women everywhere would thank you.

  216. Jen

    Hi,

    I was thinking about making these for Rosh Hashanah this week. What do you think about Pomegranate seeds mixed in instead of raspberries? Would anything need to be altered? Would they be too heavy?

    Would love your thoughts ASAP as it is just 2 days away :)

    Thank you and Happy New Year!

  217. Juli

    I made these on Sunday with cranberries and popped them in the freezer for an event on Thursday night. Defrosted on Wednesday and they still looked beautiful. On Thursday, stuck them in a 325 degree oven for a few minutes and drizzled with white chocolate. They were delicious. Could even cut back on the sugar a bit as the cranberries were not as tart as I expected once mixed with coconut and baked. Now I can’t wait for a summer version with blueberries…

  218. Hey Deb, I know this post is old, but I just wondered. I’ve seen recipes for macaroons which cook the egg white mixture on the stove first, whereas you use a food processor. Any idea why they might cook em? Think it makes any difference? Does the food processor mimic something here, that simple hand-mixing wouldn’t?
    Sorry for all the questions, I want to make these for a cookie swap in a few weeks, and I want to be sure before I start..
    Thanks for your help!

    1. deb

      Hi eatwithaspoon — I haven’t seen that before! So, it’s hard for me to guess why. If I run into it, I’ll definitely circle back here and tell you what I’ve learned. The FP smooths everything — I prefer my coconut ground, it will also chop your raspberries for you.

  219. Stop making such a noise.I can’t do thisAre you kidding? You can’t go in no matter who you are.Someone is ringing the bell.I count you as one of my friends.After you.You should have a mind of your own.Long time no see!I’d like to get this film developed.

  220. Ryan

    Just wanted to thank you a bunch for this recipe! I came across your blog a year or so ago and have had it in my google reader. I saw this one and waited for the right time to use it (I should add that I’m not a cook by any means, and only really cook eggs, pancakes, and meat on the grill).

    Well, my wife is having a cookie party this weekend, and I thought I’d give a try at this recipe. I told my wife that I had seen enough cooking shows to (hopefully) know what I’m doing, so she had to leave the kitchen and let me at it. She reluctantly agreed and left me alone.

    How good are they? Let’s just say that after eating it, she raised her eyebrows in shock, and then frowned. I asked her what was wrong, and she said, “These are amazing! Now I have to go rebake my cookies or I’m going to have to tell everyone that my husband, who never bakes, has the best cookies!!”

    So, Thanks! I also bought the book for my wife for Christmas, so she and I can start playing with the other recipes.

    Cheers!

  221. Alison

    The person who was talking about cooked egg whites may have been referring to these: http://food52.com/blog/3097_alice_medrichs_new_classic_coconut_macaroons.

    Which, incidentally, are amazing. I bought a case of the big flakes of unsweetened coconut from Amazon and have made them several times. The cinnamon/lime zest suggestion is definitely brilliant.

    I have several gluten free family members, though, so another macaroon recipe can never hurt. I plan to try these raspberry ones this weekend and will report back.

  222. Madeline

    Will try these with fresh coconut….have some left over from tarts that I made, the coconut is already seasoned with nutmeg and cinnamon….will keep you posted on the result!So happy to have stumbled upon your site!

  223. Traci

    A late comment on an old post, but: for those without food processors, don’t be intimidated to try this one! Mine turned out so well. I achieved a similar effect (avoiding the mouthfuls of stringy, chewy coconut- yuck!) by buying very finely flaked coconut, which I found in a bulk bin at my grocery store. I was worried about using bulk-bin coconut too, because it was a little drier than shaved coconut from a bag (although I don’t think it was technically “dried” coconut.) I just used a tiny bit less coconut (and a little less sugar) and the extra moisture from the raspberries held everything together nicely. The raspberries were easy to roughly chop and stir in.
    Thanks Deb- your recipes are never a letdown. Macaroons are my boyfriend’s favorite and as a self-professed coconut hater, I am so happy to have found some I can stand to make for him!

  224. Lindsey

    Oh please please post the first picture in this recipe in your Smitten Kitchen prints so I can buy it. I love making these macaroons but mine never look quite like your pictures:) I need the picture so I can frame it on my wall and remind myself how beautiful these are supposed to look!

  225. Jesse HK

    It’s not even passover yet and I’ve already made two batches and fielded a request to bring them to a seder! I substituted in some homemade jam for the raspberries, and they turned out wonderfully. The raspberry flavor is stronger than with fresh fruit, but I do miss having the little clumps of raspberry in them. I’ve made them with other jams, too. They’ve yet to turn out bad, not even when I ran out of white sugar and used black sugar and honey instead.

  226. Wendy

    I have been making coconut macaroons for many years using unsweetened coconut. The recipe came from a Martha Stewart magazine — made by a friend of Martha’s. I mix it all by hand: Egg whites, sugar, vanilla or almond extract, and unsweetened coconut. Then I make haystacks (with wet hands) and place them on parchment. Sometimes I dip the bottom in melted chocolate. There was also a recipe for chocolate, which is a bit messier with that melted chocolate, and also chocolate chunk. My favorite is the simple, plain macaroon.
    I love the idea of adding raspberries — jam sounds great.

  227. Prissnboot

    Here’s praying for a quick reply. These look gorgeous and our Rabbi Sweet Tooth has a bday in 2 wks. He iz diabetic so i want to use unsweetened coconut and splenda. Any suggestions on adjusting the amt of splenda?

  228. Ken

    I just made a second batch of these, for a dinner party we were invited to. Everyone loved them! However, I used our local “store brand” sweetened coconut instead of Baker’s; the first batch that I made a few weeks back (also with store brand) was delicious, but also INCREDIBLY sweet, even though I’d cut the sugar to 1/3 cup. This time, I cut the sugar to 1 tbsp. and they came out perfectly, still quite sweet but not overwhelming. I suspect that Baker’s sweetened coconut may be much less sweet than some store-brands, so I’d recommend tasting before adding in all the sugar. This time, using store brand coconut and only 1 tbsp. sugar, the batter still tasted “too sweet” after blending, but the baking seems to have dissipated the sweetness down to “just right”.

  229. Nina

    I made this with fresh coconut that I got a blister flaking out of its shell today– I think I screwed up somewhere. Possibly my fresh coconut had too much liquid in it? Mine never really came together as they baked– they sort of spread out and leaked water everywhere (however– like the person above to whom this also happened, I too was using a Silpat; surely that can’t be it?). I would also say that doubling the sugar to compensate for unsweetened coconut is a bit too much– but I don’t like things very sweet. In general the flavor of these is great (minus me adding too much sugar) and the raspberries really add something. I’d do this next time I need macaroons for sure, except I’d follow directions a little better. Eheh.

  230. Sam

    Praying for a quick reply!

    I’m just wondering how far in advance I can make these? I want to make them for Saturday but only have time on Thursday to make them..will they be okay in a tupperware container for a day and a half or so?

    Thanks! Can’t wait to try out this recipe!

    1. deb

      Sam — They lose some outer crisp in tupperware but otherwise keep. If you can, you can toast them in the oven for just a minute or two before serving them on Saturday. Happy baking!

  231. Melisa

    I just baked these this afternoon! I’ve had my eye on this recipe for a long time and finally fresh raspberries showed up in my market (interior of China). I thought the batter was too wet, but they held their shape and turned out so delicious–even in an oven that won’t hold a steady temperature! We ate a few and will drizzle the rest with some chocolate. This recipe is a keeper! Thanks, Deb!

  232. I would like to make these along with 3 other desserts for a shower I am helping host a week from today. (This is my gluten-free sweet option.) How well do these freeze if I make them ahead of time? If not well, do they tend to dry out? I’ve never made macaroons before so I don’t know what to expect.
    Thanks for any advice!

    1. deb

      Kessa — Mine froze well and also kept well at room temperature for several days. But freezing is safer. You can always pop them in the oven for a few minutes before you serve them, not for warmth but so the edges get a little more crisp and dry again after defrosting.

  233. Thanks so much! The showerr is tomorrow and I already have my four (yes, I added another dessert) other desserts prepared and in the freezer ready to bake/frost for tomorrow.
    Other items on the menu:
    Braided Lemon Curd Bread (Thank you so much for this recipe. It is my favorite and a staple anytime I bring a dessert somewhere.)
    Blueberry Hill Cupcakes (An Epicurious recipe.)
    Chocolate Chip Coconut Oatmeal Cookies (My all time favorite recipe with chocolate chips.)
    Key Lime White Chocolate Chip Cookies (A hodgepodge of a few recipes I’ve worked with and am still working out.)
    Thanks again!

  234. Salha

    Hi, it looks amazing!! I want to do it for a bake sale but I don’t have a food processor. You think it will be good if I made it by wooden spatula?

  235. Alex

    Your recipes almost never fail to please – and these pleased me a lot! Raspberry and coconut is really a match made in heaven. You’re right that the berries provide a slightly tart note that beautifully offsets the sweet coconut. My new favourite sweet treat!

  236. Mags

    Hi! My first time ever posting on a site. I just want to thank you for this wonderful recipe… So simply and clearly explained ( which I need ;-) i made these as gifts at Christmas just gone (2013) and my friends and family LOVED them.
    I have to say you did all the work ( your effort, time and creativity) and I got so much praise!!

  237. Becky

    I only got 30ish cookies with a Tbsp measure. I should have doubled the recipe! The kitchen smells divine. I’ll try dipping some of them in chocolate once they’re cool.

  238. Linda

    This is a great recipe! I was looking for a GF and DF dessert for a friend and this one is perfect. I made it with strawberries and it was yummy – everybody loved it. Will definitely make it a regular treat :-) Thank you!

  239. jane

    I made these for Passover the first year they were posted and now they’re requested every year. In the three times I’ve made them, they’re always delicious, but they stick to the pan, even when fully cool. Silpats seem to be worse than parchment (presumably because the parchment absorbs some of the extra moisture that’s causing them to stick). This year, each macaroon was surrounded by a small circle of ooze and they stuck worse than ever. Any suggestions? The raspberries were dry, but on the riper side. Maybe the coconut had more moisture than average? It was Stop and Shop brand sweetened shredded coconut, which I’m sure others here have used. I was thinking about cutting down the egg whites, but that’s what’s holding them together. Or maybe I could try drying the coconut a bit in the oven by itself for a few minutes first.

  240. Naomi

    Made these for Passover this year and they were great – I did half of the recipe without raspberries and then dunked them in semi-sweet chocolate, and the other half with the raspberries, both were big hits. I could even see cutting down the sugar a little more . . . which I may try later this week since I have another bag of coconut beckoning from my cupboard.

  241. Jessica

    I made macaroons for the first time for Passover this year — usually we buy the inedible ones along with a host of other awful (from taste and health perspectives!)
    kosher for Passover cookies but this year my husband insisted on fewer but better quality desserts that I was to make myself. A friend gave me a basic tried and tested macaroon recipe — similar to yours but sans the raspberries and with a few different measurements — and I was shocked at how good they were and how EASY they are to make. I cannot wait to try your version — love the raspberries for taste but also for natural color! Otherwise my brownies and standard macaroons leave the table with too much beige and brown. Brilliant!

  242. thalia

    I made these last year and they were perfect. This year I had to use desiccated coconut (flaked stuff hard to find in the UK). They were ok but even after adding juice from 3 limes, 300g of raspberries, and double the number of egg whites they were dry. I used 230g of sugar, ie I didn’t double the amount given for the sweetened coconut, and think they are still too sweet so will use less next year. Edible but not great.

  243. Absta

    These look great and I look forward to trying them. Not sure if you’ll ever get round to reading this tip, but when I read your bit at the top I thought “aha!” because I once made some awesome macaroons years ago…from the shredded coconut I had soaked in hot water in order to make coconut milk. I didn’t want to just throw away the coconut having got ‘the milk’ and it was enough to make macaroons and they were so moist and melting.

  244. Amber

    I wanted to try these, but I didn’t have raspberries, just frozen strawberries. And I didn’t have a use for the extra yolks at the present, so I halved the recipe and used 1 whole egg, and tossed in a few frozen strawberries (unthawed). Oh, and I used unsweetened coconut and I didn’t compensate with extra sugar. They are sweet enough with the 1/3 cup of sugar and the strawberries. All that to say — flexible recipe, quite tasty, and I’ll definitely make it again. A good gluten free/Passover recipe.

  245. Anna

    Deb
    Not sure if you are still reading these but I have a question. I notice that you mix the egg whites together with everything but all the other macaroon recipes I read say to beat the egg whites separately and then slowly blend them in. Is there a difference between what you do and what ‘other recipes’ do? If so, what is it?

    1. deb

      Anna — Just different techniques. Though, I’ve mostly seen meringue recipes that need the egg whites beaten separately. For macaroons, I’ve never found any reason to whip the eggs. They’re a chewy cookie.

  246. Wendy Fergusson

    I made these today with fresh cranberries instead of raspberries. Yum! The cranberries are much drier so instead of a pink wash you end up with red flecks – it has a bit of a candy cane look, which is appropriate since I made them for Christmas.

    I used medium unsweetened coconut and 1 3/4 c of sugar (a little extra since cranberries are really tart). I don’t have a food processor big enough for everything, so I processed the coconut (half at a time) and then the cranberries by themselves, and used a hand mixer in a big bowl to combine everything.

    They turned out crisp on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside – I’ve never made macaroons before but these turned out great! I’ll definitely do them again.

  247. Shelly

    I love macaroons and am glad I came upon this recipe to try. My standard is to use shredded unsweetened coconut and to toast it lightly before adding it to the egg yolk/sugar/salt/vanilla mixture. They are also really forgiving, I can whip the egg mixture until just foamy or until really soft peaks and they still work well with just a slight change in texture. It is also quite simple to play with the amount of coconut, I use anywhere from 3 – 5 cups, depending on how light I want them. I am excited to try the addition of raspberry, great idea.

  248. France

    I had some coconut sugar hanging about so I decided to use that instead of white sugar. As long as you don’t mind tan colored cookies – it worked great. Nice contrast between the tart raspberry and sweet cookie. Plus all the benefits of coconut sugar :)

  249. Denise

    Made these for a gluten free friend and they were scrumptious. And they pair beautifully with wines! Had them with a Malbec — was heavenly! but then opened a bottle of Italian sparkling — not sure what but not Asti not prosecco but something that said Arosa? — and that was pure perfection.

  250. Mary H.

    For your sad bags of dried unsweetened coconut, I highly recommend Cooks Illustrated Coconut Cream Pie. The dried coconut is rejuvenated by soaking in a custard made with coconut milk. Will turn skeptics into coconut lovers.

  251. Jes

    Cannot wait to make these.
    Did it mean to say this, ‘reducing the cough-inducing shreds with a thick paste to paste’?

  252. Carole

    You’re killing me,Deb. You are my favorite go-to for creative recipes (especially desserts)! However, I have moved to Iceland where everything is at least twice as expensive as in the States so I cannot afford either a food processor or a KitchenAid (KAs are ~ $800 here). Can you offer alternatives sometimes to these devices ’cause I really want to make these bad boys.

  253. deb

    Carole — I can offer alternatives depending on what the recipe is using it for. Here, the food processor is mostly grinding the flakes of coconut so they’re more fine/more like ground nuts and rough-chopping the raspberries. You don’t have to grind the coconut to make the macaroons; the recipe will work either way, the grinding just makes for a smoother texture. You can rough-chop the raspberries on a cutting board and just half-stir them in. Hope that helps.

  254. Paulina

    OMG!!!!I just made them and ate the first one. They are beyond awesome!!!!!So rich and soooo much flavor! Also, thank you for giving measurements for a good size portion, cause my family will have trouble only eating a few:))

  255. Just made these for a friend who’s allergic to gluten and lactose. They turned out wonderfully! Love the chewy texture and raspberry flavour. I will be making these again and again, and not just for my friends with allergies.

  256. Julie

    I’ve made these a couple times this year for my family. My grandmother is on a low sodium diet (no salt, baking soda etc). These have been just perfect to make for her and everyone agrees that they are delicious (no salt needed!). For the 4th of July, I made some with blueberries as well as ones with raspberries and they turned out great. I just made them again for the holidays, they are a nice, fruity fresh balance to all the heavy spiced and butter cookies popular this time of year. Thank you!

  257. Mary

    Perfect. Just this morning, I was staring at the pint of organic raspberries in my fridge and thinking, “What can I do with those that’s not coulis. Again.” and POOF! this post appears on Facebook. Thank you, I can’t wait to try these!

  258. Tara

    PS. I just realized this post is actually from 4 years ago so you might not remember which Cooks Illustrated recipe you were looking at…

  259. Elyssia

    I’ve gone Paleo, so I am going to try these without sweetened coconut or the added sugar. I don’t like things too sweet anymore, but I love coconut and raspberries. I’ll let y’all know how they turn out :)

  260. pattyk

    Hi Deb
    This looks delicious and I’m making it for a friend who eats gluten free.
    The references in the comments to a cooked coconut and egg white recipe comes from Alice medrich’s new classic coconut macaroons. They are made with unsweetened coconut chips, and they are delicious. They have a different consistency from yours obviously and no berries. I think my friends will love your version and they are so pretty. I love what you do. Thanks!

  261. Hi Deb!
    It’s Seri’s Auntie here. I made these today and subbed in blackberries. Also made a dark chocolate ganache drizzle which basically sent these babies over the top. My question is, I baked them for 30 minutes and let them cool completely. I still find that they are a bit sticky. Is is okay to leave them out on the counter overnight uncovered? Will they dry up a bit on the outside? Thank you! Xo

  262. Jen

    Hi Deb! Do you think these can be made ahead of passover and frozen? Would they hold up well if not frozen for too long? Thanks – you keep me inspired!

  263. Masha

    I just made these about an hour ago and they are fantastic, everyone loved them! I did use 1/2 c of sugar instead of 3/4 and it was the perfect amount of sweetness for me. Thanks for the fantastic recipe!

  264. Lois

    These were delicious….but…..I found them to be very wet. Perhaps I pulsed the raspberries too much? I would love to make them again but wonder what I can do to make them less soggy, perhaps pulse the raspberries separately and the just gently fold them into ththe coconut batter. Any other suggestions?

  265. Cindy

    I have made these several years in a row now, and they are delicious!

    But this year I ran into the same problem as Jane above- each one was surrounded by a little puddle of (cooked, sticky) ooze, and both macaroon and ooze are totally stuck. When I try to take one about a third of it sticks to the foil (I always line my sheets with foil, so on the bright side I won’t have to try to remove all the sticky ooze which is now like a coating of hard candy…)

    But I would like to know if you have any ideas on preventing this. I didn’t have a food processor, but the coconut was already tiny (that’s the style here in Denmark), and unsweetened- but I have used unsweetened before no issues. The only other possibly is I had a yolk burst while separating the whites so maybe some yolk got in??

    Also
    If you have ideas about how to get this year’s macaroons off the foil without losing a third of them– they are still just as tasty as ever and I don’t want to sacrifice any!

  266. Wow, great recipe! My brother is allergic to both wheat and dairy, it makes it tough to bake for him when birthday time rolls around. I found this recipe while searching for ideas for this year. I followed the recipe to a T and then dipped in chocolate. Served with raspberry sorbet and a reisling, it was a festive and memorable celebration. Thank you for this post.

  267. Sandra Marucci

    Help Deb…I don’t have a food processor what do I do to substitute? Blender doesn’t seem right but don’t know what else to do… Thanks for your guidance!

      1. Sandra Marucci

        Thanks Deb will do… Suggest using shredded cocnut instead of flaked to mimic the result of the coconut with the processor?

  268. shannonlovesbooks

    I have those unsweetened coconut chips (Amazon accident – I ended up with dozens of bags!). If we start with the grams of sweetened coconut as the guide, do I use that amount of unsweetened coconut, or some smaller amount since the sweetened is both coconut and sugar? Does that even make sense? Like maybe 300g coconut and 230g total sugar?