English Coconut Macaroons

Yield: 12-14 macaroons

English Coconut Macaroons

English Coconut Macaroons

Delicious and beautifully textured English Coconut Macaroons. Just as delicious as their French counterpart and easier to make.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes


  • 2 egg whites
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • 140g (1/2 cup + 3 tbsp) caster/superfine or granulated sugar
  • 200g (2 cups) unsweetened shredded or desiccated coconut
  • 50g (1.8 oz) dark chocolate
  • 25g (3 tbsp + 1 tsp) ground almonds
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C/340°F/Gas Mark 3 and line two baking trays with baking parchment.
  2. Whisk the egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks start to form. Add the sugar, about a tablespoon at a time, and whisk until the mixture is glossy. Using a metal spoon or a palette knife, gently fold in the coconut, ground almonds and salt.
  3. Using a small ice-cream scoop or two tablespoons, place neat, heaped dollops of the mixture on the prepared trays, spacing them at least 3-4 cm apart.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until dry and golden on the outside. Set the macaroons aside on their baking trays and allow to firm up for at least 10 minutes.
  5. Use a palette knife or cookie spatula to transfer the macaroons to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. When ready to decorate, melt the chocolate and allow to cool for about 5 minutes, meanwhile place a sheet of greaseproof baking parchment under the wire rack.
  7. Spoon the chocolate into a piping bag and snip off the corner (you need just a tiny hole). Drizzle the chocolate over the macaroons. Leave to set.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 68mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 17gProtein: 2g

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29 Comments on “English Coconut Macaroons”

  1. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel August 27, 2012 @10:18 pm Reply

    Um, if these taste like Almond Joys, I am TOTALLY eating the entire plate. I don't know why people would ever look past the English version of the macaroon because these are gorgeous! The chocolate drizzle on top is beyond pretty and you know me, anything coconut is inhaled without question in my book :)

    1. Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking} August 27, 2012 @10:38 pm Reply

      Dudeee, you will love these! I've never tasted a Almond-Joy or Mounds bar as we have Bounty here in the UK which is apparently the same as Mounds. But since they have a little ground almonds then it must be pretty darn similar. If you give them a try, let me know what you think. I think they're pretty darn awesome and the entire family agreed! ;)

  2. Deb Lane August 28, 2012 @12:06 am Reply

    I've never heard of an English macaroon, these look so much better. I can't wait to try them.Thanks for sharing!

  3. Swathi August 28, 2012 @3:46 am Reply

    I am in for for this version of macaroons, as it has my favorite ingredients coconut. I lived on bounty bars.
    You made it very beautifully.

  4. Pauline August 28, 2012 @2:13 pm Reply

    Wow these look lovely nothing like my old Good Housekeeping version. I love coconut anyway but these would grace any table ( and my mouth of course ;-D )

  5. Crystal {@phatbakes} August 28, 2012 @4:55 pm Reply

    WOW! Love this recipe. Now I'm craving something with coconut! ♥

  6. Lisa @ Flour Me With Love August 28, 2012 @6:35 pm Reply

    These look divine! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  7. Choc Chip Uru August 28, 2012 @8:26 pm Reply

    Your macarons look so beautiful and the chocolate drizzle completes them :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  8. Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats August 29, 2012 @1:30 am Reply

    These English Coconut Macaroons are so dainty and packed in flavour. Looks super crunchy too. I could imagining myself sinking my teeth in them.. Lets just say I am happy camper from just staring that them ;). xoxo

  9. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust August 29, 2012 @3:01 am Reply

    Love these Lisa! They look SO pretty!

  10. Melissa L August 29, 2012 @3:58 am Reply

    Hello from Sundae Scoop Link Party!

    I love pretty much anything coconut, and these caught my eye! Pretty and look delish!

    Have a fabulous and inspired day!

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  11. Sowmya August 29, 2012 @12:38 pm Reply

    Oh that looks so tempting..


  12. Jennie @themessybakerblog August 29, 2012 @2:06 pm Reply

    These look so good. Who cares if some nobody deemed them old-fashioned; I like old-fashioned, anyway, and I'd love these with my tea. Yum!

  13. Nathalie August 29, 2012 @7:09 pm Reply

    Your instructions say to fold in "ground almonds", but they're not listed in the ingredients???

    1. Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking} August 29, 2012 @7:26 pm Reply

      Oh no, I'm so sorry. For some reason, I must've missed them off when typing up the recipe. I've fixed the recipe to include the ground almonds in now. Good catch. Thanks for letting me know.

      1. Nathalie August 29, 2012 @8:01 pm Reply

        Yay! Now I'll be making these for sure :). Thanks so much.

  14. Trish - Mom On Timeout August 29, 2012 @11:35 pm Reply

    So gorgeous! Featuring tonight at Mom On Timeout!

  15. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. August 30, 2012 @5:10 am Reply

    I have yet to conquer the macaroon! These look so great! Beautiful photos too!

  16. Leigh Ann August 30, 2012 @5:47 am Reply

    I live in Hawaii and these look wonderful. Up until now, I've been buying them. Now I'll make my own! Thank you!

  17. Baking Serendipity August 31, 2012 @1:52 am Reply

    I am always game for the easier recipe version, and these look so good...especially with the chocolate drizzle!


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