Macaroons: a coconut dessert

Coconut—-the tree every part of which can be put to good use. From my grandparents and parents to my parents-in-law to my kids, my family is a coconut lover–from the sweet meat of the fruit to its refreshing juice to the milk squeezed from mature coconuts (gata) to grated niyog.

For every claim that coconut food products are unhealthy, there is a contrary view to the opposite. Manang Kusinera, a fellow Filipina blogger who is also a licensed medical doctor has a very interesting entry about coconut milk and coconut oil both of which are derived from the coconut itself–the “fruit”. Personally, I have always believed that the aggressive marketing of competing oil products started all that bad publicity for the coconut. Advertising can be so convincing that even some Filipinos believe that coconuts can lead to cholesterol build-up and heart disease. Excerpts from medical studies tends to contradict that belief.

Macaroons: a coconut dessert

Macaroons are made from dessicated coconut, sweetened condensed milk, butter, eggs and sugar. Straight out of the ovem macaroons are chewy on the outside, soft and moist at the center. Macaroons are widely sold in bakeries and specialty stores. The better quality ones can be expensive. If you make them at home, you’ll realize that the bigger chunk of their commercial prices is profit and nothing else. The following ingredients are good for 100 macaroons. The cost is less than PhP 100.00.

Ingredients :

1 200 g. pack of dessicated coconut
1 250 ml. pack of sweetened condensed milk
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 c. of butter, softened
1 c. of light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. of lemon or dayap rind or a few drops of lemon extract (optional)
100 pieces of paper cup (1″ in diameter at the base)

Cooking procedure :

In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Add the rest of the ingredients and beat until well-blended. Made with dessicated coconut, sweetened condensed milk, eggs and sugar, macaroons are chewy on the outside and soft on the insideArrange the paper cups on a shallow baking tray (a brownie tray would be good). Fill each paper cup with the coconut batter until 3/4 full. Bake in a 350oF oven for 30 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before serving. Actually, you can eat them straight from the oven which is what my husband and kids did. Just be careful–they are very hot. Personally, I prefer to cool them for 10 minutes to harden the crusts a bit.

To store: Place in an airtight container and store in the fridge.


    • mayann says

      hi, i’ve been visiting your blog since last year, try ko na rin yung ibang recipe. been dying to make macaroons kaya lang di available yung dessicated coconut dito, i’m residing in qatar. pwede ba coconut powder na lang or pwede kahit freshly grated. thanks

      • says

        Hi Mayann, coconut powder won’t give the macaroons the chewy texture but I think freshly grated coconut will be ok. You may have to squeeze out the excess water though.

        • precy says

          Hi connie!

          really love to try your recipe…

          just want to ask is the dessicated coconut comes in a powder? Sorry im not familiar kasi….do you have an idea where can i buy one? im here in australia….:smile:

          • says

            Precy, dessicated coconut looks like dried niyog and it comes in pouches. I’m sure you’ll find some in bigger supermarkets.

          • precy says

            Thnaks Connie,

            I just finish baking this dessert tonight and perfect talaga! My husband loved it!! he said “wow napakasarap!” Im planning to bring this on our get together this sunday and i know it will be Blockbuster… thanks for the recipe… Hope you can post many great recipe pa…:smile: Just wanna ask also if you have recipe of cake that has lecheflan on top…. I’m not sure lang kasi about the name but when I taste it I began craving for it.. hope meron…..

          • says

            custard cake, precy. :) yes, i do. been planning to bake one forever, parati akong nauubusan ng itlog dito sa bahay hehehehe

      • Denise says

        Hi Connie! Did a batch of these last night and they are so scrumptious! I’m so happy. I’ve been craving for these for ages (To think I hated them when I was still in Manila) It’s way way way better than store bought ones — of course. I used wider paper cups and they came out great!

      • says

        Gosh, it’s been so long since I last baked macaroons. I remember that the recipe was based on a recipe found in the package of dessicated coconut. I remember too that I followed the same recipe using a different brand of dessicated coconut and it didn’t work. It might not be the size of the eggs but the quality of the dessicated coconut.

    • says

      ogz, no, that might not be the problem. the quality of different brands of dessicated coconut varies. i’ve had that unfortunate experience too of finding my macaroons too dry. next time i go to the supermarket, i will note down the brand i use. been a long time since i last bought dessicated coconut.

      • ogz says

        *runs to connie, gasping for breath…*
        Hi connie,
        I was able to buy all the ingredients again, this time with paper cups:oops:,and a different brand of dessicated coconut. This time I chose a brand with the same packing weight of 200gms. and I tried to compare the quality. The one I bought has a very simple packaging it says DESSICATED COCONUT, it’s more dense than the other brand, its not *buhaghag* bulky, and you’re right Connie, the dessicated coconut matters. I DID IT!!! :roll: Yes!!! Its moist and chewy and has a crunchy top. Thanks for making my day right.:wink:

      • sarah onodera says

        hi ma`am
        ever since before pa na may party dito sa bahay lalo na pag bday ng anak ko palagi akung gumagawa ng macaroons kasi 1st time na niluto ko ito nagustohan ng mga bisita ko kaya salamat sa recipe mo tomorrow will be the baptismal of my 7 months daughter kaya present ang maracoons,pa order pa ako ng dessicated coconut sa pinas coz here in japan di maganda ang dessicated coconut pero sulit naman kasi masarap talaga salamat uli mabuhay ka…..

        • Pamela says

          does anyne know how to cook the ilocano style suman???appreciate the help…thanks in advance

        • mich says

          i made this yesterday but i only had two eggs so i added some flour and less sugar to balance it. i didnt have brown sugar either so i used some white baker’s sugar as well. it actually came out good, but i want to make it using your recipe. 1 C. of sugar is not too much? i used only 1/3 c bakers sugar (just a finer version of white sugar) and it seemed sweet enough. i didn’t use dayap either. sigh. it’s hard to find the little paper liners too, i went to every safeway around my area and i eventually did find some (not as nice as yours but good enough) and i ended up buying their entire supply of it, yes, all 4 packs. hahahah… i guess those aren’t too much in demand here… i will try your recipe soon tita, and i’m sure everyone will love it! tinitipid ko nga lang yung liners ko… sigh….

          • says

            mich, people have different levels of sweetness tolerance. That recipe works fine for us. :) I should point out too that brown sugar is not as sweet as white sugar. A little bitter, in fact.

    • mich says

      okay, i made it na… yummy!!!! i defenitely take this recipe over the other one… and you’re right, it was not overly sweet. i have yet to find dessicated coconut and more mini paper liners though. i used flake coconute which is really the same thing but it’s a thicker version of dessicated coconut. next time i will try shredded coconut (still thicker, but less thick than flaked kind) and give it a couple of pulses in the food processor to try to get it a tad finer. naku tita, i had to research pa the conversion of mL to grams hehehe… i figured 250 mL of CM should be around a little more than half a can noh? well, that’s what i did and it turned out great even if it wasn’t accurate ;P next up will be yema balls… medyo mahal and powdered milk dito. would nido be ok instead of birch tree?

      • Daisy says


        I’ve made this 5 times and it’s always “perfecto”. I was going to make some today, but ran out of eggs & didn’t want to go to the store, malamig na kasi eh (we’re in Sicily).
        I have fresh dessicated coconut, once a week I grate the coconut by myself and extract kakang gata & milk that I use for desserts (& some for my hair). I love to bake. Syempre ayokong itapon ang pinag gataang nyog, sayang ‘di ba? kaya lagi akong merong macaroons. it’s always a hit everytime I bring it to work or church function. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

      • leng from netherlands says

        hi connie! i just finished making this and just had my first macaroon haaaay….tsalap!! i only made a few just to try. wil make it again tomorrow for my in-laws, pasikat hehehe!

        thanks again and more power!

        • leng from netherlands says

          hi connie! my in-laws and my husband loved it =) now im making some again. im planning to use this as a christmas give aways for my husbands staff heheh! nde uso ang give aways dito but i want them to feel that sharing is part of the pinoy culture =)


          oh btw, how long could i keep them in the fridge?

    • lalay says

      hi ms connie. i made macaroons tonight and they tasted great! i used skimmed condensed milk. i had a hard time, though, looking for the dessicated coconut. i really am not familiar with the dessicated coconut. i bought dried grated coconut in pouches and the macaroons turned out great!!! i really would want to try most of your recipes here, especially the filipino recipes, it’s just a little hard to find most of the ingredients here in mallorca, spain. i live in a “pueblo” an hour(by car) away from the island’s city. and if i crave for a certain filipino dish, i need to go to the city to buy what i need in the asian shops there. i wish you and your family a happiness and health for 2007! thanks for all the good recipes!!!

      • ogz says

        hi connie,
        i had this craving the other day on the macaroons and hurriedly went to waltermart e.rod. to get the ingredients, it was a last minute (almost closing time), hehehe. I got all exept for the papaer cups. Oh well, i proceeded baking it on a cookie sheet instead, pouring the mixture in the middle and hardly pressing it to avoid too thin, there are still spaces around the cookie sheet by the way. The product turned out to be too dry after I sliced them. It was supposed to be moist and chewy right? Dang it! I remembered it was supposed to be in the cups. Is it because that I didn’t use the cups?:sad:Moral lesson: FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS:oops:

        **”everyone eats and drinks,but only few savour its flavour…”**

        • says

          That is so great, ogz! :grin: Now you just have to take note of that brand so that every time you make a batch of macaroons, you know which brand to buy.

          Doesn’t it feel great knowing you can make wonderful macaroons at home?

          • Kaye says

            ow,, thnx.. yihi magbbake nq nxt week n2, sana masarap.. thnx connie.. ow w8 i 4got to ask.. tngn mo pwede bang coconut cream nalang gmtn ko instead of sweetend condensed milk kc parang mas tama un.. what do u thnk? anu b mas masarap na gnawa mo, macaroons o pandan macaroons.. thnx a lot!

    • dhay says

      Hi Connie,
      I finally had the chance to make your macaroons! It turned out really good, not too sweet although I used brown sugar instead of light coz that’s what i have at home, i just put a bit less than what it called for. However, i made mine too oily (buttery i guess) and it was my fault, i know your recipe says 1/2 cup butter, i accidentally used 1/2 lb instead coz i bought 1 lb and i just cut in half (my bad)! Next time i’ll pay more attention! Tnx again, and next time i’ll try your other recipes and will let u know how it turn out. dhay

  1. APRIL says

    Hi Connie,

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe! I have made it 2X (potluck and as a Christmas gift) and both were a hit! I had a hard time looking for dessicated coconut here in CA, but luckily one Filipino store carried it. They really sooooo good!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!