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I have a secret to tell you...French macarons are NOT THAT HARD to make. I know. It sounds crazy. You have probably heard a million times that they are super difficult to perfect, and there are so many ways they can go wrong. But I am here to tell got this. 

And just so you are not super hard on yourself, I want you to know that even the most PROFESSIONAL macaron bakers are never able to get a batch 100% perfect. No matter what you do, there is always one or two shells that just don't like to cooperate. The good news is, even if they are a little wonky, they still taste good. 

Today's macarons were inspired by a Sprinkles for Breakfast reader. Late last year, Virgil emailed telling me that he was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma. He was trying to get the word out about cancer awareness and was wondering if I could share a link to to help patients with his same diagnosis find the necessary resources. I told him that I thought this was an amazing idea. When my mom was diagnosed with lung cancer, we were totally in the dark. We found it very helpful to have good information to help us through the entire process. 

The original idea was to share his story along with some Angel Macarons. But, as Virgil knows, sometimes things do not go as planned. It turned out my macs looked a lot more like "Moon Bats" than anything resembling an angel. You can see the fail on my Instagram below...

 But, we regrouped and turned them into coconut macarons instead! So if you are any kind of coconut lover, these are the perfect way to start your macaron journey!  

So thank you Virgil for taking your own experience and using it to try to help others! If you want to know more about his battle with mesothelioma, you can find it here.

Coconut Macarons

Coconut Macarons | Sprinkles For Breakfast


Macaron Shells

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (187g)
  • 1 cup + 2 tbs almond flour (108g)
  • 3 eggs whites (about 120g)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (50g)
  • 6 oz blue melting chocolate
  • Silver leaf

Coconut Filling

  • 1/2 cup salted butter (113g)
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar (225g)
  • 1/2 tsp milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (50g)


Macaron Shells

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a pipping bag with a round tip with about a 1/4" opening (Ateco #804 is what I use) and a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift almond flour and powdered sugar together. Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, beat egg whites on high speed until they form soft peaks.
  4. Lower the mixer's speed to medium and add sugar. Put mixer back on the highest speed and beat until they form stiff peaks.
  5. With the mixer still on high speed, add white food coloring a few drops at a time until you get desired color.
  6. Take bowl off of mixer and add almond flour/sugar mixture. Using a rubber spatula, aggressively fold in dry ingredients until the batter starts to loosen and becomes a little runny. To test if the batter is ready, lift a small amount of batter from the bowl and drop it back into the batter. If it does nothing, keep mixing. If it slowly melts back into the batter after 20-30 seconds, it is ready.
  7. Put batter (about 1/3 of the mixture) into prepared pipping bag and cover the rest of the batter with saran wrap.
  8. Pipe 1 1/2" circles on prepared baking sheet and firmly tap the bottom of the tray so the batter flattens out. Repeat with remaining batter.
  9. Let them rest for 30-45 minutes until they form a skin. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until they are set.
  10. Set aside to cool.
  11. Peel macarons off parchment paper and pair them according to size.
  12. Melt blue chocolate according to direction on the package.
  13. Place in a piping bag and use scissors to cut a small hole at the tip.
  14. Drizzle chocolate over the macaron shells.
  15. Use a tweezer to place small pieces of foil on melted chocolate and shell.

Coconut Filling

  1. In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, cream butter until it is soft and smooth.
  2. Add powdered sugar, milk, and coconut extract and mix until light and fluffy.
  3. Place shredded coconut in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. Using a piping bag with a round tip (wilton tip #6 or #7 should work) pipe a spiral on one half of a pair of cookies.
  5. Sandwich the cookie pair together and then cover the exposed buttercream with the shredded coconut.

*Makes 25 Macarons

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Lindsay Nathanson - Baker and Author

I might be the only person in the history of the world that has ever been grounded from baking. That's right. When I was a teen, it wasn't the computer, or the phone or the tv that got taken away. For me, it was the unsalted butter.

Comments (6)


I’m having trouble finding white food coloring. Would that be something I could skip out on? I get the color won’t be ideal, but it won’t make a difference in the taste, correct?

Lindsay Nathanson

Hi Stephanie! That is correct. There will be no change in the taste. The macaron shells will just be more beige then they are white. Enjoy!


Can you skip the coconut extract and put coconut milk instead of regular milk?

Lindsay Nathanson

You can definitely do that! But if you do it that way, there will only be a very light coconut flavor. The extract is a lot more concentrated, which is why you only need a little bit for a lot of flavor. The coconut milk is much more subtle. And you will only be using a little bit of the milk in the recipe.


My macarons never puffed up and they spread out a lot. My oven is off by a lot but I was able to get it to the right temperature. I might have over mixed my batter, that probably could have affected it.

Lindsay Nathanson

Yes, I think that is exactly what happened. When the batter is over mixed, it can cause the macarons to spread to quickly and become flat. Unfortunately, once you have over mixed the batter, there is no way to save it. You have to start over. I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any further questions.


I tried these and mine melted in the oven. I don’t know what I did wrong. I made macarons a bunch about a year ago and just now starting again so I’m a little out of my groove. If you could give me some things I might have done wrong that would be SO helpful. Thanks in advance.

Lindsay Nathanson

Hi Rory! I am so sorry you had problems with this. Let's see if we can figure out what went wrong. What do you mean by melted? They never puffed up? Or the just spread too much? Also, are you baking at a different altitude?


LOVE LOVE LOVE your site! Looking forward to making all your macaron recipes and hoping you might have ingredients listed in grams somewhere! I have several different measuring cup sets and they are all slightly off in terms of accuracy! I find in baking grams seem to be the easiest way to assemble ingredients. Can you provide the recipe in grams? Thank you !

Lindsay Nathanson

Hi Ricki! I am so glad you like the site! And you are totally right - baking in grams is the best way to get the most accurate measurement. My goal is to transition ALL my recipes to grams in the next few months! If you send me your email, I can give you the grams recipe ASAP so you don't have to wait for me to update the site!


Why do you place the shredded coconut in a separate bowl?

Lindsay Nathanson

Hi Lynda! I am so sorry for the delayed response! I was changing over to a new website last week and this comment got lost in the shuffle. If you would like, you can totally add the coconut flakes into the buttercream mixture. But, I like to have the flakes on the outside rim of the buttercream. I will update the directions to make this more clear! Let me know if you have any more questions.