…and make macaroons of course!

For those of us celebrating Passover, a can of these in the house is as ubiquitous as a box of matzoh or a jar of horseradish. I’m not much of a fan though – they’re too sweet and sticky, even for me.

But these.

coconut lime macaroons

These lovely macaroons are the complete opposite of the canned variety, made with unsweetened coconut shavings, lots of lime zest and just enough egg white and sugar to hold them together in the oven.

The mixture was so loose, in fact, that I was convinced that they would not come out intact. But they did. And they are as rustic and delicious as they look. The batter is quickly and easily mixed by hand, and ready to bake in less than 10 minutes.

I put them out alongside their fancy French counterparts at our Passover seder and they were just as well-received.

coconut lime macaroons

coconut lime macaroons

So what do you think? Are there some die-hard traditionalists out there who will never part with their cans? I think a taste test is in order….

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Coconut-Lime Macaroons
from Bon Appetit

2 egg whites, room temperature
1/4 c. (50 g.) sugar
1 T. (heaping) finely grated lime zest
1/4 t. kosher salt
4 c. (7 oz.)  unsweetened coconut shavings (also called coconut chips)*

Pre-heat oven to 325. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats.

In a large bowl whisk egg whites and sugar till nice and frothy. Whisk in lime zest and salt. Fold in coconut till completely incorporated.

Drop heaping tablespoons of mixture onto your prepared sheets (you should get about 24 cookies). Use slightly dampened hands to shape the macaroons if needed. Bake for 15 minutes, or till golden brown, rotating the pans from top to bottom halfway through.

Let the macaroons cool completely before removing from your baking sheets. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container at room temperature for one day.

* These were difficult to locate – I eventually found them at Whole Foods, in the “bulk” section. You can substitute with two 7 oz. bags of sweetened shredded coconut, reducing the sugar to one tablespoon.

(print this recipe)

This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver


  1. Sandra on March 28, 2013 at 9:34 am

    And I saw them at Whole Foods while buying coconut for the girl’s coconut pyramid recipe from school and wondered, “what would I use these coconut shavings for?”

    Now I know.

    • sherisilver on March 28, 2013 at 9:52 am

      Sooooo good!

  2. Susan H on March 28, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Well, I am adding Whole Foods to my list of places to go today. 🙂 These look so good.
    I have to admit though I now have that song in my head “you put the lime in the coconut…” If you don’t know the original song, it was also in Practical Magic with Nicole Kidman & Sandra Bullock w-a-y back when. But now I am aging myself lol.

    • sherisilver on March 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Yes, I’ve been catching a lot of heat for “earworming” people with that song. Could be worse? 🙂

  3. Sue on March 28, 2013 at 10:50 am

    When I saw the headline for this post, I thought 2 things, in this order:
    1. Oh, she definitely used the unsweetened coconut
    2. Maybe she will tell me where I can FINALLY find unsweetened coconut!!! And of course you did!!

    I always just cut down on the sugar because I get tired of looking for it. Oh, and always, always better than the canned 😉

    • sherisilver on March 29, 2013 at 10:09 am


  4. Jenny Ford on March 28, 2013 at 10:53 am

    YUM! I wonder how they would be with lemon? I’ve got a bunch of lemons that need to be used up… Thoughts?

    • sherisilver on March 29, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Hmm – I’m team “lime” my friend – let me know if you try it! 🙂

  5. Caroline on March 28, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    These look amazing, Sheri!!

    • sherisilver on March 29, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Thanks Caroline! xo

  6. Cindy Kamm on March 28, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I may just have to make these tonight. Sheri, did you see my post last weekend for chocolate macaroons?

    • sherisilver on March 29, 2013 at 10:08 am

      I didn’t Cindy – post the link here; I’d love to! 🙂

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