Chocolate Coconut Macaroons as Chocolate Latkes

Any recipe successfully utilizing egg whites is always a keeper. This recipe is adapted from Alice Medrich’s “Chocolate Holidays”. You can call these cookies macaroons and serve them for Passover, or name them latkes and include into your Hanukkah menu. But, in my opinion, these cookies deserve to be baked more often than just twice a year. They are good, crunchy outside, moist and almost fudgy inside.

Makes about 40 2-inch cookies


  • 4 egg whites
  • 3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 ½ oz semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Scant ¼ tsp salt


Center an oven rack and preheat the oven to 350F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats. Set aside.

Combine all of the ingredients in a large heatproof mixing bowl, preferably stainless steel. Set the bowl in a skillet of barely simmering water and stir the mixture, scraping the bottom to prevent burning, until it is sticky and hot to the touch.

Scoop rounded tablespoons of the mixture about 1 inch apart on the cookie sheets. Flatten each cookie slightly with a damp finger to resemble miniature potato pancakes. Bake, in batches, until the cookies feel dry on the surface and the protruding coconut shreds are dark golden brown and the interior still looks like melted chocolate, about 14 minutes. Slide the parchment onto a cooling rack and cool the cookies completely before removing them from the parchment. Or, if using the silicone mats, cool the cookies on the sheets on the rack, and then, using an offset spatula, transfer the cookies from the mats onto the cooling rack to cool completely.

The cookies are most delicious on the day they are baked. They can be stored, though, airtight, for 4 to 5 days.

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24 Responses to “Chocolate Coconut Macaroons as Chocolate Latkes”

  1. Wonderful treats Vera!!

  2. Wow! Looks gorgeous…a definite for the “try-out” list!

  3. Oh how clever! I love coconut macaroons, but have never made chocolate ones like that.

  4. these look so nice and by the way you describe them they re delicious. These could also be used as nests for Easter :)

  5. Coconut and chocolate!! A girl after my heart!

  6. That’s very original! A delicious way to prepare sweet latkes!



  7. Genius, pure genius. Will help me oversome my fear of macaroon making Vera!

  8. I love things that crunch.. this would definitely fill that need! :)
    Very yummy looking..

  9. These are so sweet. I will have to make them next Hanukkah and confuse everyone for dessert.

  10. These are so cool and I have so many egg whites in need of a purpose.

  11. Mmm, these look delicious. Passover is one of my favorite holidays. I love all of the food, and of course, macaroons are one of my favorite Passover foods. I love the looks of this recipe! Can’t wait to try it out!

  12. mmm..looks gorgeous. Can we use just plain shredded coconut for this? or else, how do you sweeten the coconut, or do you get sweetened coconut in stores??

  13. Vera, I cannot get over how beautiful all of your photos are. And I love the abundance of nut-free desserts on your website! This is a great Passover recipe – I will be trying it this weekend!

    Happy holidays.

  14. I want all of these!

  15. Thank you, everyone, for your kind comments! And Happy Holidays!

    SuperChef, sweetened coconut is moister than regular one, that’s why it’s preferred here. Yes, it’s readily available in bulk section in almost any grocery store. You can try to use unsweetened coconut instead and add a couple of fine granulated sugar to the ingredients.

  16. I love these — what a great idea!!

  17. What a great idea – combining my two favorite foods: chocolate and latkes! :D The fudgier the better, in my opinion.

    Happy Holidays, Vera!


  18. These must have been delicious, yum!

  19. CookiePie, Kate, Linda, thank you very much!

  20. These look good enough to eat. He He

  21. These look awesome! I wish I had seen them earlier in the week to make for Passover!

    I’ll definitely have to keep them in mind for next year!

  22. Cory, thank you :)

    Dessert Lover, thank you! I should have posted them earlier :)

  23. Hi can you post any eggless cake recipes



  24. Manju, here’s the link to the Italian cake I posted earlier. It’s perfect for the upcoming holidays; can be made well in advance and will only improve in flavor over time. And it doesn’t have any eggs. Hope you’ll like it.

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