Lime and coconut macaroons recipe

Recipe: Lime & Coconut Macaroons

An edible gift inspired by the flavours of Mexico – my lime and coconut macaroons recipe.

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This blog is about travel and food and, in particular, food that has been inspired by my travels

Well, today’s post and recipe is kinda like that. My friend invited me over to his house for dinner. This is a big deal for me because apart from my mam (thanks mammy) nobody ever cooks for me. What’s more exciting is that it is a guy cooking for me. One thing I find attractive in a guy is the ability to cook, or at least a willingness to try. My ex-fella use to make me a breakfast sambo of fried egg, veggie sausages, and cheddar cheese covered in ketchup. It wasn’t the fanciest meal in the world. It was the fact that he made it for me that made it one of the most delicious. I’m very easily pleased, low maintenance, don’t you know!

But I digress, as someone is cooking me dinner tonight it’s only polite I bring something over as a gift. I don’t know enough about wine to pick one out, so I’ve decided to make an edible gift.

The last time he cooked for me I made a batch of almond fudge and it went down a treat. So I want to make something along the same lines.

Ok, confession time, there is another reason why I want to make something along the same lines as my fudge; I’m not the best at baking! I know, I know, a shocking statement coming from someone who writes about food. I do however love to bake. However, like most things I love – photography, snowboarding, surfing – I’m not very good at it. That stuff just doesn’t come naturally to me; I really have to work at them.

It is the same with baking. For some reason, things just don’t turn out the way I had envisioned them; you know, edible. I never really burn things, in fact, the opposite seems to happen to me quite a lot; things just don’t cook. I have made more under-baked cakes and tarts than I care to remember. It is heart-breaking sometimes, especially when it has taken me so long to research the recipe, put my own spin on it, and then photograph the whole process. Thankfully, you can’t see my food wobble in the photos. However, for some reason I am good at baking ‘little’ things. Small dainty treats like fudge, cookies, and now, it would seem, macaroons.

lime and coconut macaroons recipe

As it is Cinco de Mayo I’ve decided to bake something inspired by the flavours of Mexico.

Now, I have never been to Mexico but I am going in less than three weeks so this is a good way of getting my palette ready for that trip. When I think of Mexico I think of tequila and lime and for some reason coconut, but I think that may be more to do with the song ‘you put the lime in the coconut and mix it all up’. So, after a little bit of Google action I stumbled upon lots of recipes for lime, tequila and coconut macaroons, and macaroon bars, some made with condensed milk and some with eggs. Using all this coconutty information, I combined some ideas and came up with the recipe below. The recipe is gluten free and dairy free too and it is vegetarian, but to make it vegan you would have to use an egg white substitute.

For me, the whole point of making an edible gift is not only to put some effort and thought into the gift but to save some money and not spend more than I would just buying a gift. So, this recipe should contain tequila, but I couldn’t find any miniature bottles of the stuff this morning and I was not going to go and buy a whole bottle just to use one shot in a recipe. So, I left it out. This way I kept the cost down but if I had tequila in the house I would have lashed a shot of it into the mixture to make these macaroons really boozy – authentically Mexican. If you have a bottle of tequila and want to add it to the macaroons, just half the amount of lime juice and add one tablespoon of tequila.

So, there you have it, a long introduction for my short…

Lime and Coconut Macaroons Recipe

Lime and coconut macaroons recipe

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook time:15 minutes

Yield: 15 Macaroons



  • 100 grams of caster sugar
  • 2 egg whites (hold on to the egg yolks and use them in my pastiera Napoletana cake)
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice (about one lime)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of lime zest (about one lime)
  • 180 grams of desiccated coconut (use up any leftover coconut to bake my crunchy coconut cookies)




Grease a sheet / cookie pan

Pre-heat oven to 180°C / 160°C fan assisted / 350°F / gas mark 4.



Combine the sugar, egg whites, lime juice and lime zest in a bowl.

Lime and coconut macaroons recipe

I didn’t have any caster sugar, and i hate buying unnecessary ingredients so i just made my own. I put 50g of granulated white sugar and 50g of soft brown sugar into a blender and blitzed until it turned into caster sugar. Simples, and saves money. I’m thrifty like that.

Lime and coconut macaroons recipe

Add the coconut and give it a good auld mix.

Shape the mixture into small balls using your hands, an ice cream scoop or, as i did, a tablespoon sized measuring spoon.

Lime and coconut macaroons recipe

Place them on the cooking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.

Lime and coconut macaroons recipe

The coconut should be lightly toasted and golden, but the macaroons should still be soft.

Lime and coconut macaroons recipe

When cooked, take them out leave them on the sheet for a few minutes before carefully lifting them off with a fish slice and then leave them to cool completely on a wire rack.

These are very delicate when they are warm so you need to let them cool completely before handling them or else they will fall apart, as I found out! I never have the patience to let things cool before trying them.

Lime and coconut macaroons recipe

And there you have it, or them, 18 or so light, soft, zesty, coconutty macaroons, a perfect edible gift or for a Cinco de Mayo / Day of the Dead / Mexican themed party.

I happened to have a lovely empty chocolate box that I kept for such an occasion (see hoarding can be useful) which I put the macaroons in as a little extra touch – well he is making me dinner after all!

Lime and coconut macaroons recipe

I am so delighted with the way these turned out; they are not only delicious but look great too. A great baking success, for a change. Go me!

So, what do you think of my lime and coconut macaroons recipe? Did you try it out? Did you like it? What improvements would you make? Share a photo of your own attempt at this recipe or leave any feedback and comments below, I’d love to hear from you.

Bon Nomnom

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  • Melissa
    Posted at 18:20h, 05 May Reply

    Looking good! I especially like the photo of the ingredients at the top – nicely composed!

    • Melanie
      Posted at 07:55h, 10 August Reply

      Thank you so much Melissa. I have so much fun with the set up of a shoot, the post processing will become fun soon that more I practice, I hope!

  • Melanie
    Posted at 07:57h, 10 August Reply

    Thank you so so much for this lovely comment. Such a great idea to recommend other bloggers. It makes what we do feel more worthwhile, especially in the beginning when just starting out.

  • Jen S
    Posted at 18:40h, 30 June Reply

    These look delicious! Putting these in my to-make folder for next tme I need some bite-sized summery treats 🙂

    • Melanie May
      Posted at 11:56h, 17 September Reply

      They are great summer flavours and perfect snacks if you need a sugary boost!

  • ljdove23
    Posted at 19:40h, 30 June Reply

    These sound lovely! I LOVE coconut but have never had it with lime, I can only imagine how good they taste!

    • Melanie May
      Posted at 11:55h, 17 September Reply

      Lime and coconut is the best combination. They go so well together.

  • Nicole Anderson
    Posted at 21:52h, 30 June Reply

    These do look very appetizing indeed! Your host is a lucky man. The combination of coconut with lime is something I am keen to try – plus I have some tequila to add to see how your suggestion goes. Nice post.

    • Melanie May
      Posted at 11:55h, 17 September Reply

      Yes! A shot of tequila really ups the flavour!

  • Chelsea Elizabeth
    Posted at 22:04h, 30 June Reply

    I’m not a fan of macaroon to be honest, my other half loves them and always buys these little multi coloured ones from the supermarket

    • Melanie May
      Posted at 11:54h, 17 September Reply

      The multicoloured ones are French macarons and I wouldn’t be a fan either as they are so sweet but these are totally different. Soft and chewy and not too sweet at all.

  • Made Adayasa
    Posted at 03:28h, 01 July Reply

    Look yummy . This recipe will be on my cooking list . Not me who will cook but my wife will do , she love to cook a different food recipe .

    Thanks for sharing

    • Melanie May
      Posted at 11:53h, 17 September Reply

      I’m sure you can give your wife a hand making these. They are super easy to make.

  • margarette
    Posted at 05:47h, 01 July Reply

    Lime and coconut mushrooms? Sounds new but I guess they do taste fantastic.

    • Melanie May
      Posted at 11:52h, 17 September Reply

      Lol! Macaroons! Although lime and coconut mushrooms do sound interesting.

  • aniahalama
    Posted at 08:50h, 01 July Reply

    we seem to have the same interestes, travel, food, photography, snowboarding lol. I love coconut everything and these macaroons look and sound amazing!

    • Melanie May
      Posted at 11:51h, 17 September Reply

      I can’t sit still. I like to do as much as I can. These would make a great snowboarding snack!

  • Liza Perry
    Posted at 18:11h, 01 July Reply

    Never ever thought about lime and coconut as a macaron ! I will try your recipe asap! Thanks

    • Melanie May
      Posted at 11:51h, 17 September Reply

      It is a great combo and the lime cuts through the sweetness of the sugar and coconut.

  • fashionandstylepolice
    Posted at 19:48h, 01 July Reply

    This looks really tasty. I like the fact that the prep time is only 15 mins.

    • Melanie May
      Posted at 11:50h, 17 September Reply

      The prep time is probably less than 15 minutes but I wanted to be generous but they are super quick and easy to make.

  • Alice
    Posted at 15:17h, 03 July Reply

    Looks so tasty, fun and easy to do.

    • Melanie May
      Posted at 11:49h, 17 September Reply

      So quick to do and they are fun which makes them great for making with children.

  • toastycritic
    Posted at 17:00h, 03 July Reply

    To be honest I am not the fondest of the coconut dishes for some reason. Although I do think that maybe the lime would counterbalance some of the sweetness of the coconut. It does look amazing. And I agree with you that making something with your hands is more special than just purchasing something for someone.

    • Melanie May
      Posted at 11:49h, 17 September Reply

      I love coconut but I know so many people who don’t like it either so I’ll have to think of something else to make them!

  • Carol Cassara
    Posted at 17:54h, 03 July Reply

    I love making gifts for people instead of buying them. Not only will you save money, it’s also more personal. You made it yourself, nothing more thoughtful than that! I think these are lovely and I’d make them for family and friends (or for myself so I have really good snacks at home).

    • Melanie May
      Posted at 11:47h, 17 September Reply

      I love edible gifts. I hope your friends enjoy them and that you enjoy making them.

  • ourliveswithbella
    Posted at 06:53h, 04 July Reply

    These look so good and your pictures look amazing. Definitely sharing on pinterest! 🙂

    • Melanie May
      Posted at 11:47h, 17 September Reply

      Thanks a million for your kind words and for sharing.

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