These little chocolate coconut macaroon pies, with their toasted coconut crusts brimming with creamy dark chocolate, are like chocolate-dipped macaroons in reverse—lots of chocolate and a little coconut. The crust is so easy to make—just sugar, egg whites, and coconut—and it’s easier to work with than a pastry dough because there’s no need to roll it out, it stays wherever you press it, and it holds its shape well after baking.  –Gale Gand and Julia Moskin

Four chocolate coconut macaroon pies, each resting on a striped cocktail napkin.

Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Pies

4.50 / 2 votes
These chocolate coconut macaroon pies take their inspiration from a fancy French pastry of sorts but couldn’t be easier to make. All it takes is a delicate 3-ingredient macaroon coconut crust filled with an easy 2-ingredient chocolate ganache.
David Leite
Servings24 servings
Calories139 kcal
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time45 minutes


  • 24 nonstick mini-muffin cups or individual tart molds


For the coconut crust

  • Heaping 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Scant 1/2 cup egg whites, (from about 3 large eggs)
  • Scant 2 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut, such as Baker’s

For the ganache filling

  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • A few toasted almonds, chopped


Make the coconut crust

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • In a bowl, stir together the sugar, egg whites, and coconut until completely combined. Place a spoonful into each of 24 nonstick mini-muffin cups or individual tart molds and press the coconut into the molds to create little coconut cups. Bake until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Let the coconut crusts cool completely in the pans and then gently remove. You may need to run a knife around the rim of the cups to loosen. (The coconut cups can be kept at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 days.)

Make the ganache filling

  • Place the chocolate in a bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan just until bubbles appear and then pour it over the chocolate. Let it rest for just 1 minute.
  • Whisk gently until the chocolate is completely melted and then keep whisking until the mixture is smooth and glossy. (The ganache can be covered with plastic wrap pressed directly against its surface and refrigerated for up to 5 days; rewarm the ganache in the microwave or in a bowl set over simmering water until it’s pourable.)
  • Pour the warm chocolate filling into the coconut crusts. Sprinkle a few pieces of chopped almond in the center of each while they're still warm. Let the macaroon pies set at room temperature for at least 1 hour before serving. (These are best when devoured he same day they're made.)


Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Pies Variation

With this brilliant macaroon-like tart crust, you may never roll out another pastry crust again if you’re so inclined. Virtually any pie filling that could stand a sprinkle of toasted coconut would snuggle up nicely to this crisp, chewy, coconut-y crust. Say, Lemon Chess Pie, Banana Cream, or Classic Coconut Cream. Or, when that tart craving just can’t wait and you want something simpler, a dollop of your favorite flavor of jam.
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Serving: 1 pieCalories: 139 kcalCarbohydrates: 16 gProtein: 2 gFat: 8 gSaturated Fat: 6 gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1 gMonounsaturated Fat: 2 gTrans Fat: 1 gCholesterol: 7 mgSodium: 37 mgPotassium: 98 mgFiber: 2 gSugar: 13 gVitamin A: 78 IUVitamin C: 1 mgCalcium: 10 mgIron: 1 mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Recipe © 2003 Gale Gand. Photo © 2003 Tim Turner. All rights reserved.

Recipe Testers’ Reviews

These perfectly adorable, couldn’t-be-simpler tarts are just right when you want a “little something” after dinner or even as part of an assortment on a dessert tray. The hardest part is waiting for them to set. We didn’t—and I can say they are just as delicious, if a little messier, while still warm.

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This was one of those rare recipes where my finished product looked exactly like those in the photos—and, even better, tasted as good as they looked. The combination of the coconut and chocolate was delicious, as evidenced by their rapid disappearance from the cooling rack.

Although the shells weren’t the easiest of things to remove from the tins, the tip about using a plastic knife really helped. This is definitely a recipe to keep and, more importantly, use on a regular basis.

About David Leite

David Leite has received three James Beard Awards for his writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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  1. Instead of using muffin or mini-muffin tins, could you do this in a pie plate? Would the ganache filling set up enough to cut into nice pie slices??

    1. Hi Kimberly, the ganache does set up nicely but without having made this in a normal sized pie plate, I’m reluctant to speculate how easily it would slice. The little tarts are so much fun, why not try them first?

  2. I made the shells yesterday but I must have done something wrong! The egg whites puffed up in the middle. I cut out the middle but by then I couldn’t get them out of the tin and the bottoms weren’t browned enough that they would hold a filling. While they taste yummy I don’t know what to do with with my messed up shells. I thought of just combining and pressing into a pie pan and use it that way?
    Anyway I would love to try these again so if you know what I could do differently on the shells I would be much obliged!!!

    1. Hi Lynetia, I spoke with Cindi, one of our baking experts, and she suggested the following; 1. Make sure the pan is non-stick or line with parchment or non-stick Reynolds wrap. 2. Combine the mixture thoroughly, but do not beat it. You don’t want to incorporate air. 3. Press it firmly into the pans. 4. Make sure the bottoms have browned before removing the tart shells from the oven. If the sides or top edges are browning faster than the bottoms, cover the top with some foil and/or move the pan to a lower shelf in the oven. 5. Make sure the shells are completely cooled before attempting to remove them. If, when trying a new batch, they start puffing up again, remove the pan from the oven and press the centers down with the back of a spoon (may need to lightly oil) then return the shells to the oven.
      Hope this helps!

  3. 5 stars
    Decadent Indulgence in each bite. Relatively easy to make and assemble. Here’s my take.