Ambrosia Macaroons



Tis the season that I do a lot of baking. I’ve been baking cookies now for a couple of weeks, cookies for gifts, cookies for parties, cookies for my husband to bring to his colleagues and cookies just to munch on. I always bake my classic Christmas cookies and more recently, I’ve added Maggie’s fantastic molasses cookies to the repertoire. This year I found a recipe for ambrosia macaroons in Bon Appetit that has quickly become a new holiday favorite. That’s because the chewy, flaky, orange-scented chocolate-covered macaroons are delicious for one, and they’re also super easy to make. But the best thing is that the recipe yields a large quantity — and that certainly is a gift to be thankful for this time of year.

Ambrosia Macaroons


  • ½ cup (1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 3 eggs
  • 24 ounces sweetened flaked coconut (about 6 packed cups)
  • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 325 °F. Line rimmed baking sheets with parchment. Using an electric mixer, beat butter in a large bowl until smooth.
  2. Add sugar and salt; beat until blended. Beat in orange peel, then eggs, 1 at a time. Mix in coconut.
  3. Drop batter onto sheets by tablespoonfuls, spacing 1 ½ inches apart. Bake macaroons, 1 sheet at a time until golden on the bottom and browned in spots, 25 to 30 minutes.
  4. Cool completely. Using a fork, drizzle chocolate over macaroons. Cool until chocolate is firm.

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  • Karen

    What’s the best way to melt the chocolate – in the microwave??

  • Karen

    These were a HUGE hit!
    Don’t forget to add 3 eggs. Next time I’m going to test adding more orange peel.

  • Annie

    3 eggs How do you know it’s 3 eggs? I was wondering about that… doesn’t say in the recipe!!!