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Rafaello Macaron Recipe – Coconut Macarons

Rafaello Macaron is made of a delicate Coconut macaron shell, then filled with a delicious White Chocolate Ganache. The macaron flavors resemble those of the famous coconut candy and are always loved by anyone who tries. them.   Naturally gluten-free, these almond meringue cookies are dainty and delicious!

Rafaello macaron on a plate next to a cup of tea.

Did you know that you can change the flavor of not only the filling in macarons but the shells themselves? Following a simple ratio rule, you can make the macarons hazelnut, coconut or any other nut flavor that you desire. This time I will tell you how to make Coconut Flavored Macarons filled with White Chocolate Ganache, which we will call Macarons – Rafaello since they so closely resemble the famous candy.

Homemade macarons stacked on top of each other next to shredded coconut.

There is a reason why the famous macarons are made primarily with Almond Flour – it is very low in fat content, especially compared to other nuts. It’s important when trying to play with flavors, not to ruin the fat content ratio, otherwise, we’d end up with a mess,  not macarons. Keeping the Almond flour and whatever other kinds of nut flour you want to use to 50:50 ratio will allow you to change the flavor without ruining the appearance.

When taking pictures, I had several different flavors of macarons, but the ones sprinkled with Desiccated Coconut and filled with white filling, are the Rafaello Macarons and they’re the ones I will tell you how to make today.

Raffaello Macaron

5 from 1 vote

The best macaron recipe made with a crispy coconut flavored shell with
the best white chocolate ganache filling.

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: macarons
Calories: 79 kcal
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 30 pieces


Macaron Shells

White Chocolate Ganache

  • 100 g white chocolate best quality you can afford, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream heated


Make Macaron "Rafaello" Shells

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Fit pastry bag or a ziplock bag with around 1/2 inch tip. Set aside.

  2. In a bowl of a food processor combine 200 grams powdered sugar, 50 grams desiccated coconut, and 50 grams almond flour. Process for 3-4 minutes, until completely powdered, stopping to scrape the contents from the bottom.

  3. In a thoroughly cleaned bowl of a mixer, fitted with the whip attachment, whip 100 grams egg whites with a pinch of salt until slightly frothy.

  4. In 2 additions add the 50 grams of sugar and continue whipping until firm peaks, about 6 minutes

  5. Sift in the nut mixture into the meringue. With a quick swirling motion, quickly make 4-5 stirs with a spatula, then gently continue folding the mixture until the batter falls off the spoon in a ribbon, which disappears within thirty seconds.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pastry bag and pipe 1-inch rounds on the parchment paper, 1.5 inches away from each other.
  7. Take the sheet and rap it against the counter for about 4-5 times, or if there’s a small tip left at the top of the macaron from piping, keep rapping against the counter until it disappears.
  8. Quickly sprinkle the still tacky macarons with desiccated coconut.

  9. Place the baking sheet on the middle rack in the oven and bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the shells are hard to the touch and can be removed from the parchment almost with no problem (if they stick slightly in the middle, it’s OK, they will come off fine when cooled)
  10. Slide off the parchment paper onto the counter and allow the macarons to cool completely before removing.
  11. Repeat with the second sheet.

Make White Chocolate Ganache for the Macarons "Rafaello"

  1. Pour 1/4 cup od heated heavy cream over 100 grams chopped white chocolate. Allow sitting for 2-3 minutes undisturbed. The heat from the cream will start to melt the chocolate.

  2. With the spoon, slowly stir white chocolate and cream until smooth.
  3. Allow to sit uncovered at room temperature until firm.
  4. Transfer to a ziplock bag with a snipped end or use a spoon to fill macarons.

To fill Macaron "Rafaello"

  1. Pair macarons by size. Pipe a dollop of filling onto one shell, pressing together with the other shell.
  2. Best eaten once the macarons have been allowed to sit at room temperature for 12-24 hours.

Recipe Notes

Best eaten once the macarons have been allowed to sit at room temperature for 12-24 hours.

Nutrition Facts
Raffaello Macaron
Amount Per Serving
Calories 79 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 19mg1%
Potassium 25mg1%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Watch this video from Beth @ Entertaining with Beth, and listen to what she says about what makes your macaron endeavors successful. I do have to say that I don’t agree with her last tip that macarons absolutely need to sit out to get good results because I never do it and I always get great results. Otherwise, everything she says, do it!

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  • Hi Olga, I’m sorry you feel that this is a bad recipe. As far as remaking my own recipes, this recipe is the only one I use for macarons, and the proportions are the same as any other recipes you see on my blog (for macarons), which you can find under “macarons“. I have also taught a class on how to make macrons using this recipe, with 30 people attending, so I am quite sure in this recipe.

    As evidenced by the pictures of this recipe and others, the recipe works, but as I already mentioned in the comments above, with macaron batter the idea is that its thick in the beginning and as you fold it it thins out, if it didn’t, my macarons would not work and you would not see them look proper on my pictures.

    If you add half a cup of liquid (which is what 100 grams of egg whites is approximately) to 1 cup of sugar and one cup of nuts, the liquid in the egg whites will melt the sugar and make the whole thing runny like soup. To prevent the super runniness, you whip the egg whites and then control the thickness by folding it to proper consistency. So if you continued to fold them, they would eventually get there.

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  • anna

    Batter was to thick and never thinned out. I give up.

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    • The law of physics would say that you gave up too soon:) Grease deflates meringue. The grease in nuts deflates the whipped egg whites, which thins the batter. It always starts out very thick, but as you continue to fold the batter (it might take some time and elbow greese), it will thin out. Or, you made a mistake measuring the ingredients and added way too much nuts, in which case even after the folding, there was enough nuts to just abosorb the moisture without thinning the batter. I hope this mishap didn’t make you give up on macaron forever 🙂

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  • Sara @ Tried & Twisted

    These sound delicious and the little peach fuzz from the coconut is so adorable! I’m having a macaron link party on my blog this month and I’d be delighted if you could join and share these macarons. Hope to see you there!

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  • Angela

    Hi I have a question regarding coconut flour. There is an actual coconut flour that I got at whole foods and there is shredded coconut that I see on your pictures. Which one did you use? I would like to make these today, they look amazing and I love this flavor. Thank you

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    • Hi Angela,
      The kind I use is the kind you see the link to below the post. I have bought it from Bob’s Mill and it’s just very fine shreads of coconut, also I bought the same kind in bulk section somewhere else (I can’t remember where) where it was the same kind (tiny shreds) but it was called coconut flour.

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  • Tanya

    I made these 3x and every time was so thick my arm hurt to mix.i usually make martha stewarts macarons and they always turn out. I give up. I measured 3x on a scale…hmmm

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    • Tanya,
      The batter does start out very thick but as you keep folding the batter thins out. I know what you’re talking about when you say your arm hurt as it does take some elbow grease to get these folded to the right consistency. What exactly didn’t work for you in this recipe? What kind of coconut flour did you use?

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  • Oksana

    Hello! How many macarons does this recipe make? Also, is it okay to double the recipe and still get good results?

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    • It depends on the size, but it’s between 20-30, if they range in size from 1.5 to 2 inches big.

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  • Natasha (@NatashasKitchen)

    I like Macarons – and Rafaello candies. I bet these are delicious :). Great photos as usual.

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    • Thank you Natasha! These pictures were taken at least 5-6 years ago, I just now got to interpreting this recipe from Russian to English))

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  • Julia @Vikalinka

    These look so impressive! I wish I had one or five in front of me right now! 😉

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    • Yes, five is better than one))

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  • Marina

    Wow those look so good! I love making macarons more then eating them. Still wAiting to find time to make the lemon ones. And now these!! Thank you for another great recipe!

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    • You’re welcome Marina, glad to have readers like you who appreciate my work 🙂

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  • Oksana

    I really wish for recipes like this you would have step-by-step pictures. The cookies look beautiful but I do not think I will be making since I failed on macaroons before! Thank you for the recipe though!

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    • Thank you for your comment and honesty Oksana. I do understand that step by step instructions and pictures are the best but unfortunately at this time it’s just not possible for me to do the step by step pictures. Trying to help, I found a video on youtube (there’s a lot of other great videos that you can watch to hone your macaron making skills) that talk about what makes a great macaron and added it into the post. Watch it and with time you too can be a macaron pro 🙂

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