Coconut Key Lime Macarons

Coconut macarons filled with fresh key lime buttercream and toasted coconut make the perfect tropical inspired treat for summer.

Coconut macarons filled with key lime buttercream & toasted coconut make the perfect tropical inspired summer treat


Today’s post is a very special one!

A bunch of blogging gal pals are throwing a virtual baby shower in honor of Zainab of Blahnik Baker who is expecting an adorable baby boy at the end of the month! ♥♥♥

Blahnik Shower

I adore Zainab and am always in awe of the beautiful treats she shares on her blog. She is also super sweet and always willing to help fellow bloggers without any hesitation.

Back in February, I had a chance to attend the Food Blog Forum at Walt Disney World and took my family along.  It was an amazing experience and we had the pleasure of meeting Zainab in person and I can honestly say that she is extremely warm, friendly and even more fabulous than you can imagine.

She constantly amazes me with her generosity and how she manages to find time to fit everything in with all that she has going on in her life.

She is a neuroscientist, a loving wife and a rockstar baker and blogger and I am beyond excited for her new soon-to-be role as a mommy :)

She and Ashley helped co-host a virtual baby shower for me last year  and also sent me the sweetest care package and I am thrilled that I can be a small part of this very special time in her life.

Coconut macarons filled with key lime buttercream & toasted coconut make the perfect tropical inspired treat for summer

She is crazy about coconuts and also shares the same love as I do for macarons so to go with the coconuts-crazy theme, I brought along these Coconut Key Lime Macarons to celebrate the upcoming arrival of her sweet bundle of joy.

Aren’t the bear ones adorable?

It was so much fun decorating them but I did over-bake them slightly since I got distracted by my kiddos who were trying to snatch up my piping bags and chocolate chips :-S

They still tasted fabulous but just be sure to pay attention to the baking times if you decide to make these :)

Coconut macarons filled with fresh key lime buttercream & toasted coconut make the perfect tropical inspired treat for summer

The macaron shells are flavored with shredded coconut plus coconut extract and they are filled with toasted coconut flakes and a bright key lime buttercream frosting.

I added a touch of green food coloring gel and made half of them into little bear shapes and couldn’t resist making a few mini baby ones too :)

The eyes and mouth are just melted chocolate that I piped on and I used mini chocolate chips for the nose.

Coconut macarons filled with fresh key lime buttercream & toasted coconut make a tasty tropical inspired treat for summer

Congratulations again Z! So excited for you and Mr. J – you guys are going to be such amazing parents and I can’t wait to see the little guy :)

Thanks to Allie, Alice and Jocelyn for hosting the party!

Hope you check out all the treats that all her blogging buddies brought along!

Blackberry Coconut Cupcakes, by Baking a Moment
Blueberry Coconut Meusli Bars, by The Spiffy Cookie
Blueberry-Ginger Coconut Cheesecake Popsicles, by Floating Kitchen
Caramel Coconut Cluster Bars, by Eats Well with Others
Chocolate Coconut Cake, by Brunch with Joy
Coconut Breakfast Pudding with Sauteed Nectarines, by Cooking and Beer
Coconut Cake, by I am Baker
Coconut Cream Pie Ice Cream, by The Recipe Rebel
Coconut Energy Bites, by The Kitchenarium
Coconut Key Lime Angel Food Cake Roll, by Flavor the Moments
Coconut Key Lime Pie Cookie Bars, by Two in the Kitchen
Coconut Key Lime Macarons, by Life Made Sweeter
Coconut, Lime, and White Chocolate Milkshake, by A Clean Bake
Coconut Pineapple Banana Smoothie, by The Bitter Side of Sweet
Coconut Pineapple Fried Rice with Shrimp, by Healthy Nibbles and Bits
Coconut Sweet Potato Muffins, by Luci’s Morsels
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies with Toasted Coconut, by The Cooking Actress
Key Lime Coconut Button Sandwich Cookies, by Culinary Concoctions by Peabody
Key Lime Coconut Pound Cake, by Grandbaby Cakes
Lavender Coconut Macarons, by Broma Bakery
Macaroon Tarts with Ginger Coconut Whipped Cream and Pineapple, by A Cookie Named Desire
Mango Coconut Donuts, by Chez Catey Lou
Mango Coconut Smoothie, by Jessica in the Kitchen
Mango Summer Cake, by Keep it Sweet Desserts
Mini Coconut Cream Pies, by Hip Foodie Mom
Pina Colada Pie, by Life, Love, and Sugar
Skinny Blueberry Lime Scones, by Club Narwhal
Spiced Lentils with Toasted Coconut, by This Gal Cooks
Toasted Coconut Banana Meringue Pie, by The Sweet {Tooth} Life
Triple Coconut Rum Layer Cake, by bethcakes
Tropical Pineapple Coconut Sangria, by Shared Appetite
White Chocolate Coconut Key Lime Cookies, by Culinary Couture

Coconut macarons filled with key lime buttercream and  toasted coconut makes the perfect tropical inspired treat for summer

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Coconut Key Lime Macarons

Coconut key lime macarons made with almond & coconut shells filled with key lime buttercream frosting and toasted coconut make the perfect tropical inspired treat for summer.

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117 g almond meal/flour

176 g powdered sugar

107 g egg whites (about 3 large egg whites), at room temperature and aged for 2-3 days.

64 g superfine sugar

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

2 tablespoons shredded coconut

2 teaspoons coconut extract

1 - 2 drops Green food coloring gel (optional)

2/3 cup toasted coconut

Key Lime Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons lime zest

1 1/2 tablespoons of lime juice

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon heavy cream (optional if frosting is too thick)

Optional Garnishes

Melted White Chocolate

Melted Semi-Sweet Chocolate

Mini Chocolate Chips


  1. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. Measure the almond meal, powdered sugar, coconut and salt into the bowl of a food processor. Process the mixture finely, then sift, discarding any large bits. Set aside.
  3. With a stand mixer or hand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk egg whites at medium speed with cream of tartar until the egg whites begin to foam. Slowly sprinkle in superfine sugar. Slowly increase speed to medium-high and beat until a firm meringue forms with stiff glossy peaks. Add coconut extract and food coloring gel if desired and whisk until incorporated.
  4. Use a rubber spatula, gently fold the almond meal mixture into the egg whites. Only fold the batter in one direction by sliding the spatula into the center of the batter, then lifting it up and letting the batter fall back onto itself. It generally takes about 20-25 strokes to work the batter, but this number isn’t as important as how the batter looks. The batter is ready to pipe when it has a smooth, shiny surface and flows like lava in one large ribbon off the spatula.
  5. Transfer mixture to a pastry bag with a plain round tip. (I used the No. 12 Wilton tip)
  6. Pipe rounds or bears shapes onto prepared baking sheets, leaving space between the macarons to allow batter to spread.
  7. Once all macarons have been piped, pick up baking sheet with both hands and tap it firmly on counter several times. This will remove any air bubbles.
  8. Let macarons sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on humidity levels. The macarons are ready to bake when tops are no longer sticky to touch. Gently slide or remove paper templates from underneath before baking.
  9. Preheat oven to 300 F. When macarons are dry to the touch, bake *both trays at same time (*if your oven has room, otherwise bake one at a time) for 10-14 . Let macarons cool completely on parchment paper before removing and filling.

  10. To make the Frosting
  11. In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat butter on medium high speed for about 5-6 minutes until light and fluffy. Add lime juice, lime zest and continue beating until incorporated. Turn the speed to low and slowly add powdered sugar, beating for 1-2 minutes until smooth.
  12. Optional, add 1 teaspoon at a time of heavy cream to reach desired consistency if frosting is too thick.Turn mixer back on medium and beat for an additional 2 minutes until frosting is light and creamy.

  13. Assemble the Macarons
  14. Match up the cooled macaron shells with similar sizes and shapes.
  15. Pipe filling onto a macaron shell, add a sprinkle of toasted coconut and sandwich together with a second matched up shell. Repeat until all shells are used. Store in an airtight container.

  16. Optional decorating
  17. Place melted white chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate into a ziptop bag and cut off a tiny piece on the corner. Pipe onto macarons as desired and add one mini chocolate chip for the nose.



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Lovely comments

  1. These macarons are so gorgeous, Kelly! I’ve never attempted to make my own before, so I’m just loving these. Such a pretty treat and full of summer flavors!
    Gayle @ Pumpkin ‘N Spice recently posted…Quinoa Caprese Salad

    • Aaw thanks Gayle! They were so much fun to make but can take up a little bit of time and planning. So glad you like them :)

    • Kelly, this is one of the nicest recipes I’ve seen on the net, these look beyond fabulous!!!! Key Lime is the best, so fresh, invigorating and oh-so summer. Beautiful. Like Gayle, I’ve never made my own before, but there’s this little shop in NYC that I visit when there and just indulge. These are so much prettier than those, adorable. I’m so mad my Pinterest password isn’t working right now, I’m coming back to pin though =)

  2. Awww, these macarons look so so adorable! Looks like a perfect baby shower treat, Kelly! My 3 year old daughter would surely devour it, so will make it for her! Thanks for lovely recipe! :)

  3. Awww! Huge congrats to Zainab! I love virtual baby showers especially coconut-themed ones! So fun. :)
    These macarons are BEYOND adorable, Kelly! Lovin’ the key lime and coconut combo and the adorable little faces!
    Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven recently posted…Red White and Blue Berry Crumb Bars

  4. These are so cute Kelly. I have never tried making macaroons before, because I am worried that they would never compare to the amazing ones I had a couple of years ago in Paris.
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  5. Yay for virtual baby showers! These macarons look soooo delicious and the little bear ones are just too cute.
    Danielle recently posted…Mango Guacamole

  6. So fun! Perfect for a baby shower!
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction recently posted…Baked Banana Fritters

  7. I love the look of these, they’re so sweet and what a pretty colour!

  8. The macarons are too cute to eat! Your friend must be thrilled, and what a sweet and wonderful way to celebrate her and the baby. Can’t wait to her about the FBF from Disney!

  9. I think these are the cutest macarons I’ve ever seen!

  10. Kelly, these are the CUTEST macarons I have ever seen!!!! These are perfect for today!!!! so in love!!!! thank you so much for celebrating Zainab with us today!!!!
    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom recently posted…Mini Coconut Cream Pies

  11. Those bear macarons are just too darn cute, Kelly.

  12. These are ssssoooo cute Kelly! I swear, every time I come here, I am simply amazed. I’m in love with these! xoxo
    Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen recently posted…Grilled Jalapeno Poppers

  13. These are the perfect dessert for Zainab! And these are so very cute!

  14. These are SO CUTE!!!! Macarons and coconut are so perfect for this baby shower too! I love it.
    Julia @ Sprinkled With Jules recently posted…American Flag Pie (blackberry and strawberry)

  15. I can’t get over how adorable these are, Kelly! These macarons are perfect for a baby shower. Almost too cute to eat.
    Jen @ Baked by an Introvert recently posted…Lime Pie (only 5 ingredients)

  16. Oh Kelly, these turned out so beautifully! Not only did you make your macarons such a great flavor combination, you decorated them so adorably! Love these, and congrats to Zainab! :)
    marcie recently posted…Coconut Key Lime Angel Food Cake Roll

  17. I had no idea Zainab was pregnant! Guess that’s what happens when you’re out of the blogging loop for some months. Great work on these macs, Kelly! They’re uber cute. If I have enough energy I’ll make them for my own shower in August. G+d and pinned!
    Jelli recently posted…Not Your Mother’s Popsicle Molds

  18. Macaron twinning! What a great way to celebrate. And key lime coconut? Uh. May. Zing.
    Sarah | Broma Bakery recently posted…Lavender Coconut Macarons

  19. What a sweet treat for the mommy to be! These macarons are over the top fabulous. I love the color, the unusual flavor, and of course that adorable decoration! I’m sure Zainab, who sounds like a wonderful person, really appreciates this. So often I find myself thinking “that is a labor of love…” when I come here and see something you made. You are so good with detail and putting special touches on everything. It’s amazing! : )

  20. I love making macarons so you already know I am all about these! I love the flavor, will have to try these soon!

  21. These macaroons are absolutely adorable!! You are so talented Kelly! These are perfect for a baby shower!!

  22. They look absolutely cute and so adorable!!! I would put them in a glass box!
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  23. Love virtual baby showers and you’ve done a great job guys! Congrats Zainab! These macarons are too cute!
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  24. Yay for virtual baby showers! And Kelly these are seriously one of the most adorable little treats I’ve ever seen! You really outdid yourself!!
    Ashley recently posted…Watermelon, Mozzarella and Prosciutto Skewers

  25. Ahhhh these are so adorable!! I still need to get to your level of making shapes with macarons (scares me!!). I love the flavors here (duh!!) and what a sweet post. It was beyond amazing to meet you and your family earlier this year. I still can’t believe she is one already :( Thanks for the great shower dear!!

  26. Oh Kelly, you have out done yourself here. These are adorable! So perfect for a shower AND for Zainab! Glad we can come together to surprise her today!
    Liz @ Floating Kitchen recently posted…Blueberry-Ginger Coconut Cheesecake Popsicles

  27. OMG these are so unbearably cute! Get it un-BEAR-ably? Oh yea I’m a cornball. But seriously these are almost too cute to eat!
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  28. Well happy baby shower to Zainab! These little macarons are too cute Kelly!
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  29. These are SO adorable Kelly! I mess up macarons every time (working on it, though!) so I am beyond impressed that you pulled these off AND made them into adorable bear shapes!

    • Aaw thanks Sam! Totally keep working on it girl, I still mess up even after 2 years of making them. The character macarons are always so much fun to make and my son’s favorite :)

  30. Never have I seen a cuter macaron, Kelly! Your kids must have gone crazy for these! You’re a sweet friend who is offering an adorable gift to Zainab! What a happy day!
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  31. These are so stinking cute! Perfect for a baby shower! Love these!

  32. These are by far the most adorable macarons I have ever seen! Kelly you are SO talented! And they’re so perfect for our friend Zainab too- she would absolutely love them. Thank you so much for being a part of this celebration today 😀
    Allie | Baking a Moment recently posted…Blackberry Coconut Cupcakes

  33. Oh my gosh, these macarons are sooooooooooo stunning Kelly! The bear ones are so adorable! They are sooooo cute, I can’t cope! I’ve never tried a key lime macaron before, but it sounds like such an amazing flavour. Huge congrats to Zainab too!

  34. Happy Baby Shower to Zainab and these macarons are adorable! So cute. I wish I had your skills. Ive never tried macarons, but they scare me. So cute Kelly!! 😉

    • They scared me too when I first started making them. They do require a lot of time and planning but aren’t hard to make at all. You’re so sweet, thanks Cyndi!

  35. Kelly! These are the CUTEST macarons I have ever seen! All your hard work has paid off because they are seriously the best treat ever for a baby shower. And key lime flavour – YUM! I’m in awe!
    Jessica @ Sweetest Menu recently posted…Oreo Stuffed M&M Cookie Cake

    • You’re the sweetest, thanks girl! Character macarons are my son’s favorite and he loves whenever I take the time to make them and a baby shower was the perfect chance to make them again. So glad you like them :)

  36. These could not be cuter, or more perfect for a baby shower! I love your creativity!

  37. These macarons look so adorable, not to mention so fun with the key lime and coconut flavors! So so adorable; I’m sure Zainab will love these!!

  38. Oh those bears are too cute…and key lime and coconut are the best.

  39. These ARE adorable! What a sweet friend you are! I think these bears are so cute and they look delicious :)
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  40. These are, truly, the cutest little macarons I’ve ever seen! How adorable, and that flavor combination sounds divine. Absolutely perfect for a shower — nicely done!

  41. awwwww those bear macarons! so cute!!! these are so perfect for Z’s baby shower!!!!

  42. Oh my gosh, these macarons are so cute! I am so sad I missed out on this party, it looks like a great one! Macarons are perfect for a baby shower.
    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor recently posted…Coconut Cupcakes with Key Lime Buttercream

  43. These are the cutest things ever! So fun!
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  44. These are so adorable! Especially with their cute little faces!
    Laura @ Laura’s Culinary Adventures recently posted…Knock You Naked Brownies

  45. Kelly, these are so darn adorable! I love the flavor combo, and they look spectacular!
    Aida@TheCraftingFoodie recently posted…Hand Painted Thank You Cookies

  46. I am in love with these. You continue to amaze me with your macaron creations!
    Aimee / Wallflower Girl recently posted…Grape Mojito Ice Lollies

  47. Those macarons are so super adorable. My 2 year old son would love such a treat and I am so looking forward to make some this weekend.
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  48. What a fantastic baby shower! Your macarons are adorable and perfect for such a special occasion!

  49. Sooo cute! You’re too sweet to create such wonderfully coconutty treat for a baby shower! Pinning these cuties!
    Laura @PetiteAllergyTreats recently posted…Strawberry Shortcake: Gluten free Vegan

  50. I absolutely love this idea of a virtual baby shower! These little coconut key lime macaroons are adorable and the perfect baby shower treat! Heading over to check out the guest of honor’s blog and some of the others too! Pinning!
    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks recently posted…Champagne Peach Berry Cherry Cobbler Cake Thing

  51. The teddy bears are the cutest macarons I have ever seen! And I love coconut…it’s one of my favorite dessert ingredients. Beautifully done, Kelly!

  52. The bear macaroons are so cute!! I can imagine any kid (and adult!) would find it difficult to resist them! 😉 x
    Nadia recently posted…Chocolate, Almond and Baobab Nicecream

  53. These are adorable, Kelly!! I had my first macaroon a few weeks ago and I loved them! I couldn’t believe it took me so long to try one! Now they are some of my favorites! These are so cute and I love the color :)
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  54. Adorable!!!
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  55. Oh my goodness, these are so adorable! They are so festive for a baby shower! Love it!
    Michelle { A Latte Food } recently posted…{Easy} S’mores Pops

  56. These macarons are absolutely adorable, Kelly! So cute and perfect!
    Jess @ whatjessicabakednext recently posted…Oreo Ice Cream Pie

  57. What a perfect treat to make for Zainab!! The bear ones are too cute, I can’t even handle it!
    Cate @ Chez CateyLou recently posted…Mango Coconut Donuts

  58. Kelly, these are adorable! Love that you did a key lime flavor macaron – I’ve never seen one before, and I must say, I think it would easily become one of my favorites. Hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July!
    Lisa @ Simple Pairings recently posted…homemade white bread from the bread machine

  59. Okay, these are the cutest macs EVER. I am beyond impressed.
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  60. Ahhh!! How fun is this?! A virtual baby shower?! That’s the sweetest! also, these look SO cute! …and delicious! YUM!
    Cailee @ recently posted…Coconut Cocoa Banana Treats!

  61. OMG I have to figure out how to make this GiGi-Diet approved because MY WORD IT sounds TASTY TASTY!!!
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  62. These macarons are so cute what a great “virtual” baby shower gift 😀

  63. Those are seriously the cutest cookies! What a fun treat for a fun shower!!!

  64. These macarons are SOO ADORABLE, Kelly!! Wish I could try one now! (And sorry for taking so long to comment on this post!)
    Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits recently posted…Asian Tuna Melt Nachos


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