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Lemon Coconut Macaroons with Candied Kumquats

February 17, 2012

Chewy Macaroon Packages Scented with Lemon, 

and Laced with Sour Candied Kumquats


Here is another lemon inspired recipe for the week, and it’s a super easy and fragrant one. The tangy and acidic candied kumquat slices gracing the top of each macaroon cookie are what make this combination so special. Just when you think this little uniform treat is going to be a sugar explosion — it’s not. It’s a mildly sweet and sour few bites, with a subtle nuttiness from the coconut.

And I love the shape! They are presenting an homage to my love for tiny square objects for sure. Therefore, I adore these simply as they are, little presents adorned with a few candied jewels.

Share. Enjoy. And have a fabulous Friday!




Lemon Coconut Macaroons with Candied Kumquats

Makes 8-12 macaroons


1/3 cup sugar plus 1 tb

1/8 tsp salt

zest of 1 large lemon

3 large egg whites

1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

1/8 tsp vanilla

3 cups shredded unsweetened coconut


candied kumquats

poppy seeds


Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Butter a silicone bakeware mold of desired shape. Or line a baking sheet with parchment paper if baking without a mold.

In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, zest, and salt. With a fork, slightly crush the zest into the sugar to infuse the sugar of the lemon rind. Let sit for 5 minutes or so.  

Add the egg whites, lemon juice, and vanilla to the sugar mixture and beat with a fork to combine. Add the shredded coconut to the bowl and begin to incorporate the wet ingredients into the coconut, using your hands works best with this.

Once fully combined, spoon and pack in the coconut batter into the butter lined silicone mold, ensuring each portion is tightly packed and uniform. If using a baking sheet lined with parchment, use a 1-inch scoop or spoon to scoop macaroons into small domes, ultimately forming each dome with your hands. Make sure the coconut mounds are packed with a little pressure to ensure they don’t crumble after baking. 

Bake for 15-20 minutes, rotating mold or sheet halfway through baking. Macaroons should be golden around the edges, making sure not to burn bottoms. Garnish each macaroon with some candied kumquats and poppy seeds, and serve warm or at room temperature. Store in airtight container up to 1 week. 


Candied Kumquats

Makes enough to serve with macaroons

1 cup kumquats, thinly sliced, seeds removed

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup sugar

pinch of salt

In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients over medium heat until water and sugar has simmered down and kumquats have become slightly translucent and tender, about 8 minutes or so. The sugar should glaze each slice. Serve with macaroons or refrigerate in an airtight container up to two weeks.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. February 18, 2012 10:25 am

    Gorgeous! Love the flavors and the kumquats are so cheerful!

  2. thefauxmartha permalink
    February 18, 2012 6:07 pm

    You, lady, have the most beautiful pictures! And your food styling skillzz are envious.

  3. February 19, 2012 1:22 pm

    So pure. So delicious. So beautiful! Your photography is soothing.

    • February 19, 2012 1:30 pm

      Awww thanks kind one!! Your comment makes my food sound magical. Thoroughly enjoying your site by the way :)

  4. February 19, 2012 1:34 pm

    Jess and Melissa- Sweetest words. Thank you guys.. xo

  5. February 19, 2012 3:00 pm

    What a beautiful recipe…and oh, those photos. Especially the first one of the kumquats. You really are so talented with your photography and food styling.

  6. February 20, 2012 10:59 am

    I’ve seen kumquats everywhere lately but never quite knew what to do with them. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Beautiful photos

  7. February 21, 2012 5:25 pm

    Yadsia and Jennifer- Thank you for continuing to stop by, it’s such a pleasure to have you here. I thank you both for the nicest thoughts-always. means so much <3

  8. February 22, 2012 1:16 am

    Wow, so easy…and I must say one of my favorites! I made these last night for our neighbors and they turned out great! Very easy recipe and delicious!

  9. March 2, 2012 9:01 pm

    Seriously amazing photography. So glad I found you!

  10. Trish permalink
    May 21, 2012 10:47 pm

    Looks yummy, will be trying soon.

  11. May 22, 2012 3:57 pm

    Seriously these are pretty much the prettiest things that I have ever seen.

  12. September 1, 2013 9:21 am

    gorgeous! really gorgeous!


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