Chocolate Macaroon Cupcakes Recipe
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Chocolate Macaroon Cupcakes Recipe

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A delightful coconut and ricotta cheese filling is hidden inside these chocolate cupcakes. —Dolores Skrout, Summerhill, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup reduced-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut or almond extract
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 cupcake: 126 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 85mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Coat 18 muffin cups with cooking spray.
  2. Beat first four ingredients until well blended. In another bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa and baking soda; gradually beat into egg mixture alternately with buttermilk.
  3. For filling, beat ricotta cheese, sugar and egg white until blended. Stir in coconut and extract.
  4. Fill prepared cups with half of the batter. Drop filling by tablespoonfuls into center of each cupcake; cover with remaining batter.
  5. Bake until a toothpick inserted in cupcake portion comes out clean, 28-33 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks; cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Macaroon Cupcakes in Taste of Home August/September 2002, p53

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ADGarwood User ID: 1824372 246794
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2016

"The flavor is great, but the cupcakes stuck really badly when I baked them using paper liners. If I bake them in liners again, I'll probably try using some oil or butter rather than all applesauce and see if that makes a difference."

concar User ID: 8523422 232184
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2015

"Two of my favorites in one recipe!!"

craftymommajess User ID: 5744610 44580
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

"loved this!! easy to make & yummy!!"

candygramr User ID: 4627018 135490
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"Moist and delicious. A great combo of flavors that tastes great warm or cold.

Wonderfully simple and rewarding to make them from scratch! Thanks for a tasty dessert."

lsanders31 User ID: 4454276 105899
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2010

"The filling is not as creamy as one would expect. These are good though"

Mrs Goose User ID: 3450639 205051
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2009

"I love these cupcakes. The ricotta filling is smooth and creamy and has just the right amount of coconut and ricotta cheese in them to make them a huge success."

Bizlady User ID: 598421 64000
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2009

"These cupcakes were a hit with my family. My sisters & I baked cupcakes to test for my nieces wedding This was a winner"

kjose User ID: 535738 43337
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2008

"The "cake" part of the cupcake was ok. The ricotta cheese in the filling was definitely not a hit with my kids. I think you would need to acquire a taste for these cupcakes. Unfortunately, I don't think I'd make this again."

GmaDee User ID: 1440060 113069
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2008

"These sound terrific!  I am going to make them tonight.  and low cal to boot!  YAY!"

djb1240 User ID: 1014935 35772
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2008

"This one is too good to pass up, and I'm not crazy about desserts."

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