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Chocolate Macaroon Cupcakes

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
    1-1/2 dozen


  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Coat 18 muffin cups with cooking spray.
  • Beat first 4 ingredients until well blended. In another bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa and baking soda; gradually beat into egg mixture alternately with buttermilk.
  • For filling, beat ricotta cheese, sugar and egg white until blended. Stir in coconut and extract.
  • Fill prepared cups with half of the batter. Drop filling by tablespoonfuls into center of each cupcake; cover with remaining batter.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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  • slmacbeth
    Oct 19, 2017

    In the magazine, this was in the 'Good food that's good for you' section. . . unfortunately they taste like 'healthy' cupcakes. They're not bad, but they have none of the decadence that a normal chocolate cupcake gives you. . . and the cake part is a bit tough, which I find to be very common with 'healthy' cake recipes.

  • ADGarwood
    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
    Sep 2, 2015

    Two of my favorites in one recipe!!

  • craftymommajess
    Jan 6, 2011

    loved this!! Easy to make & yummy!!

  • candygramr
    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
    Aug 19, 2010

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

  • Isolda
    Feb 1, 2010

    No comment left

  • Mrs Goose
    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.

  • antelope17
    Aug 3, 2009

    No comment left

  • Bizlady
    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