Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Macaroons

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Have I made it obvious that I love peanut butter and chocolate yet? I love it in cakes, I love it in cupcakes, I love it from the jar and off a spoon, and now I love it in macaroon form.

Sometimes I miss walking in to a bakery and picking out the most absurd, delicious, and oversized baked good they have. Wildflour is good for that but far away and expensive, so I try now and again to bring the bakery into my kitchen.

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These cookies are as easy as they are impressive. There are only 5 ingredients and yet have a rich and sophisticated flavor. And who wouldn’t love being handed a macaroon the size of there fists?

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Macaroons

Ingredients(Makes 9 large macaroons or 20 regular-sized):

  • 3 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup natural salted peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 3oz bittersweet chocolate chunks OR 6 Tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 1/4-1/3 cup water

Preheat your oven to 275 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix together the coconut, peanut butter, maple syrup, and chocolate chunks. Slowly add in water just enough so that the dough holds itself together.

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For large macaroons, press the dough into an ice cream scoop and drop it onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake for 80-90 minutes until you can lift the macaroons up without cracking or denting the surface.

For small macaroons, do the same method with a melon baller and bake for 50-60 minutes until set.

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Mmm, I would suggest eating one when it comes out of the oven and the chocolate is melted and messy. Using a good brand of chocolate in these makes all the difference since the ingredients are so simple.

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26 Responses to Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Macaroons
  1. Hannah
    July 5, 2011 | 9:16 am

    Yessssss! Not only am I an equal devotee to peanut butter and chocolate, but I’m rather sick of macarons. Bring back the old fashioned macaroon, I say!

  2. Victoria (District Chocoholic)
    July 5, 2011 | 9:18 am

    How was the dough for this? Because I’m wondering if it needs to be baked at all. Real life doughballs, if you will. I mean, no eggs….

    • Wannabe Chef
      July 5, 2011 | 9:56 am

      It’s kind of crumbly. If you omitted the water and kept adding peanut butter, I’m sure it would make a rawesome dough ball.

  3. A Tablespoon of Liz
    July 5, 2011 | 9:28 am

    These look amazing! They’re like fancy chocolate chip cookies…except with peanut butter and coconut! I also love the fact that they’re ginormous.

  4. Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo
    July 5, 2011 | 9:46 am

    Do these come out crumbly or sticky? I’m all with Victoria on the just eating the cookie dough part.

    I love doing the same thing at bakeries, too. I mean, why get a plain brownie when you can get a slice of nine-layer coconut cake with lemon curd filling? Priorities, priorities.

  5. VeggieGirl
    July 5, 2011 | 9:50 am

    I wholeheartedly agree – peanut butter & chocolate make a lovely combination.

  6. Gena
    July 5, 2011 | 11:09 am

    What a fabulous looking, and naturally all vegan treat! Love it, and hope you had fun in NYC, dear.

  7. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}
    July 5, 2011 | 11:28 am

    Wow only 5 ingredients? Love it!

  8. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn
    July 5, 2011 | 11:55 am

    So making these the second I get back to upstate ny.

  9. Heidi @ Food Doodles
    July 5, 2011 | 12:17 pm

    Yum! You had me at peanut butter and macaroons. They sound(and look) awesome!

  10. Ela
    July 5, 2011 | 1:51 pm

    It’s not my favorite, but many people that I make food for adore pb and choc, so a simple one like this definitely gets me. Looking at the low baking temp and the ingredients, I’m thinking that if the pb was upped slightly (or add some coconut oil), it would probably work pretty well as a raw dehydrated goodie too. Or just as cookie dough, but the melty choco is definitely a selling point…

  11. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    July 5, 2011 | 3:30 pm

    coconut, PB, chocolate, maple

    CANNNOT GO WRONG! with those 🙂

    they look great!

  12. Christine (The Raw Project)
    July 5, 2011 | 4:03 pm

    These look wonderful, perfect flavor combo. Thanks!

  13. brandi
    July 5, 2011 | 4:50 pm

    absolutely awesome idea 🙂

  14. Ellie@fitforthesoul
    July 5, 2011 | 6:52 pm

    ogshhh these look so divinely delicious! Great recipe~

  15. Heather
    July 6, 2011 | 9:04 am

    you, once again, are in the running for “Smartest Man in the World.” or at least in the kitchen 😉

    I especially love how I can get all the ingredients [besides the water which I can, of course, get for free from the sink] out of the bulk bins at the co-op. It makes this recipe seem cooler, no?


  16. Errign
    July 6, 2011 | 8:49 pm

    Totally adding these to my bookmarks. I now have an excuse to hit up the bulk bins for coconut & more peanuts for makin’ peanut butter.

    Any chance you know how they hold up in the freezer?

    • Wannabe Chef
      July 6, 2011 | 8:50 pm

      I’ve never tried it but from the texture I bet they would freeze fine.

  17. The Chocolate Priestess
    July 6, 2011 | 8:58 pm

    Ah, coconut, my old enemy but I can pass this recipe along to the appropriate Acolyte around here.

  18. Joy
    July 7, 2011 | 1:28 am

    Such a cool recipe. I would like to think it is kinda healthy for you too ;D.

  19. Skylar
    July 7, 2011 | 11:49 am

    Those look delicious. Thanks!

  20. lauren
    July 8, 2011 | 7:46 pm

    I just made these, but with almond butter (all I had on hand) and they were legend—wait for it—dary.

  21. Liz
    July 10, 2011 | 6:12 pm

    Woah, those look absolutely amazing!

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  24. Peanut Butter Boy
    February 10, 2012 | 9:01 am

    Excellent! I need to give these a shot!