Secret Ingredient Macaroons With Macadamias or Almonds

Total Time
2hrs 10mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 50 mins

I saw this recipe on the side of my box of Premium (R) saltine crackers. File this under things that make you go Hmm.... and Yum! Saltines??! I just had to try it and wasn't disappointed. These are sweet and moist. I made half the recipe for a small get together, used sliced almonds, 2 egg whites and made them just a bit bigger than called for and it made a bakers dozen. The recipe is for the full quantity. Time includes 1 hour cooling time before chocolate goes on and a 15 minutes of chill time after the chocolate. If you love chocolate with your coconut I suggest doubling the quantity of chocolate and doing a "half-dip" or pulling a surprize frosting the bottoms. ps *thanks for the correction! :-)

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 7 ounces sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 cup sliced almonds or 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 30 saltine crackers, finely crushed (I used Premium)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 -4 ounces semisweet chocolate (for drizzling, *white chocolate is popular with macadamia)


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread coconut and nuts in baking sheet and bake until toasted to your liking, about 10-15 minutes, stir frequently.
  3. Stir condensed milk and vanilla together in large bowl.
  4. Now stir in the coconut/nut mix along with crushed crackers & blend well (don't sneak to many tastes ;-).
  5. In a small bowl, use handmixer on high to beat egg whites, forming stiff peaks.
  6. Gently mix egg whites into coconut mixture.
  7. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto greased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the edges are lightly browned.
  9. Remove and let cool about an hour.
  10. Melt chocolate in microwave safe dish for 20 seconds at a time until melted or according to package instructions.
  11. Drizzle over tops of macaroons or dip cookie sideways into the chocolate for a "half dip".
  12. Set onto waxed paper and refrigerate to set chocolate.
  13. Enjoy!


Most Helpful

this was so easy to make and the end results were wonderful. no one would every know that saltines were one of the ingredients. i used the macadamias, next time i will try the almonds.

mandabears December 12, 2006

These are my favorite cookies!

amcrew05 December 11, 2006

I made this for the second 2006 Pick A Chef Contest. I chose this recipe from the Newbie Nursery. I had to give this recipe 3 stars since I had to do quite a bit of searching for the original recipe. Luckily where the recipe came from was listed so I could go to the site and look for it. I found it. The directions for this recipe does not state where, when or how to add the crushed saltine crackers. I found the original and you add them in when you add the coconut and the nuts to the milk and vanilla mixture. These came out like cookies. The first few that I made came out crunchy and then the next couple times they came out more soft. These were very good. I do recommend that you try these cookies. Don't worry if you don't tell anyone there are no crackers in them they won't even know that you snuck them in to the recipe!!!!

Creation in Hope November 12, 2006

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