No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

Ron NebreBasics, Canadian Classic, Cookies, Gluten-Free, recipes5 Comments

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Chocolate coconut macaroons store well, and look great in a holiday cookie tin for exchange with friends and family. In the test kitchen we found that folding in some chocolate chips before shaping makes them extra rich and delicious.
Makes: 30 macaroons
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook & Rest Time: 60 minutes


  • 1/4 cup Mirage margarine
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  • Combine the margarine, milk, sugar, and cocoa powder in a saucepan and melt ingredients together over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Bring to a rolling boil, then continue to cook for 4 – 5 minutes, stirring often.

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  • Remove from heat and add the vanilla. The milk will steam and bubble up a lot when you add it, so be careful. Add the rolled oats, coconut, and chocolate chips, then stir until combined.

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  • Spoon out onto sheets of waxed or parchment paper and let set. Once set, serve immediately or keep stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

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Chef Notes

  • Make these a little more festive by folding in crushed candy canes with the oats, coconut, and chocolate chips

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5 Comments on “No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Macaroons”

  1. I had to chuckle when I saw this recipe because it has been around for years. I used to make them when I was a young teen but without the added chocolate chips. We called them Chocolate Fiddle Diddles. They are good. Well, tasty. Just have to be careful not to overdue the cooking part or they are too dry and crumbly.

  2. I gasped when I saw this! I have wanted to make these for my grandson’s…1rst grandson=23 yrs. old, his brother=4 yrs. old. I’ve been searching..I used to make this for the boys mother & her brother when they were small kids. They loved them. I tried to find them online; no go, till now! Haystacks! That’s what we called them. They’re great as they take but min. to make and everyone loves them. Plus they’re a fav. of mine!

  3. We always called them mudpies (but never put chocolate chips in them). They are good…. but so rich!

  4. I also gasped when I saw this. First cookies I ever made!
    We called them TV cookies. I guess the TV was a new technology at the time.
    We made them as kids and ate as we watched our black and white TV which often had coat hangers as antennae when reception was poor. (lol… Memories )

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