These paleo lemon macaroons are filled with bright lemon zest and lemon juice then dipped in dark chocolate for a delicious spring treat.

I’m not really sure if it’s me getting older and totally more grouchy or if the jokes are just all played out (probably the former), but I’m so over April Fool’s Day. From Amazon changing their page to circa 1999 to BuzzFeed showing pudding cups made with mayo to Tieks advertising bunnies for every shoe purchase, the amount of times I rolled my eyes behind the computer screen yesterday got to the point of actually hurting my face.

Paleo Lemon Macaroons

Here’s the kicker too.

We got engaged on April Fool’s Day. 10 years ago.

I know Ulysses had not even the slightest clue it was actually the biggest prank day of the year (we were in Vegas and he’s that guy that’s completely oblivious to these kind of things) but it drives me nuts each year to share this day with a “holiday” that makes me want to either scream “stop being so effing gullible” to the people believing the dumb shit going on or “omg, stop with the dumb shit!” to the people doing it who think it’s funny.

Paleo Macaroons

It’s not funny, it’s predictable because it’s freaking April Fools.

Try it on a day not dedicated to pranking people, THEN it might be funny.

Lemon Macaroons

There’s no joke when it comes to these paleo lemon macaroons though. Well kinda actually because here’s the thing, there’s no such thing as paleo chocolate chips. Paleo chocolate would have to be 100% cacao. Go taste that and tell me you don’t want to gag. So, chocolate chips have sugar. Sugar isn’t paleo. If you’re a paleo nutcase, don’t dip these in chocolate.

If you don’t care about a little sugar and then lick the bowl of chocolate clean after dipping (because the best part about dipping stuff in chocolate is the fact that you actually need more chocolate than you’ll actually use to get the whole “dipping” thing to work), buy some Enjoy Life chocolate chips (the closest you’ll get to paleo chocolate chips) and get on with your life making these macaroons.

Looking for more paleo treats? Check out this paleo lemon poppyseed bread, this paleo strawberry ginger crisp or, these paleo bacon chocolate chip cookies.

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Paleo Lemon Macaroons

Servings: 16 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 32 minutes
These paleo lemon macaroons are filled with bright lemon zest and lemon juice then dipped in dark chocolate for a delicious spring treat.


  • 2 egg whites, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes/shredded coconut

For the chocolate dip

  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, These Enjoy Life chocolate chips are pretty much your best option, though not technically paleo. If you're strict paleo, don't dip in chocolate. But that would be sad.
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • zest of 1/2 a lemon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine the egg whites, maple syrup and salt in a large bowl. Beat with a handheld mixer (alternatively, do this in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment) until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the extract and lemon juice and beat again until just incorporated.
  • Fold in the coconut and lemon zest until fully combined.
  • Scoop about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the mixture and roll into a loose ball then place on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges start to turn golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  • While the macaroons cool, make the chocolate dip by combining the chocolate and coconut oil in a small bowl. Heat until melted and stir together until smooth.
  • Dip the macaroons in the chocolate then sprinkle with the lemon zest.
  • Let the chocolate set for about 1 hour.


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 138kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 36mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American


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  1. Absolutely love this combo! The sweetness of the cookie with the chocolate and lemon – pure perfection!

  2. I have the same problem as RR. They fall apart so easily that I couldn’t eve pick them up. I did follow the instructions.

  3. I just made these and they are tasty, but fall apart really easily (like, you have to put the whole thing in your mouth at once or you’ll just have a handful of crumbs). As far as I can tell I followed the recipe accurately. Any idea what went wrong?

    1. I haven’t had that issue with these. It’s really hard to troubleshoot without being there in the kitchen with you. Perhaps try adding a touch more maple syrup to help hold them together better. You’re using real egg-whites (not from a carton) and beating until soft peaks form, correct?

      1. Thanks for the reply. Yes, real egg whites, beat to soft peaks. I was thinking next time I make them I’d add a 3rd egg white and a bit more maple. Possible that my eggs were smaller, or my coconut in larger shreds… will let you know if it works better next time!

  4. I had an a-hole coworker put a photo of his best friends (a girl’s) engagement ring on FB with a caption “She said yes!”… Nevermind that guy ACTUALLY has a GF. I was immensely pissed on his poor girlfriend’s behalf… and then I knew it was the stupidest day ever.

  5. Love the photos. Did you get a new lens? They are so painterly. Beautiful. And I know right about the chocolate paleo thing? Needed to be said.