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Coconut Macaroons – Golden brown, sweet and toasty coconut macaroons with moist chewy centers.

Coconut Macaroons, Easter cookies, Holiday recipes


Coconut Macaroons are a sweet tasty little treat made with coconut flakes – really simple recipe, but the results are rich, moist, and delicious! A perfect cookie for your Easter dessert table!

Toasty and crunchy on the outside, but chewy in the middle, these gluten free macaroons are made with just 5 ingredients that include:

  • sweetened coconut flakes
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • pure vanilla extract
  • egg whites
  • and salt

Melted dark chocolate is optional.

how to make macaroons, classic coconut Macaroons, Easter desserts

There is one thing I have yet to share with you. I need to tell you this now. Sundays are my ‘Eat Whatever the Heck You Want’ days. I treat it as a holiday. 

On this one particular Sunday morning, I made my morning coffee and before sitting down to sip it, I took out a couple of eggs and coconut flakes, and set them on the counter. I sipped my coffee while scrolling down my Facebook feed, laughed at a few memes, and then got to work.

Coconut Macaroons batter

I had one little hiccup at the beginning; I wasn’t sure if I was going to make my Black and White Meringue Cookies, OR what you see in front of you. Obvi, The coconut macaroons won. NOT to be confused with macarOns. The French little guys.


  1. We start by combining coconut flakes, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
  2. We will also combine egg whites and salt in our mixer’s bowl and whip until medium-firm peaks form.
  3. The egg whites mixture will be folded into the coconut flakes mixture and rounded tablespoonfuls of the combined ingredients will be transferred to a parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. We are going to bake these cookies at 325F for about 25 minutes, or until toasty and golden brown.
  5. Optionally, after the cookies have completely cooled, you can dip the bottoms in melted dark chocolate and pop in the fridge for 5 to 10 minutes, or until chocolate is set.

whipping egg whites, melted chocolate


  • There are lots of ways you can tweak your batch of coconut macaroons. You can add some nuts, or maybe even dried fruits. You can also dip them in white chocolate, and if you do not like them toasted, pull them out of the oven at around 15-ish minutes, or just when they start to turn a golden brown.
  • Another idea is to make these ahead of time and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
  • You can also store the coconut macaroons in an airtight container for up to 5 days at room temperature.

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Coconut Macaroons - Golden brown, sweet and toasty coconut macaroons with moist chewy centers.

Classic Coconut Macaroons

10 10 10
WW Freestyle: 11
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
A sweet tasty little treat made with coconut flakes!
Course: Dessert/Cookies
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 Cookies
Calories: 195


  • 14 ounces sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites , room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • melted dark chocolate, for dipping optional


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut, condensed milk, and vanilla; set aside.
  • Whip the egg whites and salt on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer; beat until they make medium-firm peaks.
  • Gently fold the egg whites into the coconut mixture.
  • Drop the batter onto sheet pans lined with parchment paper using an ice cream scoop.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Transfer cookies to cool on a cooling rack.
  • Optionally, once the cookies are cool, dip the bottoms in melted dark chocolate; set them face down on a wax lined baking sheet and place in the fridge for 5 to 10 minutes, or until chocolate is set.
  • Serve.


  • You can tweak your batch of coconut macaroons by adding some nuts, or maybe even dried fruits. You can also dip them in white chocolate, and if you do not like them toasted, pull them out of the oven at around 15 minutes, or just when they start to turn a golden brown. 
  • Make the cookies ahead of time and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. 
  • You can also store the coconut macaroons in an airtight container for up to 5 days at room temperature.
Adapted from: Ina Garten
Nutrition Facts
Classic Coconut Macaroons
Amount Per Serving (1 Cookie)
Calories 195 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 144mg6%
Potassium 187mg5%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 73mg7%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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50 Responses
  1. Sherese P

    Wow! I made These Macaroons Last night.
    They are so delicious and incredibly easy.
    Moist, crisp outer, and so so good.
    I couldnt resist and had a macaroon with my coffee this morning.
    I am going to make another batch today to keep in the freezer. That good!
    Great recipe. Easy ingredients, actually had everything on hand.

  2. A_Boleyn

    Simple and lovely cookie. My last attempt … well, the sugar oozed out of the meringue and burned. It was a mess.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Thank you!! 😀 There’s no granulated sugar in this recipe, so I think you should be AY-OK!. 😉

  3. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    Look at you. Even when you’re “mis-behaving” you’re behaving! Coconut Macaroons are virtually fat free, are they not? Just a few extra calories. And, they look fantastic.

  4. Lefty

    I really don’t like that girl who had the muffin. I hope she became an unpopular outcast. Is that wrong? Regardless, that was a good story …

    And these look absolutely delicious – both the macaroons and the muffins.

  5. Mina @ Angellove's Cooking

    These are lovely and look very, very tasty!! I’ve never made Coconut Macaroons with sweetened condensed milk, but it sounds soo good 🙂

  6. Claudia

    I also have a weekend day where I “eat what I want” (without eating the whole cheesecake!) It’s necessary for sanity. And this is an Ina Gerten recipe – so it’s has be good. And judging by those inviting photos – theyare so very good. And very good for the spirit.

  7. Charlie

    I’ve never made coconut macaroons (not sure if I ever tasted some…).
    It looks so good. Definitely on the (long) list of desserts I have to make ;).

  8. briarrose

    Yum…what a great cookie and so easy to zip together. I love the Sunday, eat whatever you want, holiday. 😉

  9. Kori

    Yum! These are beautiful, and they sound delicious. I love the short ingredient list too! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. Claire

    Sundays used to be my “eat whatever I want day” until I got engaged. Now they are my “OMG I HAVE TO FIT INTO A WEDDING DRESS, HOW MANY WORKOUTS CAN I FIT INTO 24 HOURS!” day. haha. but these look Absolutely fabulous.

  11. kitchenarian

    I just love coconut macaroons. They are pure indulgence. I don’t make them often because I am really the only coconut lover in the house and I would eat every single one of them – probably all in the same day. But, hey, maybe I will make them on Sunday!!

  12. happywhennothungry

    I generally do the same thing on Saturdays and Sundays too!!! Your macaroons look so delicious and tasty. Def want to try this one out!

    1. Kate @

      So I should add Saturdays to my Fun Days? Sounds good to me! But then I’ll have to spend some extra hours at the gym! 🙂

  13. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

    I do the same thing on Saturday! This weekend my very well include some of your irresistible cookies! Can’t wait!

  14. Shelby

    Macaroons are SO yummy! Really, they aren’t ALL that bad for you either considering egg whites. Its the coconut that would get ya! 😉 I probably would have done the muffin myself, because I’m a muffin/coffecake girl at heart….but would not turn your cookies away at all if they were offered!

    I like your eat anything you want on Sunday. I kind of let looser on the weekends myself too….but I normally don’t go overboard much either when I “allow” it! Guees its habit to behave for the most part! Thanks for visiting my blog!

  15. mywanderingspoon

    O my …I think we could be very good friends…all that healthy stuff:)
    Macaroons are lovely…nice job…
    Love your blog….try and visit mine and tell me what do you think

  16. Tiffany

    Oh how I love Sunday brunch! And like you, I eat healthy during the week and then have treats during the weekend! Balance is such a glorious thing! Happy Sunday!

  17. Veronica Gantley

    I love macaroons. I also use an ice cream scoop when making cookies. It insures they are the same mass and cook evenly.

  18. Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz

    A homemade version of coconut macaron is incredibly moist, not like the dry store stuff. What a treat. But I would have done for the Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Cookie hehe. But I’ll have both too 😉

  19. A little bit of everything

    coconut + macaroons = love

    Kate, your coconut macaroons look perfect.

    happy (diet-free) Sunday

  20. Felice - All That's Left Are The Crumbs

    Your macaroons look so moist and tempting. I agree that moderation is the key, along with daily exercise. Of course sometimes saying this is one thing, but doing it is another, at least in my case 🙂

  21. Chef Dennis

    I think coconut macaroons were the firs macaroons I ever tried….your version looks so very very good! I would love a few of those right now , they would be perfect with my coffee!

  22. something_good

    I love the way you treat your Sundays :). Holidays, indeed. It’s like Sweden (children are allowed to eat as many sweets and candies as they want only on Saturdays) :D. Lovely macaroons!

  23. Cristina

    I luv Coconut Macaroons and if I made a batch of these would eat the whole thing myself! This is something I need to make when sharing/sending it to family members or when my Mom visits so we can both enjoy these sweet confections together. Wish I had a couple to snack on right now! 😉

  24. Leanne @healthfulpursuit

    I really thought Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Cookie were a sure thing!

    I’m with Lori – love the chocolate drizzle on my coconut macaroons. Either way though, they are a great cheat snack. Yum!

  25. Lori

    I love coconut macaroons….enough to make them and not share them!! Drizzled with a little melted chocolate…..mmmmmmm these look fantastic!

    1. Kate @

      I actually drizzled some chocolate on half of them because my husband likes them that way – I prefer them without. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some chocolate, but I love coconut on its own.

  26. Steph@stephsbitebybite

    What a great breakfast! With some coffee, these could actually turn in to a problem for me 🙂 How would I stop?

  27. Maggie @ Vittles and Bits

    Ooooh I love these, yours look perfect… would be wonderful dipped in chocolate 🙂 Good choice for your Sunday Fun Day!

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I'm Katerina, a cookie-maker & picture-taker! For me, eating is a moment to share, an enjoyment, a passion. I hope you enjoy my recipes!

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