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Coconut Macaroons

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

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Classic Coconut Macaroons

A sweet tasty little treat made with shredded coconut and condensed milk, these Coconut Macaroons are an easy dessert recipe, and the results are rich, moist, and delicious! It’s a perfect cookie for your Easter dessert table, but Macaroons are a popular dessert during the Jewish holiday of Passover, too, when leavened baked goods are not allowed.

Classic macaroons are a timeless dessert loved by many for their simplicity, versatility, and delicious flavor. Whether enjoyed as a snack or dessert, these sweet treats will satisfy that sweet tooth.

With just a few essential ingredients, this dessert is easy to make and can be customized to suit individual tastes. Add chopped nuts, almond extract, or chocolate chips to give the macaroons an extra flavor and texture.

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Ingredients for Macaroons

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
  • salt
  • melted dark chocolate: optional.
Coconut Macaroons batter

How To Make Coconut Macaroons

  • We start by combining the coconut flakes, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
  • Then, combine the egg whites and salt in a mixer’s bowl and whip until medium-firm peaks form.
  • The egg whites mixture is then folded into the coconut flakes mixture, and rounded tablespoonfuls of the combined ingredients will be transferred to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake these cookies at 325˚F for 25 minutes or until toasty and golden brown.
  • After the cookies have completely cooled, you can dip the bottoms in melted dark chocolate and pop them in the fridge for 5 to 10 minutes or until the chocolate is set.
whipping egg whites, melted chocolate

Tips for Making Classic Macaroons

  • Please have your eggs and condensed milk at room temperature. Remove them from the fridge at least 15 minutes before you start making the macaroons.
  • There are several ways to 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 just as they start to turn a golden brown.
  • Make these cookies ahead of time, store them in an airtight container, and keep them in the freezer 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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      Classic Coconut Macaroons

      Katerina | Diethood
      A tasty sweet cookie made with coconut flakes and condensed milk, resulting in a crispy exterior and soft, chewy interior.
      5 from 1 vote
      Servings : 16 Cookies
      Prep Time 10 minutes
      Cook Time 25 minutes
      Total Time 40 minutes



      • Preheat oven to 325˚F.
      • In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut flakes, 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.
      • Using an ice cream scoop drop the batter onto sheet pans lined with parchment paper.
      • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
      • Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack and let cool.
      • 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 them in the fridge for 5 to 10 minutes or until the chocolate is set.
      • Serve.


      • You can tweak your batch of coconut macaroons by adding chopped nuts or even chopped, 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 once they turn a golden brown.
      • Make the cookies ahead of time and freeze them 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.


      Serving: 1 Cookie | Calories: 195 kcal | Carbohydrates: 26 g | Protein: 3 g | Fat: 9 g | Saturated Fat: 8 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0.001 g | Cholesterol: 8 mg | Sodium: 145 mg | Potassium: 188 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 23 g | Vitamin A: 66 IU | Vitamin C: 1 mg | Calcium: 73 mg | Iron: 0.4 mg

      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.

      Course: Dessert/Cookies
      Cuisine: American
      Keyword: chocolate coconut macaroons, macaroon cookies, macaroons
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      50 comments on “Coconut Macaroons”

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

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          Katerina Petrovska

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

      3. Holy CRAP! I have all the ingredients in my cupboards, RIGHT NOW! Everything together ON THE SAME DAY! Yay!

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        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.

      5. 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.

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        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 🙂

      7. 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.

      8. 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 ;).

      9. Your macaroons look delicious! I love anything coconut, especially how macaroons get all toasty on the outside!

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

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

      12. 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.

      13. 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!!

      14. Seems everyone is nuts about coconuts these days! I’d love to sink my teeth into your macaroons, Kate!

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        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!

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          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! 🙂

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

      17. 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!

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        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

      19. 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!

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        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.

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        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 😉

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        A little bit of everything

        coconut + macaroons = love

        Kate, your coconut macaroons look perfect.

        happy (diet-free) Sunday

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        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 🙂

      24. 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!

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          Kate @

          Me, too… they were my mom’s favorite and she used to make theme frequently when I was little.

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        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!

      26. 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! 😉

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        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!

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

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          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.

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

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        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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