Coconut Macaroons: Easier to Make Than You’d Think

My daughter went to visit her aunt and grandmother close to the holidays this past year. While she was there, they spent an afternoon baking many different varieties of cookies to be enjoyed at the festivities soon to occur.

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When she arrived home, she handed me a bag of Tupperware containers filled to the brim with delicious cookies, bars, and chocolate treats.

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When I spied the tub of coconut macaroons, I quietly hid them on the top shelf of my pantry. I couldn’t wait to indulge in the sweet goodness of coconut drizzled with dark chocolate.

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Little did I know how easy they are to make. After a quick lesson from my daughter, the smell of coconut filled the kitchen and we had plenty left over to share.

If you’re a big fan of coconut sweets, we also recommend this recipe for white chocolate coconut delights!

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  • 1 package sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 egg whites
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl, blend coconut, flour, salt, vanilla, until well combined.
  4. In a large bowl, beat egg whites until peaks form. Add coconut mixture to the eggs.
  5. Roll spoonfuls of the coconut mixture in your hands to form golf ball sized cookies. Arrange on baking sheet.
  6. Bake about 15 minutes or until the coconut is slightly golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool.
Recipe Notes

If you want to make chocolate drizzled cookies, melt 8 ounces of chocolate chips and drizzle the cookies with the chocolate. You can also dip your macaroons in the chocolate if desired. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper and put in the refrigerator until the chocolate has set.

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19 thoughts on “Coconut Macaroons: Easier to Make Than You’d Think

  1. Well, I’ll admit it: I’ve never had macaroons, and I’ve never had sweetened coconut, so I have absolutely no idea what to imagine or expect from this one here. They look great in the pictures though, and your description of having them drizzled with dark chocolate sounds amazing. Judging from the ingredients, I would guess that it is somewhat like a cookie or a cake of some sort, am I right? 🙂

    Either way, they do seem very simple to make, so I think they’d be worth a try some time! Thanks for sharing one with us, Jennifer.

  2. These look absolutely yum!

    Coconut is a flavor that I can never have too much of and they give that extra crackle to stuff like cookies and even chocolates that I love. Although I am a little fuzzy about how different a cookie is from a macaroon, who cares as long they taste great am I right?
    Can’t wait to try these out!

  3. I could make these. In fact, I could make a whole bunch of them. I might be one of the only people in my house who eats them though, so I had better not get too happy. Maybe I’ll just make a small batch to treat myself for now, and put these on the list for holiday baking.

    Oh, you just had to go and mention chocolate, didn’t you? Haha. That actually sounds great. It would look pretty too. I’m going to try it.

  4. Coconut is one of my absolute favorite things in the world! I could eat anything as long as it had coconut in it. I feel like the chocolate really ties of this together though. Put chocolate and coconut together and you automatically have a masterpiece! I’m not sure about the macaroons though because I’ve never had them. They’re definitely on my to-try list now.
    I love finding new recipes; I bake sweets for my family all the time! So thank you very much, Jennifer, for the wonderful new recipe.

  5. Those cookies must smell so aromatic and delicious. I love the smell of coconut and the taste of dark chocolate. I have made cookies in the past but never tried making macaroons.

  6. I’ve made macaroons before, but this recipe looks like a must-try! I like how real and rustic they look, not like the hard perfect circle cookies you can buy. I’ve never thought of drizzling with chocolate before. I wonder if they would be good drizzled with white chocolate or caramel? Thanks for the share!! I will be making these for sure.

  7. I made these once with the chocolate stirred in. Absolutely delicious. Of course, I would say that since coconut and chocolate are two of my favorite things, haha. They really are much easier to make than I thought they were, problem is I don’t make them enough! Will have to remedy this soon.

  8. I remember making coconut macaroons in school as a child so it has always annoyed me to see the overpriced versions you see in bakeries. They are so cheap, quick and easy to make and the recipe has inspired me to take a trip down the culinary version of Memory Lane!

  9. That is so strange, I’ve never seen coconut macaroons like those in the picture before! I used to not like these treats when I was little but as I got older I began to find them yummier and yummier; these days, I only buy them as a treat on occasion and I try to not over-indulge when I have them at home. While they are yummy and are made of coconut (which are suppose to be good for you), they are still really high in sugar. Which totally sucks because I love these so much!

    I have never tried making these before though so I will have to do it at some point. Maybe I can make it with a little bit less sugar so it won’t be too fattening and sweet?

  10. I love recipes that are bare bones. I can enjoy the extravagant as well but when it’s only a few ingredients, like this one, you tend to get a homestyle taste other additives cannot provide. Thanks for the recipe. I’m uite sure additions could be welcome in a 6 ingredient situation.

  11. I really like the chocolate drizzle extra. I can only imagine the chocolate on them. It looks easy to make; will try them out soon.

  12. Aaah! Coconut Macaroons are my FAVORITE! I can’t wait to make these. This is the simplest recipe i’ve ever seen for them. You left the sugar out of your step by step instructions, but i’m guessing they get blended with everything in the coconut bowl . I would love to find a way to perhaps give them a raspberry center and dip them in dark chocolate… Then put them on a stick. I love this recipe!

  13. I love all macaroons. I’ve made coconut versions as well as almond, and they’re both delicious. As far as almond variety, there are the regular crunchier type, as well as the chewy ones. Some people don’t like coconut, and prefer almond cookies, but I usually make both at the holidays. I haven’t had either since Christmas, so perhaps it’s time to try out your recipe, and celebrate Christmas in July!

  14. I love macaroons! I’ve never even attempted to make them, and I admit I was skeptical about the ease of making them. After reading this, I think it’s possible that I could make a palatable macaroon! LOL They look so pretty and so yummy! I think I’ll give them a try. They’d be great for Christmas.

  15. Macaroons from where I live are different from those macaroons (shock! >_< and no, I'm not talking about macarons, hahaha). But I'm not really sure whether they're made of coconuts or some other fruit. And I also don't know how to make them, haha. Still, I'm interested in this version of macaroon 😀 I'd like to try it at least once! (And preferably not just once ^_^)

  16. They look yummy. I do remember when I was young, my auntie used to make a variation on the ‘coconut macaroon’ theme, using desiccated coconut which she would bind with condensed milk then refrigerate. Once the mixture was firm enough, she’d roll into balls, coat in chocolate and put them back in the fridge to chill. They were absolutely delicious (and very fattening!).

  17. Coconut Macaroons? Now that’s something new that I never heard of here in Europe, but they do look pretty tasty in the photos. huh, I love the innovative idea to prepare a dish like this!

  18. Well the smell of coconut spreading through the kitchen is a nice image, as is the notion that they are easy to make. I know that I often get intimidated at foods that I am not too familiar with, and I would definitely put macaroons in this category. That said, though, I like to experiment and try new things, so this is a really a nice way to do just that, so thank you.

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