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Coconut Macaroons

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Coconut Macaroons

Macaroons are probably one of the easiest cookies that you can make. Mine are made with just egg whites, sugar and shredded coconut, with a little bit of vanilla extract (or some other flavoring) thrown in for good measure. I’ll make them just about any time that I have an unused bag of coconut lying around, and I’ll also make them when I need an easy to make dessert for get-togethers.ย  The cookies are sweet enough to be satisfying and have a great coconut flavor to them.

One trick I use to get a good consistency to my macaroons is to run a chefs knife through the shredded coconut before I use it. This breaks up some of the long strands of coconut and ensures that you get a macaroon that doesn’t fall apart when you bite into it. You can really finely chop the coconut, too, but I prefer to keep some of the texture of the shredded coconut and go for more of a rough chop. The cookies can be shaped into round balls before baking, or patted into different shapes (I am a fan of little pyramids) before baking.

Macaroons are good plain, but you can easily dress them up by dipping the cooled cookies into some melted chocolate – dark, milk and white chocolate are all good choices – and placing them on a sheet of wax paper to firm up before serving. These are very good when they are fresh, but keep extremely well in an airtight container and become even more moist and chewy after a day or two.

Chewy Coconut Macaroons
3 cups shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
2 large egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Spread your shredded coconut on a cutting board and coarsely chop it with a knife to break up the larger shreds of coconut.
In a medium bowl, whisk together egg whites, sugar and vanilla until well blended. Add in shredded coconut and stir with a spatula until well moistened.
Place level 1/4 cup scoops of the coconut mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Pack the macaroons together with your fingers (forming the mix into pyramid shapes is very attractive, but mounds of macaroon are just as tasty!)
Bake for about 20 minutes, until macaroons are golden brown around the edges (time will vary slightly by size of the cookies). Cool completely on a wire rack.

Makes 12 large macaroons.

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17 Comments
  • Brandy
    April 21, 2011

    Yum! We always dip ours in chocolate…..might need to make some soon!

  • Ashlae
    April 21, 2011

    My boyfriend has been begging me to make macaroons for quite some time. Being vegan, things with eggs don’t get made much around here. But now that I found your blog (and recipe!) I’m going to make him one happy man tonight. Thanks, on his behalf ๐Ÿ™‚

    Also, love your cake stand.

  • Jean
    April 22, 2011

    Yum! I made these tonight for a Passover dessert. So easy! My bag of coconut was only 2 2/3 cups so I reduced the sugar to 1/3 cup and they came out great. I like the trick of chopping up the coconut. I dipped the bottoms in melted semi-sweet chocolate and drizzled some on top too.

  • Jitterro
    April 22, 2011

    I love macaroons. Really wish I’d frozen the egg whites from the last batch of cookies I made…

  • Deborah
    April 25, 2011

    Made these yesterday. So darn easy and I dipped the bottoms in chocolate, too. I’ll be making them again. Thanks.

  • rima
    November 24, 2011

    yumyy!!!!
    it looks so yum and easy to make. I wanted to try bu hv got a small oven, can i bake it in batches, do i need to store my prepared misture in freeze while my 1st bacth is baking?

  • Anna S
    January 28, 2012

    I made these last night, with an extra egg white (I guess my eggs were small), which I beat into a merangue before mixing with the coconut, etc. I added some melted chocolate-hazelnut sauce (2-3 Tbsp) and a tsp or two of melted coconut oil to make sure the chocolate would mix in well. The coconut I used was all natural and fine grained, no sweetening – I may try some of the courser texture next time so they don’t absorb as much moisture. My boyfriend said they were the best cookies he has ever had! They taste like real food, not some artificial sugar-bomb. And so easy to make! I made about 2.5 dozen tablespoon sized cookies. They are going fast! Thanks for the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  • alexandria
    June 21, 2012

    I followed this to a “T”, and they fell apart – not holding together when cooled after being baked. Hmm… ?? I’ve always made macaroons with egg white whipped to ‘peaks’ previously…maybe I’ll do that with the next batch instead of just whisking them together as this recipe suggests. Feedback?

  • Becky
    July 13, 2012

    Does anyone know that the equivalent amount of ‘cups’ or similar for 2 large egg whites?

    I froze my eggs whites from when I made a key lime pie so it’s difficult to split them out again without knowing an equivalent measure.

  • nithish
    February 5, 2013

    Hello:)
    Can these be made using a microwave?? I don’t own an oven, so is there any other way i could make them?? looks splendid!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    greetings from India:)

  • Nicki
    October 20, 2013

    How are your pyramids so perfect?! GREAT recipe! Mine are baking in the oven as we speak. ๐Ÿ™‚ YUM.

  • Amanda
    March 19, 2014

    Thanks soooooooooooooooo much!!!!! These macaroons are tastier than any I’ve ever made, and that’s saying a lot, because I am a recipe poster on Allrecipes! Anyway, just so you know, Becky – even though it’s been a year since you posted this comment, one egg yolk is he equivalent of a tablespoon, and the amount of egg whites in one egg is two tablespoons. Hope I could help (even if it’s just a tad, or even not at all, hopefully it will be useful to someone else, too)!!!!! GREAT RECIPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Amanda
    March 20, 2014

    I still have 2 egg yolks left – PERFECT!!!! Baking macaroons as we speak, Happy Spring everybody!

  • KD Dunbar
    April 6, 2015

    I accidentally made these with only 2 cups of coconut instead of 3, and they came out like crispy cookies with a chewy center. They were delicious….let’s hear it for serendipity!

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