These easy macaroons are one of my most popular cookie recipes of all time. A coconut lovers dream, these delicious cookies only require five ingredients and around 35 minutes to make. During the holidays I often find myself making this coconut macaroon recipe multiple times, one batch simply is not enough. You can even get creative and dip them in chocolate or turn them into Birds Nest Cookies for Easter!
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In the past, I’ve always made my coconut macaroon cookies with just two ingredients, shredded coconut and sweetened condensed milk. While those two ingredient macaroons have always been good, truthfully they have not been great.
Last year while on vacation I tried some amazing macaroons at The French Corner Bakery in Cambria, California.
They were everything I want in a macaroon. Perfectly chewy, substantial yet somehow delicate, and downright delicious. As soon as we returned to Phoenix, I set out to recreate those incredible macaroons.
Macaroons Vs Macarons
You might be wondering what the difference is between macaroons vs macarons. There is quite a bit of confusion as to macaron vs macaroon.
The cookie I am sharing today are MACAROONS, the yummy coconut cookies. Macaroons are made with coconut.
What is a MACARON you ask? Macarons are the colorful and delicate sandwich style cookies made with almond flour. While they have similar names, they are very different cookies. If you were looking for delightful little macarons, I’d recommend this great macaron recipe from Pretty Kitchen.
How To Make Coconut Macaroons
The macaroons I had in Cambria were lighter than mine. It’s hard to describe the incredible texture, or the divine flavor. As a bonus, they were not as sticky and overly-chewy like the coconut macaroons I had been making.
From the reaction of my friends and family during the holidays, I’d say my macaroon recreation was a success. Everyone declared these cookies as the best of all our holiday desserts and treats.
While they taste so much better than my previous macaroon recipe, they really aren’t that much more work. The ingredients in this recipe are simple, and come together very quickly.
The ingredients in macaroons are very simple. You need the following items:
- Sweetened Coconut
- Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Egg Whites
The biggest difference between this recipe and my previous version is the inclusion of egg whites. While many people have always made theirs this way, I had not. Let me tell you, beating and including those egg whites is a game changer when it comes to the end result.
This recipe also cuts back on the amount of sweetened condensed milk ever so slightly.
While it’s easy to combine the entire can of sweetened condensed milk with the entire bag of sweetened coconut, cutting back the condensed milk slightly makes a pleasant difference. If you’ve ever made macaroons that were soupy and oozed all over the baking sheet, this recipe will be a great change for you.
By including the egg whites and cutting back on the sweetened condensed milk, the resulting cookie is taken to another level.
Are Macaroons Gluten Free
Good news, they are gluten free! However if you need gluten free macaroons, make sure you check each ingredient. Different brands have different manufacturing processes, so always confirm that your ingredients may not contain or be contaminated with gluten.
Other Great Recipes To Try
If you love these cookies as much as I do, I have some fun twists on the recipe you can try. Chocolate lovers will want to try the Chocolate Dipped version of these. Birds Nest Cookies are a festive version, perfect for spring and Easter.
Easy Coconut Macaroons
- Baking sheet
- 1 14 oz bag sweetened, flaked coconut this is slightly more than 5 and 1/2 cups coconut
- 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk you will leave about 2 tbsp in the can
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 egg whites
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Combine *almost* the entire can of sweetened condensed milk (leave about 2 tablespoons in the can) with coconut. Stir to combine. Add in vanilla and stir to combine. Set aside.
- Next, in a separate bowl combine egg whites and salt and beat until soft peaks form.
- Gently fold egg whites into coconut mixture.
- Then scoop or spoon mixture, about two tablespoons, onto baking sheets that are covered with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- Finally, bake for approximately 25 minutes or until starting to turn golden brown. Remove from oven, then immediately remove cookies from baking sheet and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Nutrition information is estimated as a courtesy. If using for medical purposes, please verify information using your own nutritional calculator. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.