Coconut Macaroons-chewy on the inside and slightly crisp on the outside, these macaroons are perfection! They are bursting with coconut flavor and SO good dipped in chocolate. Bonus, they are gluten-free too!
If you like coconut, you are in for a real treat! These Coconut Macaroons are the ultimate coconut dessert, a true classic! We love making these coconut cookies for Passover, Easter, Christmas…really anytime of the year.
The macaroons are soft and chewy on the inside and slightly crisp on the outside, just like a macaroon should be! They are good on their own, but I recommend adding a chocolate to the mix! Give them a little dunk in chocolate and a sweet drizzle and you will be in macaroon heaven!
You are going to love these classic cookies!
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What is the difference between Macarons and Macaroons?
Macarons and Macaroons are very different treats! Yes, they are spelled almost the same, but that is the only thing they have in common.
- MACARON: this is a meringue-based cookie. They’re small, round, and come in different colors with a ganache or buttercream frosting. Macarons are pretty difficult to make and require lots of patience! It’s pronounced mack-ah-ROHN, rhyming with prawn.
- MACAROON: this is what we’re making today! It’s a coconut-based cookie that comes together in just a couple minutes. Anyone can make tasty macaroons! This one is pronounces mack-a-ROON, rhyming with spoon.
One of the many perks of these yummy coconut macaroons is that they’re gluten-free. No fancy substitutions needed, that’s just the way they’re made! So if you know someone who’s avoiding gluten, this is the recipe for them. And BONUS if they love coconut! They are also the perfect treat for Passover because their is no flour involved.
For such a tasty treat, this is a surprisingly short ingredient list! It’s also mostly pantry staples. I love it when that happens!
- Sweetened condensed milk– look for sweetened condensed milk in the baking aisle. It has a thick, rich, and creamy texture and is very sweet. It is NOT the same as evaporated milk.
- Egg white– you don’t need the yolk for this cookie recipe.
- Vanilla extract– I always use pure vanilla extract.
- Salt– to enhance the flavors.
- Coconut flakes– I use sweetened shredded coconut.
- Chocolate– I like to dip the macaroons in chocolate, but you can enjoy them plain. For dipping, use the highest quality chocolate you can–it makes a difference! We LOVE dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate with these macaroons.
How to Make Coconut Macaroons
These cookies are super easy to make! The dough is gooey, and not like your typical cookie dough though. Just a heads up:)
- Get all prepped by preheating your oven (325 degrees F) and lining two baking sheets with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper.
- I like to use a large mixing bowl because this dough is so sticky, I don’t want it spilling over! Combine the sweetened condensed milk, egg white, vanilla, and salt and give it a good mix. Add the coconut in last.
- Start scooping out dough! You’ll want each macaroon to have about 2 tablespoons of dough, and give them 2 inches in between one another on the pan.
- Use your hands to form them into mounds with a peak at the top. This is sticky, sticky business. You may need to wash or rinse your hands in between forming cookies!
- Bake the macaroons until they turn a golden brown. I love the smell of toasted coconut, so these are like heaven in my oven!
- Let the cookies cool until they’re firm and set on the baking sheet. This will only take about 5 minutes, and then you can move them onto a cooling rack.
- Now the chocolate! Melt the chocolate chunks or chips in a microwave safe bowl, stirring every 20 seconds until it’s smooth and melted. You could also do this using a double broiler on the stove.
- Use a large sheet of parchment paper to keep things from sticking. Dip the macaroons into the chocolate until just the bottoms are covered, then set them onto the parchment paper to dry.
- If you have extra chocolate, drizzle it over the tops of the cookies!
- Once the chocolate is set up, enjoy your delicious Coconut Macaroons!
How to Store
Place coconut macaroons in an air tight container and store on the counter for up to 4 days. They will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
You can also freeze the cookies in a freezer container for up to 3 months. In an airtight container, layer the macaroons between pieces of parchment paper so they don’t stick together. Thaw on the counter before serving.
Make sure you use fresh coconut and don’t over-bake the macaroons. Every oven is different so if it is your first time baking them, I recommend checking at 15 minutes to be safe.
Yes, they are a flourless cookie. If you are dipping them in chocolate, make sure you use a gluten-free chocolate.
Macaroons will spread a little when baking, but not a lot. If your macaroons are spreading too much, the coconut mixture might be too warm. You can try chilling the mixture for 20-30 minutes before baking. Also, make sure you don’t add too much sweetened condensed milk.
More Cookie Recipes
- Salted Caramel Toffee Coconut Macaroons
- Coconut Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Coconut Lime Macaroons
- Coconut Macaroon Nutella Nests
- Cowboy Cookies
Coconut Macaroons Dipped in Chocolate
- 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 large egg white
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3 1/2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
- 12 ounces chopped chocolate, for dipping cookies
- Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.
- In a large bowl, stir together the sweetened condensed milk, egg white, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir until combined. Add in the coconut and mix well.
- With a spoon, scoop up about 2 Tablespoons of the dough and place the dough balls on the baking sheets-about 2 inches apart. Form the cookies into mounds that have a peak at the top. Use your hands-squeeze the dough together and create a point at the top. Your hands will get sticky-you may need to wash them in between forming cookies.
- Bake cookies one sheet at a time for 15 to 20 minutes. The cookies will turn golden brown and will set up. You want the coconut to be toasted on the top and bottom.
- Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes or until they are firm and set. Remove with a spatula onto a cooling rack.
- Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Make sure you keep stirring the chocolate every 20 seconds or so until chocolate is melted and smooth. You can also use a double broiler on the stove to melt the chocolate.
- Lay out a large piece of parchment paper. Dip the cookies into the chocolate-just so the bottoms are covered in chocolates. Set dipped cookies on the paper to dry. Dip all of the cookies. If you have extra chocolate drizzle the tops with chocolate, if desired.
- Let the cookies sit until the chocolate is set. Enjoy!
Have you tried this recipe?
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WOW! Wouldn’t these be the best Valentine’s Day gift for someone!! Just beautiful. Love that Josh made them (what a man). Who doesn’t like coconut?
What a great recipe! I love your feature on PW’s website! It was a great interview!
I found you by way of the Tasty Kitchen, and I’m so glad I did! Looking forward to following along with your culinary adventures. (P.S. Isn’t it wonderful to have a husband who enjoys spending time with you in the kitchen?)
Erica-you should make these for your Josh:)
Emily-Good to see you! Glad you found our blog.
I saw your feature on Tasty Kitchen – congratulations!!! You guys are such a cute couple, and it’s sweet how you truly are a team 🙂 I love Josh’s touch of drizzling the macaroons with chocolate – they look fantastic!
So lovely and delicious!
Hmmm…what on earth would it take for my hubby to make something like this?!?!? I have no clue, but he is cooking dinner for me this weekend and I am scared. All he can make are egg whites and turkey burgers. It will be blog worthy, I’m sure!
Good luck today!!
Good luck on your tv appearance today!
Can’t wait to watch you this morning!
This type of “macaroon” reminds me of my precious Grandmother (she passed away in September 2008). She could eat an entire box and LOVED every bite!
These look so good! I really love coconut and these would also be a great Valentine cooke for my Dad. He loves it too. Hope your show goes well! You’ll do great!
good luck with the segment today!!!!
Great job, Josh! I adore coconut macaroons and these ones look particularly good. Good luck on the cooking segment today, Maria. You’ll be great!
I absolutely LOVE macaroons! I will have to make these this weekend. Yum! Good luck this morning–you’ll do fabulously!
This look delish! Way to go, Josh!
Now that is MY kind of Valentine treat – they look mouth watering!
Josh, it sounds as though you and Adam (who is the other half of The Bite Me Kitchen) have a lot in common – these are his favorite cookies!! It’s such fun being a part of a couple that shares a passion for cooking! You two are so cute 😉
Those are beautiful!! Just what a macaroon needs..chocolate! Thanks.
These look heavenly! I can only imagine they would be calling me if they were sitting in my kitchen.
GREAT WORK, JOSH. We’re super impressed with you.
These are so beautiful! I tried to make macaroons the other day and they were good, but looked so ugly. I’m quite impressed.
You two would be dangerous around my hips!
The macaroons looks awesome. Way to go Josh!
most impressive, josh! and maria, you clearly had the most difficult job–eating such a treat was a struggle, i’m sure. 🙂
you have a wonderful hubby!! does he want to come and teach mine a thing or two?? Heart shape bowl is really cute
My better half is a Josh too, although I don’t think mine enjoys the kitchen as much as your Josh does! These look so delicious. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, I love coconut.
Wow! Coconut Macaroons are my FAVORITE! And your husband made them? That’s fantastic! It makes me happy the two of you spend time in the kitchen together – how fun!
Thanks for the recipe! I’m definitely going to try this one…and soon!
These look delicious! And congrats on your article!
I have been looking for a great recipe for these! Thanks for posting them!
All the best today!!!
these macaroons look SO perfect! I havent made them in forever!
I LOVE coconut! And make these all the time with crushed almonds.
One of my favorite cookies, and dipped in chocolate – – – too perfect! Love to see you where ever you show up (which is every where). Congratulations.
Good job, Josh! I love the chocolate drizzles on these. It makes them look like zebra macaroons.
I hope the show went well, Maria!
oh yum…..I need these now!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!! Nice to meet you:)
oh yummy! great for v-day! nothing like a man that can cook!
Oh wow, those look good!
Can I just say I totally saw that article and jumped around my room…I felt like I was kind-of famous. By association. Just for “knowing” you guys. Seriously, it was great. You two are adorable 😀
These look DE-licious. I haven’t quite tried to conquer macaroons yet but they are on my list!
Joanne-you are hilarious:) We are not famous by any means. Just doing what we love to do:)
Look look gorgeous! Very impressed that Josh made these all by himself! Great write up on PW!!
Great article on PW – how cool that you and Josh were featured! These macaroons look wonderful and kudos to Josh for making them. My husband makes chocolate chip cookies but that’s about all the baking he can handle 🙂
OMG!! You are famous, I so want to hear your radio show! Josh is such a champ with these coconut macaroons. Agreed, you have to use the best chocolate you can get your hands on. I too am a fan of Scharffen Berger. Love coconut.
Looks like we both whipped out the heart bowls for Valentines day! xo
Just stumbled upon your blog- you’ve got some great posts! Happy Valentine’s day to you two!
These cookies really do look fabulous! You did a great job on TV today. You’re a natural!
Coconut macaroons dipped in chocolate are my FAVORITE treats in college. Soo good. Josh has good taste. The next time we all see each other again, Josh should bring some! 🙂
And congratulations on the feature on TPW. That is so cool. Your pic there is so cute. Can’t wait for the clip from today’s show.
These sound sooooo amazing!
These looks amazing–they ARE a perfect Valentine’s Day gift! One of my favorite treats!
These look superb! Josh can make these for us anytime.
How exciting to be on television as well as have a husband who loves to bake and cook!!!
Josh, you did a fantastic job on these macaroons. Send a few my way, OK?
Maria, you look cute as ever in the news clip. Congrats on a job well done!
I really like this cookie and had made it once with not so much luck. They stuck to the pan. So I will have to try your way. Great job Josh!
Also I can’t wait to see your cooking clip, I’m in VA so I will miss you.
I also read PW ‘s blog and loved your interview. These cookies look delicious! My husband also helps in the kitchen. He comes to my rescue a lot since he has 20 plus years experience in catering!!!!
You’re lucky to have him!
Oh, these look sinfully delicious!
Beautiful! Nice to have a cookie-baking hubby. Mine is an egg-man. He is in charge of all poaching and omelets. 🙂
These look delicious. You make the best cookies. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary
What a great husband, these look SO good!!
Josh is a great baker..sweet!! They look tasty and very festive in that heart shaped dish!
Wow, those macaroons are beauties! Josh did a terrific job!
I just love macaroons. They’re my favorite and a double treat with chocolate.
When I was a kid…Dunkin Donuts made chocolate chip macaroons and they were my favorite. These look so similar!
Darn…I missed you on GTU.
These look very more-ish and I love the heart shaped dish.
very beautiful ! these look delicious and glamour!!
pretty! The last time I made macaroon they were raw on top and burnt on the bottom. Granted that was manyyears ago and it wasn’t my oven. Maybe I shoukd give it another shot.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Beautiful! They look delicious. A friend of mine taught me to pack the macaroon mixture into a shot glass, then slide it out onto a baking sheet. Just use your fingers to form it into a pyramid shape. It makes them look very professional.
Yum! These look great… Maybe I can borrow Josh so he can give my hubby a few kitchen tips! He’s learning gradually, but I’m usually on my own in the kitchen.
Mmmm, what fabulous treats! Can’t wait to see you video!!
These are one of my favorite cookies!
those look really good! Macaroons are one of my go to recipes: and people are always so impressed.
And I totally agree with you on choosing bittersweet chocolate to offset the sweetness of the milk and coconut.
These are my absolute favorite cookie ever. No joke. I bought coconut months ago and still haven’t made them. Sigh.
I’ve been looking through your posts for about 30 minutes, devouring every entry! I stumbled on this post and thought this recipe would be perfect for my dad’s birthday next week – he loves coconut and dark chocolate. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂
Emily-thanks so much for browsing our blog! I hope you enjoy the recipes.
a perfect macaroon recipe, Maria! I’ve been searching for a killer recipe for them and I love your version dipped in chocolate. 🙂 Macaroons are one of my favorite cookies ever!
Can u use chocolate chips for dipping
Yes, you can use melted chocolate chips.
So, so yummy! Tastes just like a Mounds bar. Thank you!
So, so yummy! Tastes just like a Mounds bar. Mine weren’t as pretty as yours but my family didn’t mind. Thank you!
You are welcome! Glad they were a hit with the family!
I just made these. They are really easy, quick and delicious. I used unsweetened coconut flakes and for me that was just the right amount of sweetness. Any sweeter and it would have been too much. Thanks for the lovely recipe.
Glad you loved the cookies!
I recently went gluten free and am on the hunt for yummy GF baked goods. These turned out really well and were incredibly easy. I tried one right out of the oven (without the chocolate dip) and it was delicious. Chewy but crispy on the outside. I wish I could post a picture because they really do look great with the little pyramid shape and toasty brown on the top/bottom. I’m excited to try one of the chocolate dipped ones tomorrow with coffee 🙂
Any reason why the chocolate isnt tempered?
I just made these. Absolutely delicious! The chocolate didn’t melt smoothly enough in the microwave so I added a small amount of ice coffee and cold milk, then beat it until the right consistency. I used a knife to ice the bottoms of the set cookies. I’m supposed to save these for company. I don’t think they’ll last!
When l dip the cookies into chocolate do l put them upside down to set?
No, just place them on parchment paper or wax paper and let them sit until the chocolate sets up.
OMG!!! HEAVENLY!!! Followed recipe as written. What a hit! Definitely going to put this in my “keeper” file. Thanks for sharing.
This recipe comes at the exact time I need it. I decided today to make macaroons and up pops the most perfect one. Thanks so much. I can’t wait to get baking today.
Well, it’s another winner from TP&TP!
My husband was still chewing and professing these the BEST he’s ever had! The only faux pax I made was dumping in the whole can of scm, instead of the measured amount, but I figured out pretty quick that I could just double everything else, and doubling this recipe will never be a bad idea!
Also, I have dear family in Ogden, Utah, just north of you!
I am so glad you loved the recipe! Thanks for letting us know. How fun that you have family so close. Come visit:)