Learn how to make classic coconut macaroons that are crisp on the outside with a moist, chewy interior. Easy gluten-free recipe with just 5 ingredients.

Overhead close-up shot of coconut macaroons drizzled with dark chocolate.

Spring has sprung!

Right now I am all about spring treats like carrot cake cupcakes, lemon loaf, and pineapple upside down cake. These kinds of flavors just scream spring to me!

Same goes for coconut. For some reason I always associate coconut with this time of year.

And nothing could be more iconic than classic coconut macaroons. They’re sticky sweet and so good. I especially love the kind you can get on the boardwalk at the shore. Big as your fist and so chewy and moist. They totally converted me from a coconut-hater to a coconut LOVER!! Bonus points if they’re dipped in chocolate.

Chewy Coconut Macaroons

Before we get into the nitty-gritty here, I just want to quickly explain the difference between a coconut macaroon (note the 2 o’s), and a French macaron.

It’s an easy mistake to call macarons “macaroons,” but they are two completely different things.

  1. French macarons are made with almond flour and meringue, and they’re sandwiched around a filling.
  2. Macaroons are made with coconut and condensed milk. They’re naturally gluten-free and perfect for Passover.

If you are looking to make macarons, I’ve got quite a few recipes. Just type “macarons” into the search window at the top of this site. Or check out this post; it’s a great starting point: Basic Macaron Recipe.

WHAT ARE COCONUT MACAROONS MADE OF?

One of the greatest things about macaroons is how few ingredients are needed to make them! This recipe has just 6 simple ingredients:

  1. Coconut
  2. Sweetened Condensed Milk
  3. Vanilla
  4. Almond Extract
  5. Egg Whites
  6. Salt

Ingredients for coconut macaroons

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST COCONUT MACAROONS

If you like macaroons that are light and a little crisp on the outside, with a soft, moist interior, then look no further! This recipe is JUST like the macaroons that you get on the boardwalk.

Start by placing the coconut, condensed milk, and extracts in a big bowl.

You’ll need just a little more than half a can of condensed milk. Make sure you buy “Sweetened Condensed Milk,” and not “Evaporated Milk.” They are NOT the same thing!

You want to stir in just enough condensed milk to make the mixture sticky, without it being overly wet. Add half the can at first, and stir in a little more at a time, until you get the right consistency.

Pouring condensed milk over shredded coconut for macaroons.

Not enough condensed milk will result in macaroons that are dry, and too much will cause your macaroons to spread too much and form a puddle of condensed milk around the base. Personally, I err on the side of slightly too much. It’s easy enough to trim the excess away from the baked macaroons with a sharp knife or round cookie cutter. But don’t go too crazy!

Shredded coconut mixed with sweetened condensed milk.

WHAT TO DO WITH LEFTOVER CONDENSED MILK

Try putting condensed milk in your coffee! It’s SO good. You can also use it to make no-churn ice cream, banoffee pie, fudge, or key lime pie.

Whipped egg whites on a whisk.

Once you’ve got the coconut, condensed milk, and extracts stirred together, whip the egg whites and salt together until nice and stiff.

Bowl of coconut, condensed milk, and stiffly whipped egg whites for macaroons.

Add the whites to the bowl and fold everything together. You’ll notice the egg whites will make the mixture even more wet.

Close up of coconut macaroons batter

That’s your coconut macaroon batter made! Pretty simple, right?

HOW TO SHAPE COCONUT MACAROONS

The best way to shape these macaroons is with a 1/4 cup scoop. I like to use this kind.

Pack the batter in there tight as you can, and try not to have strands of coconut hanging off the sides of the scoop. Then press them onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Unbaked coconut macaroons scooped onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.

HOW TO BAKE COCONUT MACAROONS

These coconut macaroons will bake at 325 degrees F for 28 to 36 minutes. You’ll know they’re done when they are starting to look a little golden.

Once they’re cooled, try dipping the bottoms in melted dark chocolate, and give the tops a little drizzle as well. This is totally optional! But my husband loves them this way and I think it makes for an extra pretty presentation.

Overhead image of coconut macaroons dipped in dark chocolate on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

HOW TO STORE COCONUT MACAROONS

Place these cookies in an airtight container, and they can be left out at room temperature for up to a week.

After that, they can go into the fridge for another week or so.

Overhead image of chocolate dipped coconut macaroons in a white bowl.

CAN MACAROONS BE FROZEN?

Macaroons freeze beautifully. They’ll last, tightly wrapped, in the freezer for at least a month or two.

Thaw them at room temperature and they’re just as delicious as the day they were made!

Bowl full of coconut macaroons with dark chocolate drizzle.

If you love coconut, definitely give this recipe a try! It’s got such a great flavor and moist, chewy texture. Bake up a batch or two for Easter or Passover!


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Overhead close-up shot of coconut macaroons drizzled with dark chocolate.
Coconut Macaroons
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
32 mins
Total Time
47 mins
 

Learn how to make classic coconut macaroons that are crisp on the outside with a moist, chewy interior. Easy gluten-free recipe with just 5 ingredients.  

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chewy macaroons, coconut macaroons, macaroons with condensed milk, Passover macaroons
Servings: 10 to 12 2-inch diameter cookies
Calories: 285 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment.

  2. Place the coconut, condensed milk, vanilla, and almond extract in a large bowl and stir together until combined.  (The coconut should be moistened but not overly wet.)

  3. Whip the egg whites and salt together until they hold stiff peaks, and fold into the coconut mixture.

  4. Scoop 1/2 cup mounds onto the prepared baking sheet, and bake for 28 to 36 minutes, or until lightly golden.  

  5. Optional: Dip the bottoms of the cooled macaroons in dark chocolate and drizzle additional chocolate on top. 

Nutrition Facts
Coconut Macaroons
Amount Per Serving
Calories 285 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 204mg9%
Potassium 238mg7%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 78mg8%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.